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The Döderhultar museum is located in Forum, where you'll also find the library and the tourist information.
Döderhultaren was a bit of an original living in Oskarshamn during the second half of the 19th century (1868-1925). He carved small wooden figures and sets of wooden figures. Many of these can be seen in the museum.
In Forum, jsut next to teh DÖderhultarmuseum you will also find the museum of seamen, which is well worth a visit too.
The entrance fee is 35 SEK and both museums are included in the fee.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Stensjö village is the only totally unchanged village in southern Sweden. There were three different rual changeovers in the 18th and 19th century in Sweden, but none of them reached Stensjö, so the village is still intact and the houses are close to each other, as opposed to the changed villages where the houses moved out to the new fields.
Today there are still farmers around performing their work, and you can walk around in the village looking at the houses and fields. There are several different walk-paths in the area and out around the fields, from maybe a kilometre in length up to over 10 km. Things to see include the old black-smith cottages which still stands from the 18th and 19th century.
This is a must see and the actual village is also suitable for disabled or elderly people, even though the walking paths might not be.
Updated Feb 19, 2005
Address: Stensjö by
"Besväret" litterarily means "The trouble" and hence it can be perceived. It consists of the small cobble-stone streets next-door to the Small Sqaure in the city. it can also be reached by steep steps from the harbour area. It is very well disguised though and a lot of people tend to miss it.
It gives a small view of what the town looked like in earlier years. There are very narrow cobblestone street, passages and alike with wooden houses and small gardens. The area isn't large and you'll walk trough it in half an hour or so, but you shouldn't miss it!
Written May 21, 2004
The Fredriksberg mansion is a large mansion on whose land the whole of Oskarshamn once was built. Nowadays you can visit the mansion in the summer time and I believe there are guided tours too.
My grandparents used to work here as farm labourers in the 1940's.
Written May 21, 2004
A good place to just chill out and relax with a few beers. Good food too...As with most bars in Sweden though, the beers are pretty expensive so if you're going out for the long haul, get a few in you pregame...
Written Dec 16, 2005
Oskarshamn is one of the two mainland harbours from which there are ferries to the big island Gotland in the Baltic Sea. There are ferries at least once a day.
I would really recommend you a visit to Gotland for few days when you come this way, but DON'T just rush past Oskarshamn, it's got a lot of nice things to seee that most people miss out on.
Updated Apr 16, 2005
There are many archeological remnants in Oskarshamn. Just the other day I went to see the rock carvings/petroglyphs somewhat to the east of the city. They are from the younger bronze age, around 900-500 BC and depicts ships and footsteps.
As they are placed on a strip of land between two bogs and as the custom of the era was to perform sacrifices on such places one might think that they are part of some old ritual of the long gone past.
Direction: Drive the Road 23 westwards, passed the hospital. After about 7 km there is a road to the left, marked "Fliseryd" and a sign for a golf course. Turn left there and follow the road for 500-600 metres. On the left of the road there is a small path and a tiny blue sign saying "Hällristning". Turn onto the path, park the car and walk the 600 metres left before the carvings. There are signs near the carvings in swedish, english and german.
Updated Mar 10, 2005
If you're a techie you shouldn't miss a trip to teh Simpevarp Peninsula, about 30 km north of Oskarshamn. There are 3 different blocks here and also the CLAB, Centralt Lager för Använt Bränsle, the first storage area for used uranium in each of the 12 nuclear Power plants in Sweden. Here the uranium lie in huge waterfilled basins for about 40 years until the radioactivity has gone down enough to be put in the still not built final storage area somewhere in the ground of Sweden.
There is an exhibition hall in the old village of Simpevarp, where you can see films depicting the activites here and so on, and you can drive by car around the different blocks and see the buildings. To actually go inside one opf the blocks I think you need to be part of a group, but I'm not certain.
Drive north on the E22 from Oskarshamn, turn right at the large intersection at Fårbo after about 15 km. Follow this road for another 10-15 km until a small sign says "Oskasrhamns Kraftgrupp" to the right.
Written Jun 12, 2004