A small town just a few miles southwest of Stockholm, Nykoping does have quite a few things to recommend it. The fact that it’s surrounded by dense forest means that you’re in the real Sweden as opposed to Stockholm, which can feel like it’s a whole world away. Here, you’re able to venture into the countryside for a walk and cruise along the river. Nykoping is, despite being a modest town of just over 35,000 people, a place with plenty to do. Historical sites, unique shops and suburbs with quirky examples of Scandinavian architecture are all here, while you’re never too far away from villages which have plenty of character that you might come to expect from visiting this corner of Sweden.
If visiting the town and the surrounding area in winter, something more powerful than a supermini would be ideal, while the country roads aren’t too difficult for larger cars.
Driving in Nykoping
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Important things to note
The E4 road, a dual-carriageway which leads up to Stockholm in the north, can be full of traffic from commuters during weekday mornings.
If you want to avoid traffic, many of the minor routes heading into and out of Nykoping are in very good condition.
The 53 road is ideal for heading directly south towards the coast, but can be prone to traffic during the holiday season.
Highlights & Hotspots
Nynas Castle, although close to 20 miles north of Nkoping, is an important historical site for the region. It’s open for visitors during the summer and has the Orangerie, a place where you can grab a cup of tea and buy some flowers or plants.
In Nykoping itself, Nykopingshus Castle is a good place to go. The town’s castle dates back to the 12th century and has an on-site museum dedicated to the town’s history, which goes back almost 1,000 years! The King’s Tower is the most impressive part of the castle.
The Nykoping River runs alongside the centre of town and is as good a place as any for exploring the region. As long as you hire a boat, you can cruise along the river, which eventually will take you to Stockholm if you desire.
Nykoping harbour is the best place in town to go shopping for Christmas. There are a number of stalls selling various kinds of hand-crafted gifts, while the town centre has plenty of shops selling locally-made goods all year round.
Stockholm Skavsta Airport is two miles northwest of central Nykoping. Despite being over 60 miles from Stockholm, it primarily serves the Swedish capital, offering low-cost flights across Europe. It has one main terminal for passengers.
The airport is connected to the 52 Highway by a link road to the south. It takes you directly to Nykoping as well as a junction with the E4 motorway that goes north to Stockholm.