The Essential
Founded in 980 by King Eric the Victorious, Sigtuna was the country's first capital before becoming the main trading centre in the Baltic. The ruins of the stone St Lars Kirke, St Per Kirke and St Olof Kirke churches (12C) are testimony to the fact that Sigtuna was also Sweden's first Christian town. Today, this pleasant place on the shores of Lake Mälaren is once again an important religious centre. Enjoy a stroll through its old quarter to admire its wooden houses and perhaps come across the occasional rune stone.