Gävle Travel Guide

  • a street in lovely timber old town Gamle Gefle
    a street in lovely timber old town Gamle...
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  • the river that runs right through it
    the river that runs right through it
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  • very grand buildings on the canal through Gavle
    very grand buildings on the canal...
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Gävle Things to Do

  • visit the old town - Gamla Gefle

    Old town of wooden buildings that survived the fire that destroyed most of the town in the 19th century.If you are a photographer enjoy an hour or two walking the several streets checking out these quaint and cute Swedish wooden houses - and use your observations skills to note the Swedish quirkyness here and there!

  • National Railway Museum

    I have only the NRM in York, England to compare it to and whilst this one is smaller (but still full of impressive goodies for the buffs), it has a better feeling of "pioneering" about it. Sure enough the real railway pioneers came from England but here in Sweden, they battled with a totally different landscape when building the railways and that's...

  • G?vle Castle and Prison Museum

    The Castle does not look anything like what it did in medieval days since it is totally rebuilt and resembles a great mansion today. However, the grounds still fascinate as they house the typically Swedish looking prison of 1847 and the county jail from earlier days. Since the prison closed, this has all been co-ordinated and made into a prison...

  • 3 Day Gavle City Fest each August

    I drove on up to Gavle to see its old town of wooden buildings that survived last century's fire and arrived in the midst of the city's annual City Fest.There were loads of people cramming the streets in the city centre with a busy amusement park area, a belly dancer in one of the park's pagodas, and across the canal a gospel group commanding...

  • Architecture

    Due to a redevelopment plan of the municipal government the centre of Gävle was started to reconstruct during the 1950’s. But you still can find some old architectural highlights like this church near the train station.

  • A castle ?

    My first though when I saw this building was that this could be a castle. Later I found out that this is just a fire station, built in the late 19th century by the architect Ferdinand Boberg .

  • Telephone Booths

    In the centre you can see the very nice telephone booth. I am from a country where one booth look like the other - so I was quite fascinated by this nice one in the centre.

  • Old Town

    Gävle suffered badly when a great fire swept the city in 1869. Most houses were wooden and the whole northern part of the river disappeared. What is left of the wooden town today is the Old Town to the south but it gives you a good enough idea of the place. In winter it is quite deserted but the locals are artists and the Christmas decorations are...

  • Archipelago villages

    Bönan is a 19th century fishing village in this part of Sweden so famous for its Baltic herrings. You can of course try them here, both in the harbour and in the Strandg?rden restaurant. There are also sometimes guided tours of the lighthouse and a generally nice archipelago feel and small beach. There are buses here but in July, the tourist office...


Gävle Hotels

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  • Clarion Hotel Winn

    N. Slottsgatan 9, (formerly Park Inn Gavle), Gavle, SE- 80138, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Scandic Grand Central Hotel

    Nygatan 45, Gavle, 803 20, SE

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Scandic West Hotel

    Johanneslotovagen 6, Gavle, 80328, SE

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Gävle Restaurants

  • Decent pub

    Still going strong since my last visit ten years ago, this pub now had our local Yorkshire bitter too! Apart from that and typical Swedish and other British brews you get Czech and Irish on tap and there are also several good whiskies. Great mix of friendly people of all ages and a selection of international pub grub. John Smiths :-)

  • Best Indian in Sweden???

    Amazing...After an evening at the pub, me and my husband decided to round the evening off with a curry as we knew there was an Indian somewhere in town. We found it thanks to friendly locals and had the restaurant almost to ourselves. The chef turned out to have had a curry house in England before (now there's a surprise...) and heaven knows what...

  • 60s Cafe

    A Swedish bakery and cafe at its best. Relaxed atmosphere and a good selection of cakes and drinks. This one has half a boat added to its interior which is otherwise with its 50s-60s style decorations left. Hot chocolate with whipped cream. Nothing like it after an encounter with the Christmas ram.


Gävle Nightlife

  • McGees pub: McGees pub

    by MikaelPersson Written Aug 26, 2003

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    McGees pub is a typical "Swedish" pub where you can eat and drink and by 11 pm most people are totally wasted.
    But in the non smoking corner you can find a quiter place...
    There are a lot of different whiskys and beers to choose from, thats why I go there!

    Dress Code: Come as you are

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Gävle Transportation

  • Sweden Bus vs Train

    While the train is the fastest, it is good to keep in mind that usually you have to drag your luggage on and off the train (common space in passenger compartment). The bus has an easy to access cargo hold underneath the passenger compartment that fits more luggage. And they usually provide some assistance.

