|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, designed by architect Bo Karlberg and beautifully situated by the Gavle River’s rapids. Many concerts have been held at the hall since its inauguration in 1998.
|Green areas and parks
Gävle offers 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 highly appreciated by many of Gävle’s residents and visitors and used for long walks, exercising and picnics. During summertime, there is a café open and you can play miniature golf or go for a swim in the Gavle River. The park was established in the middle of the 19th 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.
|The Prison museum of Sweden
Follow 500 years of dark history from the old castle jail with its dungeons and corporal punishments, to one of Sweden’s first penitentiaries, from 1847. Here you will experience the Swedish prison system. How it developed from a time when prisoners were publicly shamed and humiliated through physical penalization, to a time when they were completely isolated from society, and punished by solitary confinement. Audioguides in English and German are included in the fee.
|Gävle´s old town
Gävle’s old town has been left in another century. The neighbourhood survived both the city fire of 1869 and the urban redevelopment frenzy during the 1950s. The neighbourhood has a special atmosphere where you can take a nice stroll on the cobblestones or peek over fences at the gardens behind. Two memorial museums are located in the area: the Joe Hill museum and the Johnny Mattsson museum. Joe Hill was a labour activist who emigrated to the USA, and Johnny Mattsson was a handicraft artist who worked with wood. The museums have limited opening hours, but can be accessed in combination with a guided tour of the Old town.
|Furuvik zoo and amusement park
Furuvik zoo and amusement park is situated just outside Gävle with a wide range of experiences to offer everyone. A little over sixty different species live here including a large centre for chimpanzees and orang-outans. 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 park is located right on the waterfront, with a beautiful sea view from the cliffs at Furuskär.
Högbo Bruk (Högbo Estate) is located 30 minutes by car west of Gävle in the Sandviken area, 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 metre high straw goat is built yearly on the First of Advent. 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 or burned down. The goats’s shape was created by the famous designer Gunnar Cyrén.
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