has excellent communications by road, rail and air, even by canal! Not
only is it a simple matter to get here: it is also easy to travel around
and explore the area. Linköping cathedral dates back to the Middle
Ages and is one of the finest in northern Europe.
far from Linköping are the impressive manors of Ekenäs and Bjärka
Säby, with guided tours in the summer. Linköping has kept much
of its traditional city centre with varied architecture, market squares
with outdoor restaurants and cafés, small intimate restaurants
and fascinating shops.
the open-air museum Old Linköping one can experience what a Swedish
provincial town looked like during the beginning of the 20th century.
The streets, lighting, fences, signs, trees, flowers, and not least, the
buildings, tell the story of people´s everyday environment at that
time. In the area there are several museums and shops with Swedish handicraft.
In the grocery shop one can buy a traditional coneshaped paper bag full
Old Linköping is a living museum! In summertime and on special events
the visitors are met by hosts and hostesses in period costume, often demonstrate
occupations, such as washing laundry and ropeworking in the ropeworks.
Their is a lot of exciting things for the children such as old-time playing
tools and a science centre with exhibitions.
Old Linköping comprises about ninety buildings which have all been
moved out from the very heart of Linköping. Most of them date from
the 18th and 19th centuries. Old Linköping was founded in 1946 by
the town councillor, Lennart Sjöberg. At the beginning of the 1940s
Linköping was a provincial city with wooden buildings. At the end
of the Second World War Saab expanded and belief grew in a future for
Linköping. New residential housing and shopping centres were put
up. The idea of creating an open-air museum developed. The first building
to be moved to Old Linköping was in 1951.
Every building in Old Linköping has a story to tell! It may be about
the craftsmen who through their own skill built the place; it might also
be about the people who lived here. So Old Linköping is the story
of generations of Linköping peolple.
Within about ten minutes walking distance from Old Linköping one
find Valla Leisure Park; a large recreation area. Already by the 1940s
couple of peasant buildings had been moved to Valla. Today one can visit
several museums and one of Swedens biggest pony stables and riding school
with about sixty horses. In the neighbourhood there is a public barbecue,
enclosed pastures with sheep, goats and other animals and a large playground
with a lot of exciting playing tools for the children.
Old Linköping and Valla Leisure Park is an adventure for the entire