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Revision as of 11:47, 14 October 2010 is by many Swedes referred to the 'Jerusalem of Sweden' - this is due to the town's many churches. The city is located on the southern end of Sweden's second largest lake, Vättern. Jönköping also has two smaller lakes of it's own, Munksjön ('The Monk Lake') and Rocksjön ('The Rock Lake'). It's Sweden's 10th largest municipality with about 122,000 inhabitants (2006).
There is also a local airport in Jönköping that which one can get to from Stockholm, Visby and Kiruna, among others.
The city center is small and very walkable. In general the city is very pedestrian and biker friendly. A good starting point for discovering Jönköping is its central station, Jönköping Resecentrum, where trains and buses to and from other cities depart and arrive. The station is connected with Juneporten, which is the place where all the inner-city buses leave. Bus tickets within the city cost 20 and 16 SKR flat rate, during peak and off-peak respectively. Young people and children usually get discounts. The last inner-city bus usually leaves around midnight on weekdays, so if you plan on traveling late be prepared to take a taxi which can be rather expensive. On weekends you may be able to catch a bus up until two in the morning, but check the schedules in advance on the regional traffic office homepage, Jönköpings Länstrafik .
Tändsticksområdet is the area where the match production of Jönköping was held. This area has various cultural and handicraft shops, as well as the Match museum (Tändsticksmuseet)  - note to all trivia fans: Jönköping is the birthplace of the safety match.' On this area you may also find the Radio musem Radiomuseét .
Jönköpings läns museum  has a permanent exhibition on the early 20th century fantasy artist John Bauer, as well as various photo exhibitions and historical information.
The city also has a harbor with a pier. This harbor is quite popular during summertime - often you may find people eating icecream there and enjoying a beer at the harbor's bar.
Rosenlunds rosarium is a park with hundreds of types of roses. Free entrance.
Råslätt is considered to be the 'ghetto' of Jönköping. However, these days it is considered to be quite safe.
Rosenlunds Badhus - Literally 'The bathhouse of Rosenlund', is a swimming hall where both adults and children can enjoy themselves. It is quite a big swimming hall with an 'adventure' section for the young ones, a diving room and also massages can be booked.
DreamHack  is a LAN gaming event which takes place in the Elmia expohall, right next to the bathhouse of Rosenlund. It is the world's largest LAN party - last winter it had 12.782 attendees. It usually takes place two times a year in June and November. One can attend as both a visitor and by bringing their computer to the party.
The beach. The beach of lake Vättern is one of Jönköping's prides. During summertime it is an excellent place to go swimming, playing volleyball or even attending a small (free) festival which is held there annually (usually in August) called 'Vätternfesten' .
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It has a large shopping center to the east called A6 Center  that is a former military base. There is also an IKEA store and several electronic, computer store chains in this area.
The western part of the city (Västra Centrum) has more exclusive shopping, while the eastern part (Östra Centrum) has cheaper shops.
Sidewalk Express, Railway station. 19 SEK per hour.
Gameheaven, there are a couple of computer clubs around the city, where you can get online or play with others. One is located near the busstation "Myntgatan", which is near the Klosterkung hotellet, and the other one is located on "Cigarren", near Erik Dahlbergsgymnasiet.
Jönköping is packed with cheap pizza places. Don't leave until you've tried a delicious kebab pizza! The 'Tre Kronor' pizza from the pizzeria Evergreen is considered to be quite a treat. It includes cheese, kebab meat, kebabsauce, sallad and fries. Other good pizzerias you can try out are "Alcamo" and "Pappillion".
Velvet Lounge , Västra Storgatan 4. Restaurant and bar with italian, asian, oriental, mexican and swedish food. Mains 106-202 SEK.
Twin City Ristorante and Grill , Hamngatan 1. Classy place. Mains 105-225 SEK.
Chili Thai Restaurant, Västra Storgatan 12. Mains 99-139 SEK.
Bongo Bar  is where the more alternative people hang out. Not much of a dancing place, but great music and nice people. It is located at 'Tändsticksområdet'.
Centrum  is one of Jönköping clubs. The age of it's attendees is fairly low. It is very likely to be the best place for dancing in Jönköping.
The Tourist Information Office  is located at Jönköping Main Station
Habo Kyrka (Habo Church) lies several kilometers northwest of Jönköping, just off the road to Falköping. It's a small frame church whose interior is decorated with peasant folk art depicting biblical scenes.
Gränna is the hometown of the peppermint rock candy. One can also take the boat from here to get to the island of "Visingsö".
Visingsö  is an island located in lake Vättern, not far from Jönköping. It has a total area of 24 km² and it's sights include it's herb garden, the old castle ruins and going on a tour through the island by horse buggy. One gets out to the island by first getting to the town of Gränna to which one can take the local bus. After that you leave from Gränna on a boat which departs for Visingsö every hour or so.