Hurry up to the sluices!
This day it was 'the Söderköping Day', in July I think. We was very lucky to be there that day. Much people, many activities. One of these were the Church Boat Rowing. A boat and its crew from Rättvik.
They put the boat in the channel and then rowed into the sluices where they were lifted to the higher level. This boats are main attraction in Dalecarlia (=Dalarna), the rowing is an old Sunday tradition.
Don´t miss this little town at the start (end) of Göta kanal (The Göta Channel).
The water way Göta kanal makes together with Göta Älv and the great lakes of Vänern and Vättern a water connection from the east side of Sweden to the west side (Gothenburg). The greatest building project ever in Sweden.
"Camping and hotel"
There are two camping grounds in Soderkoping, one outside the town and one in the center (that one I liked the best).
It is a small camping, mostly for caravan cars. (Located in the junction Erik Dahlbergsgatan and Ringvagen. In center part of pictures, where roads unite ).
There is also a bed and breakfast hotel. Beside there is a small hill and on top of that a nice café.
Hotel Soderkopings brunn has conference and hotel services.
"Smultronstället - the famous ice-cream cafe"
Forgot to tell you about this wellknown ice-cream cafe that lies just besides of the sluices. In this place - oh, I hardly can control myself writing this - here you can by the best ice-cream in Sweden.
It will cost you a lot, but be a memory that makes it worth all the struggles to get there, and all queing of course if you come late.
(On this picture I am the first client that day, he-he, running in there at 10 o´clock in the morning I guess. No - I am not lying, the picture is taken after we ate the ice-cream, just look at my belly ;-)
This is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Sweden with a street pattern that is medieval and three buildings from that time: St Laurentii and Drothem churches and a building called the House of Johan III.
The Church St Laurentii made of bricks is from 1300.
Söderköping was an important city in the 1400 with connections to the merchants of Hansa (See pages on Visby).
With the land heaving (the ground of Sweden is going up after the Glacial Ice-era some 10000 years ago, you know) the harbour lost its importance and the town got competition from Norrkoping. In the 1700 the town had changed to a small agrar city.
This altar piece is probably made in 1400-1500. The figures are the Father surrounded by 14 apostles. (but who is who? The altar piece was hard handed restaurated and missing parts were constructed 1892).
In the altar piece there is a Chrucifix in front of the father and a woman with undone hair, Maria?, between.
The middle part is rare in its form and has been given various interpretations.
It has also been thought that the Fransiscan Convent that was lying close to the church has interviened with contacts to some German Alter piece workshop in Germany or Holland.
The votive ship is a frigate that was built by ship builder master Rudberg in 1848.
The church benches were obtained at the restoration work in 1892.