Tourist office with loads of information
I noticed the excellent stocks in Swedish tourist offices (Toristbyrå in Swedish) throughout my whole trip, but the one in Eksjö was one of the highlights among them. There is a huge room with countless brochures, maps and books about Eksjö, Småland and the surrounding provinces. Especially the brochures of Österlen (26 pages) and Småland (76 pages) are very much informative and have excellent photos inside. I mention the pages because for me that’s quite unusual for free of charge brochures (or maybe I compared with the ones available in tourist offices in German cities….). The staff in Eksjö’s tourist office is very helpful and knowledgeable as well. And, on top of that, there is a computer with free internet access inside of the office. Maps of Eksjö and a small leaflet for Skurugata are available. Leaflets come in Swedish, German and English.
Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and additionally in summer times until end of August: Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Directions:
You cannot miss it. It is at the northern end of the old town, street Norra Storgatan. Swedish tourist offices have the characteristic yellow-blue sign.
Eksjö Tourist Office on Google Maps
Eksjö turistbyrå, Norra Storgatan 29, 575 80 Eksjö
tfn 0381-361 70
fax 0381-361 79
English website, Eksjö
FESTIVITIES IN EKSJö.....
Oh, easy to say: it is a wonderful, very atmospheric town where we spent a great time!
Last year we learned that EKSJö this year ( 2003 ) will celebrate its 600 year ANNIVERSARY with lots of festivities!
Each month there are special attractions and you can ask MORE INFO at the Tourist office. The address is in my EKSJö INTRO page, so have a look there.
There is also a NEW BOOK on the occasion of this ANNIVERSARY! Just walking around, having lunch and tea, talk with lots of people and have a shopping spree, a simple one, but it was one!
Noticed that all residents were already working for this year's festivities: the town must look great now!!
Put a stone on the cairn: happy travels
From the parking lot the way to hike into Skurugata is a circular one, either along the little toilet house westward and then south or southward past the information board and after some time northbound. I walked the latter one and it brought me to Skuruhatt, the highest point (337 m, according to the leaflet) of the rock formation with a prime view to the west and the beautiful landscape of Småland (see other photos). Very close to this viewpoint is a cairn and of course the legend says that one must put a stone on top of it to guarantee happy travels. Of course I did and yes, my travel was happy and moreover, I had beauiful sunny weather for the rest of my trip.
The army presence in Eksjö with its infantery and fusilliers once also included the Småland Hussars, something you can see by the impressive equestrian statue in the main square. When they were no longer needed, it was decided to set up the Hussars Association to keep the traditions alive. Today, the hussars therefore take part in all sorts of local history events but their big do is the Hussars' Day on a Sunday in June. Then they parade through town to the Stora Torget square and exchange banners with a visiting group of hussars from anywhere in Europe (they also drum up horses for their visitors from all over the countryside) and end the ceremony with prayers as the vicar comes out from church after the Sunday sermon. They then disappear down to a meadow nearby and have a performance for the public for which you have to buy tickets. Sometimes, the performances have also included other equestrian professionals.
Sign the guestbook at Skurugata
Usually only mountain peaks have guestbooks, but there is also one in Skurugata. Makre sure you look for it, it is in the middle of the canyon on the western side at approx. 50-70 cm height. The wooden sign is a bit weathered and blends in with the wall, so it is not easy to see. Look fo the loose stone, remove it and the guestbook will be there wrapped in a plastic bag. After having signed the book (if you like to do so), please put it back into the bag and at its place. I think the bag and the stone are there to protect it from bad weather.