In addition to simply strolling through Eksjö’s old town, taking thousands of photos and eating cake, the city has several museums and old merchants’ and early manufacturers’ houses to visit. That’s something I found fascinating in Sweden anyhow (it is not limited to Eksjö, I saw it also in Sigtuna and at the west coast): whole houses with the...more
This canyon is amazing! I cannot stop to recommend this to anyone interested in hiking and spectacular landscapes. It is not big though, but that does not take the fun away once you are “inside” – you will stop many times and wonder how this all did form. No one really knows, that’s what the leaflet says. I imagined something like a crack due to...more
Eksjö’s old town is such a delight to wander around and admire all these beautiful wooden houses. According to the information at the explanatory boards the town grid is almost the same as it was laid out in Medieval times. Most of the wooden houses are (protection) listed buildings. A little river runs through the northern part of the old town...more
At the 1st parking place that I came to, and which seemed to be the closest to the old timbered town that I was coming to Eskjo to see, was a big map and information board with the layout and info of the sights to see.This was a good map but there is also a handheld map available from the Tourist office which is also shown on the information board...more
Eksjö having such a strong military history, of course there has to be an army museum and this is today adjacent to the town museum and with the same entry fee. Amongst things you can see are what life was like for the soldiers in their barracks, various uniforms and standars from throughout time and where Sweden or Swedes fought in battles.more
The town museum has permanent exhibitions on wooden houses (of course) and also the danger those have faced throughout history with fires raging through town. Local artist Albert Engström gets a corner of the museum and there are also various temporary exhibitions on both general art and local history.more
Apart from Aschanska, this town house is the most famous. Would you believe that it was threatened by demolition in 1945 to give way to a department store!?!?! Luckily, the citizens protested and managed to save it, and today the lush yard sees many gatherings in summer when musical evenings and history walks take place here. Its history is one of...more
The "Historical Heritage" yard is also one of the more famous set of wooden buildings in town. The building itself is from at least 1655 and has been used as workshops for coppersmiths until 1910. Since 1923 it is housing the Heritage Museum with bikes, furniture, tools, a copper smithy in its yard and other things such as memories from Eksjö's...more
Stora Torget, Eksjo, SE
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
I could easily entitle my Sweden travels “Where to find the best cakes” and so Eksjö was no exception. No, to be honest, I didn’t look for a bakery when I walked through Eksjö’s old town, only for a place to have coffee. But it was obviously at prime time and I didn’t find one in the little streets. When I was already on my way back via the market place, I saw it: Lennarts Konditori. Oh and how delicious did these cakes look…. Haha, I had a bit of a hard time to understand that the cakes they had in the shelf are not being sold by the piece but as a whole (thanks, dear waitress for having been so patient with me), but the ones they sell as pieces are similar delicious. I ended up with the Princesstårta (that’s the one with green marsipan) and one with berries and cream. Oh heaven!! Their coffee was also good and no wonder that I came back the next day to have breakfast before I went to Skurugata. Well, coffee and cake that is. Haha, and completely bewitched I was with these delicious cakes, I forgot to take notes about the prices. It wasn’t much, for 2 cakes and one coffee (Latte Macchiato) I must have paid approx. 60 SEK.
The bakery is easy to find. It is at the market place, opposite of the main entrance to the church. Seating outside. And they also sell snacks which looked delicious as well, given what I saw on the others’ plates.
Favorite Dish: Lennarts Konditori on Google Maps
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Sat: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
Sun: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Oct-April) and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (May-Sept).
Most small Swedish towns have a "Town Hotel", Stadshotell. Eksjö's is one of the most impressive I know and also where a lot of the town's nightlife happens. As soon as my cousins were old enough, this is where they and their friends all went for their big do's. Now that most have left Eksjö for bigger cities, they still come here for family holidays, and then have their reunions here in great style. Depending on the time of week, the hotel offers pub disco, trubadours or other live music and nightclub. If you want to stay here too, the only thing I will say is: do not go there on the weekend of the school leaving as then all, and I mean ALL, Eksjö college graduates gather here to celebrate and it is a VERY noisy affair well into the early hours :)))
Dress Code: Not that swanky but "decent".
