Recently I went on a day trip to the lovely city of Vaxjo, or in Swedish - Växjö, here in Sweden. Vaxjo is located about 111 kilometers from Karlskrona, where I live, so it took about one and a half hours to drive there. The reason for my excursion to Vaxjo was that my mum had a meeting there and she asked me if I wanted to tag along, which I thought was a great idea. Because while she was in the meeting, I walked around in Vaxjo and snapped some shots of the city with my camera. So in this post I will share some of those photos, along with a bit of information about Vaxjo and the sights I saw on my walk there.
But first I want to share a few quick facts about the city of Vaxjo: Vaxjo is located in Kronoberg County in Southern Sweden and has a population of about 82,000 people. The land area is 1674 square kilometers. Vaxjo was granted city privileges in 1342 and became a university city with the Linnaeus University and its campus in 1999.
Now on to the Photos From My Day Trip To Vaxjo In Sweden. :-)
So the first thing that caught my attention in Vaxjo was this stunning church, The Vaxjo Cathedral.
The Vaxjo Cathedral is Vaxjo's tallest building with a height of 63 meters. The church has its roots in the early Middle Ages and is tied to the legend of Bishop Saint Sigfrid (portrayed in the statue). The Vaxjo Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Vaxjo and was a bishop church already in the 1100s.
Now the Vaxjo Cathedral has burned down twice, the first time was in 1276 when the church was set on fire. The second time was in 1740 when the tower and the church was badly damaged by fire after a lightning strike and had to be rebuilt again. So even though the church is of medieval origin, it has largely been characterized by 1800s and 1900s restorations.
The Statue Of Saint Sigfrid. Saint Sigfrid was a Benedictine monk and bishop in Sweden. He came from England to Värend with his nephews Unaman, Sunaman and Vinaman in the year 1000. And it was Bishop Saint Sigfrid who ordered that the Vaxjo Cathedral be built. This statue of the bishop and his nephews was consecrated in 1999 by Bishop Anders Wejryd.
I guess that is his nephews, not sure why there is a dog there though? But it was a really nice statue.
Another renowned Swede was this man, Carl Linnaeus (Swedish original name Carl Nilsson Linnæus, 1707 – 1778), who was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature. Today Linnaeus has an entire park named after him in Vaxjo - the Linnaeus Park, which was where I saw this statue of him (well, of most of him... Hehe.). The Linnaeus University in Vaxjo is of course also named after this very Carl Linnaeus.
And Carl Linnaeus did spend time here when he was alive, in fact in the early 1700s he attended school in Karolinerhuset at the edge of the Linnaeus Park.
Which certainly was a charming park.
The Linnaeus Park was also where I found this beautiful creation known as the Cactus Group.
This feature has been in the Linneaus Park since the 1920s and every year it is given a new theme.
This year, 2012, the Cactus Group's theme seemed to be Tree City - that is what the text said anyway.
Just a few steps from the Linneaus Park and the Cactus Group I stumbled on to the stunning Lake Vaxjo.
Where you could go for a quiet little stroll...
... or simply take a seat somewhere and enjoy the view.
Which was what this gentleman did.
Ahh. :-) But not only can you enjoy a walk, bike ride or a relaxing
afternoon by Lake Vaxjo - you can also fish crayfish here. Yupp. Although, you will have to sign up for it and wait for the traditional crayfish premiere to start - which usually take place in early August. Nevertheless, there sure are a lot of things to do around, and in, this lovely lake.
And all of these sights I saw in Vaxjo were not far from the city center at all.
So after a bit of quick sightseeing I also took a little stroll along Vaxjo's shopping streets.
And I was not the only one out on a walk. (I just seem to be drawn to doggies no matter where I go. Lol!)
A fun feature I noticed on the streets was these quotes that had been carved into the stone, something I remember I also saw when I walked along Queen Street in Stockholm. But it turned out that these quotes had been chosen from writers, such as Vilhelm Moberg and Elin Wägner, who have a connection with Kronoberg County. These quotes can be found along Storgatan and Västergatan, also known as "Kulturstråket" - "Culture Lane".
I particularly liked this quote, in English - "Now it is your moment on Earth", by Vilhelm Moberg.
Actually, it felt like I bumped into art wherever I turned in Vaxjo. Hehe. No idea what this green thing is, but it looked quite intriguing.
As did this cute fountain...
... and this little mini "Caesars Palace Fountain" copy. Lol! Nah, there was no music. Hehe.
Now there are of course a lot more to see, photograph and experience in Vaxjo than what I had time to do on my day excursion there. But I must say that, even though I have been in Vaxjo many times before, this was the first time I actually took the time to walk around and really take in what the city had to offer and is all about. My conclusion is that Vaxjo is indeed much more than just a University City you go to and study and then leave, which was the impression I had of it. I now think, after my attentive walk around the city, that Vaxjo is an attractive, lovely little historic Swedish city which I am sure must be quite nice to live in. But although I have no plans to move, I certainly plan to return to Vaxjo so I continue my exploration of this very enjoyable city. :-)