A city in the Gotland region of Sweden, Linkoping is perhaps best known for its cathedral, although it has plenty more besides its most iconic landmark going for it. As one of Sweden’s oldest cities, Linkoping has a number of buildings which date back to the Middle Ages, giving it the feel of a small town rather than the fifth-biggest city in the country. Today, Linkoping is known for having a surprisingly vibrant nightlife, helped by the fact that it has a large number of students from the local university living in the city. Bars, restaurants, clubs and various music venues lie within the city centre, as do a plethora of independent retailers, giving visitors a wealth of options.
Although a smaller car won’t be powerful enough for winter driving, a hatchback would be sufficient for all seasons, providing it has the right tyres. It would also be the most sensible for parking.
Driving in Linkoping
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Important things to note
As cycling is encouraged here, you’re likely to find a lot of cyclists on the roads. Be sure to look out for them when driving.
The E4, the main motorway close to the city, is usually subject to heavy traffic during morning and evening rush hours.
In winter, it’s important for your car to have winter tyres as a precaution, even though most major routes are cleared of snow daily.
Highlights & Hotspots
Linkoping Cathedral is the city’s foremost building. First erected in the 12th century, it actually has a 19th century tower. It was reportedly home to the country’s first ever Christian bishop, while it’s open to visitors most days.
A museum with a difference, Gamla Linkoping is an open-air museum where several buildings rescued from demolition have been moved to a safe site. The museum has a feel of how Linkoping might have been in the 19th century.
At the other end of the spectrum, the IT-ceum is a technology museum dedicated to the history of computing. Located in Mjardevi Science Park where several IT companies are based, it details how they have developed over the past few decades.
Ice hockey is very popular here. The local team, Linkoping HC, play at the Cloetta Center, which is just outside the city centre. The games there are pretty competitive and can often get the crowd excited, so it’s best to just go with the flow.
Linkoping City Airport is the main airport serving the city, just under a mile east of the centre. At present, it has one passenger terminal and serves a small number of destinations including Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
The airport is connected to the city centre by the 35 highway. Once on that road, drive on until you reach Gamla Tannesforvagen. Then, keep going on the same road and you‚Äôll be in the centre.