Flights to Linkoping
The city of Linkoping is the fifth largest in Sweden, and is located in the south of the country in the province of Ostergotland. Linkoping is well known for its cathedral, and although a fairly large it has a small town feel, making this a popular destination for tourists.
The Linkoping City Airport (airport code: LPI) is quite small but does accept a number of international flights to Linkoping. The only airline that has a one-stop flight to Linkoping from South Africa is KLM, and they make their connection in Amsterdam. Kenya Airways has 2 stops, in Nairobi and Amsterdam, and TAP Air Portugal has a route through Lisbon and Amsterdam. Most flights to Linkoping are around 20 hours long, but some routes can be as long as 40.
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The Tourist Attractions of Linkoping:
Linkoping is an historic city that still has many of its landmarks from the founding period. These now make up some of the city’s most popular attractions, and include the following:
The cathedral that stands here today in Linkoping is around 800 years old, but it’s on the site of an even earlier church that was built in wood, in the 11th century. The stone cathedral originally started smaller, but it was discovered that more space was needed and so it was extended to its present size over several different periods. Today Linkoping Cathedral still has a beautiful interior and the green spire tops are of course copper that has been weathered over the years.
Opposite the cathedral is another major landmark of the city, Linkoping Castle. This dates from the 13th century and was formally the bishop’s residence. Today it is home to the sheriff of Ostergotland, but parts of it are open to the public as a museum. The Castle and Cathedral Museum has exhibits on Linkoping’s history relating to the bishops.
Old Linkoping, or Gamla Linkoping in Swedish, is not the old town as such, but an open-air museum. It contains a number of buildings that were saved from demolition in Linkoping, dating from the 19th century, and you’ll find costumed people gong about their lives as they would have done in the 19th century. With some shops here as well, this really is a nice place to visit.
Alongside Old Linkoping is Valla Wood. This nature reserve is a popular spot for locals and tourists as there are walking trails and bicycle paths winding their way through the attractive woodland where you enjoy bird watching and look out for other animals such as deer and hares.
Swedish Air Force Museum
Just outside Linkoping is the suburb of Malmen where the Swedish Air Force Museum is located. If you’re interested in aircraft you’ll enjoy visiting as there are over one hundred here, dating from the early 20th century right up to the present day.
When Should You Visit?:
The summer months are a good time to visit Linkoping as you’ll get warm temperatures without being too hot. Average highs from June to August are in the low 20’s C. Rainfall is pretty evenly spread across the year but the summer months do usually have a little more rainfall on average, so come prepared. Spring and autumn are fairly short lived, while winters are cool to cold and will have plenty of snow.