The air is cooler, the area is calmer and a lovely change of color from lovely green to bright yellow, orange and red happens when we go from summer to autumn. Even tough the high season is over - Gammelstad still has a lot to offer all year round. Not least during the beautiful autumn months. Here are four great tips on what you can do in Gammelstad during September and November - either on your own, with a good friend or with children and family.
Book a guided tour or rent our audioguide
Are you curious about Gammelstad's history? Then a guided tour might be something for you. The Visitor Center offers guided tours throughout the fall. It is easy to book on our website. During the tour, you will be taken on a walk through the church town and will learn exciting details about the church and the church cottages, as well as the traditions in the village, how people lived here and why Gammelstad was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. A visit to a church cottage is of course included, and if it is possible we will also take a look inside the beautiful church.
For those who prefer to discover the church town on their own, there is also the option of renting our audio guide.
You will find Visitor Center in the old chapel in the middle of Kyrktorget.
Enjoy the calm enviorment at the open-air museum Hägnan
The open-air museum Hägnan is the perfect destination for children, but also for those who want to escape the noise of the city for a while and enjoy rural tranquility. The museum buildings, the country store and the hayloft are closed during autumn, but there is still plenty to enjoy here. Like playing hide and seek among the farms, visiting the animals and picking berries at the edge of the forest and much more. At Hägnan there are fireplaces and firewood for the public to use for free. You can easily grill sausages or just warm yourself by the fire.
Go on a hike around Mattisberget
Autumn is the best time for cozy hikes in the forest, and luckily there happens to be a lovely forest right next to Gammelstad. Mattisberget offers several pleasant hiking tracks of different lengths, for beginners and for those who want a good workout. The forest is only a short walk from the village and it is perfect to combine with a visit to the church town. Bring proper shoes, pack a thermos of coffee and soak up the scents of autumn in the forest. Tip! Bring a basket for picking berrys and mushrooms.
Visit Gammelstad during All saint's day
At the end of October/beginning of November, it is really dark outside, but in Gammelstad, candles burn all around during All Saints' Day. Take an evening walk in the cemetery and admire the lights and lanterns that are lit on the graves in connection with the holiday. It is a magical experience whether you yourself have someone you want to remember and honor a little extra, or not.
Text: Emelie Rubensson