Beijing, Manchester from Sweden Y the city of flowers. Katarina calls it short and sweet Norpan. The dear children have many names, including Norrköping. On a hot late summer weekend in August, Katarina and I packed up in the car Finally lost, for a mini weekend in Norrköping. A city in which Katarina has spent the last days as a student, studying and hanging out in secret places to which she promises to show me the way.
What to do on weekends in Norrköping
Tip No. # 1: stay at a train station
“Isn’t this accommodation made for us?” Katarina sends another link The STF hostel at Norrköping Central Station. This is how our Norrköping weekend really begins, with the dream of sleeping in the middle of a train station. For a total of 750 riksdaler, we booked a double room with a private bathroom. For a hundred extra, sheets, towels and cleaning are also included.
So the hostel is upstairs at the central station and we get a room with a view directly on the tracks. There you can sit on the windowsill and watch the passengers standing and waiting on the platform below. See loved ones pass, and less dear ones, reunions and goodbye.
“… The two hundred and sixty-six train from Linköping leaving at zero forty-six for Gävle arrives shortly on track three …”
It’s nice to wake up to the first exclamation of the morning from the downstairs waiting room. Once in the middle of the night, I also wake up to a freight train passing by and shaking the whole room. Also, it is quiet to be in the middle of a train station, the sound insulation is new and well done.
The hostel has a kitchen and living room to use, and at the top of the main entrance there is a terrace overlooking Carl Johan’s park. A simple breakfast that you can serve yourself is included, we start the day with a couple of sandwiches and coffee in the sun watching the travelers come and go.
Tip # 2: Carl Johans Park and Cactus Park
One of the most spectacular flower arrangements is the Cactus Park at Carl Johan’s Park. You’ve probably never seen so many cacti in such a small area before – 25,000 plants to be exact. How do they make cacti survive winter? They are simply dug up in the fall and then replanted again in the spring. Ambitious to say the least, the planting work takes a whole month, but they have also been digging their cacti since 1926.
The cactus park is located in Carl Johans Park, which is also worth seeing with its beautiful flower beds and bubbling fountains. Built as early as 1860 with a large statue of King Carl Johan himself.
Tip No. 3: Norrköping Industrial Landscape
Louis De Geer plays a central role in Norrköping, not only through his own concert hall, the street and the high school named after him, but also in the history of the city. The Dutchman made a great contribution to Norrköping’s industrial success during the 19th century and ensured that the city had arms factories, textile mills, paper mills, and a shipyard.
Today, there aren’t many industries left, instead, reddish-brown brick buildings and factories have been transformed into creatively simmering neighborhoods in the form of, among other things, universities, museums, restaurants, and cafes. In the industrial landscape of Norrköping, it is cozy to just stroll, all the time with the present day. The imaginative travel enthusiast easily steps on a trip to Manchester here, it is no coincidence that the city is often called Manchester of Sweden.
Tip No. 4: Lunch at the World’s Bar – Old Student Hook
We passed the world bar, a classic student hook according to Katarina. Walk through the facilities and discover that almost everything is the same. We have lunch, I have a nice halloumi salad and locally made IPA, on their outdoor terrace. Affordable and charming plus over sixty different beers are promised, what more could you ask a student for?
Tip No. 5: Museum of work
The tip I get the most before our weekend in Norrköping is the Arbetets museum. And I must admit that the name makes me skeptical to say the least. Museum about work? I probably can’t imagine a less sexy word job Really. But I’m glad we’re going there, because even if we go out at the last second and can do the whole museum in thirty minutes, we have time to dedicate ourselves to the two working methods of the future and discuss how much time we really feel reasonable to dedicate to work. in our lives. Next time, there will be more time here.
Tip # 6: kissing stop at Kärleksparken
Next to the stream is Kärleksparken. A park dedicated to love. Here you can sunbathe on the wooden platform, which must be positioned in such a way that the sun shines from lunch to evening. Have an ice cream on one of the wooden sofas or simply stop at Kissing Stop and wait for passersby. However, probably the least crown-friendly place in world history, we were content to look at it from a distance.
Tip # 7: Nap at Folkparken
We managed to splash out on the hottest late summer weekend and after a few hours wandering the streets of Norrköping, we are perishing. We decided to take a nap in the shade at Folkparken, Norrköping’s largest park. Here you will find everything from various sports activities to a kiosk, playgrounds and a small pond. Perfect for a peaceful break on the green grass.
Tip # 8: Pre-drink on the balcony
Next to the stream is the balcony with its wooden deck and curls. We decided to have a pre-drink and order their two most popular drinks, according to the bartender. A simple trick if you want to experience local specialties in one place. Unfortunately, I forget to write down the names of the drinks, but we noticed that the people of Norrköping have at least good taste.
Tip No. 9: Enoteket Restaurant: an imaginative trip to Sicily
When it comes to dining out, we’ve gotten a lot of advice that sounds good (Urbane Goat, GIN, Pappa Grappa), but it ends with the tip that comes closest when hunger strikes, namely Enoteket. An Italian restaurant that cooks Sicilian food, sells delicacies and wine on tap. I am not amazed purely in terms of taste (but this is how you’ve become an Italian snob), but the place is well worth a visit for its Italian charm, the wine system that makes it easy to try several different wines, and the seating location outdoor. next to the water.
Tip # 10: Knäppingsborg neighborhood
The Knäppingsborg district is located in the old part of Norrköping. Like a courtyard lined with small shops, cafes and restaurants. From designer shops to cheese shops and the odd trendy bar. Here we have a glass of champagne on the way back to the train station in the evening and start the next morning with a breakfast coffee. Very cozy little neighborhood.
Tip No. 11: Buy at Myrorna
“I have found it here many times,” says Katarina and shows the way to Myrorna in Norrköping. A large variant with two floors and clothing and furniture. Well worth a stop for those who are eager to haggle, I find myself a striped dress for 58 crowns, which is also half the price, so I go out of there 29 poorer crowns and a richer designer dress .
Tip No. 12: Färgargården – garden cafe and waffles
Many are those who tell us about the waffles in Färgargården. So we go there, of course. Färgargården is a museum where you can see how a master of color lived and lived in the 19th century. A colorful and faluröd green oasis located next to Motala Ström. It is well worth a visit for the environment and a nice walk along the stream, the waffle, on the other hand, leaves me quite intact. What was it that would be so especially good? Next time it will be a loving mom or maybe your Kinderäggcheesecake.
Tip # 13: Arkösund archipelago
Just under an hour’s drive directly east of Norrköping is the Arkösund Archipelago. A former fishing village that today is both a seaside resort and a starting point for many boats in the archipelago. We had lunch at Arkö Krog (but we would choose Arkösund hotel and restaurant like this in retrospect), take a walk on the bridge, look at the exhibition about life below the surface, and wiggle our toes for a while from one of the soft islets for bathing. . A good place for summer days and a good ending to our weekend in Norrköping!