|Gäve Symphony orchestra and Gävle concert hall
The Gävle Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 and is one of Sweden’s seven professional symphonic orchestras. The home of the orchestra is the Gävle Concert Hall, which was designed by architect Bo Karlberg and is beautifully situated by the Gävle River’s rapids. Many concerts have been held at the hall since its inauguration in 1998.
|Green areas and parks
Gävle offer a lot of green areas and parks. In the middle of Gävle city is “Boulognerskogen”, one of the largest city parks in Sweden. The park is valued by many of Gävle’s residents and guests and used for long walks, exercising and picnics. During the summertime there is a café open for coffe/tea, bakeries and ice cream. You can also play miniature golf or go for a swim in the Gävle River. The park was established in the middle of the 18th century.
|Mackmyra Swedish whisky
Mackmyra Whisky village is located just at the outskirts of Gävle. Here the Swedish Single Malt Whisky is produced from Swedish commodities and you will find the gravity distillery, the forest warehouse for maturation, and the visitor’s center with its restaurant. Here you can closely feel and smell how the Malt Whisky is emerging from barley to the oak casks.
|Gävle Prison Museum
The Gävle prison museum is a museum in two prisons at the Gävle Castle on the south side of the river. Here you will meet detainees and inmates of an old castle prison from the 18:th century. Strong exhibitions dealing with the time when Sweden still had shame stocks, shame piles and public executions, which later were exchanged to imprisonment and isolation in prison cells.
|The Swedish Railroad Museum
The Swedish railroad museum offer one of the finest collections of historical railroad equipment. The unique collection of railroad engines, cars and other object connected to the more than 150 years of the railroad history, is included in the stationary exhibition and is always shown in the museum. Here are steam engines from the 1850:s when two proud engineers started their service along the line. Here are uniforms, prisoner car, electrical engines, dinnerware from railroad restaurants, models and much more.
|Gävle,s old town
Gävle’s old town has been left in another century. The neighborhood survived both the city fire of 1869 and the urban redevelopment frenzy during the 1950s. The neighborhood has a special atmosphere where you can take a nice stroll on the cobbles, peek over fences at the gardens behind or pay a visit to the Joe Hillgården, which was the labour activist Joe Hills childhood home and is now a well-visited museum.
Furuvik zoo is a conceptual park just outside Gävle with a wide range of experiences to offer everyone. A little over sixty different species live here including a large center for chimpanzees and orangutans. The park is known for its magnificent display of flowers and greenery and every spring 14,000 plants are planted in the soil to be at their fullest bloom when you come to visit. The location of the park is right on the waterfront with a beautiful view from the cliffs at Furuskär.
Högbo Bruk (Högbo Estate) is located 30 minutes outside of Gävle city in Sandviken and offers a unique combination of nature, activities and cultural history. The mansions, the red barracks, the blacksmith’s cottages, the mill, the stable and the estate park give the character of Högbo and reminds about the days gone by. A walk around the estate area will show you many buildings from the palmy days of the estate. Make a visit at the handy craftsmen who keep their activities going on all the year.
|The Gävle Christmas goat
Gävle’s biggest celebrity creates headlines around the world every year. The 13 meter high straw goat is built in Slottstorget on the First of Advent and is inaugurated with grand fireworks. People from around 130 countries follow the Gävle Christmas Goat via webcam on visitgavle.se . The goat has been a tradition since 1966. Through the years the goat has met various fates, from surviving intact to being crashed and burned down. Since the Gävle Christmas goat can only be seen in its full glory for a few weeks a year, Artists and companies present their interpretations of the goat in a goat parade through Gävles’s streets and squares. The goats’s shape was created by the famous designer Gunnar Cyrén, who has also designed a miniature goat in silver that become a popular souvenir.More information about Gävle: THIS IS GÄVLE
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