Orebro, in the centre of...
Orebro, in the centre of Sweden en halfway the road from Goteborg to Stockholm. It holds a keyposition here and it's surroundings, called Orebrolan(d). Orebro has a very nice atmosphere of a town that didn't loose it's cosy village-character. The centre is a great shoppingarea and the castle is a robust reminder of it's importants in older days. The castle can be visited. Talking to stranger on a terrace and the openess and heartwarming personality of the Swedes in general.
Have a visit to Svampen (the...
Have a visit to Svampen (the mushroom), a water tower built in 1958. It's called Svampen because of its shape. From the top, over 50 metres above ground level, there is a great view of Örebro. A restaurant and a café allows for special view while devouring. Architect: Sune Lindström.
A Copy of Örebro's 'Svampen' can be found in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
Swimming in Gustavsvik
Gustavsvik is the name of a bath-complex located a few minutes south of Örebro center. It has long been a favourite of families with children. Here is an "adventure bath", outdoor bathing facilities with a sand beach, a realxation area and more.
However, during the spring of 2003 the bath has been subject to repeated closures due to persistent bacteria in the waters.
Good idea to check before planning a trip here, or you may be in for a nasty surprise...!
The guided tour at Örebro Castle
To get some idea how life in the castle is, it's a nice idea to take a guided tour. A word of warning though, the castle itself is not so spectacular to see on the inside. So don't get any hopes of seeing a nicely and interesting decorated castle. There isn't anything left of the old interior, only a few items (mainly paintings) you can still see. The inside of the castle is now made for practical use, like offices and conference rooms. So I thought that was quite disappointing. But the stories the guide tell are quite nice, so that made the tour worth while for me.
The excursion takes about an hour and you hear all about how the life of the king in the castle was like. You hear stories about the big celebrations they used to have, and also about the rituals at the wedding night of the king. You can also hear about the ghost of Örebro, hahaha, as any real castle, this castle has its own ghost story as well.
I went with the guided tour at the end of August and that meant that there was only a Swedish guided tour. But you do get a brochure with some English information on it. My Swedish isn't so good so I had a hard time understanding what the guide had to say. But she was very sweet and quickly translated the story in English, hahaha, what she actually wasn't supposed to do. But I am very grateful that she did :-)
Guided Tours 2003
June 16-August 17:
11.00, 13.00, 15.00: Swedish
12.00, 14.00, 16.00 English, German
August 19-September 1:
13.00 (Swedish, English information available)
Rest of the year: Saturdays-Sundays 13.00 (Swedish)
Entrance fee: Adults 45:-
Children under 16 years free entrance
Separate entrance for the prince
To make things more complicated, the prince should have a separate door as well. It's located on the other corner of the inner courtyard, and it's now the entrance to the tourist office. You can see two doors here as well, for the two royal children. The fun part is that the two doors lead to the same staircase. The doors suggest real 'separate' entrances, as you can't see from the outside that they lead to one and the same stairs.