Vasteras Weekend Breaks

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Weekend Breaks to Vasteras

Planning a short break to Vasteras? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Vasteras. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Vasteras. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel

Opened in 1990 and is the city's major modern landmark. It offer typical Radisson SAS efficiency and style. The rooms are spacious, with a choice of carpeted or hardwood floors. The tiled bathrooms are well-maintained, with showers and tubs

Radisson offers drinking and dining facilities, but you might decide to explore the restaurants in the shopping mall (the city's largest) beside the Radisson.

Facilities include: sauna, room service and laundry/dry cleaning. Expect to pay between 795 - 1,435SEK ($84 - $152) double; 1,800 - 2,600SEK ($191 - $276) suite. Rates include continental breakfast. Located Karlsgatan 9. Tel: 21/10-10-10.T.

For more information visit - www.radissonas.com

Tabazco Bar & Restaurang

The food at this restaurant is rather uncomplicated, and the atmosphere soothing. For an appetizer, you might want to opt for fresh avocado, stuffed with prawns. The lobster soup, with fresh prawns, is unbeatable and the chefs prepare an excellent bruschetta to accompany the soup. The specialties are beef and chicken (grilled to perfection), served with a choice of six different homemade sauces. The restaurant also offers a delicious vegetarian menu. Pecan ice cream is the perfect choice to conclude you visit to this spot. Reservations are recommended and main courses available 100 - 150SEK ($11 - $16). Located Sturag 20A. Tel: 21/12-91-90.

Domkyrkoplatsen

Also known as the cathedral square. Here you can have a look at the statue of Johannes Rudbeckuis (a 17th-century bishop of Vasteras). It is the work of Sweden's most famous sculptor, Carl Milles. The statue greatly dominates this square, where Sweden's first school was founded in 1623. This is a historical site of value, and should not be missed. Domkyrkoplatse is in the center of town, immediately east of the River Svartan.

Domkyrkan

A popular attraction in Vasteras and located on the cathedral square. This 13th-century cathedral remained (despite subsequent changes and additions) one of the grandest in Sweden. Impressive ecclesiastical art fills the interior, including the free standing baptismal chapel. The oak and gilded main altarpiece (portraying the Passion and the Resurrection) was made in Antwerp and is a stunning example of funereal art. The cathedral also has a museum, which houses precious silver, vestments, rare books and other ecclesiastical objects. With so much history to observe, you can not miss this attraction. Located on Vastre Kyrkogatan 3. Tel: 21/12-12-84. The cathedral is open daily 9am - 5pm and admission is free.

Gallerian

Major shopping mall of the city. It has a choice of restaurants and an array of shops. Here you can enjoy regional and local cuisine at it's best. Whether you prefer seafood, vegetarian, international or Swedish cuisine, you will find it here, at reasonable prices. The shops offer you the freedom to compare prices at leisure and to decide on the best deal for yourself. Most specialize in gifts, souvenirs and antiques. There is also some reasonable clothing and jewelry shops. You are guaranteed to find whatever you are looking for, and more. Located next to the Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel, Karlsgatan.

Wallinska Kyrkogarden and Bjorlingska Kyrkogard

The latter garden borders the Svartan River and has quite a spectacular view of the river. These two gardens lie to the west of Kyrkbackan and to the northwest of the cathedral. It offers visitors the chance to take a break form site seeing and enjoy the serene calmness of a real garden. These are the perfect places to have a picnic or just take a walk. There is a number of restaurants and bars in the surrounding area and you are guaranteed to find the perfect place to suit your need.

Vallby Friluftsmuseum

This museum is the largest open-air museum in Sweden. Old buildings were moved here from all over the province. You will also find an open-air theater, offering summer entertainment in the evening. There is a cafe in the Village Square, selling inexpensive, regional specialties, and plenty of shops selling gifts and souvenirs. Various workshops, like a silversmith, a brush maker, a potter and a textile artist, can be visited. Be sure not to miss the latest exhibition: a re-creation of a Viking farm in all its primitive conditions. Located northwest of town, at Vallbymotet. Tel: 21/16-16-70.

Fiskartorget

In the place of the old fish market, stands the modern Radhuset (town hall), constructed in 1953. During excavations the builders discovered 2,000 skeletons on the site; probably the victims of a 1521 massacre by Gustav Vasa's forces. High on a pillar, to the left of the town hall, stands The Golden Bull, done by Allan Runefeldt. The Cave of the Winds (by Eric Grate) stands in front of the Radhuset entrance. The town hall contains the biggest carillon in Sweden and its ringing can be heard all over the historic city. To the south of the hall, you will see Vasa Park.

Konstmuseum (Art Museum)

Housed in the Old Town Hall from 1857. It stages a number of temporary exhibitions of Swedish and modern Scandinavian painters throughout the year. A permanent 20th century Swedish art exhibition is also on display. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm (summer); Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm (winter). Admission is free. Located across Fiskartorget 2. Tel: 21/39-13-00.

Vasteras Slott

The castle was constructed at the mouth of the river, in the 13th century. Greatly altered when it was changed into the county governor's private residence, it now houses Vastmanlands lans Museum. Devoted to the history of the province, including some Iron Age artifacts found locally.

The exhibit shows coins, medals, and ancient textiles. On the third floor, you will find the spectacular Rikssalen, where Parliament once met.

Located across the bridge, leading from Fiskartorget to Skepparbacken.

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