Culture & history
Astrid Lindgren’s Näs
Näs in Vimmerby was the place where it all started. This is where Astrid Lindgren grew up with her siblings a hundred years ago and where she got the inspiration for many of her stories. For example, there was a carpentry workshop that became Emil’s woodshed, and a tree that became Pippi’s sugar lemonade tree.
Astrid Lindgren is one of our best-beloved authors. Her books find new readers still today and continue to influence our view of people and the world. Astrid’s authorship defies all boundaries and she is read by all generations in all continents. She has become a role model for people all over the world, not just as a writer but as a social critic and debater. With a sharp pen and a safe and confident voice, with humour and love, she fought for the environment, children’s rights, animal welfare, refugee rights and gender equality.
Visit her childhood home
In the 1960s, Astrid Lindgren restored her childhood home so that it would look the way it did when she grew up there. Most of the old furniture even found its way home again. Today, you can visit the house during guided tours and experience a sense of travelling trough time – to a time when Astrid Lindgren, her three siblings and parents lived here. You will come straight into the environments that inspired the stories about Madicken, Bullerbyn (Noisy Village) and Emil of Lönneberga. The guides tell you about what is was like growing up at Näs. The big farm offered a safe and free home for Astrid and her siblings.
Discover the world’s Astrid Lindgren
When visiting Astrid Lindgrens Näs, the exhibition about Astrid Lindgren is a must. You will get to know Astrid as a person and understand where most of her inspiration came from. You learn where she received the courage and strength that made her a very important opinion maker in Sweden. By looking at the long list of awards Astrid Lindgren has been awarded, it is obvious that she was an extraordinary woman. The exhibition will take you from her childhood at Näs to her life as a celebrated and would-famous author, and the available audio guide will make it a very interesting and educating experience.
THE GARDENS AT ASTRID LINDGREN’S NÄS
The gardens at Näs are a place for culture, conversation, debate, play and humour. Each garden-room is built to let you experience one of these moods, which have been grown out of themes that were important to Astrid throughout her authorship. There are also works of art on display in the garden and different temporary exhibitions. The park is open to visit, but will constantly be renewed, changed, enriched and refined – just like a never-ending story.
Read more on the website of Astrid Lindgren's Näs