The picturesque town centre, with its cultural heritage, characterises Örebro and is a reminder of the times of Örebro establishment when the medieval traffic through the kingdom crossed the river Svartå. In the 13th century a bridge over Svartån, which was called "Örebron", was built and the nearby town soon developed into a commercial centre.
Thanks to its central location in the middle of Svealand, Örebro has often been an eye-catcher through the years. Count Karl, Gustav Vasa’s son, frequently visited Örebro, and in the late 17th century, he transformed the old medieval castle into a grandiose Vasa castle. The site draws many visitors every year, and during the summer, the inner city is full of sidewalk restaurants, many of which are found in the fantastic environment of the neighbourhood around the palace.
The river Svartån puts its stamp on Örebro as it winds through the city. Go for a walk along the nature path to the waterfalls and remember to visit the open-air museum of Wadköping and its arts and crafts booths and shops.