Culture & history

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 toimagine? 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.

Astrid Lindgrens Näs

Or what about Film Village Småland? Around Mariannelund, just 20 km from Vimmerby, is where the Emil of Lönneberga films were made. You get a sense of just how much fun the producers and cameramen had while filming, and how hard they worked, at the interactive Film Village Småland located just outside of town. 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. This theatre park in Vimmerby lets you truly immerse yourself in the stories of Astrid Lindgren. And by “truly” we mean life-size and true to life: leap bravely across the Hell’s Gap chasm with Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter, or fight Katla the dragon with the Brothers Lionheart. And all the others – Pippi Longstocking, Emil, Mardie, Karlsson-on-the-Roof et al. – are here too, ready to lead you into their world: Astrid Lindgren’s World.