Astrid Lindgrens Vimmerby

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Welcome to Astrid Lindgren’s Vimmerby in Småland

In the charming town of Vimmerby in northern Småland, there is a really playful destination. Astrid Lindgren, one of the world’s best loved children’s authors, was born here. Astrid has touched people the world over with her books, and it was right here, in the small town of Vimmerby, that she laid the foundations for her fantastic authorship.

There is much to see and do in Astrid Lindgren’s footsteps. How about experiencing the stories for real? Visiting the place where the story about Astrid Lindgren once started? Or seeing the houses and farms that have become world famous through the films? Yes, it’s all here and much more.

Astrid Lindgren’s Näs

Curious about Astrid Lindgren? Then visit the place where it all started, where Astrid Lindgren was born and grew up – Astrid Lindgren’s Näs. And here, in the area around her childhood home, Astrid herself played when she was young. The many memories of the place and the years growing up there later inspired Astrid Lindgren to write several of her stories. Today, the area is an award-winning visitor’s attraction with guided tours, topical exhibitions, gardens, a shop and refreshments.

Astrid Lindgren’s World

Our fantastic theatre park, Astrid Lindgren’s World, is just a few stone’s throws from Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home. Here, the stories come to life and you can walk through the well-known environments and meet Pippi, Emil, Mardie and many of the other characters. Specially written scenes based on Astrid Lindgren’s stories are performed daily, and between the performances you can visit the characters in their homes. 

The settings

Vimmerby’s nature and surroundings are just like in the stories … though in reality it is probably the other way round. The stories give us a living description of the nature and landscape around Vimmerby. Well, we shouldn’t boast too much, but these are in fact often the very surroundings described in the books. Here, you are close to glittering lakes, the tranquillity and mystique of the forests, pastures, meadows, fences, stone walls, red barns and winding gravel roads. Quite simply – a true Småland idyll.

The film town

Almost all the films based on Astrid Lindgren’s books have had their world premieres in Vimmerby. Many of the films have also, fully or partly, been shot in the town or its immediate surroundings. Katthult in Rumskulla and Bullerby in Pelarne have long been well known as film locations, attracting crowds of visitors annually. Two films about Lotta on Troublemaker Street were filmed in Astrid Lindgren’s World in 1991 and 1992. In the beginning of December 2014 it was time for a new world premiere in Vimmerby, when the new film ‘Astrid’ was shown at the Grand Cinema. It is the first feature film about the author’s life and work and reflects her whole life.

Vimmerby town centre

Vimmerby is the town in which Astrid Lindgren grew up. It is also where Astrid Lindgren is buried. Much remains as it was when Astrid lived here, yet it’s so different. Enjoy a walk in the town centre and experience the settings that inspired Astrid: Kalle Blomkvist’s alleys, Emil’s market, the house with Pippi’s sweet shop and much more you are sure to be familiar with.

 

Click on this page and read more about the places and sights we have mentioned briefly here in the introduction. And, above all, welcome to visit and experience them for real!

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The author Jens Andersen with Karin Nyman

Vimmerby is the navel of Scandinavia

“Oh childhood peace in Sca-a-andinavia!” bellows five-year-old Lisabeth in Astrid Lindgren’s book about Mardie. Lisbeth is sitting in the sleigh together with her big sister Mardie in a snowstorm on their way home to Mum and Dad at Junedale after the girls’ perilous trip on the smooth, dark ice on the river.

All of us who live in peaceful Scandinavia ought to sing as loudly and joyfully as Lisabeth every day. Imagine being able to move freely across each other’s national borders without feeling foreign or unwanted. We work, start a family, and rent or buy houses in our neighbouring countries like never before. On the outside we are probably Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Finns and Icelanders, but deep inside – I think – we are also proud of our Scandinavian kinship, which is based on an outlook on life and a feeling for nature that has its roots in the passing of the seasons in the northern hemisphere. We all go through the long, dark winter, the fantastic colourful spring and the short, intensive summer with light nights on the lakes and seas, in the mountains, on the fields and meadows, in the forests and cities.

Through Astrid Lindgren’s books, we get an intense experience of this Scandinavian cultural heritage. This is something that Pippi Longstocking and the Children of Noisy Village, Mio, Rasmus and Mardie, Emil, the Brothers Lionheart, Ronja and Birk have radiated for more than half a century and it is brought to life year after year in Vimmerby. Not just through all the skilful, energetic actors in Astrid Lindgren’s World but also through the unique museum setting at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs and the old streets around the square in Vimmerby where Astrid Lindgren bought sweets and went to the market as a child and danced at Stadshotellet and worked as a journalist student somewhere round the corner on Storgatan when she was young.

In the summer in Vimmerby, visiting families with children from all over Europe get an insight into the Scandinavian mentality, lifestyle and ways of socialising. A cultural heritage based on an understanding of the importance of children and childhood that the rest of the world envies and would like to share with us, if it could. If there is one thing that all the world’s adults share – regardless of political and religious beliefs – it is that we were all children once and have a piece of that child inside us for the rest of our lives.

Few authors in the world have reminded us so strongly and in such detail about this as Astrid Lindgren. She was herself a child and young girl in Vimmerby 100 years ago. Astrid grew up on the farm Näs where her parents Hanne and Samuel August created a home for their four children based on love, respect and tolerance. And within these fixed, safe bounds, Astrid, Gunnar, Stina and Ingegerd had plenty of time to play and fantasise when the day’s chores where done. Astrid Lindgren remembered her happy childhood at Näs for the rest of her life. Not least in her difficult and dark times as an adult. The happy, warm memories of Småland became an inexhaustible source for her authorship, which has been translated into so many languages that it spanned the world long ago. Pippi Longstocking, the Children of Noisy Village, Mio, Rasmus, Mardie, Emil, Jonathan, Skorpan, Ronja and Birk all teach us, much better than even the thickest and cleverest books about bringing up children, how to get along with each other as people and what a good, peaceful life should always be based on. 

