The City of Gavle is a moderately-sized town with a long history and a rich cultural tradition. The climate in Gavle is similar to the rest of central Sweden, with winter temperatures averaging at -5°C (23°F) and summer temperatures climbing to 17°C (63°F).
Residents and visitors to the Port of Gavle enjoy fishing in the middle of town, where fishing is free between the Stromdalens power plant and the Islandsbron bridge. Licenses are required.
The Port of Gavle is home to the Swedish Railway Museum with a collection of model trains, rolling stock, dioramas, and photographs that tell the story of railroading’s history in Sweden, much of it in English. The museum also houses a café and a bookstore.
The Gavlebocken, the Port of Gavle’s straw goat, is its most famous attraction. While it has often been victim to arsonists on New Year’s Eve, the city has fire-proofed the beloved goat, so it survives the winters.