Here’s a list of the 15 best things to do in Jönköping (Sweden), along with famous landmarks, museums, and other points of interest.
Jönköping is one of the largest cities in Sweden with a total population of 100 579 people in its urban area.
The Match Museum (Tändsticksmuseet)
The Match Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Jönköping. It’s known as “Tändsticksmuseet” in Swedish, and it is one of only three museums dedicated to matches worldwide.
All the interesting aspects of match production including the machinery and the people behind this industry are showcased here. What makes this museum even more attractive is that it is situated in a historic wooden building from the 19th century.
The Habo Church (called Habo kyrka in Swedish) is a beautiful wooden church located around 15 km north of the city of Jönköping. It was built in the form of a basilica and features a high nave and two lower side aisles.
Particularly beautiful are the paintings on the inside which were done by two local artists and depict Martin Luther’s catechism. The church is surrounded by beautiful rural countryside and it is a great idea to take a walk around the area after you are done visiting the church.
Jönköping County Museum
The Jönköping County Museum is dedicated to the history and traditions of the county and features exhibits on art as well as archaeologic artifacts that date back as far as the stone age.
Similar to other Swedish county museums it is designed in a way to be engaging for everyone and admission is free of charge, a great place to learn about the area for the whole family.
Rosenlunds Rosarium is one of the most romantic places to visit in Jönköping as it features a great number of beautiful roses embedded into picturesque gardens.
Apart from the marvelous roses, there are also more exotic trees found here which add to the site’s natural beauty. The rosarium is located 3 km east of the pedestrian city center and is within walking distance from the beautiful Vätterstrand beach.
Another highlight of this lovely place is the manor house from the 18th century which acts as the centerpiece of the rosarium.
People who love nature should not miss the Dumme Mosse nature reserve. It is located 10 km west of the city and offers 3,000 hectares of untouched moorlands.
The reserve resembles the nature of Lapland in northern Sweden and stands out significantly from the scenery you will find elsewhere in southern Sweden. The moorlands can be explored on various well-marked trails and there is a total of 10 km of boardwalks available here.
Dreamhack Winter is one of the biggest eSports events in the world and attracts thousands of young gamers each winter to Jönköping’s Elmia Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The event usually takes place during December and offers visitors a chance to witness the best eSports athletes of the world battle it out in several disciplines including Counter-Strike and Dota.
The event is very interesting even if you aren’t a gamer yourself because it allows a great glimpse into this emerging sub-culture.
Just a few kilometers north of Jönköping is the city Husqvarna, home to a company of the same name, which is known all over the world for its range of fantastic products including motorbikes, and bicycles as well as garden equipment, and tools used in forestry.
The Husqvarna museum tells the story of the 300 years old company and does a great job explaining how it grew into the global giant that it is today. Needless to say, hundreds of exhibits can be found here and many of Husqvarna’s most important products are on display.
Taberg is a small mountain located a few kilometers south of Jönköping. It rises to 245 meters above sea level and offers great recreational value as there are numerous hiking and cycling trails found here as well as picnic areas.
The mountain offers a nice view of the rural surroundings. Coming here is also a great way to experience the lovely Swedish countryside and its friendly people.
Sofia Church (Sofiakyrkan)
Sofiakyrkan, as the church is known in Swedish, is one of the most beautiful churches of the region and can be found right in the center of the lovely Väster neighborhood with its pedestrian streets which are home to many restaurants, bars, shops, and hotels.
The church was erected in the late 19th century and has since then been one of the highest buildings in the region and one of the landmarks of Jönköping. It is known for its muted red facades and elegant interior.
Jönköping City Park (Jönköpings stadspark)
If you are looking for a great place for relaxed walks look no further than the Jönköping City Park. It is located a few hundred meters southwest of the pedestrian streets of Väster and is situated in a slightly elevated position giving it great views over the city and Lake Vättern.
Jönköping’s city park is much more than just a regular park, it offers a mini zoo, fantastic playgrounds for kids as well as a restaurant and even a mini-golf course.
Adding to its beauty are a number of historic buildings scattered across the lush greenery of the park. You can get here by walking from the city center or using public transport.
Rådhusparken is the most scenic park in all of Jönköping. It is located right next to the harbor at Lake Vättern and is surrounded by many of the city’s most important buildings including the beautiful Rådhuset (the city’s town hall) which gives the park its name.
Due to its central location, the park is often used as a meeting point for residents as it is located in between the pedestrian streets of the Väster and the Öster neighborhood.
Rock Lake (Rocksjön)
Rocksjön is situated between the city center and the Strömsbergs Naturreservat and is, similar to the nature reserve, one of the most popular recreational spots in the region.
There are endless boardwalks available here that lead around the lake with its beautiful flora and fauna. Rock Lake is also great for exercising in the morning and you will see hundreds of residents jogging here every day.
The Strömsbergs Naturreservat is located southeast of Jönköping and is one of the most popular natural retreats for residents of the city. People come here to go hiking and cycling through the lush forests or have a picnic with the family amidst the fantastic nature.
There is also a golf club north of the reserve that could be a great spot for you if you are a fan of the sport.
Day trip to Visingsö
Visingö is an island north of Jönköping situated right in the middle of Lake Vättern. The island features several historic buildings including the lovely Kumlaby Church and the Näs Castle at the southern end of Visingsö.
The easiest way to get to Visingsö is by ferry from Gränna. It only takes 25 minutes to get to the island and the ferries leave regularly during the summer months.
Day trip to Gränna
Gränna is not just the steppingstone to Visingsö but also a great destination for a day trip on its own. This small town is especially famous for making Polkagris, a Swedish stick candy.
Gränna is a lovely lake-side town with picturesque streets that are great for a leisurely walk. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the city by car from Jönköping.
If you are interested in the history of polar expeditions the Grenna Museum Andréexpeditionen Polarcenter is very much recommended as it is dedicated to this fascinating subject.
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