Major Cities in Östergötland

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Linköping is the provincial capital, Episcopal seat, former garrison town and a center of technology and higher education. The city with it's 132 000 inhabitants is the biggest in the province and the fifth biggest in Sweden.

Linköping is situated where the highway (Euroroute E4) crosses river Stångån, which is part of Kinda Canal. North of Linköping, Stångån enters lake Roxen, which is part of Göta Canal, the blue ribbon across Sweden.

For a long time Linköping was a commercial town but the industries that have started the last decades took over the main occupation and is now manufacturing aeroplanes and high technological instruments of control on a large scale. The universities and the linked computer industry is contributing to the towns concentration on science and technology.

Attractions in or near Linköping:
The Cathedral
The Cathedral is the pride of the city and is one of the most splendid in the Nordic countries. Its mighty spire rises to a height of 107 metres. The building dates back to the Middle Ages and has been surprisingly untouched by the passing centuries. Its lofty vaulted interior is filled with space, light and beautiful lines, created by stone-masons from Britain, Germany and Gotland. The Cathedral houses treasures such as the huge crucifix, two altarpieces, the pulpit, the new window dedicated to St. Mary and other works of art from the 14th century and onwards.

The Castle with the Castle Museum

Open-air museum

Old Linköping and Valla recreation ground

museums - handicrafts - shops - restaurant - open-air café - herb garden - youth hostel - miniature golf - playground - pony stables

Gamla Linköping, comprising more than ninety old buildings, shows what a small Swedish town might have looked a hundred years ago. Gamla Linköping and nearby Valla recreation ground is a great area for relaxation as well as for getting to know more about Swedish history and culture. The buildings are moved from the center of Linköping. Old Linköping is a "living" museum, ordinary people lives in the old houses. 

Folke Filbyter
The legend tells he was the "father" of the Folkunga Dynasty. He is told about in the book Folkungaträdet by the author Werner von Heidenstam. The story says he is searching for his son. He is probably a myth.
The book inspired Carl Milles to create the statue Folkungabrunnen in Linköping (1927)

Bergs slussar

Two canals & 30 Locks
The Göta Canal and
Kinda Canal

Linköping has more locks than any other municipality in Sweden. Nowhere else are there so many within such a limited area. They are now interesting tourist attractions with restaurants, cafés, street life and activities on and alongside the canals.
Perhaps the most famous point on the Göta Canal is the Carl Johan locks in Berg - 15 minutes north of Linköping - with no fewer than 7 locks in a single staircase.
Linköping is the entrance to the lesser known Kinda Canal and the manually-operated triple lock in Tannefors.

Göta Kanal and Kinda Kanal

Ekenäs Castle

Enjoy a fascinating visit to EKENÄS Manor and learn something of Sweden's exciting history, architecture and furniture, as well as the curses and myths associated with the Manor.
In the wings, there is a café and shop. Every year, the Whitsuntide tournament with knights in armour attracts a huge audience to the Manor park. Towards the end of the summer, the Manor is shown in the dark. Mediaeval banquets are arranged for private parties.
The Manor is 20 km east of Linköping.
The Swedish Air Force Museum
With the Swedish Air Force Museum at Malmslätt just outside Linköping and the Saab plant on the other side of the city, Linköping is regarded as the cradle of Swedish aviation.

The second biggest town is Norrköping with just a few hundreds of inhabitants less than Linköping. In the beginning of the century a big textile industry grew in Norrköping and the town was for a long time the most prominent of the region. However, this changed when the textile industry suddenly decreased. The emphasis lies now on electronic industry and the town was chosen to host some of the departments in Sweden, such as the Swedish Immigration Board, the National Maritime Administration and the Meteorological Institute.

Attractions in or near Norrköping:
The Kolmården Zoo
The Museum of Work
The Industrial landscape 
The cactus display

Åtvidaberg is a nice town and has got a nice local web server where you among other can read about the famous "Solkanonen", the only canon of its kind.

Vadstena - the 1400th and 1500th -centuries spiritual and cultural center.
In Vadstena, at the shores of Lake Vättern, Birger Jarl built Bjälbo dynasty's summer palace during mid 1300th century. The Palace is today the oldest kept profane building in Sweden. Birger Jarl was the one who founded Stockholm.

Mid 1400th century Birgitta Birgersdotter, lagmannen (the district court judge) Ulf Gudmarsson's wife and mother of eight children, lives at the estate Ulvåsa
In the palace in Vadstena the King Magnus Eriksson
lives, newly married to the beautiful Blanka from Namur, Belgium. Birgitta was called for, to educate the young wife. Birgitta gets a revelation from God to found a monastery on the Palace's ground. She has the King to donate the Palace and the ground for this purpose. Birgitta leaves for Rome, determined to have the Pope's blessing for her monastery order.

Birgitta was proclaimed a Saint 1391. Her reliquaries are preserved at the monastery. Heliga Birgitta (Saint Bridget) is Sweden's only Saint.
Attractions in or near Vadstena:
The Castle

The Abbey church

The Monastery
Attractions in or near Motala:
Medevi Spa

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