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The CityThe guide was updated:For a long period, Jönköping was Sweden’s southernmost outpost; enemies would invade from over the hills to raid and pillage. Today, more than 3 million people visit the town every year to enjoy culture or sports, attend courses or do good business.
Jönköping is Sweden’s fourth largest city for hotels. It is also the home of one of the largest exhibition venues in the Nordic region. There is always something going on, and lots of people to meet. Jönköping is a great place to relax, to shop and to eat out.
The town centre of Jönköping consists in equal parts of water, streets and sandy beaches. Jönköping also boasts one of Sweden’s highest concentrations of restaurants. The town centre is built around three lakes and abounds with narrow alleyways, cafés and restaurants. You’ll easily find a seat in the sun, both at lunch and dinner. As for bars and nightclubs, Jönköping comes alive when darkness falls.
Jönköping is the perfect big little town – a natural meeting place with exciting people, great choice and everything at an easy distance. There is even a nature reserve – Rosenlunds bankar – right in the middle of the town, between Jönköping and Huskvarna. Central Jönköping overlooks Stadsparken Park, the home of exotic animals, a huge playground and buildings from the former farming community.
You don’t need a compass to explore the wilderness around Jönköping. There are waterfalls, mountains, marshlands and lookout points in all directions and several nature reserves just minutes away. Most locations are easily reached via bicycle routes, winding paths and signposted hiking trails.
Spira, the new culture centre, has really put Jönköping on the map since it opened in 2011. It is a hothouse where dancing, music and theatre flourish. Jazz or classical, pop or rock, house or techno – or why not a mixture of them all? Jönköping constantly vibrates with music.
Visitors with a taste for cyberculture will love Dreamhack, the world’s biggest computer festival with more than 13,000 LAN-connected computers. Dreamhack is held at Elmia Conference and Exhibition Centre and is packed with attractions – both on- and off-screen. The Elmia Conference and Exhibition Centre attracts many visitors and companies wanting to exhibit their own products and services or search for new ones. Elmia Wood is the world’s largest forestry fair, while Subcontractor is one of Europe’s leading fairs for subcontractors.
Gränna and Visingsö are unmissable destinations offering enchanting views, manor houses, cobbled roads, bicycle rides, idyllic wooden cabins, castle ruins, paths and oak forests. Wherever you set foot, you’re in the middle of a history book.
Outside Sweden, the name Huskvarna is probably more famous as a 350-year-old brand than as a 100 year-old town (although the brand is spelled Husqvarna). In past times, the town’s mighty waterfall supplied power for the local industry. Weapons, vehicles and machinery have been manufactured in steady succession in Huskvarna since the early 17th century. You can find out all about it at the Factory Museum (Fabriksmuseet).