The city of Örebro is situated in the heart of Sweden, about halfway between Stockholm and Göteborg. It is easily accessible by major roads and railways, or by air from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Malmö. Örebro has about 125.000 inhabitants and is therefore Sweden's seventh largest city.
The city of Örebro has grown around a medieval castle. At a natural fording point over the river Svartån, fortifications were started by German merchants and artisans in the 13th century. These eventually grew into the present medieval castle, one of the central area's most spectacular sights. The castle, called Slottet, is to this day the centre point of Örebro and actively serves as residence for the County Governor. It also houses a museum, concert hall, conference centre, pub, restaurant and a tourist office.
The City Park, Stadsparken, in Örebro is where you can see beautiful works of art in delightful settings. There is also an outdoor theatre, a café, tennis courts and a large playground. At the west entrance is the Botanical Garden with a hothouse, a shop, restaurant and a café.
Beautifully situated on the banks of the river Svartån in the centre of Örebro and a part of the City Park is the little wooden village of Wadköping. The village consists of a collection of ancient buildings from Örebro and the surrounding countryside and was opened in 1965. There are 18th century timbered buildings in traditional red, and lovely bright 19th century wooden houses which have all been moved to this site along with two museum buildings - the King's House (16th century) and Cajsa Warg's House (17th century). Nowadays, Wadköping is thriving with cafés, craftsmen, shops, museums, exhibitions, a theatre, puppet shows, a hairdresser and much more.
Trade is a central theme in Örebro, linking past and present. When the iron industry flourished in Bergslagen, the local mining area, people would come to Örebro to do business at Hindersmässan, (Saint Hindrik's market) an annual fair which is still held today. First known as a centre for the iron industry, Örebro has also periodically served as Sweden's political centre.
Ever since it was built in 1958, Örebro's famous Water Tower, Svampen, has been an attractive site for tourists. From the top, over 50 metres above ground level, there is a fantastic view of Örebro.In the surroundings of Örebro, there are abundant recreation facilities and possibilities including both downhill and cross-country skiing in Kilsbergen, one of Europe's largest indoor swimming facilities at Gustavsvik, great mountain bike and running tracks and yearround concerts and theatre performances. The lake Hjälmaren offers small beaches and the possibility of taking boat trips.
The famous inventor Alfred Nobel spent the last years of his life at nearby Björkborn, which now hosts the only resident Nobel Museum in the world.