The unique wooden town

The unique wooden town

It’s right there, in the heart of the magical ancient woodland in the province of Småland: Eksjö. There are unique environments steeped in cultural history for you to discover throughout the municipality, but the most unique attraction is the wooden town with its architecture that spans more than four centuries. Enter into a cultural treasure trove that has risen from the ashes of two town fires and that contains nearly 60 listed historic buildings. In the old town Gamla Stan and on the squares Stora Torget and Lilla Torget, you will find environments that are reminiscent of the commerce, high society life, tranquillity and everyday activities of days gone by.

Be fascinated by the old trading stores and burghers’ residences, such as Aschanska Gården, be impressed by the town’s 18th century church and the historic town hall, Rådhuset, which is now a town hotel. Go for a stroll and let your imagination transport you back to the late Middle Ages and the neoclassicism of the 19th century. The history of the wooden town runs through all these centuries. If only we had a time machine and could travel back to experience it all! Eksjö hosts many concerts, markets and other events, during which the wooden town often provides an atmospheric backdrop. However, it is never just an extra; simply by being there it always plays the leading role.

Fornminnesgården

For centuries the town’s coppersmiths were housed here. In the 17th century it was known as Nils Bijtare’s homestead; by the 1910s as Coppersmith Yard. Around ten years later, the property was taken over by Eksjö’s museum and folklore society and has b …

Aschanska gården

Aschanska is of the town’s oldest estates. It consists of two lots; the south lot, Pukegården, is known from tax rolls from 1550. The Aschan family took over the present property in the 1830s and three generations lived here until 1984. They were part …

Krusagården

If things had been different … … Krusagården could have been demolished and turned into a department store! There were plans for this after World War II. This was an important trading place in the 1770s thanks to its location by the town’s northern …

30 maj, 2014
Bild: Visar interiör på Vaxblekaregården. Foto: Lars Thunbjörk

Eksjö, Hjo, Nora. Three small, wooden towns in Sweden that create a distinctive image for themselves with the most Swedish things we have – beautiful wooden buildings erected by skilled craftsmen from the 18th century onwards; buildings beautifully pai …