"Ancestors and Longstockings" Vimmerby by Sjalen

Vimmerby Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 55 photos

Are you in Sweden to look for Sweden the way it's officially presented? This is it. This is the Sweden you've seen in the Astrid Lindgren movies about Emil ("Michel" in German) and Bullerbyn ("Noisy Village" in English). Hardly surprising since Vimmerby is the birthplace of the great childrens' author who sadly left us some years ago. She spent most of her adult years in Stockholm, also shown through books like Karlsson, but this is where she spent her childhood and where most of the inspiration for the stories came from.

I am lucky enough to have links to this area since my grandmother's father was born in a small village in the area and wrote a lot about it, and my mum has plenty of cousins and second cousins on every other farm. This could come in handy if I would ever settle here, something the family always considers since we love the area, but something which is so far too difficult to act on since you are very car dependant in a region like this and there are few jobs.

Vimmerby town itself stands at a crossroads between east-west and north-south. Here there has always been roads linking coastal Västervik with Jönköping at Lake Vättern as well as south Småland with Linköping in the north. This means that Vimmerby got its royal market grants early in history. Today, food production is still important with a dairy centre, a big brewery and many smaller but well-known companies well established here. Having said all this, most people still come in summer to go in the footsteps of Astrid Lindgren and drive around the villages or visit the Astrid Lindgren World with their children.

Tourists drive around the scenic Lindgren film locations but many miss all other gems in the area such as one of Sweden's smallest National Parks and the country's oldest tree. Driving around the countryside you are also sometimes rewarded with views for miles and miles across the landscape from any of the peaks here at the eastern fringe of the South Swedish Highlands, giving you the feeling of beeing in the north of Sweden rather than the south.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, calm
  • Cons:too quiet sometimes
  • In a nutshell:Inner peace!
  • Last visit to Vimmerby: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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