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Since Lulea has had the status of a city only since 1921, the tourist infrastructure has been actively developed here quite recently. The second reason for the delay in the tourist business was the natural conditions - the city is located in rather harsh latitudes, although it is far from the Arctic Circle. But, nevertheless, the tourism business has developed and continues to attract guests from different countries.
The first direction of tourism is attributed to the summer period. The short Scandinavian summer allows many hours of walks around the city, as well as walks along the Lulea fjord. You can rent a small boat or a tourist yacht, which bypasses the entire coast of the city and the surrounding areas.
The second direction of tourism in Lulea is the Christmas and New Year holidays. The city is located in eastern Lapland, a historical region recognized as the birthplace of Santa Claus. Therefore, each city in the region tries to create its own unique Christmas program - and Lulea is no exception.
The last week of December and the beginning of January is the time of the city's transformation, literally all houses are decorated with garlands, wreaths and other attributes of Catholic Christmas.
The main attraction of the city is Lulea Cathedral. This is one of the few buildings partially preserved after the terrible fires of the 19th century. Before the fires, on the site of the cathedral, there was a small stone church dating from the 17th century; in 1893 it was rebuilt and increased in height and area, thus the future cathedral became the tallest building in Lulea.
The cathedral remains so now - with a bell tower height of 67 meters, the rest of the city's houses are significantly lower than the main shrine. Services in the cathedral are held regularly, excursions have their own schedule.
The second most important building in Lulea is the Sami Ethnographic Museum. The museum, as the name implies, is dedicated to the ancient northern people who lived in Sweden. The museum building was erected three years after the Cathedral in its present form - in 1896, so the museum is officially included in the list of the oldest buildings in Lulea.
The museum's exposition occupies three floors and is the world's most complete exhibition on the history of the indigenous peoples of Scandinavia. From time to time, themed installations are held here, and even performances for children and adults. In addition to the ethnographic exhibition, part of the permanent exhibition is a exhibition of contemporary photography, where you can see the current work of Swedish and other Scandinavian photographers.
Lulea University is recognized not only as the most the northern university of Sweden, but also has one of the strongest natural science faculties in Europe. The educational process is not closed here, tourists are even welcomed to attend lectures. Local professors also demonstrate some of their experiments with a separate agreement - the most popular with guests is the laboratory recreation of natural disasters.
The cultural life of Lulea is as rich as the larger cities. It has its own Drama Theater, which gives performances by classics and modern playwrights all year round. The only drawback of the theater is that all performances are only in Swedish. There are three nightclubs for young residents of the city and for guests in Lulea, which is more than enough for a small town.
For a few warm summer days, the water park"Nord Poulin" opens on the main embankment of the city where you can experience a wide variety of water attractions. The water park is divided into a children's and an adult zone, the division is calculated according to the level of difficulty of slides and other sports facilities.
In winter, local tourist operators regularly organize bus trips for Arctic Circle so that guests of Sweden can watch the Northern Lights. The city is separated from the polar latitudes about two hundred kilometers.
From the sights of the outskirts of Lulea, it is worth visiting the village of Gamelstad - it is located 10 kilometers from the city border. Although now Hamelstad does not have the status of a city, the Swedes continue to call it a church town. A church of the XIV-XV centuries has been preserved here, as well as Lutheran prayer houses, where pilgrims from all over Northern Europe lived. Now only caretakers live here, who organize interesting excursions and performances. The Hamelstad Church and some of the houses of worship are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Register.
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Topic: Information about Lulea, Sweden.