Vadstena Abbey Church
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Enjoy the greenery in the middle of the city
Shopping street in Vadstena
Cozy shops
Pilgrimage Read more

Look down

Pebbles and cobblestones are layed out on the rose-lined medieval streets. Recently the main shopping street have been given a new look. If you look a little closer in the middle of the street there is a water well running all the way through town. The lid itself is made of metal with a natural rusty surface, though that it is not the most interesting, it's the pattern itself. It mimics a squeaky tip. Vadstena spikes are widely known and have been tied up in Vadstena and surrounding areas since the 18th century. Just having a lace pattern on the pedestrian street is one of the small details that make Vadstena a bit extra beautiful. So next time you walk along the pedestrian street, you know where the pattern comes from.

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Look up

In some shops you should look up to see the ceiling. It’s made of glass with a decorative pattern. Of course there are more breathtaking things to look up to. For example the Abbey church or the towers of the castle. But these small things are not to be forgotten. If you want to find this ceiling go to the shopping street and visit “Adolfsnäs handelbod”. They are selling interior design, flowers and vegetables.


The most eye-catching thing that stays for both residents and visitors is the view of lake Vättern. This large open water that gives a sense of an ocean. It's as if something gets rested within us looking out at practically nothing. One thing is certain, the closeness to water affects us in a soothing manner. So bring the bathrobe and start the day by the water.