A beautiful and quaint area in Jämtland in the middle of Sweden, Östersund is a famous tourist destination due to its convenient location near the country's fifth largest lake, Storsjön and nature. A relaxed and scenic gateway town, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a pleasant and rejuvenating holiday is guaranteed here.
The stark contrast between the lively city and idyllic mountains makes the city a unique and magnificent destination. From enjoying nature's comforting presence to numerous culinary delights, Östersund offers something to everyone. Founded in 1786 by King Gustav III, the city became an important trading centre after the establishment of the railway in 1862. Majorly an agricultural and tourist centre, Östersund now has industries in the machinery, furniture, and leather goods sectors.
Have a delightfully informative experience at the Jämtland County Museum which explores the history of this town through its wonderful archaeological and cultural exhibits. Catch a glimpse of life through the decades at Fornbyn Jämtli, an open-air museum housing ancient and historical structures from the 15th to 18th century. An extremely significant Swedish structure, dating from the 11th century located near the bridge that connects the town with Frösön, an island in Lake Stor, tells the story of the town’s conversion to Christianity. The northernmost zoological park in the world, Froso Zoo, located on the island of Froson provides an exciting opportunity to admire the exotic animals including lions, zebras and Siberian tigers. Explore the park’s fascinating displays and have unique experiences.
The city is said to have the highest number of cafés per capita so you can relish the traditional Swedish "fika" with delicious, hot cups of coffee with your loved ones at a new café every time. Make sure to visit the most popular cafes in the area, Torners on Storgatan and Wedemarks Konditori on Prastgatan and enjoy a quick meal here.
Referred to as "The Winter City", the weather here varies from cold and dark winter nights with auroras and stars to sunny summer days where people can be spotted relaxing on beaches and sunbathing. Yet, the presence of wind is constant due to the city’s location next to a big lake. Numerous festivals and cultural events take place here all year-round. From the Biathlon World Cup which takes place every winter to the music festival Storsjoyran which turns the summer into a never ending party, Ostersund promises a memorable time.