Örebro is a modern city located in the small province of Närke in Svealand in south central Sweden. It's located on the flat Närke plains, surrounded by vast forest areas. It's Sweden's 7th largest municipality with a population of about 129,000 (2006).
Örebro has an enormous castle in the middle of town, which started as a defensive fortress but was later rebuilt into a residential renaissance castle. You can get a regular tour of the castle with a guide, but you can also take a theatrical tour (even in English) which gives a very lively impression of the castle's history. The town center has a number of 19th century buildings, both in stone and in wood, which gives it a nice atmosphere.
Örebro was previously known as a shoe manufacturing center. Nowadays a lot of people living here work for the public sector, for instance with statistics.
Örebro is located near Hallsberg, which is Sweden's premier train hub. Train connectivity is therefore excellent from all over Sweden.
E20, E18 and riksväg 50 all connect in Örebro.
The city center is easily explored on foot. There is a well functioning network of city buses servicing all parts of the city. Almost all regional and city buses stop at Resecenter (next to the train station). Järntorget also functions as a hub for the city buses. The municipality offers bicycles for rent if one wishes to explore the city by bike. Enquire at the tourist agency in the castle.
- Örebro Castle. Is one of Sweden's most photogenic. Tours are available.
- The city park has been voted Sweden's most beautiful, and a visit is recommended in the summertime.
- Wadköping. Is an open-air museum with lots of old cottages.
- A few kilometers from the town center, you can follow a footpath that leads past a number of modern art sculptures. On one end there is a small nature reserve
- Gustavsvik. Is northern Europe's largest water funpark. It also has one of Sweden's finest campings and "adventure" miniature golf in its vicinity.
- watertower Svampen (The Mushroom). This is a local landmark. It offers panoramic views of the city and hosts the water museum/workshop Aqua Nova.
- Örebro läns museum. Has exhibits year round.
- Örebro Konsthall. Displays different art exhibitions.
- The Swedish Chambermusic Orchestra resides in Konserthuset and holds concerts year round.
- Winter time, go skiing in Storstenshöjden.
There are lots of shopping opportunities in the shopping malls Krämaren and Åhléns and on the streets Drottninggatan, Köpmangatan and Kungsgatan. Nothing that you can't buy everywhere else in Sweden though.
Bra & Begagnat (Standing on the major square, Järntorget, and looking directly west, on your right hand there is a brown building. Between the brown building and a Tex-Mex restaurant there is a small alley called "Gamla Gatan". Down the alley, 50 meters on your right.) Open Wed 2PM-6PM, Sat 10AM-2PM. A second-hand store with a small café serving homemade cakes, buns and cookies. All who work there (wearing yellow shirts) are volunteers, they are friendly and it's very cheap. All profits from the store are donated to charity.
- The Krämaren shopping mall has an Internet cafe at the top floor.
- Sallad Inn, Järnvägsgatan 10. No-nonsense place that serves pizza, salads and meat dishes and does it well. Mains 50-89 SEK.
- Rosali's Deli. Storgatan 5 and Drottninggatan 38. Serves pasta, sublime pasta salads and submarine sandwiches. Mains 54-59 SEK.
- Asian Wok - Sushi bar, Köpmangatan 27. Mains 50-160 SEK.
- Drängen. Oskarstorget 9. Cozy concept restaurant with old farmer's tools on the walls, but the food has a more modern touch to it. Mains 95-208 SEK.
- B.A.C Restaurang. Engelbrektsgatan 3 (at Örebro läns museum). Mains 120-160 SEK.
Best days out are generally Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
You can pick up the free Nollnitton magazine in various stores to read more about Örebro's nightlife. It is only available in Swedish though.
- STF Vandrarhem Livin. Järnvägsgatan 22. Completely renewed youth hostel, look for the sign of the Ramada Hotel. Make sure you have a HIHostel card or you'll pay a 50SEK surcharge. Other than that, very good facilities and fantastic common kitchen. Dorm-Bed: 250 SEK.
- Örebro City Vandrarhem. Tunnelgatan 3. Nice, clean little Hostel. Free WLAN & Bicycles. Dorm-Bed: 170 SEK.
Örebro is not a dangerous town, although that is no excuse to leave your common sense at home.
- Nora - a historical city with many beautiful wooden buildings. It is an easy daytrip from Örebro with the help of public transportation. In the summer time, it is very pleasant to take a boat trip on Norasjön (Nora lake).
- Karlskoga - Alfred Nobel moved to this town after he moved back from his adventures on the European continent.
|Routes through Örebro|
|Oslo ← Karlskoga ←||W E||→ Arboga → Stockholm|
|Göteborg ← Mariestad ←||W E||→ Arboga → Stockholm|