My favourite thing so far about Gävle is that the town, albeit small, gives the impression of a big city. Gävle has got it goin' on, you might say!
The train station is right now the site of much reconstruction and remodelling, but if the plans I have seen are correct, it will be great when finished in fall of 2003. The station is the first thing most people see of Gävle, so, naturally, a modern, big and functional building is right to the point. It's what Gävle is all about.
The rest of the town continues in the same way. The avenues are wide, adorned with trees, the statues are numerous, as are the fountains. The river, Gavleån, that runs right through town, wide of course. (not talking Seine, but still...).
Walking around in Gävle is a great way to pass your time, especially if the weather is welcoming. There are constantly little sites to discover, and the air is mostly sea-fresh. (Exept when the wind is blowing from the direction where the paper-making factory of Skutskär lies. Then is STINKS.)
And of course, Gävle has it's own "Central Park", a huge green area centrally located called Boulognerskogen.
What else would you expect from this big, small town?
The Goat is the maskot of Gävle. Its origin is a very funny story. In 1966 a local man had the idea of creating a giant Swedish Yule goat of straw. On December the first a 13-meter tall goat stood on the square. On New Year's Eve the goat was set on fire by a young man. He got arrested. In 1969 the same happend as well as in 1970. In the next two years the goat collapsed under its own weight. In the next years the goat was set on fire again, or collapsed or - and this was a rare event - it was left unmolested.
here you can read what happened in every single year so far
Check out the old Gevalia Coffee Plant.
Fondest memory: In 1914 Engwalls & CO introduced Gevalia, a coffee that become very popular in Sweden fast. Gevalia has been and still is the leading company in the coffeemarket in Sweden.
Check out all beautiful buildings. Here: Dalapalatset at Brynäs.
Fondest memory: Writing stories about Gävle isn't complete if don't mention the huge straw goat that is built every Christmas by the merchants´ association in Gävle. Almost every year vandals burn it down, but they are seldom caught.
1966 The first straw goat was built in 1966. On the new years eve the goat was burn down. The perpetator of the crime was found and was prosecuted.
1967 Nothing happened.
1968 Nothing happened this year either.
1969 The goat was burn down on the new years eve.
1970 The goat was burn down 6 hours after its construction. Two drunk youngsters was arrested and prosecuted for the crime. A new goat was built up again, and this time of reed.
1971 The merchants´ association gives up. The scientific association from Vasaskolan takes over instead. Their small straw goat was destroyed.
1972 The goat brakes down due to sabotage.
1973 Unclear destiny.
1974 The goat was burn down.
1975 Unclear destiny.
1976 A hotrod car destroys the goat.
1977 Unclear destiny.
1978 The goat was crashed again.
1979 The goat was burn down before it was even constructed and completed. A new one was built and impregnated, but this one was also sabotaged and destroyed.
1980 The goat burn down on Christmas eve.
1981 The goat was spared.
1982 The goat was burn down the 13th of December.
1983 Broken legs.
1984 The goat was burn down the night before Lucia.
1985 With the height of 12.5 meter the goat is now part of the Guiness Book of Records for the first time. Brun down in January.
1986 The merchants´ association starts to build the straw goat again. From now there are always two goats, one from the merchants´ association, and one from the scientific association from Vasaskolan. The big goat was burn down the night before Christmas.
1987 Very well impregnated goat this year. The goat was burn down the week before Christmas.
1988 The goat was spared. In the UK it now becomes possible to bet money and gamble of the existence of the goat.
1989 The goat was burn down before it was constructed. Money was collected from the public and a new goat was built, but it once again was burn down. January this time. In Mars 1990 anothe goat was built up, and this time for the swedish movie 'Black Jack'.
1990 The goat was spared. This year alot of volunteers guarded the goat.
1991 The goat was burn down on the Christmas day.
1992 The goat was burn down after 8 days. The small goat was also burn down the same night. The goat was built up again, but was burn down on the 20th of December. The perpetator of the crime for the three goats was arrested.
1993 With the hight of 16 meters the goat was once again part of Guinnes Book of Records. The goat was spared this year.
1995 Was burn down on the Christmas day. Was built up again to be part of the celebration of the 550th anniversary of the town.
1996 Was spared. Guarded for the first time with help of a web camera.
1997 The goat was spared but was harmed by fireworks.
1998 Was burn down on the 11th of december. Was built up again.
1999 Was burn down a few hours after the construction. Built up again on the 13th of December.
2000 Was burn down a few days before New Year.
2001 Was burn down on the 23rd of December. A 51-year old man from USA was arrested.
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Fondest memory: In the background you can see a glimpse of the theatre housed in the old gaswork building at Brynäs.
Check out the City Hall in the centre of Gävle.
Fondest memory: The City Hall was built in 1790.