If you are looking for a town steeped in history, a town of just the right size with all facilities within walking distance, or a town with both beautiful nature at its doorstep and the major cities of Scandinavia within easy reach, then Örebro is the place for you.
Its population of around 135,000 makes Örebro the seventh largest town in Sweden. Big enough to offer all the amenities of a large city, but small enough for distances to be short. When you visit the town centre you will find almost everything within walking range, and in the surrounding area you will find magnificent scenery, beautiful wooden towns and some of Sweden's largest lakes.
Most first-time visitors are pleasantly surprised by Örebro. Not only are they taken with its beauty, its old town centre, the medieval castle on its islet in the river Svartån, but also with its many other attractions, entertainment, shopping, music scene, and culture. There is a wide range of restaurants catering to every taste. And if you just like to chill out, there is plenty of opportunity to do so in one of the town's many coffee shops.
Örebro boasts a varied nightlife with a rich selection of pubs, clubs and bars. Whether you like to go for a drink, enjoy some live music or hit the dance floor, you will not be short of places for an evening out on the town.
Did you know?
- Örebro has many interesting tourist attractions to offer, the most famous being the castle which dates back to the 13th century.
- Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, later King Karl XIV Johan was appointed successor to the throne at the Parliament (Riksdag) in Örebro 1810. Today his descendant, Carl XVI Gustaf is the King of Sweden.
- The water tower Svampen ("The Mushroom") is one of Sweden's most well-known landmarks. There you can enjoy fantastic views of Örebro while sipping on freshly brewed coffee and tasting some of the delicious pastries in the café.
- Örebro is Sweden's demographic centre, and 70 per cent of all Swedes live within 300 km of Örebro.
- When the lake Hjälmaren was lowered at the end of the 19th century, the town lock was built and the river outlet was straightened, dredged and canalised. You can therefore go by boat from the centre of Örebro via Hjälmaren all the way to Stockholm.
- Örebro is a cycling town. There is a well-developed grid of cycle lanes and bikes are available for hire at a low cost. There is also a great range of sporting and leisure activities in and around town; swimming in the adventure and leisure pool complex Gustavsvik, golfing, orienteering, cycling, canoeing, fishing, and in the winter ice-skating and skiing.
- In 2011, Örebro was appointed Sweden's best sporting town. Should you prefer spectator sports, you can watch top-division matches in football, floorball, volleyball, bandy, speedway, basketball and more.
- The City Park in Örebro is situated on the banks of the river Svartån, a short walk from the town centre. It is a perfect place for spending a sunny, relaxing afternoon, strolling around in the Rose Garden with over a hundred different species of roses, or discovering the Wadköping open-air museum with its collection of historic buildings from Örebro and the surrounding countryside.
- Örebro is one of few places in Sweden where you can fish for rainbow trout free of charge – in the town centre.
- Örebro was elected Student Town of the Year 2010 by the Swedish National Union of Students.