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“Fun and educating, especially for families with young children”

Gamla Linkoping Open-Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Linkoping
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gamla Linkoping Open-Air Museum - year-round experiences Travel in time and experience life in a small Swedish city a hundred or more years ago. In the Old Town neighbourhood you will find wooden houses, cobblestone alleys, gardens and many museums. Here too are shops and crafts, a restaurant and cafe. A short walk through the Vallaskogen nature reserve takes you to Valla Farm, with museums showing the history of the countryside, farm animals, a large play area and a miniature golf course.Welcome to Gamla Linkoping Open-Air Museum - a place for play and curiosity, laughter and memories, a place to experience beauty and relaxation.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 18, 2012

I have actually lived close to Gamla Linköping and Valla for many years, so I have spent a lot of time there - especially with my children.The time is supposed to have stopped in the year 1900 or so.

Gamla Linköping is the town part, in which you can see genuine old buildings and houses that are actually lived in. Many people, both the staff and people who live there or just like to walk around there, wear period costumes.The ground is covered with cobblestones, which can make it difficult for people in wheelchairs. Among many other shops, there is an old-fashioned country store, in which you can only buy such things as existed in the year 1900. Such as sugarloafs and home-made toffee.

Valla is the rural part - there you can see how life was in the country at the same time period. There is a 500 m. walk in between through a beautiful forest, and in the high season you can also go with a small train or a horse-and-cart. There is also a riding-school in Valla, and on Sundays they have pony-riding for children.

I think the funniest thing in Gamla Linköping/Valla through the years, has been such activities for children and families, where you have been "invited" into the houses to "help" with for example washing, making biscuits, making coffee by grinding and boiling the beans, chopping wood, spinning on a spinning-wheel or a distaff, etc. in the old-fashioned way. My daughter and I acutally learned to spin in one of the cottages - we visited it very many times..! :-) And when you have made biscuits and coffee, you can all sit together with other guests and the staff, who are dressed in period costumes, and talk... And then the children get to go out and play with old-fashioned play-things, such as stilts and hoops. I have some very nice memories from these visits..!

Gamla Linköping also offers a lot of activities for adults, such as guided tours inside the old buildings, garden nights (when you get a guided tour in the garden, and can bring your own plants and ask questions about them), ballroom and traditional dancing for everybody, and music nights in the café. I must warn you though, that mostly old people and older middle-aged couples visit these events - so that you do not become disappointed and feel out of place if you are a young adult or family!

Another warning: the shops, restaurants and cafés are VERY expensive. The prices are salted everywhere, compared to ordinary shops and restaurants. I think this is very bad, because it makes Gamla Linköping, which is such a nice and well-meaning place otherwise, into something of a tourist trap... I recommend everybody to bring your own food, and to just look but don't buy anything in the shops or from the craftmen.

All activities are for free though, although you sometimes have to pay a moderate sum for materials, and there is no admission fee either. The toilets are also free - and usually clean. In fact you are free to browse the streets even at night if you like - the area is not restricted in anyway.

1  Thank CatharinaSweden
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Visited Gamla Linkoping on the Swedish National day celebrations. Nice to walk around and see old stuctures and old way of living.

Thank Nethru
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

This is probably a must see in Linköping, and in fact one of the free attractions that will occupy one to three hours while visiting this rather uninteresting city. The inner cafeteria is arguably one of the best in town, but the visit to the police "museum" is discouraged.

Thank MaRS0P
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We kind of accidentally discovered this place last week when I took my parents to Linkoping whilst they were over visiting from the UK. My parents and I were so impressed with this place. It's how Linkoping would have been in the past, with working museums, delightful shops, beautiful buildings and rich culture and history. We all found the place fascinating and only later discovered that'd we'd missed a bit chunk of it. I'll definitely be heading back with friends before leaving Sweden. I can imagine all ages being entertained for a full day here and the best thing is that entry is free!

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

All things are old here, they gathered old houses from different neighbors of Linköping and made an old city. If you travel to Linköping, this is a must see for you. Have a visit and enjoy the Swedish traditional lifestyle.

2  Thank Saeed_82
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