Winding lanes, brightly-painted houses and a picturesque setting on Lake Mälaren give Sigtuna a fairy-tale feel. Walk along a main street that dates to the Middle Ages and visit a trio of medieval churches. Trendy cafes and patisseries and a plethora of chef-driven bistros and restaurants will delight foodies.
Things to do in Sigtuna
Colourful shops, cafes and restaurants line Stora Gatan, one of the oldest main streets in Sweden. The thoroughfare is brimming with historic charm and was once a stomping ground for 10th-century king, Erik the Victorious. Most businesses occupy traditional wooden houses painted in shades of pastel. Pick a café and stop for fika, the Swedish version of afternoon tea. Treat yourself to coffee, cinnamon buns and heart-shaped vanilla cookies.
The ruins of three medieval churches soar over the town centre. St. Olaf’s was built in the 12th century and is one of the oldest churches in Sweden. Wander through the enormous stone arches and stroll through the grass-covered cemetery. Learn more about the medieval churches and view artefacts like medieval coins and Byzantine tools at Sigtuna Museum. Nearby St. Mary's Church is newer and moonlights as an atmospheric venue for concerts in the summer.
Sigtuna Stadspark overlooks the lake and features tree-lined paths and grassy lawns. Stroll along the shoreline and treat yourself to coffee and waffles from the café. Boat tours are a fun and scenic way to enjoy Lake Mälaren. In winter, the lake freezes over, and you can skate on the shimmering ice. You’ll also see festive markets and Christmas events pop up across town.
Getting around Sigtuna
Sigtuna is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is a 40-minute drive from Stockholm and Uppsala, while trains run between Stockholm and Märsta in 20 minutes. From Märsta, the bus to Sigtuna takes 10 minutes. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is a 20-minute drive away.