Adjacent to ALV is a former barn which for Astrid's 90th birthday was converted to an exhibition hall, showing her works and telling you about her personality and life, sometimes with the help of art or people who knew her. There are both temporary and permanent exhibitions. The page below is mainly in Swedish but there is info on the ALV page too.more
Those of you who have no special feeling for childrens literature or who have already seen it should head for Norra Kvill. One of the smallest national parks in Sweden. Have a look at its special VT page linked to above, for more pictures of this ancient forest with its quiet lake in the middle.more
Better known to locals simply as ALV, this is a theme park dedicated to Astrid Lindgren's stories and characters. Adults will have fun here, especially if enjoying the stories, but it is a heaven for children. If you understand Swedish, you will have fun watching the plays and listening to the actors as they stroll around the park chatting to each...more
Those of you who want to pay homage to this great storyteller should head for Vimmerby cemetary where her grave can be found just behind the small chapel along with that of her parents. To avoid fans littering the grounds, the parish has put up a letterbox where you can leave a message. It is thought that the messages will be collected and taken to...more
The loveliest tree in all Sweden and certainly one of the oldest! This oak has existed for centuries and has a gap in its base big enough for children to walk through, although that's prohibited now due to conservation reasons. The rural landscape next to the majestic oak is what lent itself to my Vimmerby intro page and you can see more in my...more
Vimmerby grew simply by being at crossroads, so it is by default easy to reach. At least by rural standards. You can catch the train between Stockholm and Kalmar and also catch various buses between Jönköping and Västervik as well as buses from Linköping and Växjö.
Who would have thought that overly safety conscious Sweden, where we jokingly say that we soon have to wear hard hats to go for a walk, had such a dangerous looking part of a theme park! Ronja's fortress ruin is set up in Astrid Lindgren's World and looks quite dangerous to a parent to keep a watchful eye on your children. There is nothing soft to fall on if you get pushed down this one!
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 4 – 15°C ( 39 - 59°F ); min: -1 - 5°C ( 30 - 41°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 18 – 21°C ( 64 - 70°F ); min: 9 - 11°C ( 49 - 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 16°C ( 43 - 60°F); min: 1 - 7°C ( 34 – 45°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 2°C ( 34 - 36°F); min: -3 - -1°C ( 26 - 30°F )
Soedra Vi is a village north of Vimmerby where I happen to have relatives, but also where you can go to see a nice church and a former spa park. Today the park is used for all sorts of gatherings and also houses a local agricultural museum. You can see a couple of more pictures on my Södra Vi page.more
This is the site of Vimmerby Tourist bureau. Here you find everything you need to know: