Mälaren Travel Guide

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Mälaren Things to Do

  • Brandt Contemporary Glass

    For me the main attraction of Torshälla is "Åsa Brandt". She is a glass artist and she has her workplace, shop and gallery here in Torshälla. She does wonders with glass! And I can really recommend making a stop here when you are interested seeing some of her work. Her works involves everything from beautiful glasswork, vases to more real "works of...

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  • The Factori Museet in Eskilstuna

    A nice fun museum in Eskilstuna is the Factori Museet. And its for free, hahaha, so that's always good! :-) The museum is worth the visit when you are in town, so don't hesitate to drop in and have a look around for yourself. The museum is divided into several parts, and one of them tells you all about the steam engine. It's quite logical to have...

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  • Stockholm, an absolute must!

    Stockholm, wow, what a wonderful city! I really love Stockholm, it is one of the best European cities in my opinion. Every time I visit Stockholm I am charmed by this place. And I want to share some of that with you on my Stockholm page. In the must see tips on that page you can read all about:Vasa MuseumStorkyrkanRoyal Palace and the Changing of...

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  • Meet the Vikings at Sigurdsristningen

    The Sigurdsristning is a special place with a lot of history. You can see it on the side of a quiet road, somewhere in between the trees. A little sign tells you where it is, and when you climb up the rock you see this: A huge rock with carved pictures surrounded by runic inscriptions. But what you feel is history, and lots of it. I find it an...

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  • Welcome to Lake Mälaren! :-))

    This is where I live! At Lake Mälaren! In a tiny little village called Sundbyholm, only a five minutes walk from the lake. My home is in the central part of Sweden in the region of Södermanland, on the southside of Lake Mälaren (in the additional photos to this tip I've added some maps). In the picture you can see a view over Lake Mälaren, Sweden's...

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  • The tegelslagarsstuga

    Hahaha, no, this is not my house! This is the "tegelslagarsstuga" or in English: "the cottage of the brickmaker". I really like this little house, hidden in the woods, close to my house.. I think it looks so picturesque. It gives the idea of the area though, rural, picturesque and quiet. The house dates back to the 17th century. Many of the big...

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  • Skokloster

    Skokloster is one of the most popular castles in Sweden, with a huge collections of painting, furniture and arms. The arms collection is one of the largest in Europe. Skokloster is also one of the best preserved seventeenth-century castles in Europe. So I didn't need any convincing, I really wanted to see this castle! It sounded perfect, but all in...

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  • More things to do

    This is the end of my tips about places and things to do around Lake Mälaren. I hope you enjoyed reading it! There are more places of interest to visit though and some that I still have on my own wishlist are:Drottningholm Slott at StockholmBirkaThe list will get longer over time, hahaha, as I surf around myself for more places to visit. All tips...

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  • Fiholm Slott

    I visited this Fiholm Castle during a bicycle tour from my home. It's not that far from where I live (about 10 - 15 kilometres), hahaha, if you don't mind the hills. Hmmm... they are not really hills I guess, hahaha, but it isn't flat either. But if you are from the Netherlands, like me, every bump in the road feels like a hill :-)It's a beautiful...

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  • The Runic Stone at Jäder

    There are many runic stones to be seen in this part of Sweden, especially around Lake Mälaren. I know of about a dozen or so in my area. I think they are wonderful to see as they have survived so many centuries and bare so much history with them. Rune stones are standing stones with runic inscriptions dating mainly from 200 to the year 1100.In...

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  • Nature reserve "Rördrommen"

    You can see the Rördrommen" on the right site of the road. This is your main gateway to get into the little nature reserve at the lake. The name is very appropriate because "Rördrommen" is the name of a rare bird you can spot here: Rördrom or Botaurus stellaris.Although..... actually seeing this bird will be a very difficult task as the bird is...

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  • Jäder church

    From Eskilstuna we travel east and the next stop we make is in a little village called Jäder. The church here is quite interesting. The church originates back to the year 1000 and started off as a wooden church. During 1100 the church was rebuild in stone. Around 1600 this whole area is owned by the family "Oxtenstierna", a well-known and rich...

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  • Torshälla

    Torshälla is an old trading place. The name Torshälla probably used to be "Torsharg" named after the God Thor. In the fountain in city centre you can see a statue of Thor. The city of Torshälla is really old and got its city rights already in 1317. Nowadays Torshälla is almost one with the city of Eskilstuna as this city expanded so much. I have to...

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  • Sundby church

    This is a picture of Sundby Kyrka. This little church is only 10 minutes walk from my home, and it takes a nice little walk through the woods to get here. The church is my fav in the area, it is small and quite picturesque on the inside. And this is where I got married, so this little church is extra special to me :-)))The Sundby church dates back...

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  • Strömsholm Castle

    In this picture you can see Strömsholm. I only had a chance to look at the castle from the outside. But it looked great and I hope to visit the palace in the near future!Strömholm is located on the largest of three islands in the Kolbäckså river delta at Lake Mälaren. This is about 20 km to the southwest of Västerås. The area of Strömsholm is well...

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  • Asköviken Naturreservat

    The last tip I want to write about this road from Rytterne to Västerås is about Asköviken Nature Reserve. Asköviken is located on the shore of Lake Mälaren and it is one of the best bird watching sites of Sweden. There area extensive marshes on this part of the lake. There are several hiking trails going through this area. One of the places you...

