Mariefred | Stallarholmen | Strängnäs | Åkers styckebruk |
The stately castle from the era of the Vasa kings stands on an islet in Lake Mälaren and is popular with visitors. King Gustav Vasa built the castle in the 16th century, although its glory days came during the 18th century when Gustav III arrived in the city, bringing his entire court with him. The unique and well-preserved theatre was built during this period.
Narrow Gauge Railway
The steam train chugs along the narrow gauge track between Mariefred and Taxinge Näsby in high season. The tour can be combined in different ways with the steamship “Mariefred” and the regular train to Stockholm.
The steamship has operated the Stockholm-Mariefred route since 1903. The coal fired steam boiler powers her quietly across the waters of Lake Mälaren. Standing on the dock watching her head in to Mariefred is an experience of its own.
The home of a wealthy bourgeois family at the turn of the last century, today host to a local homestead museum set in a beautiful garden brimming with flowers and herbs, as well as a paintbrush museum.
The church was completed in 1701 and is a typical building from the days when Sweden was a great power. Some call it the “queens’ church” as queens Christina, widow of Karl IX, and Hedvig Eleonora, widow of Karl X, both contributed funds to the building of a church on the hill by Lake Mälaren.
Kärnbo Church Ruins
The church was erected at the end of the 12th century but was abandoned when the new church was completed in 1624. It was preserved in the 1920s. A rune stone from the 11th century is built in to the wall of the church porch.
The deer park is nature reserve adjacent to Gripsholm Castle with a great biological variety of trees and many deer.
The well-preserved town centre features many small shops, restaurants and cafés. The proximity to Lake Mälaren, guest harbour and steamboat jetty all contribute to a wonderful bustling atmosphere during the warmer months of the year.
Kurt Tucholsky (1890 – 1935)
Kurt Tucholsky was a German journalist and social critic who lived in Mariefred for a short time. He was so delighted that the latter wrote the book Schloss Gripsholm, a love story. He is buried in Mariefreds cemetery and the tomb is visited each year by many Germans.
Stately Mälsåker Castle has undergone many years of careful restoration and is a fine example of the baroque style. Public viewings focus on the restoration work but also tell the story of the people who have left their mark on the castle.
Ytterselö: The oldest parts date back to the 12th century though the chapel was added in the 1700s and is connected to Mälsåker Castle and its former owner.
Överselö: The church dates back to the early Middle Ages and has well-preserved 15th century frescoes. There are also six rune stones next to the church.
Toresund: This 12th century church was built as a Holy Sepulchre church to the influential Sture dynasty.
Åsa Grave Field
Many ancient remains from the Viking Age – rune stones, burial mounds and stone circles. The most famous being the stone burial ship at Åsa.
Enjoy nature and spend the night at selected B&B:s. There are four bike routes, each 20-30 kilometres long. Informational material is available to purchase at the tourist office and at the petrol station in Stallarholmen.
Artists, a bakery, shops, auctions and more in a lovely setting. A new and creative way to use a former factory.
The stately cathedral dates back as far as the 13th century. Thetriptychs and statues are magnificent, and King Gustav Vasa is said to have delivered his first speech as newly elected king along the northern side of the cathedral on 6 June 1523.
Strängnäs has a very beautiful town centre close to the lake and outdoor activities in the heart of the town. There are many small, unique, local shops for those who fancy shopping, as well as a variety of cafes and restaurants.
The most beautiful street in Sweden?
Poet Bo Setterlind called Gyllenhjelmsgatan ”the most beautiful street in Sweden”. It runs from the town centre to the impressive lion’s gate of the cathedral.
Arsenalen – The Swedish Tank Museum
Arsenalen is a place the whole family can enjoy. The history stretches from the life of the tenement soldiers until soldiers of today. Vehicles give visitors the chance to get a deeper insight into the way technology paved the way in our history and created both opportunities and devastating imprints then and now.
This building which has served as a school, library and tourist office is situated in the centre of Ugglans Park. Today the building houses business activity and a pottery.
Antiques & Curios
There are no big chain stores in Strängnäs, and every shop here is unique in its own right. There is also a large selection of antique and curios shop.
Outlooks with stunning views of both the city and its waters. Climbing up to Ekotemplet takes some effort but is unbeatable once you have reached the top. Långberget is a wonderful recreation area with walking trails and outlooks, as well as a café.
Västerviken with its restaurants, boating and swimming
Enjoy the waterside with restaurants, cafés, ice cream kiosks, boats, tourist office, green open spaces and entertainment sites.
The well-preserved bourgeois home survived the devastating fire that ravaged the city in 1871. Summertime you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake in the enclosed gardens. The manor is the perfect place to round off the dramatised city walk which is very popular in summer.
The cultural centre Multeum is located in the centre of Strängnäs right by Västervik Harbour. Here you can borrow books, music, films, and magazines, visit the exhibitions, meet people, genealogize, surf the net or enjoy a coffee in the café. Regular programmes. For children there is the Lilla Grassagården as well as a children’s library.
Gather strength from the fantastic nature surrounding Åkers styckebruk. Gently glide along in a canoe on the smooth waters on one of the rift-valley lakes around Marvikarna. The canoe trails run all the way down to Vagnhärad. Walk along the bewitching path of the Sörmlandsleden trail or relax with some game fishing or with a cooling dip in one of the many lakes.
Åkers bergslag– the scenic area between Åkers styckebruk and Gnesta – is where they used to collect ore, charcoal, limestone and labour for the blast furnaces in Åkers styckebruk AB – one of Sweden’s oldest, still active companies, founded in 1580. Canons were cast here until 1866. Mining seized at the beginning of the 1940s, and today rollers are manufactured for the steel and metal industry.
Åkers styckebruk is one of the oldest industrial communities in the country with a genuine works environment with beautiful parks, perfect for picnics, and many different well-preserved buildings. Experience what it was like to work at the factory on a visit to the Bruksmuseet (works museum).
An exhibition of the life and times of this industrial region.
The church dates back to the Middle Ages with the richly decorated vaults added in the 16th century. The church owns many beautiful textiles.
The Mining Area
The mine was active from the 1500s right up until 1920. Today the area is a well-preserved mining environment with mine-shafts, pump block, shaft tower and several buildings.
The scenic countryside south of the community of Åkers styckebruk is a popular area for outdoor life. There are lakes for fishing and swimming, canoe and walking trails as well as the well-preserved mining area of Skottvång.
Trails for hiking and canoe
The most beautiful parts of the Sörmland trail run through Åkers bergslag (mining district) and are easily accessible from many different places. Windbreaks and fireplaces are available in strategic places. For more information www.sormlandsleden.se. The canoe trail between Åker – Vagnhärad begins in Åkers styckebruk.
For conoe rentals: www.kanotkungen.se