Close to Sigtunahöjden you’ll find Sigtuna Town’s points of interest. It has museums, beautiful walking environments and a charming shopping street. Lake Mälaren’s waters invite swimmers in the summer months and skaters when the lake has frozen over. Nearby you can find jogging trails and golf courses.
Sigtuna is the first, still existing town in Sweden, founded by King Erik the Victorious around 970 AD. His son, Olof the Tax Gatherer, issued the first coinage here. Runic stones were erected in abundance in the surrounding provinces during the 11th century, and in Sigtuna alone can be found 30 stones.
There are three great church ruins from the 12th century: St Peter´s, St Lawrence´s, and St Olof´s. The brick church of St Mary was built in the early 13th century by Dominican monks. It is the oldest building still in use in the town and is the home of the Sigtuna congregation of the Church of Sweden (Lutheran). Nearby is the Town Hall from 1744, considered the smallest in Scandinavia. Most of the wooden houses along The High Street (Stora gatan) date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and are surrounded by verdant gardens.
Sigtuna has the same street planning today as when founded in 970, making this town very unique. Stora Gatan is still the town’s main artery, with shops, cafés and restaurants decorating both sides of the pedestrian thoroughfare.
There are a lot of castles in the Sigtuna area. Make sure to visit Skokloster Castle; one of the great baroque castles in Europe. It was built between 1654 and 1676 – a period when period when Sweden became one of the major powers in Europe.