In central Örebro, on the banks of the River Svartån, you will find Wadköping – one of Örebro´s biggest visitor destinations.
With its wooden buildings and courtyards, Wadköping gives an idea of what Örebro´s buildings and city environment used to look like. Wadköping has been located here since its opening in 1965 and comprises buildings and courtyards moved here from central Örebro. A town street runs through the middle of Wadköping with buildings on either side. One side, with its low proportioned red painted buildings depicts 17th, 18th and early 19th century buildings, while the other side shows Örebro´s city environment after the great fire of 1854. Wadköping is a fictitious name that Hjalmar Bergman gave to the city in which he grew up. The name appears for example in his novel “Markurells in Wadköping“.
Nowadays the buildings in Wadköping are home to shops, craft workshops, museums, exhibition venues and apartments. The pleasant aroma of freshly baked bread wafts from the bakery. The shops sells cones of sweets, tea and other odds and ends that were sold in the old days. The restaurant offer great food along with beverages and pastries in a unique environment. Heavy blows of the hammer can be heard from the forge as the blacksmiths work the iron, and at the wood turner workshop visitors can see the lathe in action. The silversmith offers unique jewellery design and the handcraft studio, located at Kungstorget, sells home and garden crafts made of recycled materials, while new creations are made at the sewing studio. The shops and craft workshops sell everyday items and gifts made in Wadköping.
(The King´s Lodgings) acquired its name from the fact that Duke Karl, later King Karl IX, stayed there a couple of nights during visits to Örebro. The building is medieval in style and was originally part of a group of buildings on Järntorget square. The upper floor boasts well preserved wall and ceiling paintings from the 1580s and 1620s, which are shown on various occasions and presented in one of the exhibitions on Kungsstugan´s ground floor.
(Cajsa Warg´s House), a burgher´s house, dates back to the 17th century. The building was a guesthouse and part of an estate owned by country treasurer Anders Warg (father of Cajsa Warg) at the turn of the 18th century. Here visitors can see fine wall paintings from the 18th century. The building also has an exhibition on Cajsa Warg, covering both her work as a cookery book writer and Cajsa Warg herself.
Who was born and bred in Örebro, is one of Sweden´s best known authors. Hjalmar Bergman´s museum with books and mementos is located in Övre Vallbygården, right here in Wadköping.
(Jeremiah Cottage) in named after poet Levi Rickson, alias Jeremiah the Inconsolable, who once lived in the building. Jeremiah the Inconsolable´s writing den is depicted in the upper floor.
(Kronblom´s Museum), which is furnished in the style of the 1930s, Kronblom is laying on the sofa to rest. There is also an exhibition here describing the history of the comic figure Kronblom. The museum is located in Handskmakaregården.
(The School Museum) is located in Handskmakaregården and gives an account of 1920s school history.
Interesting new art and craft exhibitions are constantly held at Konstfrämjandet Bergslagen, Wadköpingsrummet and Hantverkarboden.
Wadköping is an oasis for children and families. There´s plenty to discover in the exciting, cultural history environment. Lekladan play barn has a cowshed, an old shop and a playhouse. The puppet theatre provides puppet shows and storytelling. There are events for children all year round including traditional Midsummer celebrations and Tuesday get-togethers with clowns, magic and music from June to August. At Christmas our young visitors can meet Santa Claus and take part in activities in his workshop.
Wadköping is a vibrant district with historical and cultural events all year round. There are activities for the whole family including theatre for all ages, lectures, musical entertainment, dance, and Christmas and Easter markets with craft activities for children. Each year the programme includes more than hundred activities of various types. For the full programme, please go to: orebro.se/wadkoping, telephone +46 (0)19-21 10 00 or +46 (0)19-21 62 20.
Open-air museum: 11–17 CET daily.
Café: 10–17 CET daily.
Bakery: 7–17 CET daily.
Open-air museum: 11–16 CET, Tuesday–Sunday.
Café: 10–17 CET daily.
Bakery: 7–16 CET daily.
Open-air museum: 11–14 CET.
Café: 10–15 CET.
Bakery: 7–14 CET.
Admission free. Charges for some events.
For guided tours, please contact Örebro Visitor Center: +46 (0)19-21 21 21.