Luleå’s history began in Gammelstad. It was mainly the church, the largest late medieval stone church in Northern Sweden that served as a gathering place for the locals. Amazingly, the church was built in 1492, and is still standing to this day in the very same place. Church cottages were built to house church goers who came from far away, as regular church attendance was mandated by law in Sweden.
Today, there are over 400 church cottages preserved in Gammelstad Church Town and the tradition of staying overnight lives on.
You can also find more information about Gammelstad Church Town and the Open-air Museum Hägnan at visitgammmelstad.se.
Guided tour of Gammelstad Church Town
Do you want to learn more about Gammelstad Church Town? Why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and why there are over 400 red church cottages in the area? Have you always wondered how a cottage looks like on the inside and what life was like in the church town? Then you should join for an exciting tour of the largest and most well-preserved church town in the world.Read more and book
Come along on a historic journey
From the city of Luleå with 250 inhabitants, to Luleå Municipality, with a current population of over 79,000Luleå's history in a few minutes
The open-air museum Hägnan
You will find the open-air museum Hägnan on the outside of the world heritage area, at the outskirts of Gammelstad Church town. You can learn more about customs and practices from the past and about life in the Norrbothnian countryside from the end of the 18th century to the 1940s here.
The open-air museum Hägnan is closed for the season, but do not worry! The outdoor area is always open for visitors. There is a barbeque spot which is free to use and if the weather conditions are good you might even see norhtern lights on clear, cold winter nights.Discover the open-air museum Hägnan