With its beautiful lakeside setting, VADSTENA is a charming historical town, about a three hour commute from Stockholm. At one time a royal seat and an important monastic centre, the town's main attraction nowadays is its gorgeous moated castle, Vadstena Slott, and the majestic cathedral. Above all, this town is noted for two important facts of Swedish history. It was in Vadstena, in 1350, that Saint Bridget of Sweden founded the first monastery of her Bridgettine Order. Vadstena Castle is one of Sweden’s best-preserved castles from the era of king Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. Today the surviving buildings of the monastery are occupied by a hotel, (Vadstena Klosterhotel), and the castle houses the provincial archives and a museum of 16th and 17th century furniture, portraits and paintings. Since the 16th century, Vadstena has been the location of a hospital. Earlier in history, it mainly housed mental patients. Today, one of the oldest buildings that can be found is the Vadstena Hospital Museum.


The buildings in the city centre date mainly from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The old town is well-preserved and the streets have not changed much over the centuries. The Town Hall is Sweden's oldest, dating back to the early 15th century. Notable is the main street (Storgatan) where all the shops are gathered, as they would have been during the Middle Ages.

Warm welcome to all to enjoy Vadstena!


Vadstena Folk High School

A folk high school is a Scandinavian form of state-supported schools for adults which started in Denmark in the early 18th Century. Each school is independent within some common frameworks and decides its own profile. Vadstena Folk High School has, for instance, in its programmes an advanced education in song and piano from a classical tradition. Most of the students will try to qualify for the Musical Academy for further studies.

The main workshop room ”Arken” (The Ark) is located in the school and has a splendid water-front view. Some participants will stay at the folk-high school. All meals, except breakfast, will be served in the dining room of the school (breakfast is served at the place of lodging).



Room and board

Participants will be staying in rooms at small local inns and hostels within short walking distance from Vadstena Folk High School. One of the lodgings, for example, is hosted by the friendly nuns of the Brigittine Order.

Breakfast is included in the lodging price and will be served at this lodging. All other meals are served in the folk high school.

The Spring Symposium has access to 35 single rooms, and the rest are double rooms.

Alltogether, including participants, teachers, directors and representatives from affiliating institutes, the upper limit is 90 persons.


How to get from the airport to Vadstena

There are many trains and buses from the airports outside the biggest cities in Sweden going to Mjölby railway station or to Motala. And from there you can go to Vadstena by bus or taxi. (It takes about three hrs to go to Vadstena from Stockholm.)

Check in time on Tuesday 18th of April is between 12.30 - 17.30. 

The Symposium concludes (with lunch) on Sunday 12.30.

Contact Helena Harrysson to get more information about travelling opportunities.