  • Easy to reach

    Going north from Stockholm and Uppsala by either train or car, you will pass Gývle if you stick to the mainline / E4 motorway north. There are slow trains but also speedier X2000 trains (Stockholm to Sundsvall run) which take you here in less than two hours from Stockholm. Also train and buses from for instance Falun in the midlands.

  • Taking the train to this terrific town!

    Unless you are driving yourself, so far the best way to get to Gävle is by train. It is right on the "main" railroad from Stockholm up north, so almost every train passes through.Also, it is comparatively cheap to travel by train here from Stockholm (the starting point for many tourists I would imagine) or Uppsala. OK, by bus it's a LITTLE cheaper,...


Gävle Shopping

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  • Shopping

    Do you hate the crowds in the shopping centres when you are in hurry and you just want to buy a few things? In Gävle you don't have such problems. We were here on a weekday in the morning. We hardly saw someone in the pedestrian zone. We were the first at the cash register in a supermarket, in a mall and in a bakery. The city of my dreams - I hate...

  • GReat shopping – actually

    I can compare with many other smaller Swedish towns, and Gävle has comparatively great shopping possibilities. The pedestrian street Drottninggatan runs from the train station all the way to the park Boulognerskogan. Along the street lie most of the shops in Gävle, but also in the quarters between Drottninggatan and Nygatan, and along Nygatan....

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    8 Hotels in Gävle

Gävle Local Customs

  • Keep the Ram Safe

    I think the Ram is a great idea. I have no idea why people would try and destroy it. Except, perhaps they don't have enough sense of power or importance in their own lives. In fact we could call them impotent. Destroying a age old tradition only leaves us without another story to share and we become a world of bland people without stories or color...

  • Set fire to the ram!

    In Sweden, it is traditional to have straw goats with red ribbons as Christmas decorations and mid Sweden has a particularly strong connection to goats as they can live on the pasture in the forested highlands. Consequently, the traders of G?vle decided to sponsor a huge straw ram for December 1966 and that's been done every December since. The...

  • Do a visit to Furuviksparken, ...

    Do a visit to Furuviksparken, Sweden’s biggest zoo and amusement park. You will find it just south of Gävle. Open daily throughout the summer.


Gävle What to Pack

  • Climate in Gävle

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 4 – 15°C ( 39 - 59°F ); min: -3 - 5°C ( 27 - 41°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 19 – 22°C ( 66 - 71°F ); min: 10 - 14°C ( 50 - 57°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 5 – 17°C ( 41 - 63°F); min: 1 - 9°C ( 34 – 49°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 0 – 1°C ( 32 - 34°F); min: -3 - -2°C ( 27 - 30°F )

  • Packing List

    Family Travel Don't forget to bring your swimsuite while visiting Gävle in the summer. Here: Bönan fishing village.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Gävle Off The Beaten Path

  • Swedish Railway Museum. One of...

    Swedish Railway Museum.One of the world’s finest collections of locomotives and carriages, together with facts and articles from Sweden’s railway history, are on display at the museum. Different exhibitions and activities are organised during the year. Open throughout the year. Closed on Mondays in the winter.

  • Every year, in the beginning...

    Every year, in the beginning of august (this year between 4th-7th of august), the kernel of the city turn into a swarming festival. You can choose to walk around looking at the market stalls, try food from the whole world or just listening to the artists. The festival is for free.

  • Have a visit to Högbo Bruk....

    Have a visit to Högbo Bruk. You will find Högbo bruk, just north of Sandviken, a city west of Gävle.For more photos, please have a look at the Högbo Bruk travelogue.


Gävle Sports & Outdoors

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    Fish in the city centre!

    by Sjalen Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Yes, free fishing is no problem if you wander across the city centre to the parkland along the river (Stadstrýdgýrden). Trout and salmon can be had.
    If you fancy fishing in the archipelago instead, there is info on current boats at the tourist office.

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    • Fishing

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Gävle Favorites

  • The Gävle Goat

    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...

  • MalacoLeaf Candy

    MalacoLeaf is the largest producer of sugar confectionery in Scandinavia with a range of well known brands such as Läkerol, Malaco, Menthol, Ahlgrens Bilar and SorBits. Malaco and Leaf both have long traditions of producing high quality candy. Leaf (originally Ahlgrens) started producing Läkerol in 1909 and Malaco (originally Dansk Engelsk...

  • A big, small town

    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...


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