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Gavles own Bois de Bologne is called just ? Boulognerskogen (the Boulogne forest).
It runs along the river Gavle?n in the west part of town. You enter it gradually, at the western end of the pedestrian street, and soon enough you have left the city behind and it only makes its presence known through a faint roar far away.

Close around you all you hear is the trees wispering, the birds chirping and and your own footsteps on the gravel paths.

Several paths rund alongside each other parallell to the river and combine through connecting paths or steps. At one spot a natural staircase has formed out of the roots of several large pine trees and if you are not prone to spraining your ankles you can climb down through the shade of the pine trees' needlefilled branches.

The vegetation in the park varies from wildly growing grass and meadow flowers to more arranged flowerbeds with a thought-through design.

The river meanders through the forest. (see the picture) Here: one wide stream, there: several smaller torrents separated by natural islands and running over stoney riverbeds. The water is shaded by the grand trees, the brinks of the river are filled with fern and reed. Still, here and there the sun breaks through and glitters on the water surface.

The park Boulognerskogen runs from the outskirts of town right into its center, and is thereby a sort of tounge of savage (albeit sometimes alterad) land stretched into civilization.

Address: Western Gävle
Directions: From center of town Stortorget keep walking west on the pedestrian street a couple of blocks. Gradually the buildings seize and the trees take over.
Phone: Nope, you can't call this park

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2003
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