You know those sayings that go something like ‘everything was better in the past’? Well, if you are in Sweden and want to find out if this is true, the Wadköping museum village in Örebro is a good place to start.

When you get there, you’ll find a vibrant village-style open-air museum, where the past meets the present. You’ll see buildings and entire courtyards that have been moved here from central Örebro. The town street runs through the middle of Wadköping, with buildings on each side. On one side, you can see low, red houses from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. On the other side, you can see what Örebro looked like after the city fire of 1854. The name ‘Wadköping’ is a fictional name, and it comes from the author Hjalmar Bergman’s famous novel, The Markurells in Wadköping.

Wadköping museum village: A blast from the past

Food market in Wadköping. Photo: Advant

Wadköping is open all year round and offers activities for the whole family. In addition to period architecture, you’ll find museums, exhibitions and lots of activities for children. There are plenty of different little shops to visit, and you can buy freshly baked bread at the bakery, have lunch at the restaurant, watch the silversmith work in the workshop, or just enjoy a day walking around in this lovely environment. Either way, you will experience the past way of living, mixed with shops, culture and food.

The fictional city was awarded a Traveller’s Choice by TripAdvisor in 2021, and this summer, there will be lots of fun activities for families and children. There’ll be art exhibitions, theatre, concerts and markets, and if you are in the area in August, don’t miss the popular food market.

Wadköping museum village: A blast from the past

The Town Hall/Cajsa Warg’s house in Wadköping.

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