Northern part of Östergötland
Norrköping is famous for many things, including football and yellow trams, but the city’s most unique feature is probably the Industrial Landscape. Attractions in the area include the Museum of Work, the concert hall and convention centre Louis De Geer konsert & kongress, Norrköping City Museum and Visualization Center C, all located within well-preserved historic settings bearing testimony to the former textile and pulp industry.
The factories have long closed down, but today the area is still vibrant with activity from local inhabitants, students, and tourists. At Visualization Center C you can enjoy a 360° movie experience in 3D in the dome-shaped cinema and desiccate a 2,300 year-old mummy with the help of an interactive visualisation table.
Kolmården is Scandinavia’s largest wildlife park (and, in our opinion, the best one). It is located just outside Norrköping. The park has 60 animal species, and your visit supports the important mission to protect endangered animal species. Don’t forget to ride on the wonderful Safari cable car for a bird’s-eye view of the animals. Bamse’s World, dedicated to the cartoon character Bamse, is popular with younger visitors, while slightly older children never tire of riding on the Wildfire roller coaster. This is hardly surprising, since it’s been named the best roller coaster in Europe and the third best in the world!
The area around Finspång in the northern part of Östergötland has a rich legacy of rural industrial history, beautiful forested areas, and lakes ideal for paddling. Here, at the heart of Rejmyre Hantverksby, you can visit Reijmyre Glassworks, internationally renowned since 1810 for its glassmaking tradition and still in operation today. Slightly further north, Häfla Hammer Forge is testament to the Swedish industrial era, and is regarded as Sweden’s best-preserved ironworks.
In northernmost Östergötland, we recommend a visit to S:ta Maria kyrka (St. Mary’s church) with its wonderful 13th century frescoes, and Finspång Castle one of Sweden’s largest baroque manor houses, set amidst stunning landscape in the heart of Finspång.
If you enjoy ‘dark tourism’, take a guided tour through Trollkäringe forest, where a gruesome chain of events 400 years ago led to Sweden’s first big witch trial and the cruellest witch hunt in Swedish history…