I came by car, so I cannot say anything about trains and busses. But Charlotta (@sjalen) has mentioned how to get there by train and bus in her Eksjö page. The train station is close to the town centre (approx. 200 – 300 m by foot).By car: Eksjö is located at the road 32 (from Motala at the northeastern part of Vättern Lake to Vetlanda, north of...more
Eksjö is off the main railway line but if you change in Nässjö (Stockholm to Malmö line) you will have no problem reaching it by a short motor train ride towards Hultsfred. County buses run from Jönköping and Nässjö as well and there are Svenska Buss coaches from Jönköping, Linköping, Västervik, Stockholm and other places.more
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This shop is in the main pedestrian street and has loads of fun if you want something unique. However, there are also several auctions and such in the surrounding countryside throughout summer. Just follow the "antikt" signs popping up.
What to buy: Glass, wooden furniture (if you can transport it) or just about anything special.
What to pay: From five crowns to several thousands.
Usually only mountain peaks have guestbooks, but there is also one in Skurugata. Makre sure you look for it, it is in the middle of the canyon on the western side at approx. 50-70 cm height. The wooden sign is a bit weathered and blends in with the wall, so it is not easy to see. Look fo the loose stone, remove it and the guestbook will be there...more
From the parking lot the way to hike into Skurugata is a circular one, either along the little toilet house westward and then south or southward past the information board and after some time northbound. I walked the latter one and it brought me to Skuruhatt, the highest point (337 m, according to the leaflet) of the rock formation with a prime...more
The army presence in Eksjö with its infantery and fusilliers once also included the Småland Hussars, something you can see by the impressive equestrian statue in the main square. When they were no longer needed, it was decided to set up the Hussars Association to keep the traditions alive. Today, the hussars therefore take part in all sorts of...more
Eksjö village has cobbled streets in several places. So better bring appropriate shoes. In case you want to hike in Skurugata, bring hiking shoes. In case of doubt, look at my photos. It can be cold inside the canyon, so bring additional fleece or sweater with you!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Eksjö has enough pharmacies and shops where you can stock up.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In case you want to stay at Eksjö Camping, it has a well eqipped kitchen, so there is no need to bring dishes. Camping is forbidden in Skurugata.
I have passed this church so many times on my way between Västervik and Eksjö in my childhood and it became a favourite early on. Still today, I know few as beautiful in Sweden and apparently I am not alone as the church was voted "Sweden's most beautiful church" in 1997. You see it from a distance early on when driving along the main road and this makes it more spectacular as Ingatorp is set at the foot of the local hills.
The circular trail in Skurugata is well marked. Only remember to follow the blue marking on the trees. I have decided to walk past the information board from the parking lot, which is leading to the south(east), with blue and orange markings. But then this was also the path further on into Klinten Natural Reserve. Only at the crossing I realised that the orange ones are for Klinten. The information board does not mention this. But the signs at the crossing (photo) are clear enough.
Which way is the best? As mentioned, I took the southern path so that I approached the canyon from the south. I think it does not matter which way you choose, but I realised that most take the one from the north, which will result in “hiking jams” when you meet these inside the canyon. Personally I liked my choice because I stood on the highest point (Skuruhatt) first and could get a good idea of what will await me down in the canyon. And when I walked back to the parking, the light atmosphere in the surrounding woods was magic. I saw several tree trunks, overgrown with moss, where I thought that it was logical to believe this is the habitat of elfs and dwarfs and trolls. It reminded me so much of Christine’s Green Man (photo on her homepage). See my travelogue for the photos.
I noticed the excellent stocks in Swedish tourist offices (Toristbyrå in Swedish) throughout my whole trip, but the one in Eksjö was one of the highlights among them. There is a huge room with countless brochures, maps and books about Eksjö, Småland and the surrounding provinces. Especially the brochures of Österlen (26 pages) and Småland (76...more
Oh, easy to say: it is a wonderful, very atmospheric town where we spent a great time! Last year we learned that EKSJö this year ( 2003 ) will celebrate its 600 year ANNIVERSARY with lots of festivities! Each month there are special attractions and you can ask MORE INFO at the Tourist office. The address is in my EKSJö INTRO page, so have a look...more