Norrköping, Sweden: A Gem I Almost Missed
As part of TBEX Europe in 2016, I had the chance to be part of a Post Trip to another Swedish town. I was not so conscious about where I was going until the day I received my tickets. That day I discovered I was visiting Norrköping, which is a town right in western Sweden. What to expect when I got on the train that Sunday morning down to Norrköping, Sweden? I was not sure about it.
The train to Norrköping
The trip was supposed to last an hour to an hour and a half until I finally got to Norrköping. Don’t ask me what happened exactly because I can’t even tell, but my morning started terribly. I missed my train stop. Oh well, what should I do now? The next stop was Linköping. I had to stop there and try to solve my trip. My train ticket to go back to Stockholm does not depart until the afternoon, what to do next? I stopped in Linköping and bought a ticket to Norrköping, Sweden. It was a 10-minute wait only to think about what to do next. “What to do when I get there?” “Will I be able to find my tour guide?” “Will I be the annoying tourist ruining a tour?” All those things went through my mind until I was finally able to get on the train to Norrköping.
Finally arriving in Norrköping, Sweden
The trip back to Norrköping lasted about some other 15 minutes. “Will I be able to find wifi in the train station?” I knew that finding Wifi was the only way I could save this trip. I remember I had somewhere in my e-mails the phone number of the tour guide. It was my best choice once I get to Norrköping. Luckily, the first thing I saw when I got off the train was an Espresso House, which meant: FREE WIFI! I went inside, found that e-mail, and called my tour guide on Skype. I explained my whole situation and in the friendliest tone, she told me “Don’t worry, I will pick you up at the station in about 5 to 10 minutes” My day was finally saved. She arrived quickly to pick me up and I joined the others.
Our amazing tour guide was Åsa, and she gave the city a great name. She was so friendly all over the way to meet the other people on the tour. It was not even an hour since I arrived and I was already delighted to be in Norrköping. She took us to see different museums and explains to us a bit of the history of the city.
Norrköping used to be a factory town. They used to produce wool and most of the buildings that today hold the museums, used to be factories. As part of this trip, we visited three museums: the Arbetets Museum (Museum of Work), Stadsmuseum (City Museum), and the Museum of Art.
Views of Norrköping
Museum of Work – Norrköping, Sweden:
What you should do to go from Stockholm to
If you are in Stockholm, the best way to go there is by train. There are several inter-city trains departing from Stockholm C to Norrköping and they cost around $30. The trip is around 1:45-2 hours long. There is a cheaper option that will take you a little longer than taking the train: taking the bus from the Stockholm terminal. For around $10-$13 and a 2-hour to 2:30 trip, you will be there. The fact that it is a short ride makes it a perfect place to do a day trip from Stockholm.
Do I recommend staying in Norrköping?
The truth is I wouldn’t recommend spending a night there unless you are traveling around Sweden and maybe, this is a pit stop. Considering that is only about 2 hours away from Stockholm, I will advise visiting Norrköping as a day trip, especially for a Sunday, and be back in Stockholm around the afternoon. If you do this plan during the summer, you will still have a lot of daylight to do things back in Stockholm after visiting the city. Visiting Norrköping will give you the opportunity to experience how different people is outside Stockholm and how warm Swedish can truly be, beyond popular beliefs.
What did I learn about Norrköping?
First of all, I would have regretted it if I couldn’t be able to make it there after all I went through because of my TRAIN-gate. As a traveler, I would have never chosen to see Norrköping but I am thankful that Visit Sweden gave me the chance to see such a wonderful and cozy city. I loved the vibe, the views, and how well Åsa made us feel there.
I would recommend everyone to make at least a day trip to Norrköping, and I would love to go back someday after discovering such a beautiful and warm (even on Winter days!) city, because it is more about human warmth.
At the end of the day, I felt glad that I didn’t miss the gem Norrköping is and whenever I get to be back in Sweden, I think I will do another day trip to relax there.