When it comes to Gävle's natural beauty, the rivers of Gavlean and Testeboan bring life to this quaint city on Sweden's east coast. "By the water” is by far the most common answer when people are asked where they would like to live and play in Gävle. All in all, Gävle is a very romantic and laid-back destination with scenic views and lots of colorful wooden houses.
Things to See and Do in Gävle:
Gävle also has one of the region's largest shopping centres that includes Gävle City Centre and Valbo Shopping City in Norrland where, naturally, you can find an IKEA.
There are also activities for the young and old at Furuvik Zoo, Kybacka Moose Park, the Swedish Railway Museum, and the Prison Museum of Sweden to name just a few.
The city also has a great deal of public art and sculptures that add character to the streets, squares and parks. The Gävle Concert Hall and Gavle Theatre provide world famous performers with both large and small productions.
Eating and Drinking in Gävle:
Gävle also provides plenty of opportunities to experience good taste--from intimate, personal restaurants to Sweden's best coffee and chocolate.
In fact, the world-renowned Gevalia coffee plant has been part of the city for more than 150 years. Gevalia (the latin name for Gävle) is the largest coffee roastery in Scandinavia. If you have an afternoon, take a tour through the plant, learn about the art of making coffee, and bring home some a delicious reminder of your visit to Gävle.
Staying in Gävle:
There are several hotels in Gävle, both popular chain names and smaller, locally-owned hotels.
How to get to Gävle:
This city is easy to visit. To get to Gävle, take the E4 going north from Stockholm or get on one of the many trains that include Gävle on their list of stops. There are bus services to Gävle from several cities as well, but they take a lot longer than the trains.