This is the town museum. I am biased since my granny's father was one of the founders but it is nevertheless a nice little museum. It is based on maritime issues of course and has various shipping exhibits but also information on what my great grandfather did: he found old rock carvings in the areas surrounding Västervik (always a populated area because of agricultural valleys and the sea). Outside the museum, you can see old houses from various parts of the region and also an old boat. The museum is on a hill with a great view of town and on top of it, there is now a viewing tower to climb for even better views miles into the archipelago. There is also a small animal enclosure and a cosy café/nice but expensive restaurant (see restaurants) up there.
The narrow-gauge Västervik to Hultsfred railway is unique.
I used to travel on this line it when I was little. The trains all smelled of diesel and of the funny seat covers but the ride was always great as there were lakes and sights galore and you felt as if you were almost IN the forest it was that close. Then they closed the line down and a few years later it opened as a tourist attraction in summer. It is now a listed protected site with the Swedish Heritage. Very interesting little trains which look like nothing else in Sweden since we have few motor trains and these have an oldfashioned rounded design. Some of the departures are also with steam engines. You can also get off at for instance Fårhult en route for a nice dinner at the famous restaurant.
Gränsö is the favourite recreation area for the locals and it's easy to see why. You cross the canal to get there and it is suddenly peaceful. The castle was badly damaged by fire a few years ago but has been rebuilt and today hosts very various events such as an annual motorbike show and classical music concerts! The whole island is full of sandy beaches which are great for children.
These are the tiny cottages where seamen stayed when ashore.
You can stand upright and look across the roofs outside them! Very picturesque houses in typical Swedish style and with a small herbal garden and café outside.
Oh no, not one of them ruins again? Well, yes, because this one has a great setting on a narrow strip of land just beyond the town centre. It protected the entrance to the Bay of Gamleby where the inner harbour is and also the town. This is the reason the Danes destroyed it...These days it is also very famous for the annual music festival when you can sit in the ruin and listen to many of the best Swedish songwriters and trubadours. All arranged by a friend of local son Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA).
The old town is full of wooden houses I would pay a lot to be able to live in. It also has the oldest church in town, from medieval days, the Saint Gertrude. Its tower is a bit of a town symbol along with a lighthouse in the archipelago.
A handful of islands with small wooden bridges between them. Stop on whichever one you like and fish, have a picnic, swim or just enjoy the views.