Astrid Lindgren

“She wasn’t one of those mothers who sits quietly on a park bench watching their children playing. She wanted to play herself, and I suspect that she had at least as much fun as we did!” reminisces Astrid Lindgren’s son, Lasse.


In the Footsteps of Astrid Lindgren

Whatever your age, let yourself be a child again as you follow in the footsteps of Astrid Lindgren in Småland. Just driving to Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home and “visiting” it would be so boring! And turning her memory into a museum isn’t what Astrid Lindgren would have wanted either. No way – get out and play! There’s so much to discover and try out, to wonder at and delight in!

One such place is the gardens around Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home – “Näs”.The green settings at the Astrid Lindgren’s Näs cultural centre in Vimmerby have grown out of the recurring themes in her writing: themes such as freedom, courage, melancholy and zest for life. Hard to imagine? Then give it a try, and let yourself be bewitched by this special place, which awakes emotions, inspires you and where you can let your thoughts run wild – playfully, and wholly in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.

Or what about the Film village, Filmbyn Småland? Around Mariannelund, just 20 km from Vimmerby, is where the Emil of Lönneberga films were made. The interactive Filmbyn Småland will give you a behind the scenes look into the lives of the actors, directors and other workers who brought the films to life. It lets you step into the magical world of film in a setting that could have been created by Astrid Lindgren herself. There’s an activity park with a built-in parkour area for you to channel your inner adventurer and you can see classic film clips, sing along to tracks from the films and check out original props. Here you can even slip into the role of Emil yourself! Emil´s home, Katthult, is easily recognisable today and is actually called Gibberyd. It is probably one of the most photographed farms in Småland.

The village of Sevedstorp became Bullerby (Noisy Village) in the films. This hamlet was the childhood home of Astrid Lindgren’s father, and the three farms were in fact also the model for the Bullerby. In Vimmerby, there is much that feels familiar from the stories – as if Bill Bergson lived here or as if Pippi Longstocking were about to come out of the sweet shop. But that’s no surprise, given that Astrid Lindgren grew up and went to school here. The young Astrid played with her siblings and friends in the alleyways of this small town and in the surrounding woods. Her childhood memories provided the raw material for her stories.

One thing not to miss on your journey in the footsteps of Astrid Lindgren is a visit to Astrid Lindgren’s World. Astrid Lindgren’s World theatre park is where the characters and settings from Astrid’s most famous books are brought to life. It lets you truly immerse yourself in the stories of Astrid Lindgren.And by “truly” we mean life-size and true to life: leap across the Hell’s Gap chasm with Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, meet Katla the dragon with the Brothers Lionheart or watch That Emil hoist little Ida up the flagpole. And all the others – Pippi Longstocking, Mardie, Karlsson-on-the-Roof et al. – are here too, ready to lead you into their world: Astrid Lindgren’s World.

Astrid Lindgren also carried the old stories a supernatural creature in the forest. We find Astrid’s mysterious creatures especially in the book (and the film) Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter. You may recognize grey dwarfs, wild harpies and rumphobs.

Cycling Between Film Locations in Astrid Lindgren’s Stories

Are you looking for an outdoor activity that brings you close to the Småland nature and teaches you more about Swedish cultural heritage? Then the guided bike tours in the film landscape of Småland…

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Are you looking for an outdoor activity that brings you close to the Småland nature and teaches you more about Swedish cultural heritage? Then the guided bike tours in the film landscape of Småland are the activity for you! The bike tours start from Filmbyn Småland in Mariannelund and include places like Katthult and Bullerbyn. Along the routes, which are 5-25 kilometers long, you will pass several locations where scenes from the films about Emil in Lönneberga were filmed. In basket cycling, it’s not the first to reach the finish line who wins, but the one who has experienced the most along the way.

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Astrid Lindgren’s World

Astrid Lindgren’s World is the best kind of world! Not least because you can see and talk to Pippi Longstocking, That Emil, Mardie and the others.

Adventures for kids

Heights, speed and wind are all part of the activities here. Be a cowboy for the day, climb among the treetops and set off on an exciting adventure.

Kalmar Castle

Your steps echo between the old walls as you walk through the vault, into Kalmar Castle’s courtyard.