The old St Laurentii church burned down in 1494. It was then rebuilt and inaugerated in 1497, just tree years after. However the building work with the church continued until 1560.
(The year 1296 that is painted inside the church under the picture of St Laurentius is - as the Swedish info brochure says - probably a error in some of the repairs that were done during the 1700 och 1800).
Make a visit to this old hall church. The style is called baltic brick gothic, as some more resembling churches in harbour towns around the Baltic Sea are build in bricks in the same fashion.
A smultronställe (wild strawberry place) is used to describe an especially nice place usually somewhere off the beaten track.
Smultronstället is located just next to the Göta Channel and you can see the boats pass the flood gates as you eat your ice cream. It's Sweden's largest ice cream restaurant and one of the most famous, people come to Söderköping just to eat there.
They serve ice cream but that doesn't really give an accurate image, the ice cream is served in glasses and are fantastic creations in a myriad of flavour and colors. They are so large that they are an entire meal in themselves.
They are only open during the summer from april to the end of august.
The oldest part of this church is the sacristy, probably constructed in the end of the 13th century as a separate chapel. The other parts of the church were probably erected during the 14th century.
The bell tower was constructed in the 18th century and was rebuilt 1788 when it was given the quadratic roof cover.
The church was called the Trinity church (S:t Trinitatis) during medevial time, note the three circles in the church wall!
Well, we can take another one too...
Perhaps this one was the King of Tonga, i don´t remember. It has some resembly of Banana Split.
This summer café has one thing on the menu: Icecream. You will get a cover with 30-40 sheets in plastics with colour photos of all the ice-creams there is to order.
Well, you can order coffe too or some carbonized thing if you like.
Favorite Dish: The Vezuvius - an ice-cream that gets to you surrounded with smoke (just 'smoke' from carbondioxid-ice).
Or you can choose some of the other as well, without smoke.
A banana split is not wrong either (but have perhaps another name).
Thou shalt not eath before thiss...
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Through Sýderkýping runs the Gýta Kanal, the E22 crosses Gýta Kanal just as you drive into Sýderkýping. Normally there's no problem here but in the beginning and end of the weekend a lot of people drive this way to get to their summer houses and to drive down to ýland and Smýland.
In the summer the bridge opens every full and halv hour to let boats pass by. There are on fridays and sundays always long traffic jams here that "get stuck" in all the red lights in Sýderkýping and it can take over an hour to pass by.
There are ways to drive ariound the queue but it's on small roads, your best bet is to follow the other cars around.
This day it was 'the Söderköping Day', in July I think. We was very lucky to be there that day. Much people, many activities. One of these were the Church Boat Rowing. A boat and its crew from Rättvik.
They put the boat in the channel and then rowed into the sluices where they were lifted to the higher level. This boats are main attraction in Dalecarlia (=Dalarna), the rowing is an old Sunday tradition.