Östergötlands Län Things to Do

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Östergötlands Län Things to Do

  • Rök, Swedens most famous Rune Stone

    Rök is just a tiny dot on the map in the middle of nowhere. A tiny little curvy road brings you to the village. You'll drive through nice open landscape and in the distance you can see a lovely white church. But there is more to Rök than only that. Maybe it is hard to believe, but this little place is famous! Why? It is the village where you can...

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  • The Rune Stone at Rök

    Rune stones are standing stones with runic inscriptions on them dating from the Iron Age (Viking Age) and early Middle Ages found in most parts of Scandinavia. Most stones are put up as memorials for a dead person, like this one at Rök as well. On the stones you can find writing in runic, a distinctive sort of alphabet.The rune stone at Rök is...

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  • From the old to the new times.....

    Old and new times go side by side in Rök and for that matter in whole Östergötlands Län. In the field next to the church and the rune stone, stand these modern type wind mills. It is such a sharp contrast with the rune stone.These days you see more and more of these wind turbines in Sweden. Although often I can't appreciate the view of them in the...

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  • Lake Tåkern

    Some of the best times to visit Lake Tåkern would be May/June and September/October. These are the seasons when you can see all the migrating birds passing through this area on their way from and to the warm south. During the autumn passage about 2000 Mute Swans and several thousands of Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Pochards and Coot collect...

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  • Tåkern, ideal for birdwatching

    After lots of culture it is time for some more nature! And where better to find that then at Lake Tåkern! A bird watchers paradise! Lake Tåkern is a nature reserve and about 5400 hectares big. About half of it is open water and the rest is devided by woodlands, meadows and reedbeds. The aim of the reserve is to protect nature and...

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  • Vadstena Slott

    A total surprise for me during my visit to Vadstena was the Vadstena Slott (slott = castle). Maybe I should confess that I didn't know there was a castle in Vadstena in the first place and seeing this huge castle came almost as a shock. But a good one! It was great to take a nice stroll around the castle, looking at this rather unusual building...

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  • The Abbey Church at Vadstena

    Next to the Vadstena Kloster is the Vadstena Abbey Church. The building of the abbey began around 1369 and it was consecrated in 1430. The church was built by the directions of St.Birgitta, although some alterations were made on her original instructions. The material they used to build this church is blue-grey limestone from Omberg. From the...

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  • Impressions of Vadstena Kloster....

    Inspired by the light in the photo I wrote a little poem about Vadstena Kloster. A moment of thinking back to my visit to Vadstena and feelings I had by being there. I decided to publish it here so you get some idea of what visiting Vadstena Kloster can be like.The long hallwayDoors on either sideAnd then there is that lightAlmost blinding the...

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  • Vadstena Kloster

    The King's Palace was donated to the St.Birgitta in 1346 by king Magnus Eriksson and his queen Blanche for the purpose of building her own convent. St.Birgitta died in Rome in 1373 unable to see the finished work on her Monastery. The monastery is now the final resting place of St.Birgitta. But what is the Vadstena Kloster like these days?The...

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  • The King's Palace

    This is the King's Palace in Vadstena, and at the same time the Vadstena Kloster. Confusing isn't it? Hahaha, I guess a little bit. This building was built around 1250 as a royal palace. And that makes the palace the oldest and best preserved profane (= not belonging to the church) brick building in Sweden! And of course that made me want to see...

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  • Vadstena, what a wonderful surprise!

    I visited Vadstena to see the Sancta Birgitta Convent, but what I found was not only that, but much more! Vadstena was a true surprise for me. It is a lovely old town with around 5,500 inhabitants, and in each and every street you can feel history. I will highlight a few of its historical places in the next few tips, like the Vadstena Kloster, the...

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  • St.Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373)

    St. Bridget of Sweden / St.Birgitte or in Swedish often called "Den heliga Birgitta" is a name you will come across often when travelling through this area. In many of the places I mentioned previously on this page (Alvastra and Vreta Kloster for instance), St. Birgitte played a role in their history. There is really no escaping the name when...

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  • The history of Alvastra Kloster

    In my previous tip I gave you a little impression about what Alvastra looks like nowadays, and now it is time to tell a bit more about its history. The monastery was founded by French monks of the influential Cistercian order in 1143. These monks came all the way from Clairvaux in France, bringing modern methods of administration, technology and...

