A lot of cities are worth visiting around Linköping. Among them is definitely Norrköping, where LiU has a campus. I went there a month ago, when the weather was still sunny and (kind of) warm.
How to get to Norrköping
- University bus
Since LiU has a campus in Norrköping, it is possible to get there by taking a specific bus dedicated to students and every person owning an LiU student card. The bus, called Campusbussen, is available on week days and is for free ! You can check out the timetable here.
Another way to go to Norrköping is to take the train. You can book tickets on the SJ website, which is the global website for train-ticket bookings in Sweden. The journey is less than 30 minutes long and costs between 120 SEK and 200 SEK return.
- Flixbus and other companies
Since I went to Norrköping on a Saturday, Campusbussen was not available. I decided to take the bus there. Many bus companies offer journeys with stops in Norrköping, since the city is located on the way to Stockholm and to Skavsta Airport. I booked a trip with Flixbus, which cost me around 200 SEK (around 20 euros).
What to visit in Norrköping
- Go around the water
Norrköping is a former industrial city built around many dams, destined to produce electricity. Therefore, it offers a nice landscape of canals and rivers going through the city. You can have a walk along the water and enjoy the sound of waterfalls and, if the weather is good, the sunlight reflecting on the water ponds.
Norrköping also has several museums to visit. Among them: Stadsmuseet (the municipal museum), Konstmuseet (the Art gallery), Arbetets museet (museum of work) and Visualisering Center (a museum displaying scientific works).
I only visited the Arbetets museet. It was very diverse with a lot of different exhibitions revolving around history and social issues such as climate change and sustainability, as well as art – mainly photographs and drawings.
I passed by the Visualisering Center out of curiosity. It was displaying scientific research about the brain and emotions. It also has a cinema where it is possible to watch 3D movies about space and science.
Walking around Norrköping’s city center is not as nice as strolling along its waterside, but can be a good way to end the day. You can go through its numerous parks and colorful buildings, visit its church – if it is open – and go shopping.