called Nykoping(new business village).
This is an old settlement made by people living close to baltic ocean and has propably been used since the latest ice age. In the town archeologists are finding ancient axes made from flintstone, old tools, buildings, jewelry and tombstones from early bronze age. The picture illustrates the old Nykopingshus(Newkopingshouse). The building or fortress where from the beginning a tower where the inhabitants wanted to protect themselves from the evil russians. This was also the task in medieval ages and later. The fort has been burned down a couple of times but the residents always tried to build this and town up again.
Many of our historians here in Sweden believe that the old king Birger Jarl started nowadays kingdom of Sweden and this king negotiated with the nuns of Gudhem(a monastery near the lake Vaernen) and got the town Nykoping in exchange late 13:th century. It was also here he held his famous Nykopings Banquet where he prisoned both his brothers Erik and Valdemar. The legend tells us that he then throwed the keys in the river and that they both died here. This because he where tired of the brothers power struggle for the thrown. Birger had earlier got prisoned in Hagtunagame but got released by the danish king. In the old Erik Chronicle the dukes are defending Erik and Valdemar and tells that they think it was an ugly way of treating dukes in Sweden. Later Birger Jarl had to pay for his invention and got captured again by the party of dukes.
The prison is to the right on this picture. Carpenters are trying making a restauration of the building. The dukes Valdemar and Erik where prisoned in the lower stone building.
In the 16:th century the fort where owned by king Gustav vasas son Duke Karl who later became king Karl IX:th.
This is the golden age of the town until the big fire in 1665. During this age the city flourished with lot of industries of coppersmiths, clothing, iron and timber. From all over the world ships arrived with salt, silk, gold, wines and other stuff.
After the fire the city lost most of its trading but the citicens managed to build it up again and got immigrants with different craft-skills. The city got muc of this last rebuilding in the streets and squares.
You also see a lot of old houses like this one through the old streets.
This is Hellmanska farm near the city square. It is an old farm from early 18:th century. Today you are able to get a nice cup of coffe, pastries, sandwiches and salat her. You also got a store for kitchen with different kind of glass, ormaments and knifes for the kitchen.
Close to the fortress or castle youll find the old brewery where all kind of artists are giving exhibitions on their artwork.
This is a piece made of George Badawi on Zest design
Close to Nykopingshus you got NK-villan that is a industry-historical museum. NK, or ”the Nordic Company”, is an old department store in Sweden with tradition. Like a smaller woolworth. If you ask about NK in Sweden most people know where you find it.
NK where grounded in Stockholm 1902, just 100 km north from Nykoping. The company decided to produce their furniture in Nykoping and therefore built this small building to that purpose. Later on they had to move the factory when they got more buyers and then this villa became kindergarten or preschool for the workers children.
Read more about Nordiska kompaniet on Wiki
In Nykoping another thing happened during the last 2 world wars. In 1937 a company clalled ANA began in Nykoping and the idea was to develope a new car in Sweden. They started the ANA industri in Nykoping which later became SAAB. In the begginning they just imported cars like chrysler but later they also assembled them here. Like Chrysler, DeSoto, Fargo and Plymouth. Another mission was developing a swedish aircraft. The NK furniturefactory actually produced a lot of the plywood to the famous J22 fighter that where faster then the germans ME109 and FW190. The factory did not get information on what the parts where intended to be.
In the building you got different kind of exhibitions like art, old photos from the time of spinning, clothing(around the corner) and history from the people that worked on different places in Nykoping through the last centuries. This is Yvonne Jarl that love to tell you about old times in Nykoping and greats you welcome. You also got a small restaurant where you get lunch, dinner, coffe, tea or just a soda in the rear of the house.
Youll find it here on google maps