Linkoping is one of the ten largest cities in Sweden. It is located south of Lake Roxen, at the place where the Stongon River intersects with the main historic road leading from Stockholm to Helsingborg. About 142 thousand inhabitants live in it, who are proud of their town and call it the place for turning ideas into reality. Linkoping City dates back to the 12th century. However, his pride is not so much ancient architectural monuments as the presence of ultramodern companies in the aviation industry.
High tech city
Linkoping (Sweden) deservedly bears the name of the country's main aviation center. It has its own aviation school, and future pilots hone their skills at a military airfield.
Another important advantage of the city is the university, which was opened in 1975. Previously, only 3,500 students studied there, but now more than 20,000. On the initiative of the city administration, a center was created at the university, in which high technologies and commercial innovations are studied and mastered. This led to a huge push in the development of the city, and flows of multimillion-dollar investments poured here.
The powerful industrial park at the university employs about 240 companies, including global manufacturers from different areas of the national economy. One of the companies (Svensk Biogas AB) produces biogas for transport, which brought Linkoping to a leading position in the production and use of this type of fuel.
Weather and climate
Due to Linkoping's location near Lake Roxen, summers are warmer here than in other cities in Sweden. The warmest time in July - the temperature rises to +23 degrees. In the same month it often rains. The most favorable time for a trip is June (average temperature +20 degrees), and there is practically no rain.
The coldest months are January and February. At this time, the thermometer column drops to –5 degrees at night, while the average daily temperature is +1 degree.
In Linkoping (Sweden) there are enough places where you can spend time culturally and interestingly.
- Linkoping Cathedral is the main city attraction. Located in the central square of the city.
- The open-air museum (Gamla Linkping) is located in the western part of the city.
- Swedish Air Force Museum - covers an area near the Malmen Military Airfield.
- Central Park Tradgardsforeningen.
In addition, it is definitely worth visiting museums: Chocolate, garrison, railway. Every year, at the end of winter, a Chocolate Festival is held in the city. Chocolatiers come from different countries, surprising with their skill local residents and visitors. Linkoping hosts interesting events, exhibitions, premieres all year round, so it’s never boring.
The cathedral is the central church of the local diocese and the second largest cathedral in Sweden. The modern building was built 800 years ago on the site of a small wooden church. The temple was built over 300 years by craftsmen from different countries and today it amazes tourists with its grandeur and luxury.
Its walls are decorated with sculptures of mythical creatures, floral ornaments and human figures. Over time, the cathedral was completed with three Gothic chapels, which were decorated with large windows and an elegant star vault, and many other elements.
In the last century, the cathedral was restored by modern artists and architects. The roof was raised and covered with copper plates. The main entrance was decorated with a mosaic, and the windows were covered with exquisite paintings depicting a young Mary, dressed in elegant clothes, and floral patterns. The cathedral is equipped with three old bells, one of which is more than 700 years old. The church clock on the tower beats daily, counting the time of life.
Once in this amazing museum, you will be transported 100 years ago and will walk around the old Swedish town. The idea of creating an ethnographic museum in Sweden arose in the last century, when they decided to demolish old buildings and erect modern buildings. So there was Old Linkoping.
You will visit ancient municipal buildings and private houses, craft shops, cafes and restaurants, small museums and exhibitions. You will learn how the life of citizens went over a century ago. At the farm you will get acquainted with the life of local villagers, with a former fire engine, an old bowling alley. In the open-air theater, see the performance of local artists.
Entrance to Gamla Linkoping is free. Tickets are bought only when visiting museums and for traveling on a long-distance train.
This museum is the pride of Sweden. It is not only a collection of hundreds of aircraft, but also stores the entire history of the development of aviation, able to impress both ordinary tourists and professionals. Some of the samples are in a single copy and you can see them only here.
The museum stores over 25 thousand exhibits that you will become acquainted with during the tour (old and modern airplanes, tools, engines, uniforms). Interactive excursions are provided for children, on which they will visit as young pilots, dispatchers, and test their strengths in creating their own virtual aircraft.
