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Luleå was founded in 1621, however the city’s history is considerably older than that. The city was originally situated around the medieval church in Gammelstad "Old town", 9 km inland. The amount of shipping through the harbor in Gammelstad increased during the 17th century and because of the ongoing land rise a deeper harbor was required. The city was moved towards the sea, to its present location – Luleå "New town" – and the old town in Gammelstad contiuned to grow as a church town – Today a popular tourist attraction listed as a World heritage – Gammelstad Church Town.
There are at least 5 things you don´t want to miss when staying in Lulea! Visit the World Heritage site Gammelstad Church Town. Check the sky now and then so you don´t miss the Aurora Borealis show. Discover the diversity of industries at Sweden´s northernmost science center Teknikens hus. Explore the islands in Luleå archipelago and have a walk on the frozen sea and tell your friends you have been walking on water.
Plan ahead for your trip to Lulea! Search for upcoming events, museums to visit and other attractions to make the best of your trip. Below are a selection of Do & See in Luleå and its surroundings.
Get a taste of Luleå – The city offers a wide selection of restaurants and several of the restaurants use local produce when cooking, from berries and mushrooms, almond potatoes to fish and reindeer. If you rather like to eat Thai, Indian, Spanish, Chinese or Italian food there is very to choose from – there is something for everyones taste when staying in Lulea and several of our restaurant are listed in the White Guide.
Luleås inhabitants loves Fika – Fika is another word for taking a coffee and some sweets at a Café, for example in the afternoon. Luleås thriving university and the strong business sector is reflected in the cafés, restaurants, hotels, theatres, bars and a teeming nightlife which makes Luleå as the perfect base for adventures in the far north of Sweden.
Try barhopping in Luleå If you like music and hanging out with friends, there are plenty of places to enjoy. We will guide you through a local bar crawl: We will start at the top of Storgatan at Restaurant CG, with a wide selection of gin and rum based drinks. How about a Hemingway Mojito? Continuing down Storgatan, at Elite Stadshotellet, you will find The Bishop’s Arms, with Luleå’s largest selection of beer and whisky. Try their own beer, from Luleå’s only microbrewery pub, or participate in one of their beer tastings. Then we will take a detour down to the North Harbour and Hemmagastronomi where the cocktail bar is open from the afternoon until late at night. In a harbour warehouse further down you will find Bistro Norrland and here you can also treat yourself to a drink if you are visiting the Norrbottensteatern theatre next door. Back on Storgatan again, we visit Invit Bar X, serving new cocktails and old classics. Next stop. Fabriken, for a glass of bubbling champagne. We then continue, stopping at Roasters for a good cup of coffee or a coffee cocktail, an obvious choice as they have their own coffee roaster. If you are aiming for the stars, take another detour to Luleå’s only sky bar at Clarion Hotel Sense across the street from Kulturens Hus. Enjoy a good cocktail with a fantastic view of the rooftops and Luleå’s North Harbour. The crawl nears its end as we return to Storgatan, dropping in to Hotell Savoy and Jazzmatsalen. There, you can relax with something from the bar whilst listening to your favourite music. Like we said, Luleå has something to suit all tastes.
Follow the pedestrian street Storgatan – the main shoppingstreet – and you will understand that the town is small but still has a lot to offer. The three large shopping malls, Strand, Shopping and Smedjan all lies along Storgatan together with lots of smaller shops close by. In the city center you´ll find a wide range of fashion, beauty, interior design, toys and electronics, not to mention a variety of restaurants and cafés. The shopping malls also offer a wide range of services such as free WiFi, restrooms, nursing rooms and playingrooms for kids.
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