Växjö

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Växjö [1] is the largest city in Kronobergs län in the region Småland in Sweden. The municipality has a population of about 78,000 (2006).

Get in[edit]

There are direct trains from Copenhagen and its Airport (Kastrup) in Denmark. Furthermore, there are trains from Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm (change in Alvesta).

Småland or Smaland Airport (also called Växjö airport) is operated by SAS [2], Fly Smaland [3] and Ryan Air [4] and has flights from Stockholm, Kalmar, Visby, Weeze, Berlin and Kaunas in Lithuania.

Get around[edit]

Växjö is a small town, so your feet will be sufficient for the center of town with main street Storgatan as the artery. The rest of the city can be reached by bicycle or bus. City buses as well as buses to the country side can be found at the railway station and are operated by Länstrafiken.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Växjö Cathedral (Växjö domkyrka) [5] was built in the 12th century. It has two large spires and an interior filled with glass from Kosta Boda and other Swedish glass makers that are located near the town.
  • The Swedish Glass Museum (Smålands Museum) [6].
  • Teleborg castle is located in the university area. It looks old but was in fact built in 1900. Take bus nr 7 to Universitetsplatsen.
  • The Echo Temple (Ekotemplet) is a water tower with acoustics making sounds echo several times. Located near the university area in Teleborg. Take bus nr 5 to Vattentornet, Teleborg.

Do[edit][add listing]

Walk around the lakes, if the weather is nice. Växjösjön lies near the train station just south of the cathedral.

Visit the relaxing Teaterparken park or the park around the cathedral.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Almost all shops in center of town lies on the main street Storgatan. Nothing that you can't buy everywhere else in Sweden though.

Two larger centers of shopping malls lies in the east of town called Samarkand [7] and I11 after the former regiment. Both reachable by bus nr 3.

There is a Swedish army surplus store not too far from the city center. Follow Liedbergsgatan to the south, cross the railroad tracks and take right on the first crossing.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • PM & Vänner [8] at Storgatan 24. One of Sweden's more well known restaurants.
  • Koh-thai [9] at Västra Esplanaden 6. Thai restaurant with excellent food. Serves lunch for 65 SEK even on Saturdays.
  • Royal Thai Restaurant at Norra Järnvägsgatan 10. Thai, chinese and japanese food. Somewhat nonchalant service.
  • Golden Farao at Norra Esplanaden 32 A. Egyptian restaurant with excellent cheap food and generous opening hours every day of the week. Vegetarian menu available.
  • Akropolis at Norra Järnvägsgatan (next to the train station). A Greek restaurant with a varied lunch buffét.
  • Maido [10] at Sandgärdsgatan for good Sushi and other Japanese dishes.
  • Café Askelyckan [11] on Storgatan is a cozy coffee house in the center of town situated in an old wooden building. Great for watching pedestrians either from the outdoor area or the second floor.
  • Broqvist konditori [12] just north east of the main square (Stortorget) run by 5th generation of the same family that opened the café in 1876. The interior doesn't reveal this though the service and quality cakes does.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Kafé Deluxe [13] on Sandgärdsgatan situated in one of Växjös older wooden buildings with bar and basement dance floor. Most late night visitors are around their 20s.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotell Värend [14] just north of the city centre is a small hotel which may look like something out of a horror movie. Discounts during the summer period.

Get out[edit]

  • Kronoberg castle ruin is located a bit north of the city. It is a place with beautiful Swedish nature, tourists and a cozy but relatively expensive café. Bus number 1 goes to the castle in the summertime. The castle dates back to 14th century, and figured in both the Danish-Swedish wars and as base of operations for the Geatish [15] freedomfighter, Nils Dacke [16], who fought against the Swedish crown in the 16th century.
  • Bergkvara castle ruin 6 km west of the city is one of Swedens oldest mansions and a ruin since raided by Nils Dacke. The castle lies on the grounds of a still inhabited late 18th century mansion. There's also a nice garden café [17] in an old workers building which serves local products in a cozy atmosphere. Bicycle or car is recommended but you can also take a bus to Räppe and walk from there.
  • Åsnen runt [18] is a 4+ day bicycle route that goes through Växjö and round the lake Åsnen some 20 km south of town.
  • Huseby Bruk [19] is an industrial museum some 20 km south west of Växjö including a small village, a mansion and several old factories in pretty surroundings. Huseby was originally an iron foundry with history from the 17th century and in use until the 1950s. Donated to the state after a scandal called "Husebyaffären" (The Huseby affair) where the uneducated owner Florence Stephens were swindled for large amounts by trusted employees. Also involved was Prince Carl Bernadotte who confessed to the charges but was somehow acquitted.
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