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My travels in Sweden:
One place I always have found beautiful in books is Norrköping and its river Motala Ström. We have traveled through Norrköping by car many times but never stopped at the old town center. Today my girlfriend had to visit the archive of Norrköping in her research and I followed to take a walk in the old city of Norrköping and take some photos.
I have added links with deeper information, most of them are Wikipedia links. I have chosen the Swedish link, but in some cases you can shift to English. If there is no English version you can use Google translator or similar service. There are more information in the Swedish language.
A walk along Motala Ström in Norrköping, 2019:
Overview of old town of Norrköping:
Zoom in and find the streets menioned in the text below.
I started my walk at the Tyska Torget (German Square). This is the Hedvig's Church we see, it's many times called the German Church.
More to read about Hedvig's church at Wikipedia:
On the Southern side of the square we have Norrköping's Town Hall.
More to read about Norrköping's Town Hall at Wikipedia:
The street Drottninggatan take us to the river Motala Ström.
More to read about Norrköping at Wikipedia:
Crossing the street Hamngatan and then we are at the river. The Eastern direction of Motala Ström. In the background we could see old buildings from the industrial era.
The bridge Saltängsbron. The trams run over the river on this bridge.
I follow the street Hamngatan in Western direction along the river.
At this place the street changes name from Hamngatan to Gamla Rådstugatan. Along this river there has been a lot of industries. Now the buildings are demolished at some places and at other restored and rebuilt to residential blocks which we can see on later photos.
The Swedish company Holmen's office.
Lars J. tells:
This is the park Strömparken.
In the park there is a salmon ladder. I couldn't see any salmon or other fish but the seagull maybe see something to catch.
Many old buildings were built at the shore of to the river, they needed the water supply.
The building to the right is the reason why my girlfriend visits Norrköping today. It was once a brewery, Norrköpings Förenade Bryggerier and at that place Gunilla's grandfather's brother worked. His name was Oscar Björkander, died 1929, maybe someone who is reading this knows something about him?
More to read about Norrköpings Förenade Bryggerier at Wikipedia:
Most breweries I have seen in Sweden is built like this building, with bricks and arc shaped windows. They are now rebuilding them to be used as residential blocks.
Not bad flats with balconies hanging out over the river.
In the background, the waterfall next to the hydro power plant.
This small manmade river leads to the salmon ladder we saw earlier.
Popular fishing place, only fly fishing allowed.
Hydro power plant:
I follow the walk path to the other side of the bridge Järnbron (Iron bridge).
The yellow building to the right looks like a typically old hydro power plant.
There are more than one of these old hydro power plants. I don't think any of them are in use today. This could be the hydro power plant Drags kraftstation.
More to read about Drags kraftstation at Wikipedia:
The building Knäppingsborg at the street Järnbrogatan.
Old buildings at the street Skolgatan (School street).
The street Repslagaregatan along the Old Square of Norrköping.
When I was walking at the street Dalsgatan I saw these construction workers, they are restoring the overflow canal.
The Cotton weaving factory:
The big industry in old days was the weaving industries. It lasted for 350 years and made the city rich. It ended about 1950. This weaver is built 1750.
In 1947 they were optimistic about the future of the textile fabrics. See this movie how they support the youths education for the textile fabrics:
I follow the street Kvarnsgatan and found this old wooden house. The block is Stampen and I can read that the yellow old building to the right is built on top of the basement of the even older building Dalskvarnen.
Is this a weaving factory too or is it a power plant?
Lars J. tells:
The crossing between the streets Kvarngatan and Källvindsgatan.
Now I have come to Kungsgatan (Kings Street) and then turn to the right.
Movie, Norrköping, the city at Bråviken (1939):
The street Kungsgatan lead us to the bridge Bergsbron which take me to the other side of Motala Ström.
Now my plan was to take a photography on the famous textile factory which is located in the middle of the stream. But look ... it's covered with scaffolding and plastic.
View from the bridge upstream of the river Motala Ström.
More to read about the water falls in Norrköping at Wikipedia:
I now leave the bridge Bergsbron and start walking along the stream into the old industrial area.
In one of the old industrial buildings there is now the Town museum, you find it at Holmbrogränd.
More to read about Norrköping's Town museum at Wikipedia:
The walk along this walk path has many beautiful views.
The Workers Museum. It's housed in the building Strykjärnet (Flat Iron) at the island Laxholmen.
More to read about Norrköping's Workers Museum at Wikipedia:
The speed of the stream increases when I'm closing in to the hydro power plants.
The crossing between Garvaregatan and Västgötagatan. I turn left here to the street Garvaregatan.
We are now on the backside of the brewery, the block Kroken.
I try to get a view inside to see if the view match the old photos my girlfriend has. No match here.
This nice looking building is placed between the streets Hamngatan and Flemingatan.
I wish that Stockholm where I live could have preserved as much old buildings as they have done here.
Movie, En trip genom Norrköping, a trip through Norrköping (1915):
What a nice and interesting day, I just say, if you are close to Norrköping, visit this old city of Norrköping!