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  • Photographer: Jesper Anhede

BARBRO ABOUT OUR HISTORY

Hjo is an old town, over 600 years old to be precise, with an exciting history which I love!

I’m Barbro Jungebeck and I work as a town guide here in Hjo. Hjo is an old town, over 600 years old to be precise, with an exciting history which I love to dive into during my guided tours.

I usually start my tour by the mouth of the River Hjoån, as this was probably where everything began. As long ago as in the Middle Ages, this river mouth was used as a landing stage by, amongst others, monks who crossed Lake Vättern between Alvastra monastery on the eastern side in Östergötland and the monastery in Varnhem here on the western side, in Västergötland.

Traffic across Lake Vättern steadily increased and Hjo grew in importance. So much so that in 1413 we were granted a town charter. Hjo had become an important trading hub to which merchants travelled to sell their goods, and slowly but surely the town of Hjo began to grow. Interested in finding out more? Join me on a walking tour of Hjo this summer. You can also visit the Skärvor av Hjo (Fragments of Hjo) exhibition in the Cultural Centre!