Astrid Lindgrens Värld
Popular theme park in Vimmerby
The unique theme park Astrid Lindgrens Värld in Vimmerby in Småland is the highlight for all young and old fans of Astrid Lindgren.
Astrid Lindgren's World was created at the beginning of the 1980s as a small park with miniature houses from the Astrid Lindgren stories. Today, with an area of 180,000 square meters and half a million visitors a year, the park is the largest theme park in Sweden.
Pippi's Villa Villekulla, Emil's Katthult, Ronia's Mattisborg or the rooftops of Vasastan with Karlsson-on-the-Roof have one thing in common – they are all built more or less in original size and serve as open air stages where scenes from the respective stories are performed several times a day.
Experience the stories of Astrid Lindgren
During the high season, 50 different theatrical performances are there every day. All scenes are played in Swedish, but the viewer experience isn't clouded due to the unambiguousness of the actions and the knowledge of the contents.
Between performances, the buildings can be viewed and explored from the inside. There are also child-sized buildings, such as Bullerbyn or the settlement with the house of Polly and her grandmother.
Immediately behind the entrance lies the original Troublemaker Street, where Lotta is at home and in the early 1990s, the films were shot. Just down the road is the only roofed adventure world of the park. During a 10-minute tour you will be driven by small cars through scenes from the stories of Saltkråkan.
In the house of Nils Karlsson you get – in the face of oversized furniture – a sense of what the world looks like from the perspective of a toddler. And elsewhere you walk through the downsized city center of Vimmerby, as it has looked in the time of Astrid Lindgren's childhood.
The complete package
To strengthen yourself during your stay in the park, there are several restaurants, cafés, snack bars and an ice cream parlor. But you can also bring your own food and settle down at one of the many picnic areas. If you do not want to carry your things with you, you can borrow a handcart at the entrance.
Near the entrance, there are several shops, such as a Pippi and Emil shop, a bookstore, candy stores, a large clothing and toys store, and a corner shop with delicacies and crafts from Småland.
The paths and most of the buildings in the park are accessible to wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are available in the restaurants and other parts of the park. Dogs are welcome in the park, but must stay on a leash.
Expand the visit
If you would like to find out more about Astrid Lindgren's life and would like to see where and how she grew up, then Astrid Lindgrens Näs, which is only a few blocks away, is an ample opportunity. Also the original Katthult or the real Bullerbyn are only a few kilometers away from Vimmerby.