That’s why we Scandinavians still read Astrid Lindgren and share her with the rest of the world. And that’s why generation after generation of children and parents make pilgrimages to Vimmerby – the Navel of Scandinavia. 

Text: Jens Andersen

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Jens Andersen (b. 1955) has a PhD in Scandinavian literature and is the author of Astrid Lindgren’s biography ‘Denna dagen, ett liv’ (This day, one life), which has been published in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Germany, and which will be published in 2016 in Finland, the Netherlands, France and Russia.
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In Astrid Lindgren’s World fairy tales come to life!

Here, you step right into the world of fairy tales and meet Pippi Longstocking, Ronja the robber’s daughter, That Emil and all the others.

If you have read any of Astrid Lindgren’s books, you will know the characters and settings, but you’ll never have experienced them like this before. Here you can step right into adventures and antics taken from Astrid Lindgren’s stories.

Performances in the park from morning to night 
You will experience several different performances each day and after every performance, the fun continues as the children can play with Pippi, Ronja, Karlsson and the others. Some of the characters stay in their home settings while others wander around in the park. This makes Astrid Lindgren’s World Sweden’s biggest summer theatre.

Visit the characters 
In Astrid Lindgren’s World, Pippi and all the pirates can turn up anywhere in the park, but usually near Villekulla Cottage by the lake, where Captain Longstocking has moored his ship Hoppetossa.

The adventure continues in Matt’s Fort and the big Matt’s Forest surrounding it. Visit the dungeons in the fort, try Skinny-Pete’s bed and see the gorge ‘Helvetesgapet’ open up before you. Ronja, Matt, Lovis and all the others are here during the main season. Rasmus and Paradis-Oskar may come along, playing and singing as they walk, and if you take a peek into Rasmus’s barn you may find them asleep. Maybe it’s time to run ahead to Junedale and play with Mardie and Lisabet, or will Karlsson on the roof take you flying!

Don’t forget to visit Emil, Ida and the Svensson family in Katthult, and join in the mischief and antics. Katthult is set in a genuine Småland farming landscape and looks just like it did when Astrid Lindgren grew up in Vimmerby in the beginning of the 20th century, and it is also located on the beautiful oak hill where Astrid herself played as a child.

Good food gives you energy to play 
After all the playing and running around, you are bound to be hungry. If you and your family haven’t brought a picnic there are several restaurants to choose from. Here you can eat locally produced food cooked from scratch. The menu includes classics such as ‘kroppkakor’ (potato dumplings) and potato pancakes with fried bacon. Naturally, we also serve meatballs and pancakes.

Time to sleep…
If you have travelled some way, it may be good to know that you can enjoy a good night’s sleep next to Astrid Lindgren’s World. There is a chalet village and campsite just 250 meters from the park entrance. The chalets have been built as tenement soldier’s cottages, which have been around in Småland since the end of the 17th century. People lived comfortably in this type of house even during Emil’s time. There are also several campsites near our chalet village. 

 

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Astrid Lindgren's World

Opening hours 2017:
Pre-season:
19 May-9 June, 10 am-5 pm.
Main season:
10 June-27 August, 10 am-6 pm.
Weekends in September:
Friday to Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.
Celebrate the autumn break with us at our Autumn and Craft Market,
28 October-5 November, 10 am-5 pm.

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Like a story without an end!

In Vimmerby, there is every opportunity to follow Astrid Lindgren’s life and work close up. Visit Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home Näs and enjoy the gardens, a bite to eat in the restaurant or a lemonade in the shadow of the real ‘lemonade tree’.

Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson was born here, at Näs, on 14 November 1907, the daughter of tenant farmer Samuel August and his wife Hanna. It was here that Astrid climbed the lemonade tree, played with her siblings in the woodshed, jumped in the hay and heard her very first story in Kristin’s kitchen.

Today, Astrid Lindgren’s Näs is a culture centre that offers a range of experiences in Astrid Lindgren’s real childhood environment. The Astrid exhibition in the Pavilion – ‘The whole world’s Astrid Lindgren’ – provides quite a few clues to her world-famous authorship. 

The Big Tourism Prize 2014
Astrid Lindgren’s Näs was awarded the prestigious Big Tourism Prize 2014. The jury’s motivation included: “A strong and moving experience that has quickly developed into a visitor attraction for the national and international market”.
The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs are a new project that appeals to the child in all of us, regardless of age. Elis Ruhnström, Astrid Lindgren’s nephew’s grandchild, officially cut the turf in 2013 by planting the first beech tree.

A garden bearing Astrid Lindgren’s name must of course have character and poise. The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs are not classic and formal with flowerbeds in straight lines but a natural environment with fences, stone walls, groves and meadows. Here, wild goes hand in hand with trained, and anger and laughter go hand in hand at the skipping rope!

Third chapter 
In summer 2016 the third and last chapter of the gardens at Astrid Lindgrens Näs will open. Just as the two previous chapters you will meet themes that were important to Astrid’s authorship and feelings that are recurrent in her stories. The themes of the third chapter will be freedom, courage and creativity. 

The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs should be a place that changes, offers surprises and tells a new story every time you visit. A story without an end!

 

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Opening hours
Astrid Lindgren's Näs 2017:


1 Jan-30 Mar:
Closed
1 Apr-30 Apr:
Wed-Sun 11 am-4 pm 
1 May-9 June:
Daily 11 am-4 pm
10 June-24 Sep:
Daily 10 am-6 pm 
27 Sep-17 Dec:
Wed-Sun 11 am-4 pm 

See homepage for opening times at Midsummer and other long weekends.

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