Sigtuna

Sigtuna is a municipality in Stockholm County, north of Stockholm's northern suburbs, south of Knivsta in Uppsala County.

The city of Sigtuna itself used to be Sweden's capital from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, the largest in Sweden, can be found nearby, as well as palaces, runestones, and an inviting landscape.

Stora gatan in Sigtuna

Understand

S:t Olof church ruin

The area prospered during the Viking Age, leaving a heritage of runestones, graves and monuments, while Lake Mälaren was part of the Baltic Sea. Sigtuna was founded just before AD 1000, as Christianity arrived, and Sweden was united as a single kingdom. With a royal mint and a bishop, Sigtuna was effectively the capital of Sweden until power shifted towards Stockholm and Uppsala in the 13th century. After three fires in the 17th century, Sigtuna's population was down at the hundreds for 250 years, until the city was revived in the 1910s as a nationalist project.

The Arlanda airport opened in 1960, and has expanded step by step into an international hub. Märsta, at the railroad between Stockholm and Uppsala, grew side by side with the airport.

Get in

Get around

See

Do

Buy

Eat

Cafés

Drink

As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, Sigtuna municipality mostly contains local hangouts and hotel bars.

Sleep

Mid-range

Splurge

Rosersberg Palace.

Arlanda Airport

Stay safe

Beware of pickpocketing at Arlanda Airport, and aircraft noise in the surrounding area.

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