Freshly crisp air, fewer visitors and a display of colours that has shifted from soft summer green to radiant red, yellow and orange. Summer is officially over, and along with it the peak season in Gammelstad Church Town. However, the beautiful world heritage site still has a lot to offer for those who wish to experience the unique environment during the beautiful autumn months of September and October. Here’s four great ways to enjoy Gammelstad during fall.
Book a guided tour or rent an audioguide
For visitors who are curious about the history of Gammelstad and the traditions that have taken place here, a guided tour is the perfect way to learn more. Visitor Center offers guided tours every Saturday and Sunday, available to either book online or by just stopping by to nip a drop in spot. During the tour, which takes roughly about one hour, you will get to learn all about how Gammelstad first was founded, when and how the impressive medieval church was built plus interesting stories and anecdotes about the church town tradition as well as the people who lived here. A visit in a church cottage is also included of course, as well as a peek inside the church when possible.
If you prefer to discover Gammelstad by yourself, you can also choose to rent an audio guide at Visitor Center. The audio guide offers a pre-recorded guided tour with which you can stroll around at your own pace, take lots of pictures and just enjoy the serenity and peacefulness surrounding Gammelstad during fall.
Visitor Center is located in the old bethel chapel at the church square.
Enjoy the rural environment at the Open-air museum Hägnan
The Open-air museum Hägnan is not only the perfect spot for restless children who want to run around and play – it’s also ideal if you are looking to get away from all the noise, buzz and people in the city. Attractions such as the village shop, the café, the museum and the childrens work shop are all closed during the autumn season but the place is still great for various outdoor activities. You can pick fresh blueberries in the nearby forest, play a game of hide and seek with the kids or pay a visit to the adorable pigs to name a few. Fireplaces are also available if you wish to do a barbeque, heat up some hot chocolate or perhaps just cozy up in front of a fire.
Go for a hike around Mattisberget
What better time for hikes in the forest than autumn season with all the radiant colors, right? Luckily there is a beautiful forest with great walking trails located just outside the church town. Mattisberget offers several different walking trails for both peaceful strolls as well as tougher up hill hiking. Situated only a few hundred meters from Gammelstad Church town, Mattisberget is perfect for combining a cultural visit in the world heritage with some outdoor exercising and lovely fresh forest air. So put your hiking shoes on, bring a coffee thermos and enjoy a crisp walk in the woods.
Visit Gammelstad during All Hallows’ Eve
By the end of October it has already gotten quite dark in the north of Sweden, but during the All Hallows’ Eve holiday thousands of candles light up the world heritage site of Gammelstad. Visit the cemetery after the sun has set and go for an evening stroll amongst the sparkling candles and lanterns. A close to magical experience and the perfect time and place to pay tribute to loved ones you may have lost.
Story by Emelie Rubensson