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Gamla Linköping – travel 100 years back in time

Horse and carriage in Old Linköping.Horse and carriage in Old Linköping.

Gamla Linköping is one of Östergötland’s biggest tourist destinations and one of Sweden’s most visited museums, with close to 450,000 visitors each year. Here, visitors are transported back in time a hundred years or more to the city, countryside and forest of yesteryear.

The city quarters is home to about one hundred wooden houses, which have been moved here from other parts of Linköping. These lovely historic homes are surrounded by winding cobblestone alleys, courtyards and historic gardens, the perfect setting to settle in and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The houses in the city and on Valla Gård, the rural part of the museum, host 25 different museum environments and exhibitions, where visitors learn about how people lived and worked in the past.

But Gamla Linköping is more than just history – there are also quaint shops, cafés and restaurants, theatre performances and a dance floor. For families with children, the museum offers a wide range of other fun activities, including LasseMaja’s Deckarhus (detective house), animals, mini golf, sledding hills, Linköping’s largest playground, Lill-Valla, and several other play environments. Visitors are welcome to roam freely in the Vallaskogen nature reserve – find your own favourite spot, visit the animals, look for relics from the past or follow one of the walking trails where you learn more about the local nature.

En kvinna cyklar i Gamla Linköping

Summer and Christmas activities

Gamla Linköping offers activities, experiences and events for children and adults all year round. Extra activities are offered during Tidernas Sommar, from the week after Midsummer until mid-August, with many different family activities every day. And the Christmas atmosphere can’t be beat during the weeks around Christmas, especially during the popular Christmas market.

Hotels and hostel accommodations are available in the middle of the museum. Gamla Linköping is located 2 km west of central Linköping (signposted from all major roads including E4, exit 111). Entry to the museum area is free and the grounds are always open, all year round, 24 hours a day. The opening hours for other activities and businesses vary slightly with the seasons, but many are open all year round. For more information on current opening hours, visit

Christmas in Gamla Linköping

Experience the extra cozy and festively decorated atmosphere in Gamla Linköping leading up to Christmas. Over two weekends, the popular Christmas market takes place. Watch the video below to immerse yourself in the charming ambiance of the Christmas market.

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A woman and a child outside Ankungen's bookstore in Gamla Linköping.A woman and a child outside Ankungen's bookstore in Gamla Linköping.



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