Welcome to Östergötland
From Stone Age to high tech
Magical rune stone greetings from times gone by alternate with living industrial history and fascinating museums in Östergötland. Did you know that technology from Åtvidaberg was used to go into space? And if you plan to go into space on your next holiday, chances are that you’ll prepare for it in Linköping!
The towns of Vadstena and Söderköping were once important power centres in medieval Sweden. Envision it as you stroll through the picturesque quarters and enjoy the small town idyll and charming shops. Linköping Cathedral, another historic gem, is not just an impressive building but also contains exciting modern art guaranteed to raise your eyebrows. At Östergötland Museum and its subsidiaries around the region, you will find even more information about Östergötland – what it was like yesterday, what it’s like today and how the region is being shaped for the future!
Hike along the beautiful Östgötaleden walking trail, enjoy Eco-park Omberg with the fantastic nature and the incredible views, or take a swim in the clear water of Lake Vättern. Do as the Pilgrims and visit the historical town of Vadstena, their destination the Convent Church with St. Birgitta’s reliquary and monastery.
Stroll along “Sweden’s Greatest Wonder” the Göta Canal – or explore it by boat. Discover the city of Linköping located on the stunning Östgöta plains, or travel back in time and experience Swedish small town life a hundred or more years ago in Old Linköping Open-Air Museum.
Explore the hidden archipelago, thousands of islands and home to sea eagles and seals. Visit the city of Norrköping with the beautiful and unique industrial landscape or meet a moose in real life.
Quick facts about Östergötland
Area: 10,562 km²
Form of government (Sweden): Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy
Seat of county government: Linköping (153.000 inhabitants)
Language: Swedish. Many Swedes also speak good English.
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
Opening hours: Banks are usually open Monday–Friday 10–15;. Shops are open Monday–Friday 10–18, Saturday 10–14. Shopping malls have longer opening hours and are also open on Sunday. Food shops in the larger cities and towns are usually open 8–20.
Exchange facilities: In banks, or in currency exchanges, where the opening hours are longer.
In case of illness: SOS emergency phone number is 112. For the Medical Advice Service phone 1177
Time zone: CET (UTC+1), CEST (UTC+2)
Drinking water: Tap water is safe to drink.
Average temperatures: January: -2.8°C/27.0°F. July: +17.2°C/63.0°F
Hours of daylight: January 6 hours. July: 18 hours