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Cultural landmarks in Sweden

When do they re-open?

snarky
post 4.Mar.2013, 12:31 PM
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We went exploring this weekend and decided to go to two old churches marked as cultural landmarks, but discovered they were locked up. We haven't encountered this before, so I am guessing it is because maybe they lock them for winter...I don't know. Anyway, before we go back to them and try again, is there a standard for when they start opening up the cultural landmarks for exploring and tourists? Does anyone know the rule of thumb here?

Also, does anyone know of a good book that has detailed information on all the cultural landmarks, not necessarily a map book, I have that. I am really looking for a guide book that tells in you detail about all the cultural landmarks in Sweden.
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skogsbo
post 4.Mar.2013, 01:18 PM
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Easter for some places, others don't really get going until the first week of May.
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unionisten
post 4.Mar.2013, 01:20 PM
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depends on where you are
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Johno
post 4.Mar.2013, 01:43 PM
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Two other observations. Monday often closed. And some places only opened in July when those responsible are on holiday to show round others on holiday.
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snarky
post 4.Mar.2013, 04:07 PM
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Thanks, this certainly gives me an idea of when to head back to explore. smile.gif
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Monark540
post 4.Mar.2013, 11:31 PM
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I bought a copy of Upplev Sverige last year after seeing a copy in the library. It's a handy, although not small, guide to have in the car when you are out and about. If you are particularly interested in churches, I recall seeing a website describing many older country churches.

Anyway, the book, described on bokus: Upplev Sverige

For churches, this site, in English, could be useful: Spotting History - medieval Swedish churches
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justinP
post 5.Mar.2013, 09:05 AM
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It helps if you phone in advanced, they are normally (well in the summer, I've never tried in the winter) to get somebody to open the church for you.

Alas, I think the days of churches being open in the day un-guarded are long gone.
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snarky
post 5.Mar.2013, 11:19 AM
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Thanks, Justin! And thanks, Monark, I will have to check out those books! smile.gif
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