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Old July 16th, 2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Linköping – Sweden’s 5th largest city

About Linköping:
Population: 104 000 (metro 148 000)
Tallest building: Domkyrkan (107m)
Founded year: 1100s
Area: 42.16km2

Linköping is the 5th largest city of Sweden and the largest city and residence city in the county Östergötland, south of Stockholm. It has a large university and is a main railway hub in Sweden. The city has a history of aviation withits SAAB airplane factory, a small international airport and a military airport. The city center is mostly consisting of well preserved old buildings, famous for the towering cathedral, and there is a special part in the outskirts that looks like the old times. Lately many large scale modern building projects have also been constructed (for example the highrise Tornet, Cloetta center arena and a skyscraper with green roofs is planned). The city is very green with many old historic buildings, but it feels more like a small town then a large city. It is situated south of Lake Roxen and the river Stångån flows through the city. I visited Linköping in may 2012 as a part of a business trip.



Linköping skyline from afar, dominated by the Cathedral and Tornet.



The SAAB airplane factory. There is also an avation museum in Linköping.


There are military planes places along the highway as a decoration and reminder of the aviation in the city.
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Linköpings Domkyrka, The Dom church from 1360 is the most famous and dominating building in the city. It is Sweden’s 2nd tallest church (after Uppsala Domkyrka). It is the seat of the bishop.


The cathedral was built in neo-gothic style and is huge compared to all other buildings in the city center.




The 107m high tower of Linköpings Domkyrka. It was built under king Oscar II:s government. The cathedral tower was built between 1877 and 1886 and was drawn by Helgo Zettervall.




The impressive interior of the cathedral. It was renovated in 2003. The cathedral has 4 bells.


Just opposite the cathedral, in the middle of Sweden’s 5th largest city, lies these country style buildings.

Linköpings Slott, (Castle). Sweden’s oldest preserved profane building. The oldest parts are from the 1100s and it is situated next to the cathedral.

Linköpings Stadshus, The City Hall in neo-gothic style. Next to the castle and the cathedral.

Scandic Frimurarehotellet. A castle like building from 1910 in national romantic style. Part of the building, locally called “Frimis”, still houses the freemasons.


A giant bike outside “Pusslunden”.

Cherry trees near the cathedral.
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A nice building just outside the park.


Linköpings Trädgårdförening, a large park near the city center.


The park is 13 hectar and has hills with a belvedere.




The gazebo in the park Linköpings Trädgårdförening.



Tornet (the Tower). The tallest and newest highrise in Linköping and Östergötland. It is an office building and stands just outside the city center, next to the highway.


Tornet is 64 m tall and has 19 floors. It was built in 2009 and drawn by Erskine & Tovatt.
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A new chrome sculpture near the station.


The central station. Linköping is a major railway hub.

The City park.



Park Hotel opposite the station with the funny “Fawlty towers” car.
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Nice pictures! I'm actually off there for a week to stay at a mates place, so I'll be taking lots of photos too! Did you go to the air show there recently?
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For a city of more than 100 000 inhabitants Linköping looks really small and provincial. My home city Trier has almost exactly 100k inhabitants and it looks so much more urban.

You photography is very nice though! Thank you!
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@Svartmetall: No I only stayed there for a couple of hours, I stayed at a place outside the city.

@Tiaren: Yes that was my opinion too. But that is the case with most inland cities in Sweden, the country is very sparsely populated. But for example Helsingborg, that lies next to the sea in Skåne,feels a lot bigger then Linköping in my opinon, despite it is smaller.

Gamla Linköping will be next, and that looks even smaller!
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Great updates from Linkoping
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For a city of more than 100 000 inhabitants Linköping looks really small and provincial. My home city Trier has almost exactly 100k inhabitants and it looks so much more urban.

You photography is very nice though! Thank you!
It isn't that small at all. I can show you pictures of my last visit there. The city centre isn't bad at all and isn't shown in these pictures very much.
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Linköping looks very livable for a mid sized city.
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nice photos from Linkoping...thanks for sharing.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #12
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Thanks! All pictures, except from the top 3 are from the city center. But there are quite large highways around the city. I think it looks bigger in the outskirts with all large buildings. And mind this was a sunday so it was a bit dead (but not bad for a sunday I think).
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Gamla Linköping (Old Town):

This is a an area with a collection of old buildings that have been collected all over the city to prevent them from being demolished, and then moved to Friluftsmuséet Gamla Linköping. But it is also an area where people actually live, with strict rules for furnishings. The area looks exactly like the old times with wooden houses, old fashioned shops and cafés, gardens, many small museums and cobbled streets. It is situated to the southwest outskirts.




Kryddbodtorget.


Fenomenmagasinet.


There is a pine forest just next to Gamla Linköping.



The Printing Museum.



The old square like in the old times (Kryddbodtorget).
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Thanks! All pictures, except from the top 3 are from the city center. But there are quite large highways around the city. I think it looks bigger in the outskirts with all large buildings. And mind this was a sunday so it was a bit dead (but not bad for a sunday I think).
Hm, well, I'll respectfully disagree with you about the feel of the city - been there a couple of times and am staying down there for a week starting Friday (can't wait). It's not crazy urban, but it certainly feels bigger than my hometown Northampton in the UK (pop 210,000).

Loved the photos of Gamla Linköping, it's a nice area, though it does feel artificial I have to say.
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I love this city Thanks for sharing
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Old July 19th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #16
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Well I just went to a few streets on a sunday, for only one hour or so, so it is hard for me to judge. The locals know that better. Anyway, it is one of the cities in Sweden that has the largest number of well preserved older buildings I think. Many quarters got torn down in other cities in the 60s.

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Lovely city. So weird watch all the old buildings and then that 19 floors building...any plans for more of those in there?
Really liked the station building

Thanks for the pics!
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This is really a place where the world is still in order.
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