Gamla Geffle – old quarter of Gävle

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We spend the night in the mid-sized Swedish town of Gävle. We had arrived after dark last night so we didn’t have any change to explore the city. Most of the city is fairly plain without many really big attractions. So we head to a little area called Gamla Geffle.

This area of Gävle have survived intact when the rest of the city was modernized so unlike the rest of the city this area still consist of a lot of old wooden houses with cobbled streets. It is a nice little place to go for a little bit of a wonder to explore what a Swedish town used to look like a century or so ago.

Joe Hill birth home

The old area of Geffle actually has a little claim to international fame. The workers’ rights activist Joe Hill was born in this town before he left for USA. He fought for labor rights until he was wrongfully accused and convicted of murder – after this he was executed in 1915. But his memory still lives on at this museum where you can listen to some of his folk songs – that is if you actually come during opening hours which we didn’t so we only saw the house from the outside.


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