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
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.
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
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
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!