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Travel Tips for Norrköping

If you like classicalmusic...

by Anders100

If you like classicalmusic visit the Conserthall Louis De Geer where Norrkoping Symphonie Orcestra is playing and other artists and Orcestras visit to.The Conserthall is beutifully located in the restored old Industry area by the river Strömmen.And next to the Conserthall is Värmekyrkan where the Rock & pop groups are having there concerts.If you like theater you can visit Norrkopings Stads Teater or one of many free groups and if you like Musicals we have a Amateur ensamble setting up operetts and musicals in the Arbis Theater.

Arkösund archipelago

by gugi66

Arkösund, Saint Anna and Gryts archipelago are all part of the beautiful Östergötland archipelago. The area is an area with unrivalled beauty offering the chance to experience undisturbed nature and to view the wonderful and numerous islands which make up the archipelago. The Arkösund village is the nearest mainland point for many of the islands and is only 50 km from Norrköping. The village has a guest harbour, swimming facilities, a local shop, camping, restaurant and a hotel with conference facilities, Arkösunds Hotell.

Island hopping in the archipelago.
With daily boat tours through the Arkösund, Sankt Anna and Gryt archipelago during 1/7-5/8 2007. For more information contact the tourist office in Norrköping +46 11 15 50 00.

Road description:
Take the 209 road from Norrköping to Arkösund or there is a regular bus service from the Resecentrum situated next door to the railway station in Norrköping. Once in Arkösund the Skärgårdslinjen cruise line offers services to the islands beyond. More information available at the tourist office.

Rock Carvings from the Bronze Age

by Psife

Norrköping has the second largest collection of rock carvings from the bronze age (1800 b.C. to 500 b.C.) in Sweden. There are a total of 7000 rock carvings spread in a 1,5*1,5 km area with the largest concentration in Himmelstalund.

Kraftstationen

by Psife

Kraftstationen (The Power Station) is a newly opened showroom and museum, it is located it the bottom floor in the old power station of the textile factory Drags from 1620. The Power station is now opened to the public (the rest of the building is part of the university now) and features exhibitions related to water, power and textile.

Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays 14.00 - 17.00
Admission: Free

NORRKÖPING

by gugi66

"Norrköping"

Norrköping is a city in the province of Östergötland in eastern Sweden and the seat of Norrköping Municipality, Östergötland County. The city has a population of around 84,000, out of a municipal total of 127,059, making it Sweden's tenth largest city and eighth largest municipality.

The city is situated by the mouth of the river Motala ström, at Bråviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. Water power from the Motala ström and the good harbour were factors that facilitated the rapid growth of this once industrial city, known for its textile industry. It has several nicknames such as: "Sweden's Manchester" , "Peking" and "Surbullestan" (Surbulle was a local nickname for the textileworkers, and stan´ is short for Staden, which means The City or The Town in Swedish)

HISTORY OF NORRKÖPING

The city has medieval foundations by settlers around the Norrköping twin city with Linköping Motala stream estuary, who used the falls and rapids to power their mills. The stream was also full of fish such as salmon. Exact dates are uncertain, but there are mentions of a church in the 12th century. It was dedicated to Saint Olaf, Norway's patron.

The first trace of the city's name is from 1283, when Sofia of Denmark - wife of Valdemar I of Sweden - donated her rights of salmon fishing to the Skänninge monastery. The town is estimated to have received city status in the early 14th century, although no written documents exist prior to a document from 1384. This document, signed by Albrekt of Sweden is stored in the city archive today.

The city was the location of several battles in the ensuing centuries. As a consequence, nothing of the medieval Norrköping remains today. During the Northern Seven Years' War (1563-1570), the entire southern part of Norrköping was burnt. It was rebuilt by John III of Sweden ,who designed the current street pattern.

In 1618, a weapon industry was established by supervision of Gustavus Adolphus. The harbour also attracted ships due to its proximity to the industries of Finspång. In addition to the weapon industry, a large scale industry of textile was also initiated. An important benefactor was the industrial man Louis De Geer (1587-1652). At De Geer's death, Norrköpings had 6,000 inhabitants and was Sweden's second largest city.

The city again burnt in 1655, and again in 1719 during the Great Northern War when the Russians burnt it to the ground. Stones from the Johannisborg castle were used to build new houses, and today only a few stones remain.

During the 18th century it was rebuilt and several industries soon got a stronghold: In the 1740s, Norrköping boosted three sugar refineries; in the 1750s the large scale influential snuff industry was established. From this time stems the city churches of Saint Olof and Saint Hedvig, and several other old houses.

Norrköping's importance again flourished. In 1769 the Swedish Riksdag assembled there. In 1800 the king Gustav IV of Sweden was crowned in the Church of Saint Olof.

The city again suffered fires in 1822 and 1826. Thereafter wooden houses were banned. In 1841 a ship industry was initiated as a branch of Motala Verkstad in Motala. In 1850 the industry had over 600 employees making it Sweden's largest ship industry at the time. During the remaining 19th century, the industries kept expanding. The area by the Motala Stream was developed further with the construction of a cotton refinery, and a paper mill was constructed in 1854, specializing in newspaper, and is still today exporting to customers around the world.

The industry, including textile manufacturers, also expanded into the 20th century. In 1950 a total of 54 factories had 6,600 employees in town. By 1956, however, 18 of them had been closed due to competition from countries abroad with lower wages, such as Italy and Japan. In 1970 only 10 factories and 1,200 employees remained. In that year, the renowned Holmen paper mill, with its 350 years long history, announced closure.

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