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  • Tidö Slott

    Unfortunately enough I got up too early this day, hahaha, so I was here before the castle opened. I didn't feel like waiting for a long time, so all I did was walk around the castle itself. That was great to do though, although I would love to take a look inside! But I don't live that far away, so next year I will make a visit for certain!The...

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  • Tidö Slott

    A must see in the area of Västerås is Tidö Slott. The slott is not only a castle, it also houses a toy museum. Tidö Slott is on this same road from Rytterne to Västerås. When you drive on this road you will see signs to a sideroad that leads to Tidö Castle. Don't take the exit to Tidö-Lindö though! As this road brings you to the village on the...

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  • Lilla Rytterne Church

    Lilla Rytterne Church in now nothing more than a ruin. The ruins of this church is 800 years old. But this place is much older than that though. They found runic stones here from around the year 1000.The nice thing about this church ruin is that it is not out of use. During the summer there are 'open air' church services held here.If you want to...

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  • Sorby Fornborg

    Sorby Fornborg is an ancient fortification 1,6 kilometres of Rytterne Church on the old country road towards Västerås. This is the same road as Fiholm Castle is on.The fortification is big, measuring 100x90 metres. But you need some imagination to see an old fort in it! It is more that you have to feel the history here than actually seeing...

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  • Fiholm Castle

    Fiholm is not an easy spot to find, you almost have to know where it is to find it. Luckily I had a good guide with me, so I had no problems at all. Fiholm is located just north-east of Kvicksund, on a side road of road 53. When you drive on little road through the beautiful countryside you will find the sign pointing you in the direction of...

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Mälaren Transportation

  • Ice Yachting

    It's winter and the lake is all frozen..... so how to get around on the lake during this time of year ?? Go ice yachting!!! hahaha, or whatever the name of this activity may be. This picture was taken at the harbour of Sundbyholm. Besides these ice yachts you often see people ice skating here as well. So if you decide to come here in the winter,...

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  • With the steamboat Mariefred

    Lake Mälaren is the third largest lake in Sweden. So a "must" when visiting this region, is going on a boattrip on the lake. A good suggestion for a trip is this one: From Stockholm to Gripsholm Castle and the village of Mariefred. Gripsholm Castle and Mariefred are 70 kilometres west of Stockholm. An enjoyable way to get to the castle is by taking...

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Mälaren Warnings and Dangers

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    Watch out for..... ?

    by sim1 Written May 7, 2005

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    Watch out for moose of course!!! Hahaha, not for me, lol :-)

    This is the road going to Sundbyholm and very close to my home. Recently they have spotted moose in this area, so they put up some warning signs for moose. I haven't seen any moose close to my home yet though, hahaha, but I am still hoping to spot one some day in the fields behind my house :-)

    Moose are big animals and a warning for them is not for nothing. They are very long legs and how weird it may sound, that makes them extra dangerous. Hitting them will cause them to crash into the window of your car which can cause very serious accidents. The most danger is during the night. They are hard to see in the dark, and they can be a real danger on the road.

    Besides the moose the deer are something to watch out for. There are many more of those, so the chances of spotting a deer is great. Spotting one on the road is quite common too. This week we had to break twice because a deer decided to cross the road unexpectedly.... eeks!

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Mälaren What to Pack

  • How much rain and sun?

    Average hours of sunlight:1 hours Jan3 hours Feb5 hours Mar7 hours Apr9 hours May11 hours Jun10 hours Jul8 hours Aug6 hours Sep3 hours Oct1 hours Nov1 hours DecAverage Precipitation (mm):Jan 43 mmFeb 30 mmMar 25 mmApr 31 mmMay 34 mm Jun 45 mmJul 61 mmAug 76 mmSep 60 mmOct 48 mmNov 53 mmDec 48 mmNumber of wet days (more...

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  • Average temperature in Celsius

    Time for some facts. Here is an overview of the average temperatures per month around Lake MälarenAverage temperature in Celsius ( min, max)Jan -5 C, -1 CFeb -5 C, -1 CMar -4 C, 3 CApr 1 C, 8 CMay 6 C, 14 CJun 11 C, 19 CJul 14 C, 22 CAug 13 C, 20 CSep 9 C, 15 COct 5 C, 9 CNov 1 C, 5 CDec -2 C, 2 C

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  • Weather around Lake Mälaren

    The weather is always hard to predict, but I would like to give you a general idea what to expect at Lake Mälaren weather-wise. The winters are cold, but not as cold as you might think! And the summers are nice and warm, maybe not that hot, but than and again, maybe not as cold as you might think either :-) Around the lake there is a sort of...

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Mälaren Sports & Outdoors

  • Mälardalsleden.

    This is a route where you can use your bike and pass both Sundbyholm, Eskilstuna and Torshälla. 717 kilometers on the roads around these cities and you travel through old historiccal sites. Bring your picnic basket and your camera and enjoy this route. Call your friends and do this together, and bike around Mälaren. Bring things that you need if...

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  • Mälaren Runt - the oldest competion.

    This is a bike tour for you who like to enjoy the nature, no competion to win. This race is to enjoy it and take your time. There are no cars helping you to fix the bike or any special help to get energy drinks or so. You shall use the local places and eat and drink. It is a very different race compare to other races in biking in Sweden. Your own...

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    Favorite thing: Here you get a tip about a book that you can buy and read about all the harbours and attractions in Mälaren.

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