By American standards Linköping is quite a small town with about 160,000 inhabitants. However, in Sweden, this quaint little town is the 7th largest city. Often you can hear airplanes in the sky as it is known as the aerospace capital of Sweden as well as the capital of Östergötland County. The university is quite well known around the country and is highly rated for its advanced technology and notable engineering programs. Although it’s no New York City, there are still many things you can do to entertain yourself and enjoy all the things this small town has to offer.
One of the most popular attractions is Gamla Linköping, the old town of Linköping. It’s located right next to the university and is a wonderful place to explore, especially in the summer when the weather is nice. You can find many original and replica houses in old Swedish design. There are small cafes and ice cream shops and many playgrounds for children to enjoy. You can walk past the farm and see horses and sheep and lay in the park and enjoy the day. It’s a fun way to step back in time and enjoy the simpler things life has to offer.
Another popular site is the Domkyrka Cathedral in the heart of the city center. This beautiful building defines the skyline of the town and is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Linköping in the Church of Sweden. 106 meters in height the beautiful green towers can be seen all through the city. Coming from Pittsburgh its quite a nice sight and has the same essence to the town as the Cathedral of Learning has to Pitt.
Lastly, Sweden is well known for its natural flora and fauna and beautiful nature, so the list wouldn’t be complete without something representing this. The Göta Canal is a 190km waterway that runs through Sweden. Known as Sweden’s Blue Ribbon it’s a fun sight to visit and spend a day.
Eating out at restaurants is not as popular of an activity as it might be in America for example. However, in Sweden, one thing people never turn down is a fika. So, it only makes sense to mention the best fika spot in the city which is Café Berget. The restaurant resembles an antique house with beautiful furniture and paintings where no one room is decorated the same way. It’s a great place to have a quick lunch or just enjoy some coffee and pastries with friends.
Overall Linköping does have things to offer. I’m glad to have had a chance to explore the city myself here on exchange and I hope that I will be able to return one day and experience the city again the future.