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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Brunnsgatan 23, Vastervik, 59322, SE
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This restaurang has managed to survive almost in the middle of nowhere and become so successful it is in most Swedish food guides thanks to its food. The restaurant is in the old wooden station house at Fårhult which is along the narrow gauge railway between Västervik and Hultsfred - a tourist attraction in itself. If you arrive by train, the...more
The restaurant is a bit on the dear side (but serves Swedish crayfish when in season in August!) but try the nextdoor café. Excellent after a visit to Kulbacken and even when you enjoy a drink outside you can admire the view amongst the pine trees but this time towards the bay instead of the archipelago. There used to be a mini golf course here too...more
Båtsmansstugorna are the old, very low seamens' cottages which you can see in a separate coverage under "musts". Their gardens are full of herbs and flowers and in the middle of it is a little café with typical Swedish buns and biscuits. Very often live folk music on the little stage too.more
Västervik has two seasons. In winter everything is dead whilst in summer, the town is livelier than most Swedish towns apart from the really big cities. The classic hotel Stadshotellet has a nice nightclub all year round but if you go in summer, just follow the beat you like along the High Street and seafront.
This is the dilemma for the town planners and the main reason the town is still as quiet as it is and jobs fairly scarce. It is in a bit of a transportational backwater but don't let that stop you. If you have your own car you are fine. Otherwise the easiest way is by train from Linköping (which is what they orient themselves towards here rather than Kalmar) or by train to Vimmerby (direct from Stockholm or Kalmar) and from there by fairly frequent county buses (50km). There are also coachliners from to/from Stockholm along the East coast, which stop in Västervik en route to Kalmar/Karlskrona. Finally, if you find yourself on the other side of the Baltic, there is always the VV-line lorry ferry from Tallinn which is also supposed to run from Ventspils (Latvia) again soon.
The bus network in town is surprisingly good for such a small place but of course doesn't cover everything. It is OK in town but as soon as you want to see the countryside you have problems unless it is along the road to Vimmerby. In the town itself you can walk everywhere. surprisingly good for such a small place but of course doesn't cover everything. It is OK in town but as soon as you want to see the countryside you have problems unless it is along the road to Vimmerby. In the town itself you can walk everywhere.
In mid July the town is absolutely packed as people come to experience the Song Festival founded by one of ABBA Björn's local friends. Bring your acoustic guitar and join the crowds outside the fortress, or better still, buy tickets for inside. Most artists sing in Swedish but they are good ones and the spirit is high! There are long gone plans to...more
Västervik is IN County Kalmar in the province of Småland, but very much orients itself towards Östergötland instead - the province just to the north. The city of Linköping is where people go for cultural events, to shop at IKEA or go to university if they don't want to move further. It can even be heard in the dialect, which is far more...more
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Well, the old beacon actually. Spårö Båk (beacon) was just a pile of wood lit up at night in the beginning but its importance was early recognised and it is today a whitewashed tower with a red roof seen from many places in the archipelago and the main symbol for Västervik so you see copies of it on anything from mini golf obstacles to...more
Another bit of great archipelago and agricultural land in the northern bit of what is Västervik Council and only really accessible by car if you want flexibility. From there, you can also catch a boat to Väderskär and see the famous archipelago chapel and see how people have lived for generations in the harsh but stunningly beautiful outer...more
Västervik is on the Baltic Sea coast so it has a wonderful archipelago worth exploring. Rocky islands are everywhere and sometimes the rocks are interrupted by sandy beaches. Magnificent views and if you have your own car you can find your own place as it is a geographically large town.
Fondest memory: I miss the sea when I am away but also the inland scenery with its mansions and forests full of mushrooms and old oak and juniper hills. In fact, Västervik has a huge chunk of my heart.