Jönköping one can experience the deep forests of Småland,
lovely city parks and the three lakes Vättern, Rocksjön
and Munksjön, all in one day.
Jönköping is seven hundred years old,
and for a long time it was right on the border to Denmark.
It was a natural thoroughfare when traveling north,
and traces after dwelling places from the stone age
has been found here.
Surely there are more to be found here
from further back in history, but most of it is buried
below the water surface of Vättern, since the waterlevel
has risen, and still is rising, some 15 centimeters
per hundred years. This means that Jönköping is disappearing
more and more, but it is hardly noticable. Today it
is only noticed when Vättern overflows.
used to be "the most important roadmeeting in Sweden",
and was above all easily controlled, which made it an
ideal strategic place for a strong defence against Swedens
enemies. The small marketplaces here developed into
a village, and later on a castle was built right next
In the 13:th century the village was of
great national importance. In 1278 Jönköping got its
town charter from Magnus Ladulås, and Jönköping became
the administrative centre in Sweden. Jönköping of today
is the seat of provincial government and administrative
centre of the region, and can offer a wide range of
culture and entertainment.