Falun Travel Guide

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Falun Things to Do

  • Gamla Staberg-mine owner's...

    Gamla (old) Staberg is a flourishing mine-owner's estate near Falun and is one of the best preserved in the area.There are timberbuildings from the 17th century and a newly restored baroque garden.Very nice indeed!

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  • Christine Church

    The Christine Church was constructed between 1642 and 1655. The tower was built a few years later, between 1658 and 1660.The church was built with red brick, which was handmade in the village Rankhyttan, 25km from Falun. Also the limestone which the pillars in the church are made from comes from Dalarna, from a place called Rättvik. Inside the...

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  • Falun Town Hall

    The town hall in Falun looks similar to that in Nykoping...or Vaxjo, i.e. the typical 19th century county residence architecture. Sorry for the picture quality...not too bad considering that the camera battery froze so it is a mobile phone shot in snow storm!

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  • Dalarna County Museum

    This museum will be closed for renovations until 2007, so at the moment you can only visit the art hall (which had a floral exhibition on during our visit) and the supposedly good restaurant Kopparhatten but once it is modernised, it will give an even better view of life in Dalarna throughout times. The typical and much loved handicrafts found in...

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  • Mining Museum

    The old mine office building is used as a mining museum and I have to say I was a bit disappointed as there wasn't much about the life of miners and their families which I always like to learn about. But I did enjoy the geology maps and historic models of the mine as well as the different minerals. There is also a collection of Lancaster smithery...

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  • Kopparberget World Heritage mine

    Let's face it, this is your main reason for going to Falun and it's worth it. The mine, once so important to the Swedish economy, closed down in the early 90s after more than a millennium of mining! The company however still use the copper pigment for making paint and this is the reason so many Swedish houses are red. Swedish noblemen wanted their...

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  • Historic wooden town

    Also belonging to the World Heritage are the tree wooden districts in town where miners and others lived. Ostanfors and Gamla Herrgarden are along the river, whilst close to the mine you will find Elborg where this picture is from. There is everything from bigger workshop yards to tiny crofts housing miners families of seven children and the like...

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  • Kristine Church

    The first church you encounter in town (the other one being Stora Kopparbergs Church which we never had time to visit), this takes pride of place in the main square. It is from the 1670s and inside, it has a peculiar folkloristic green colour to the details. Now and again it hosts organ recitals.

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  • Stora Kopparberg Head office

    Also belonging to the National Heritage crowd is this beautiful old head office of the mining company that stands by the main square to show its importance to Falun. It is not a building you can visit, and today the company has long since merged with Finnish Enso and calls itself Stora Enso, but it is a significant and very beautiful building.

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  • Dalarna Sports Museum

    Adjacent to the stadium is a small museum I never had time to visit but which deals with the sport development in Dalarna which of course has a lot to do with cross country skiing since this is the province of the famous and historic Vasaloppet race.

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  • National Ski Stadium

    In Lugnet, just outside the centre, you will find the Swedish national stadium for skiing, which includes all disciplines apart from downhill ones. Many a Nordic ski World Cup and Championship final has been held here and for me, it was quite nice to finally visit this place that I so often see on TV sports broadcasts in winter, and especially to...

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  • Carl Larsson House

    In the pretty village of Sundborn, not far east of Falun itself, you will find the home of one of Sweden's most famous painters. This is the house he was given by his local father-in-law and where Larsson (AND his very talented artistic wife, often overlooked) lived happily with their many children. All of this can be seen in his paintings; his...

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Falun Restaurants

  • Kopparhatten

    Kopparhatten is a café and restaurant in the same building as Dalarnas Museum. As we were visiting the museum we thought it was good to have lunch here before exploring the museum.On weekdays and Saturdays there is a lunch buffet, but not on Sundays. As we visited on a Sunday I ordered soup of the day, which was a chicken soup. With the soup (only)...

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  • Café Princess

    I’m probably not the right person to write about this café as I didn’t eat or drink anything here. When we entered we could see a lot of delicious cakes and biscuits behind the counters downstairs. They looked fresh and inviting, but they were for take away and as we were going to sit down we walked up the stairs. Upstairs it didn’t look as...

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  • Sweden's oldest cafe

    This place claims to be Sweden's oldest patisserie and whatever the truth to that is, the stuff they have here is gorgeous and the interior is lovely. Don't miss it. There are also light dishes like pies etc. here but you really should come for the cakes. Cream filled Danish pastries...ehum...

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Falun Nightlife

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    by Sjalen Written Jan 5, 2006

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    There are several Swedish style "pubs" in Falun, but we found this one the nicest and actually came back after first having had a pub lunch here that was OK (and with salad buffet included). The main watering hole seemed to be Harrys (a national chain) but they were closed when we first went out and then had a bouncer which we figured a bit tragic for a Wednesday night, and a place called "The English Pub" was simply embarrasing to the Englishman in the company, so we simply headed for relaxed Kings Arms again and had another, nicer evening meal and some pints. This mock English pub with its clashing log cabin interior has friendly staff and decent food and serves a good pint of Murphys along with other beer. The atmosphere is relaxed and I bet it was only the quiet Christmas period that made it calmer than normal. Visible from the entrance is another bar called Cheers which we never had time to try.

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Falun Local Customs

  • Falu rödfärg.

    Falu rödfärg is a red colour, like a red coppar colour. It is so famous around Sweden, and all small summer cottages you see in Sweden are painted in that colour. It is a local customs many hundred years back to use this colour.

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  • Tourist Office.

    In Falun you will find the tourist office at Tratzgatan 10-12. They will provide all help you need with information and free booklets and maps. Just talk with them and you will have much more information then you had before your visit there.

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  • The Kåre goat

    The Kåre goat maybe got its name since it is said to have been owned by a Finn and in Finnish, "kauris" means male goat. But Kåre is also an old fashioned Scandinavian man's name so this need not be true (many parts of the copper mine has tunnels etc with goat-related names). In any case, it is a symbol of Falun since legend has it that it was the...

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Falun Off The Beaten Path

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    by Igraine Written Mar 15, 2003

    In this medieval farm/cottage Gustav Wasa fled during some war.
    It is beautifully located next to a big lake (pic on my Sweden page).
    Sadly enough it was closed i would have liked to take a look inside.

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Falun Sports & Outdoors

  • Nordic skiing

    At Lugnet national ski stadium, you are free to have your own race along the tracks of the champions. Having said that, the whole area is full of other arenas and forest trails so you might rather do some other exercise or just go tobogganing with your children. In summer, running or swimming in the open air pool are alternatives. Just outside...

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  • Watching winter

    Falun's Lugnet area has more than skiing to watch even if that is the most exciting and international. Beyond the camping is the bandy arena where the local team battle it out with others from mid Sweden and the small hockey hall has a lower division team but sometimes invite big clubs to international youth hockey.

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    by Sjalen Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A stroll along the little Falu River will take you through the old wooden quarters of Ostanfors and Gamla Herrgarden and is probably a very nice thing to do in summer. We visited in snow storm...There is also a summer cafe in an oldpump house near the city centre.

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