Adults can also have fun on a unique simulator - a simulator that creates the illusion of a real flight. You will be sitting in the cockpit with huge touch screens and under the guidance of an instructor “make a flight”.
You can take a break from your impressions in a cozy cafe with an equipped playground. The museum is open daily, except Mondays, from 11 to 17 hours. The ticket costs 2.55 euros, for students and seniors - 1.7 euros. Children under 18 years old do not need a ticket.
Getting acquainted with Linkoping, you should definitely visit the unusual city park Tradgordsferingen - a wonderful oasis in the city center. You will see a rich collection of diverse plants and rare trees.
In the park, you should visit the observation tower, the greenhouse, visit the apiary. Here you can walk on your own or as part of an excursion, buy your favorite plants, have a bite to eat in a cozy cafe, or organize a picnic in a clearing.
For tourists, there is a rental point for bicycles, balls and other attributes for active activities.
Where to stay
Linkoping has a well-developed tourism infrastructure, so finding accommodation is not a problem. You can rent a room in an upscale hotel, a comfortable middle-class hotel or find a room in a guest house. Prices are very different, depending on your needs. So, a room in a three-star hotel with a range of services will cost from 60 euros, the average price is 90-110 euros.
How to get to Linkoping
There is an airport in Linkoping itself, but it only accepts planes from Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Therefore, it is better to consider other options for the path.
Linkoping from Stockholm can be reached by train from the central station with one change. Trains run at intervals of 30 minutes. The total travel time is 2-3.5 hours. The fare depends on the train and the class of the car and ranges from 150-175 kroons.
The exact timetable and ticket prices are available on the Swedish Railway website - www.sj.se.
You can get there by bus, however, it will take longer to get there - 2h 45 min -3 h 5 min.
Swebus buses depart 11 times a day from 8:15 a.m. to 01:50 a.m. The landing place is STOCKHOLM Cityterminalen. Tickets cost 149-179 SEK. You can view the exact schedule and purchase tickets at www.swebus.se.
If you prefer a plane, you will have to fly to the nearest Skavsta International Airport, and from there to Linkoping 100 km. The bus will deliver you in an hour and a half.
Linkoping City is always open to guests from around the world. Choose a convenient time to travel and go on a trip.
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How to get to Linkoping
The nearest Skavsta International Airport accepts Ryanair flights and is located 100 km northeast of the city. The shuttle bus arrives from there in 1.5 hours and stops at the main train station. Norrkoping Airport receives planes from Helsinki, Munich and Copenhagen, it is 45 km away. Linkoping has its own airport, but you can fly there at best from Amsterdam and Copenhagen. It is convenient to go to Linkoping by train from Stockholm: it takes 1 hour 40 minutes. In addition, you can get here by bus "Sebus" from Stockholm (2-3 hours) Gothenburg (4 hours) and Malmo (6 hours).
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A bit of history
The city was founded in the Middle Ages, at the very beginning of the 11th century, and is considered one of the oldest in the country and in Europe in general. The first churches appeared here in the 12th century, the Franciscan monastery in the 13th century. At the Battle of Stongebro in 1598the city sided with the Catholics - and lost. This was followed by events that are called “Linkoping's Bloody Bath” in history. In memory of them, a memorial is erected on the main square. One way or another, Linkoping remained a small town until 1937, when Saab aviation production developed and took shape. And today, the city has a well-developed business sector, mainly related to aircraft manufacturing, and the scientific community. In the 80s. of the last century, a center of industrial innovation was opened at the local university, which spurred the growth and development of the city. Now in the technopark near the university there are more than two hundred companies.
Linkoping is the capital of the Swedish aircraft industry: aircraft are made only in this city.
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The 17th-century Renaissance castle Eckernas in Ringstorpe stands on a cliff by the Teden River. Its three towers rise up above the lake, representing a very impressive sight. During the summer season, organized excursions take place around the castle, and in the fall they organize “walks with ghosts” day and night.