Need a break after an eternity on the E4 expressway? Or are you looking for ways to entertain foreign business colleagues before that all-important meeting?
Welcome to Linköping! Don't worry; parking won't be a problem, even close to city center. If you arrived at the Resecentrum train and bus station, the first sight you will encounter as you walk toward downtown is the "Metamorfos" sculpture, one artist's interpretation of biofuel. This is a fitting work for Linköping, which is known for its "green" profile. For example, the city was the first in Sweden to run its entire fleet of buses on biofuel!
On your way downtown
After a few blocks, turn left on Platensgatan Street. Look for the theater on your right. Soon, you will arrive at the intersection of Platensgatan and Ågatan. In the summer, a "must" stop is the legendary Bosse's Ice Cream Bar. Residents know that when Bosse's opens its doors, spring is on the way. On your right is the imposing Domkyrkan, the country's best preserved medieval cathedral. It is well worth a visit, as are the Slotts- och Domkyrkomuseet [Castle and Cathedral Museum], Stadsbiblioteket [city library] and Östergötlands länsmuseum [county museum], all of which are near the cathedral.
For entertainment, look no further than Ågatan and the immediate vicinity. The neighborhood pulses with life day and night. University students flock to Nationernas Hus. With its restaurants, nightclubs, numerous cafés and outdoor restaurants, it has a similar vibe to that of Stora Torget Square. For shopping in the area, visit the Filbytergallerian mall, where you'll find boutiques that specialize in high-end fashions and cosmetics.
Art in the heart of the city
If you're an art aficionado, don't miss our city's most interesting meeting place - the equestrian statue of Folke Filbyter by the world-renowned Swedish sculptor, Carl Milles. Go into the Radisson SAS Hotel and ask to see their collection of paintings by the well-known Linköping artist, Johan Krouthén. Or why not pop into Passagen art gallery, which always has exciting exhibits.
To your right on Storgatan street, look for Hemslöjden handicrafts, a trendy knitting shop, a chocolate-themed café, interior design and clothing boutiques. Handmade jewelry, record stores and the Clas Ohlson department store are located in the opposite direction on Storgatan. Tanneforsgatan, a lovely pedestrian street, leads to Trädgårdstorget Square and continues down to Lilla Torget Square. The entire area abounds with art galleries, boutiques and restaurants for every taste.
It's only a short walk down Nygatan Street to the Stångån River/Kinda Canal and the city's tallest apartment building. Many people come here to go jogging, take a quiet stroll or stop in at one of the many restaurants and cafés that border the canal. At Drömmarnas Plats (place), on your left, relax on a bench and contemplate the stainless steel sculpture, Drömmarnas båge [Arc of Dreams], which stretches over the river.
From here, it's just a five-minute walk back to the Resecentrum.