The lively, youthful and handsome town of ÖREBRO lies on the shores of the country’s fourth largest lake, Hjälmaren, roughly two-thirds of the way between Stockholm and Karlstad and around 110km north of Vadstena. Örebro’s development was dictated by its important strategic position: the main route from southwest Sweden to Stockholm, King Erik’s Way, ran right through the centre, where a build-up of gravel made the river fordable (Örebro means “gravel bridge”). The heart of Örebro comes as a pleasant surprise, its much-fortified thirteenth-century castle forming a magnificent backdrop to the water-lily-studded Svartån River. Aside from the town-centre attractions, there are a couple of fun trips you can make by bike, namely to the Naturens hus nature centre, just east of town on the shores of Hjälmaren, and to Tysslingen lake, a few kilometres west.

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