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“Beautiful place to visit during summer” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gammelstad Church Town

Gammelstad Church Town
Kyrktorget 1, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
+46 920 45 70 10
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Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Lulea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Of Sweden's 71 original church towns, only 16 are left today. The majority of these have been reduced to a remnant. Gammelstad has the country's largest and best preserved church town with 408 cottages comprising 553 rooms. The church town presumably arose from a combination of several factors: the long distances, merchants' needs for storage and accommodation at the marketplace, the church stables and last but not least the population's duty to attend church regularly. The oldest mention of Gammelstad Church Town is in Johannes Bureus' depiction of his visit here at Christmas 1600: "All farmers have their cottages near the church at a place they call The Hill". Unfortunately Bureus does not mention the age of the church town, but the first cottages were presumably built in the mid-16th century. Gammelstad Church Town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 December, 1996.The World Heritage Committee's reasoning was as follows: "Gammelstad Church Town is a remarkable example of the traditional church town of northern Scandinavia. It admirably illustrates the adaptation of conventional urban design to the special geographical and climatic conditions of a hostile natural environment." The World Heritage area includes the church itself, surrounded by the Church Town, the well-to-do areas, the public buildings and certain sections of the more recent permanent buildings.The church town tradition, i.E. The custom of spending the night in church cottages in connection with church weekends, was a decisive factor for conferring world heritage status.
Linkoping, Sweden
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“Beautiful place to visit during summer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

A really lovely place to visit. Even if you have seen other "old towns" around Sweden, this one is the biggest and best preserved and Gammelstad Church Town is on the World Heritage List of cultural and natural settings of outstanding value to humanity. It is so beautiful during the summer, you can walk around for more than hour and also take a look inside houses. As far as I remember, until the end of August the Visitor Centre offer guided tours, which are four times per day (not in the afternoon though). It costs 65sek and kinds under 15 go for free, which is a good idea for families! The also have a cafeteria there and a restaurant, so you can eat a proper meal and have some rest.
They have awesome shops with craftsmanship and design, but of course those things are expensive. But so pretty! Small souvenirs are in acceptable prices and really worth buying.
It is definitely worth to see this place if you are in Luleå.

Visited July 2012
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“A great place to visit and relax!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We had a great time wandering through this old church town! It is quaint and old and definitely gave a feeling of being in a time warp.There are also shops to visit where you can buy items and a cafe where you can stop and rest while savouring the goodies. We happened to be in the church when a christening was beginning. They allowed us to stay and it was a wonderful experience!

Visited June 2012
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Lulea, Sweden
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“Very intersting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

The village was used when going to church from places far away. Reamarkable and special. Meeting once a week in the summer with great vintage automobiles.

Visited August 2011
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“The least visited world heritage in the world...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

A beautiful and very quiet place in the wintertime (which means more than half of the year in Northern Sweden). During the week-end, when most visitors should be expected, everything is closed - the socalled visitor center, the museum house, the open-air museum, the shops, the restaurant... But definitely worth a visit. However, It might be difficult to walk around the village. Only the main street is cleared for snow (up to 2 meters deep) ! You can easily get to the village by local bus from the town-center of Luleå. Busses leave at least once every hour.

Visited March 2012
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“A picturesque old town but quiet in winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

The church village of Gammelstad or Kyrkbyn is very pretty with its coating of winter snow. On a Sunday whenit is snowing heavily it is also very deserted with nothing at all open - no cares or restaurants or even the visitor centre. It is nicer to visit on a sunny day in winter if you have a chance as the snow drifts between the old houses with the sun glistening on the snow is beautiful.

Visited February 2012
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