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  • Alvastra Kloster

    Just a few steps away from Omberg you can visit the ruins of the Alvastra Kloster (Kloster means "monastery"). And it really is a few steps! So close really that you combine a walk at Omberg with a little detour-walk and visit the ruins at Alvastra at the same time, just like I did. The entrance is for free, so don't miss out on these beautiful...

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  • Kaga church: a little gem!

    My original plan was to visit the little church of Risinge, which is famous for its beautiful fresco's. Unfortunately this early in the season (early May) the S:ta Maria Church in Risinge isn't open to the public, so you can imagine my disappointment. But I stumbled upon some good news while doing research for this trip! I discovered that the...

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  • The wonders of light......

    Light creeping in around the doorKaga churchNo one thereJust me and ÅkeAnd those beautiful frescos insideI look back towards the entranceA beautiful sunny dayLight creeping in around the doorMagical Impressions of Kaga Church, by Sim1, 2005

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  • More about Omberg

    Letting you know a bit about my sentiments about Omberg in my previous tip, it is now time to tell a bit more what makes this place so special and what there is to see and do in the area. First of all let me mention the views! On a clear day you can see for miles and miles from the top of Mount Omberg, called 'Hjässan' over the surrounding...

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  • Omberg, nature area

    It is early May 2005 and the feeling of spring is in the air and what better to do during the early spring then to see nature slowly waking up. Especially after a long Swedish winter! A visit to Omberg sounded like a great plan! I was looking forward in going on a stroll in the woods, see the spring flowers and the gorgeous views over lake...

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  • Views over lake Vättern

    It is time to drive towards the west and visit the shores of Lake Vättern. And Lake Vättern is not 'just a lake' it is the second largest lake in Sweden and Europe's fifth largest lake and it is a lovely place to visit. The name Vättern means simply water, and a lot of water it is! But what I found most striking was its colour. It is...

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  • Rogslösa: All about a "door"

    Rogslösa: this place is all about a "door". A door? you will probably ask me...... Yes a door! But an amazing door! The village of Rogslösa is tiny, very tiny, nothing more then a few houses and a church. And this church has this door that is worth while visiting. And if you don't believe me, you really have to go and take a look for...

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  • Driving alongside the Göta Canal

    During the summer season it can get quite busy with tourists here at Berg, but on this nice sunny afternoon so early in the season it was a great place to make a quick stop. The locks are quite impressive, seeing so many in a row. And the boats in the distance give a little romantic touch to the place. It made me dream away for a while, while...

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  • The frescos in the Kaga church

    The most striking part of this little church at Kaga is its frescos and these frescos are the reason why I went here. And I am so happy that I did that! I can't remember how much time I spend in this little church, looking up and around me, being amazed by it all. Wondering who made these frescos and trying to figure out the story behind them. I...

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  • Locks at the Göta Canal at Berg

    Not far away from Vreta Kloster is the little village of Berg and the famous Göta Canal. At Berg you can find the Carl Johan flight of locks with no less than 7 levels. These locks raise or lower the boats 18.8 metres between Lake Roxen and the Berg guest-harbour. In total there are eleven locks in Berg.The Göta Canal is a 190 km long...

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  • Vreta Kloster

    The best part of the church at Vreta is the inside. It even has a little museum with many medieval works of art! I really enjoyed looking around here. I've added a few photos to this tip so you can have a bit of an impression of Vreta Kloster. Some interesting things to see are of course the museum, but also the burial-chapel of the Dougles family...

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  • Vreta Kloster

    At Vreta, just outside of he city of Linköping, you can visit the Vreta Church and Convent. In Swedish it is called Vreta Kloster ( kloster = abbey, monastery; convent). The church dominates the surrounding landscape, located on a little hill overlooking the landscape. While travelling towards Vreta from the city of Linköping, I could see...

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  • Welcome to Östergötland

    Welcome to Östergötlands Län! I've been to this part of Sweden twice now and my most recent trip was in May 2005. I had some wonderful days here! Östergötland is a wonderful combination between nature and a lot of history. The countryside is open and slightly hilly, with forest areas like the Omberg Nature reserve which is...

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  • Finspång

    A little town with 20.000 inabitants, used to be one of Sweden's most important industrial cities during the 16th to 19th century. Was the sole cannon manufacturer in Sweden and provided cannons to most of Europe's armies. Today the fascinating old 17th and 18th century forge's, foundry's and worker bouldings are still left as well as the amazing...

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