The small luxury hotel 1909 Sigtuna Stads Hotell has, as the name suggests, been open since 1909. Yet it owes much of its charm and grace to the Middle Ages as Sigtuna, known as the place “where Sweden begins”, is the oldest town of Sweden and the street of the hotel, Stora Gatan, follows the same route as when the town was founded in the tenth century. Caroline Folkesson-Levin, who manages the hotel, gushes over the many interesting museums and old church ruins close by. “But today, the street is also full of small boutiques, cafés and a busy cultural life,” she adds. The 26 appealing rooms at the five-star hotel are all furnished with loving care.