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Other city to visit in Sweden?

My boyfriend and I will be traveling to Scandinavia in late May/early June. We are flying into Bergen and out of Copenhagen. In each country we visit, we want to stay both in the capital city, and possibly one night or so in a smaller town or other beautiful city. What second city would you recommend for Sweden? We are not renting a car, so it would need to be accessible by train and have good public transit/be very walkable. To maximize our time, we would want it to not be too far from the Oslo-Stockholm-Copenhagen route (all cities we will be staying in). Something small-town, rustic, not touristy, authentic is preferred (if that combination is possible!).

Thanks in advance!

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Kalmar and Vaxjo are both served by train. You could also consider a ferry trip from Stockholm to one of the islands in its archipelago.

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My first choice would be Visby on the island of Gotland. It is a Swedish vacation spot. You can explore the town which still has its medieval walls or rent a bike. There is a ferry from Nynäshamn to Visby. To get to Nynäshamn from Stockholm, you can take the pendeltåg (commuter train) which is covered by an SL card or a Stockholm card. After Visby, you could take the ferry to Oskarshamn, connect by bus to Växjö and then continue to Copenhagen by train. Alternatively, you could fly to Malmö and then connect to Copenhagen by train.

http://www.destinationgotland.se/en/

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We stayed one night in each, Vaxjo and Kalmar, and I liked them both. With only one night they are both convenient and on the way to Copenhagen by train. Vaxjo has a nice cathedral and is a university town and it's a bit larger than Kalmar. Kalmar has a very interesting castle and had more of a small town feel. If you stayed in Kalmar you can go to the island of Oland, it's very rural and pastoral and has some windmills and evidence of an iron age settlement and also Borgholms castle. Actually you could maybe stay on Oland for your extra night, we spent a night there too. There are lighthouses at each end of the island and a nature preserve too. It's a great place to rent bicycles and ride around, nice and flat.

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Nancy, Did you visit Kalmar and Öland using public transit? I like Öland too, but I've only visited that region with a car and wasn't sure how easy it would be to visit using the bus.

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Laura, actually I was on a bus tour when I went and it was a while ago ('98). It does appear though that there is a public bus to Borgholm on Öland from Kalmar. To see the island they'd probably have to rent bicycles or maybe rent a car for a day in Kalmar or there might be sightseeing tours of the island and worth checking out.

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I visited Kalmar by train, stayed there two nights, rented a car for one day to drive around Oland. I loved Kalmar and Oland both, and I think they would make a great alternative location to spend time in Sweden outside Stockholm.

By the way, in Rick's guidebook he give a much more enthusiastic endorsement of Solliden that he does of Borgholm Slott (the two are virtually right next to each other). My experience was the opposite.

If you're interested in seeing my pics from Kalmar and Oland, let me know and I can send you the link; then you can decide if it fits your interests.

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Lane, that would be fantastic, I would love to see photos! It seems Kalmar and Oland are both highly recommended.

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I'm kind of late of replying to this post - just saw it. We took the train from Stockholm to Kalmar - really liked Kalmar a lot. The next day we rented a car and drove around Oland. We can highly recommend both of these places. Lots to see on Oland.