The wooden town by Lake Vättern

The wooden town by Lake Vättern

Vättern is a special lake – both cold and deep – and on its western shore you’ll find Hjo,  a town that is just as special as the lake. It was granted its town charter at the start of the  15th century and attracts visitors with its distinctive character and charm, well-preserved  wooden buildings, cobbled streets and picturesque alleyways. See the verandas with their  decorative wooden detailing and pretty patterned window frames on the buildings nestled  in leafy gardens. If you sense the aroma of smoked European whitefish, let it lead you to  the harbour that was once a dock for the entire Västergötland region. The harbour remains a  hive of activity today. Go on a steamboat trip before settling down at a restaurant to savour  the whitefish. Hjo’s beautiful town park is nearby with its wooden villas that stand as proud  reminders of the time when the park belonged to the former health spa Hjo Vattenkuranstalt.  But before you make your way back to the town centre, unpack your picnic basket, sit down  and enjoy a bite to eat. You can take a dip in the water, too – which is just as enjoyable as  your visit to the rest of the town.

Norra tullen

Hjoån, which today divides the town in two parts, used to be the north border. Here, Norreport customs house was built in 1671 where tradesmen, craftsmen and farmers paid a fee to bring their goods into town. Countryside trading was against the law and …

The Långan quarter

Långan was where the well-to-do trading and crafts properties were located. Imposing entrances broad enough for a horse and carriage to pass through line the streets, and in the yards, long wooden buildings extend down to the lake. All Långan lots are …

Stadsgården

Stadsgården’s buildings on Regeringsgatan are from the early 1850s and this is where the town’s counsel offices eventually ended up. A telegraph station, library and police station have also been situated here. The old lock-up can still be seen in the …

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 …