Gävle is a town with a little bit of everything and where contrast is the key word. This is a place where small shops, selling seasonal harvests, stand alongside big shopping malls, where nature meets city in a mix of relaxation and pulse, with is all a part of the city’s charm. And of course, not to forget, the city is also home to the legendary, world famous, both tweeting and blogging and sadly highly flammable, Christmas Goat.
If you are looking to get close to nature and enjoy the peace and calm that only nature can bring, Gävle offer many beautiful parks and recreation areas where you can relax. You’ll also find jogging and hiking trails if you are looking to get some exercise while on vacation. Why not head on out for a nice kayak ride and enjoy the beautiful nature from the water.
If you enjoy fishing, you don’t have to travel further than the city center. In this town you can try your luck in the middle of town, free of charge. Head downstream from Boulognerskogen and see if you can catch a fish for dinner!
One of the best things to do in Gävle is to visit the The Swedish railway museum which is one of the finest collections of railway history. On The Swedish railway museum you’ll find a unique collection of locomotives, railway wagons and other exciting objects connected to the history of the railway.
If you are planning a visit to Gävle during December, a must-do is to go and see the towns biggest celebrity – Gävleblocken. In the city center of Slottstorget you’ll find this 13 meter high, 7 meter wide and 3 ton heavy goat made out of straw. This Christmas goat has made a world wide name for itself as he has been burned down a almost every year since he was first built in 1966. Every year, on the first of December, you will find this iconic goat decorating the city center. If you are not planning on visiting Gävle during December, don’t worry, you can always follow the goat on twitter or read its blog, for all the updates on what’s going on in this flammable goat’s “life”.
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