Don't overtax yourself running around taking in Rättvik's minor attractions -- this town is more about enjoying nature. For a sweeping view of the natural surroundings that stretches for many kilometers, drive 5km (3 miles) east of town along the road leading to Falun. Here, soaring more than 24m (79 ft.) skyward, is a red-sided wooden tower, originally built in 1897, called the Vidablick, Hantverksbyn (tel. 0248/102-30). (Warning: There's no elevator to the top and the stairs are steep.) Admission is 40SEK ($8/£4) for adults, 5SEK ($1/50p) for children 7 to 15. On the premises are a coffee shop and a souvenir stand. The complex is open only from May 1 to September 6 daily from 10am to 5pm.

Gammelgården (tel. 0248/137-89) is an antique Dalarna farmstead whose pastures and architecture evoke the 19th century. The Swedes are a bit crazy for open-air museums and you'll run across quite a few during your travels, but try to take in this one. The hours are erratic -- basically, it's open whenever a farm resident is able to conduct a tour -- so it's important to phone in advance. Upon prior notification, visits can be arranged throughout the year, but regular scheduling is most likely between mid-June and mid-August daily from noon to 5pm. Admission is 20SEK ($4/£2). To reach Gammelgården from the center of Rättvik, 1.5km (1 mile) north of town along Route 70, follow the signs pointing to Mora.

You can also visit the artists' village (established by the Swedish artist Sören Erikson) at Rättviks Hantverksby, Gårdebyn (tel. 0248/302-50).

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