Linköping (Sweden’s fifth-largest city), is located on the Östgöta Plains in the province of Östergötland. Linköping is growing, both geographically and in population. It is home to around150.000 people. There is a lot to see and do here year round! Like many other cities in Sweden, Linköping is known for its very vibrant downtown, with many stores, cafés, and restaurants. Examples of sights in or nearby the city; The Air Force Museum, the open-air museum of” Old Linköping”, the Linköping Cathedral and the Berg locks.
Originally a medieval city, Linköping has always been an administrative center for the region. Parts of the medieval street network have been preserved. The city evolved as the bishop’s seat, growing outward from the cathedral down towards St. Lars Church. Both churches were built in the early 12th century, but were later replaced with larger buildings. Since the Middle Ages, Linköping has had a cathedral school next to the cathedral, and the city got its first upper-secondary school in 1627.
Linköping Castle and Diocese Museum
A part of the castle has today turned into a museum showing the history of the city which is quite dramatic. The castle itself is not one of those romantic ones but it is the oldest non-religious buildings in Sweden, with the oldest parts dating back to the 12th century.
Visible for miles on the surrounding plain with its 107 m tall spire, the cathedral is one of the most impressive church buildings in Sweden from the medieval age. Work on it started already in 1230. It took 300 years to build. The tower is 107 m high and was added much later, it was completed in 1885-86.
Air Force Museum
Being the birthplace of Swedish aviation Linköping was chosen as the location for the Swedish Air Force Museum.
Aircraft from the beginning of aviation in Sweden through to the latest development the Jas 39 Gripen can be seen there. Most of the aircraft are unique and cannot be seen at anywhere else. There is also a simulator where the Gripen can be flown.
In 1700 a great fire destroyed most of the medieval wooden buildings in Linköping. The rebuilt city was designed in the current right-angle shape. In the 1950s an open-air museum called Old Linköping was established, and old buildings have been moved there since then.
Attractions nearby Linköping
Bergs Locks & Göta Canal
The famous flight of 7 locks lifts boats an amazing 18.8 metres up from Lake Roxen. Above the flight of locks are two more double locks. Visitors love to come and watch the spectacle of lockage. Restaurants, cafés, tourist information office, adventure golf are all right here, as well as a hostel and short-time parking for caravans. The canal ships make daily cruises on the Göta Canal from Berg.
Together with the Trollhätte Canal, the Göta Canal forms a continuous waterway through Sweden from coast to coast. Total length of the Göta Canal 190,5 km, manmade length 87 km, 58 locks, including two manually operated.
Above the flight of locks are two more double locks. Visitors love to come and watch the spectacle of lockage. Restaurants, cafés, an ice cream parlour, adventure golf and swimming are all close by.
The Berg locks are about 10 km north of Linköping and are well signposted from the E4.
...is Sweden's oldest convent, founded by king Inge the older and his queen Helena 1110 for the Benedictiner-order, but the church's oldest parts are even older, beneath the floor has several “coffins of Eskilstuna” been found from around year 1000.
Close by Vreta Convent there are ruins of Sweden’s oldest convent monastery. Vreta Convent is located a few hundred meters from Bergs Locks.
Attractions in Norrköping
The city of Norrköping is just 40 km north of Linköping. There are regular bus and train connections from Linköping downtown and Campus Valla.
The Industrial Landscape
Few European cities can boast such a well-preserved industrial area as Norrköping. In Swedens "Manchester" the industrial development started in the 17th century and carried on through to the middle of the 20th century. Magnificent factory buildings are proof of the cities industrial wealth. Today, none of these buildings are used in the way they were intended. The sound of the last spinning mill was heard in the middle of the 1970’s.
Along the banks of the Motala Ström - Motala River - a number of woollen spinning mills and cotton factories were established. By the middle of the 19th century, Norr-köping was the second largest industrial city in Sweden. 70% of Sweden’s textiles were woven here.
Norrköping Art Museum (Norrköpings Konstmuseum)
Norrköping Art Museum (Norrköpings Konstmuseum) has one of Sweden’s foremost collections of paintings and sculptures. The main focus is Swedish modernism. The museum also has a graphics collection that is one of the largest in the country.
The Museum of Work (Arbetets museum)
The building rises up on a rock in Motala ström and resembles an iron hence its name “strykjärnet”. It has been called Sweden’s most beautiful industrial building.
The museum depicts working life and working conditions through exhibitions, seminars and programme activities. Arbetets museum should be an innovative meeting place which promotes discussion on peoples work, lives and conditions. There is a restaurant, café and a museum shop.
S:t Anna and Gryts Archipelago
Along the Swedish east coast there are thousands of small island forming the archipelago. In summer this is a popular spot for many swedes to spent their summer holyday. You can rent a boat or a house and discover this beautiful part of Sweden on your own. There is also regular ferry traffic to the bigger islands. From Linköping the local commuting traffic offers tickets valid for train, bus and boat to take you around wherever you wish to go.
Kolmården Wildlife Park
...is located approx. 1,5h drive from Linköping. It is one of Scandinavians foremost zoos
embedded in a beautiful forestry landscape overlooking Bråviken bay.
Long haul bus traffic and Swedish Tourist Foundation
STF features a great number of inexpensive cottages and hostels all around the country. If you wish to go around on your own, you might rent a car, but you also can go by bus to almost any place in Sweden.
For more information about Linköping please see http://www.visitlinkoping.se/en/
For specific information about the province Östergötland please see http://www.visitostergotland.se/en/Visit-Ostergotland/
Southern Sweden has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons and in general mild temperatures throughout the year. In June the temperatures range from around 15 to up to 22°C. Because of the high northern latitude the days are long during the summer, with more than 16 hours of daylight in June. The best time of the year to visit Linköping is May-August. Don't forget to bring a sweater and a light coat as the nights can get cold.