Friends eating at the restaurant Flott in Linköping City

27 must dos in Linköping

Experience hiking, kayaking, sports and live music or just hang around with the locals and get into Swedish culture. Either way, we really hope your exchange studies will be one of the best experiences of your life. Welcome to Linköping!

Linköping´s cathedral Domkyrkan and purple flowers in front of it

The big cultural musts in Linköping

1 Visit medieval Linköping!

Stroll by our magnificent cathedral, Linköpings Domkyrka and the castle, Linköpings Slott. Make sure to visit the picturesque museum Slotts- & Domkyrkomuseum located in Linköping´s castle. A great way to learn about our fascinating history is by a guided city tour with Linköpings Guideklubb.
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2 Experience ways of life in Linköping and Sweden 100 years ago

Learn about Sweden and 100-year old traditions at the open-air museum Gamla Linköping! Stroll the cobblestone streets, have a Swedish fika at one of the cozy cafés and visit the charming shops in the area. Enjoy delicious waffles at Skönfärgaregården, fika at Dahlbergs café and wonderful ice cream at Gelato House (spring-autumn). Charming accommodation is also available at Hilma Winblads B&B. Best of all - there is no entrance fee!
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3Learn about Sweden´s fascinating Air Force history

Linköping has an amazing aviation history! Flygvapenmuseum attracts heaps of visitors each year, irrespective of gender and age. Click here to read more >

​​ 4Make an excursion to Bergs Slussar and discover the mighty staircase locks! 

Bergs Slussar (10 km north of Linköping) is the most famous attraction along the Göta Canal. Watch boats going through the locks, join a cruise, play mini golf, enjoy a nice meal or an ice cream! If you´d like to stay overnight - try glamping by Go Glamping Sweden. May-September.
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5Discover Östergötland´s history at Östergötlands museum

Welcome to a museum featuring a variety of cultural treasures. Discover the different exhibitions with various themes such as contemporary art, fashion and design, photography and current social issues.
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6Visit one of the historical castles in Linköping

Bjärka-Säby slott, Ekenäs Slott, Linköpings slott, Ljungs slott and Sturefors slott all offer marvellous architecture and historical experiences. Some can only be visited from the outside but are still worth the visit!
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7Art, cool murals and painted buildings!

Take the time to experience art while you are here! Except for the many traditional art galleries and museums, lift your gaze once in a while and marvel at the Artscape project´s murals, painted on buildings around Linköping.
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8Architectural design and history

Marvel at modern architecture at Vallastaden (living exhibition 2017), right next door to the university! Or stroll along Hunnebergsgatan,one of Linköping´s oldest streets,and imagine life back in the old days!
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Kayaking in Kinda Canal in Linkoping Sweden

Nature activities

1 Explore The Right of Public Access

The Right of Public Access gives everybody the wonderful freedom to roam Swedish countryside. Why not pick some blueberries while experiencing nature? 
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2 Go jogging or walking around the beautiful Kinda kanal!

Stop for sit-ups at the outdoor gym at Snugganparken.
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3While it´s still warm - go swimming! 

There are plenty of nice spots, Stureforsbadet,10 km south of Linköping and Viggebybadet, 25 km south of Linköping are two of them. Indoor and outdoor pools (outdoors summer only) are available in central Linköping at Linköpings Simhall.
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4 Lots of fun at the city beach at Mickey´s! 

No swimming, but minigolf, ice-cream, kayaks, bikes and happy people at Mickey´s strandfik by Scandic city hotel. (May-September).
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​​ 5Just hang out and enjoy nature´s beautiful colors

Either nearby at the city park Trädgårdsföreningen or why not at Tinnerö nature reserve.
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​​ 6Hike the Östgötaleden trail, 140 km of hiking trails to choose from!

The Kinda kanal and Rängen Runt areas are easy to access by bus.
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7Try kayaking and experience the surroundings from the water!

Choose to start in central Linköping by Scandic Linköping City Hotel or in southern Linköping, at Vårdnäs (may-sept)
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8Challenge yourself and try the amazing treetop adventure

We dare you to challenge yourself of heights of 6-8 or 11-14 meters at Höghöjdsbanan treetop adventure in Vidingsjö!
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9Go  eco by bike! 

The absolutely best way to get around Linköping is by bike. Did you know that there is even a special bicycle map showing all the best and safest bicycle routes?
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10Try ice-skating!

If and when the weather has been cold enough, it´s amazing to go ice-skating on frozen lakes. But never go alone - always stay in the company of someone experienced! Indoor facilies are also available.
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11Don’t miss trying cross-country skiing!

Go to Vreta Ski Center just north of Linköping city for trails and ski rentals.
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​​12 Last but not least, experience Swedish traditions!

Pick seven kinds of flowers and take part in the celebration and festivities of Midsummer in June (midsommarfirande in Swedish). And if you´re around in August (or do it anyway) -  organize your own crayfish party and party like a real Swede! Eat lots of crayfish, dress up in funny hats and sing.
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A variety of Swedish cookies and cakes

Swedish cuisine, shopping and lifestyle

​​1Have a Swedish “FIKA”

There are plenty of cozy cafés in both central Linköping and the surrounding areas. Watch a funny fika film here and
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2 Try Swedish cuisine at a nice restaurant! 

Enjoy the vibes and a good meal from any of the restaurants at the main square ”Stora Torget”. You can also ask for take-away! Top it off with a tasty ice cream from Linköping´s famous ice cream bar Bosses Glassbar. 
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3 Go shopping for Swedish interior design and clothes

Shop at loppis (flea markets), second-hand or other shops in central Linköping or the Tornby shopping area. If you´re looking for Swedish handicraft and gifts, a good idea is going to the slightly hidden shops at Gamla Linköping!
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4Have a Swedish sauna!

Try Nordic lifestyle and go for a classic sauna! Available at
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Live concert

Live-music and sports in Linköping

1Go see LHC play hockey!

Both Linköping Hockey Club´s (LHC) womens´ and mens´ teams are one of the best in Sweden.
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2Watch a soccer game

LFC is one of Sweden´s top womens´ soccer teams, go cheer them on!
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​​ 3Go to a concert or experience an event

Saab Arena and Konsert & Kongress are the two biggest live music venues in Linköping. You can also enjoy live music at Skylten and Palatset. Proof of vaccination may be required, make sure to check beforehand. 
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4Go to the theatre!

Once you´ve learned a bit of Swedish, go enjoy a play at Östgötateatern. The theatre in Linköping is set in the beautiful Stora Teatern building.
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Wishing you an amazing stay in Linköping!