10 Things to Do in Gavle That You Shouldn't Miss

November 26, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Gävle [ˈjɛːvlɛ] is a city in Sweden, the seat of Gävle Municipality and the capital of Gävleborg County. It had 99,576 inhabitants in September 2016, which makes it the 13th most populated city in Sweden. It is the oldest city in the historical Norrland (Sweden's Northern Lands), having received its charter in 1446 from Christopher of Bavaria. However, Gävle is far nearer the greater Stockholm region than it is to the other major settlements in Norrland.
Restaurants in Gavle

1. Boulognerskogen City Park

Vastra Vagen, Gavle, Sweden +46 26 10 59 90
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Boulognerskogen City Park

Reviewed By 2014Jandy - Nottingham, United Kingdom

We were staying overnight and decided to start the day with a walk in the park. What a lovely place to visit with the river running through and paths alongside made walking very easy and enjoyable. Great place right in the centre of the city. Information boards as you walk along with details in Swedish and English which was very helpful.

2. Jarnvagsmuseet

Ralsgatan 1, Gavle 802 91, Sweden +46 26 455 14 60
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Jarnvagsmuseet

TEMPORARILY CLOSED Swedish Railway Museum is currently closed for renovation of the Exhibitions. During this time you are most welcome to join us for trips with our historical trains, to various destinations around Sweden. The Train Hall, where the collections are stored, will be opened for display first weekend of each month, from May through September 2018. Swedish Railway Museum is the central institution within Swedish National Maritime Museums which also oversees its three sister museums, the Naval Museum, the Vasa Museum and the Maritime Museum. During the early 1900s, objects began to be collected that were considered to be of historical value for the future. The collections are of international top class and consists of over 300 vehicles from the mid-1800s to the present day. The collections do not only consist of vehicles but also objects, photographs, archives and books. Swedish Railway Museum is currently closed for renovation of the Exhibitions. During this time you are most welcome to join us for trips with our historical trains, to various destinations around Sweden. The Train Hall, where the collections are stored, will be opened for display during a few weekends. Please, visit our web for more information about those occations.

Reviewed By Petri K

A good place to visit for all ages.
Sweden's largest collection of steam locomotives nicely presented.
Kids will enjoy seeing these and also a small farm house (allergy-safe wooden natural sized cows,pig and hen).
If you're in luck, take a ride with the miniature train that's located in a beautiful area of the park.

3. The Prison Museum of Sweden

1-3 Hamiltongatan, Gavle 802 66, Sweden +46 26 65 44 30
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

The Prison Museum of Sweden

Experience prison conditions of the past in two unique prison buildings. Follow history from the old castle jail with its underground dungeons, dating back to the mid-1600s, to one of Sweden’s first penitentiaries, dating from 1847. You will witness the Swedish prison system, which developed from a period of public enforced shame and corporal punishment to a time when prisoners were isolated from society in what we now call solitary confinement. A visit to the Prison Museum leaves no one unaffected. When you visit the museum, borrow an audioguide in english or german for free!

Reviewed By TapaniTT - Helsinki, Finland

The museum consists of two buildings, one displaying older and the other one more recent prison history. To my understanding, both buildings are authentic prisons; you can see how the prisons actually looked like, and how the prisoners lived in them. The Exhibitions are rather small, however; if you don't want to listen to an audio guide, it takes barely 30 minutes to go through both of them.

4. Furuviksparken

Dannemansvagen 4 | Box 672, Gavle 814 91, Sweden +46 26 17 73 00
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4 based on 256 reviews

Furuviksparken

Reviewed By Bornen B - Skelleftea, Sweden

After visiting Kolmården Furuvik feels kind of small. The entrence fee does not include any rides so in the end you will pay as much as at Kolmården or even any Disney park in the world for a much smaller park with fewer attractions

5. Old Town Gavle

Gavle, Sweden +46 26 17 71 17
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4 based on 102 reviews

Old Town Gavle

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g189825-c120102/Gavle:Sweden:Architecture.html

Reviewed By JonDoe04134 - Lidingo, Sweden

Beautiful traditional architecture, well maintained buildings. It's not very large, but in the middle of a day in July we were the only people strolling the streets there, apart from a postman.

6. Bonan Fiskelage

Bonavagen 247, Gavle, Sweden
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Bonan Fiskelage

Reviewed By tjwb71 - Chicago, Illinois

Ask about short-cut to Bonan through industrial park and next to railtracks. signs will point you to path once there. Lighthouse is nice to see in bonan and some nice restaurants you can stop to along way.

7. Gavle Konserthus

22 Kungsbaecksvaegen, Gavle 802 67, Sweden +46 26 17 29 00
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Gavle Konserthus

Reviewed By Vierdank - Stockholm, Sweden

The Gavle Symphony Orchestra is one of Sweden's oldest symphony orchestras founded in 1912. And indeed one of Sweden's best orchestras. The municipal authorities made it difficult for them to find a "home" for their great Performances, but finally the Concert house was built in 1998, 76 years after their establishment. A shame of course, but the final building result do the orchestra justice. Great concert hall with lovely acoustics. Ample common space with plenty of gathering areas, bar and a fine restaurant. Do hear this orchestra live in this for symphonical music appropriate space - great experience! I've reviewed the restaurant "Gourmet Blå" separately.

8. Hemlingby friluftsomrade

Tratakern, Gavle 802 57, Sweden +46 26 17 80 00
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Hemlingby friluftsomrade

Reviewed By Staschy - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

This place has activity in all seasons. You can run, cycle, horse ride or walk various tracks from 2km to 10km. They range from pram friendly to serious trails. In winter weather they have a small downhill ski slope, sledging, mini ice rink and cross country tracks.
Aside from the exercise (I forgot to mention the mini outdoor gym with Fred Flintstone-style weights) there is a really reasonable restaurant, BBQ pits (supplied wit wood) along the trails, a few kiddy areas and even a sauna.
The parking and most of the activity is free. You can rent some equipment if needed.
I love it here and think it's probably the best thing about Gavle :)

9. Moose Park Kybacka

60 Persbacksvaegen, Gavle 818 91, Sweden +46 26 330 96
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Moose Park Kybacka

Reviewed By JonasA - Gavle, Sweden

If you ever wanted to get a closer look at the largest animal of the northern Forests this is a good place to go to. Guided tours during the spring/summer takes you close to the semi-wild mooses that are held in this large park. English and german spoken. Cafe and giftshop, cottages for staying overnight.

10. The County Museum

Sodra Strandgatan 20, Gavle 801 28, Sweden +46 26 65 56 00
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

The County Museum

The County Museum of Gävleborg owns outstanding collections of Swedish art and design, with 300 paintings and sculptures on display. The museum also shows the famous design by Gunnar Cyrén and thousands of industrial design products and handicraft. You can use an audio guide to take the “highlight tour”. Don´t miss the Café and museum shop.

Reviewed By TKoTP - Hamilton

If you want to know Gavle and its history you must visit this small local museum. Gavle was a big deal at one time and has a glorious and interesting history. The museum also features some painting by local artists that will help you get more understanding of local life

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