Linkoping On a BudgetLinkoping is in the northern portion of the Gotaland region and is the capital of Ostergotland county. The city has all of the amenities of a larger city, but manages to maintain the feel and atmosphere of a quaint small town. This is mainly due to the lack of tall buildings within the city limits. Building height is restricted by the nearby military airfield, so Linkoping has a cosy ambiance that leads you to believe that you're somewhere hidden away. The university that is located here also helps create the feel of a college town. The students are well integrated into city life and help bring energy and entertainment to town, both in the form of cultural events during the day as well and an active night life in the evening.
The regions surrounding Linkoping are predominantly farmland. A fun day's activity is to rent a bicycle and head out of town. There are some interesting castles and churches as you venture further into the countryside.
Linkoping's climate is warmer than you might expect for its latitude but still quite cool. Temperatures during the summer months typically reach an average high of around 20 degrees Celsius, and during the winter months the highs are around freezing. The summer months are usually wetter than the winter months.
SightsLinkoping has some interesting buildings and museums that are fun to check out. Specifically, you should make a point of swinging by Linkoping Cathedral, Linkoping Castle, City Hall and Gamla Linkoping. The cathedral was originally built in the 12th century and the castle dates back to the 13th century. Gamla Linkoping is an open air museum that has beautiful buildings that show how life was during the 19th century. Some of the area's best museums include the Swedish Air Force Museum, Linkopings Slotts and Domkyrkomuseum, and Ostergotland County Museum.
NeighborhoodsDowntown Linkoping, or the Inner City is both the commerical and cultural heart of the city. It has many of the town's shops, restaurants, bars, museums, and churches. It is also where you'll find Tinnerbacksbadet, which is a heated artificial lake.
ActivitiesPopular activities around Linkoping include walking around the city, visiting Linkopings Tradgardsforening park, watching a hockey game at Linkoping HC's arena, and enjoying a boat trip on the Kinda canal. During the school year there is also a lively nightlife when the students are out enjoying themselves.
If you're interested in shopping then there are some interesting places to buy souvenirs. Kanevad wood art shop is worth visiting as is Cloettas Chokladbod, or Cloetta Chocolate Shop. There are also a few malls in the city center and a shopping center to the north of the city that has some big stores.
Food and DiningThere are a wide variety of restaurant options around town that cater to all tastes and budgets. Interesting budget options include Thai, Mediterranean, sushi, American, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. If you want to try a more expensive restaurant without paying for dinner prices, then one option is to go for Saturday lunch. Many restaurants offer a limited menu during what is called "Saturday Shopping Lunch". This runs from noon until 3:00 pm. Lunches during the week also tend to be more affordable.
If you're in town during the summer months then it is worth checking out Bosses Glassbar. This is a unique ice cream shop that sells fresh ice cream in a fun atmosphere. It's popular with the locals and on hot days you can anticipate a line forming outside the door.
You'll also find many coffee houses and cafes around town, particularly near the main square and central parts of the city. These offer a great place to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere. Traditional Swedish coffee has recently been diversified by the influences of Italian and other European coffee. Now you'll find dozens of variations of coffee which you can enjoy.
TransportationThe best prices for buses and trains in Sweden can be found on Omio (formerly GoEuro). They let you search across all train, bus, and plane routes throughout Europe.
Buses are the only form of public transportation available in Linkoping. The lines begin at Resecentrum, where you can pick up a schedule and ask for directions. Before boarding the bus you must purchase a ticket, as the drivers do not accept cash. You can buy tickets at Quickomats. Taxis are another option, but they are quite expensive. Alternatively, biking in Linkoping can be quite enjoyable. In 2002 the city was named the "Swedish Biking City of the Year." Head to a bike shop and you can pick up a special biking map that will help you navigate the city and the surrounding areas.
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