Free maps here.
At the tourist office you will get free maps and brochures about Örebro and the reion around Örebro. You can also get from other parts of Sweden too. Usually it doesnt cost anything, so just take the things you need and just take it because it is free. In the future maybe it will not be free if we do like this.
The tourist office.
You find the tourist office in Örebro at Olof Palme´s square 3. here you can get all information about Örebro and also the region. They have a gift shop and aslo sell sport things from Örebro SK , the local football team.
Go into the country as Sweden...
Go into the country as Sweden is a country-country (hmm, sounds stupid, but is true). The hills, the fields, the forests and especially the thousands of lakes, make Sverige to a natural paradise where you can hike for miles and not meet a living soul (except that big moose, a little beaver and - in summertime) the magificent flowers that blossom everywhere. The Swedish hospitality is one that still leaves me in disbelieve. The Swedes will - without hesitation take you in there home, give you shelter and a nice meal. Maybe next day they will drive you where you want to go to (in their Saab or Volvo).
In the busy town center right among stores, resturants and bicycle stalls is the beautiful pale-beige church of St:Nicolai. the building dates back to the Middle Ages, and it has played some important historic roles throughout Swedish history. Today, it provides a peaceful contrast to the rest of the modern downtown. Check at the note board for services and musical concerts. Or just go inside and have a look around.
The guided tour continues to the jail of Örebro Castle. This is also the spot where the exhibition about the history of Örebro is. It's not allowed to take pictures inside the castle, except for here at the jail, so this is the only picture of the interior that I have of Örebro castle. Not that I really minded in this case, as the interior wasn't so nice to see.
The guided tour was more about the stories of the castle and the people living here, than showing the interior. Living in this jail for example wasn't the most fun part of it. You would be chained around your ankles, hands and also you neck and locked up in the little cell. The drinking water you would get
would come straight out of the moat, and that wasn't the best water to drink. Like in a lot of castles, the moat was used like a sewer for the toilets.... arghhh... can't even imagine drinking water like that!
The huge parties that were held when other royals visited, sounded a better place to be.... although.... were they? Hahaha, hearing all the details, maybe it wasn't so very pleasant at all. The dinners would be huge, and in total the meal would have 37 dishes. And you had to eat from each and every dish! Of course that is almost impossible to do, so they had a solution to that. After a few courses of the meal, they would throw up, so they would make more room in the stomach for the next dish. They actually had a little feather next to their plate to put in the back in the throat to make the vomiting more easily. arghh.... not sure if I like that idea, bweh!
There were several stories like this about life in the castle and were fun to hear. Like the wedding night tradition of the king. But to hear about that one you have to go to the castle yourself and take the guided tour. Hahaha, VT would probably censor this tip when I write about that, lol :-)