» Sweden, Between Göteborg and Stockholm IV – The Cities and Their Writers
Sweden, Between Göteborg and Stockholm IV – The Cities and Their Writers
Last days of travels with Dominika we spent at the city of
Örebro, the history of which dates back to the 15th century.
A massive castle situated in the middle of the Svartån river is the main sight in the city. The castle is only about one kilometer away from the train station. There is also another visitor center there which makes it a suitable place to start your walkthrough in the city. The other reason is the very river which is a great guide for to the east it takes tourists out from noisy downtown to a vast municipal park (Stadsparken) where one of the most visited places in Sweden is located. It is the old town of Wadköping. Its wooden 18th and 19th century buildings are today restaurants, vintage store, museums, or places where hand-made crafts are performed. As for the museums – one introduces the life of Hjalmara Bergmana, the writer whose fictional world became a model for the town.
In Nora, we can also get some idea of how the writer influenced how the town looks. Nora more to the north and a great place to spend one day at. The town is a place where most of Marie Lang’s popular novels take place. In fact, Nora is called Skoga in her novels. Old carriages idle around the train station. Two have entirely different purpose today as one functions as a restaurant and a hotel. The other is half an antique shop, half the Marie Lang museum which was founded by her devoted nephew who loves to talk about her and gladly takes any visitors through the museum. There are almost all her books and movies based on the books. There are other memorabilia related to the movies.
The town attracts people for its age and atmosphere. Nora is one of the most preserved wooden towns in Sweden . Many of the houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries still exist. There are stores selling hand-crafted goods, antique stores where treasures from the past wait to be sold. In the town you can buy famous ice-cream. It costs around 150 crowns yet it is huge and delicious. These are not the sole reasons why we felt so good in Nora. The town lays on Norasjön lake and is surrounded by beautiful nature. It is great for quiet walks, swimming in the summer, or making a boat rideu.
In Norrköpingu our thirteen-day long trip in Sweden which we undertook on our own concluded. Ambjörn F. our host at the farm met us there. Next ten days there plus three days in Stockholm would be the final two weeks of our stay in Sweden.
GPS: (Nora) 59°31'09.2"N 15°02'17.9"E
Text and photo: Ester Dobiášová
We are in a camp near Stockholm. We set off for a walkthrough in the city yet first we make a stop at Vasa Museum.
We begin with a tour in Domkyrkan, a Lutheran church which was destroyed by fire two times. The first cathedral was constructed between 1624–1627. The church was consecrated in 1633. Unfortunately, on the night of April 15 1721 a huge fire broke out. 211 buildings from the surrounding area were destroyed. Many people died as well. Consequently, there was a search for a suitable area which would serve cemetery. Eventually, the cemetery was constructed in the park adjacent to the cathedral. Over 20 thousand bodies were laid there.
Together we go to Götaplatsen square. The city is very quiet. We encounter almost no one. The rain stopped. However, wind still blowed unpleasantly strong. Slowly we approach an interesting statue. It is a revolver with twisted barrel. It was made by one of the foremost personas of modern Swedish art – the sculptor and painter Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. This artist lived in the US for a while. In the 1980, the shock of the shooting and consequent death of John Lennon inspired him to create this statue which he calls Non Violence. The original one is situated in front of the OSN HQ in New York. Another clones you can find in Berlin, or in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Malmö, Lund, and Boras, or in Caen, France and Kirchberg, Luxemburg.
Today we begin our new series on Nordic cities. For following 11 Saturdays we tell you where the traveller Magdalena Radostova went and what saw there.
For the first time after thirteen nights in the tent we wrapped a blanket around ourselves. Me and Dominika got at a farm south from Norrköping. For ten days we worked there in exchange for food and shelter.
Eighteen kilogram backpack on our backs were bent me and Dominika down at a station. We were looking forward to Swedish dream, a month worth of travelling on our own. A yellow bus was the means of our transport from Brno to Göteborg. After almost 20 hours of comfortable ride we got off the bus to see seagulls, ferry two ferry boats and cranes idling at the port. Visitor centers were buoys giving us always necessary information in the Swede’s second largest city. The first thing we actually did there was a visit at one such a center. Maps, leaflets, information – this is tourist’s fodder. One even doesn’t realize how remote is the land he trod on. Especially when passersby smile at him/her when he/she asks for directions. The smiles were still there regardless where we were.
While travelling along coastal trail from Ljungskile to Uddevalla, we saw Halle-Hunneberg forests, Västergötland region. It was tiresome to carry heavy backpacks which in turn didn’t bring us much joy when travelling. Therefore, we left them at a visitors’ center.
We commenced the hiking part of our Swedish journey “deep in the north”. It was in the territory of Bohuslän which is eleven hours from Göteborg. Prices are same in Sweden as in the Czech republic. Nominally, at least. The most expensive part of our journey is travelling itself (had you your own food from the Czech Republic). However, there are many train and bus lines in the country.
You can literally cross a bridge from Copenhagen, Denmark to Sweden. But it is quite a long bridge. One may think both cities would be similar due to small distance separating them but you couldn’t be more wrong. Malmö has different feeling – it is calmer, more monumental, and more adult. You will feel its industrial history as well as present high-tech direction.
After we enjoyed walks in Finnish towns of Kuopio and Rovaniemi, we set off to explore another Scandinavian country. This time Sweden, or rather the Kingdom of Sweden.
One of the most important Swedish cities is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea – it is Malmö a pulsing artery of Scandinavia, an unusual Swedish city with Danish influence or just a pile of gravel, as locals like to call it.
The Kingdom of Sweden, most extensive Scandinavian country, is situated on surface of 449 964 square kilometres and belongs to greatest states of Europe. Sweden temptates millions of visitors, thanks to its marvellous and diverse nature or interesting architecture, especially for the fact that even during tourist saison, the calm.dominates and no busy life is prevailing there.
Scandinavia is extended on a peninsula of the same name in the North of Europe. It is also known as a country of elks, trolls, fjords, high mountains, endless plains or a seat of Santa Claus.This area has, as a consequence of its position, more colder climate and heterogenous countryside, rather few inhabitated (colonized).
Stockholm belongs synonymously to most beautiful and most green metropolis of the Europe. The lovers of history and arts will be surprised at existence of more that 100 museums, dedicated really to all subjects which would occur to you.
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