During the 17th century precious metals was rare and the kings took most of the church silver and gold to pay for the Kingdom's debts and wars.
Therefor it opened several forges to produce the new gold, brass. Dutch smithes manufactured brass products in Finpång and Norrköping until the end of the forges.
Today Messingskammaren sells wonderful brass products from Skultuna, the first royal brass forge started by the king, that makes perfect gifts. There are also a small museum next door.
A street with traditional houses from the bruks period. Among the houses are Värdshuset (the tavern), Messingskammaren and The Bruks museum. Two 18th century cannons are on display outside on of the houses.
The Forge was granted priviliges to produce iron in 1683 and continued production up until 1924. In 1990 it was declared a national memorial.
When it started it consisted of 1 hammer and two fires, it was later erected a factory, a waterplant, forges and furnaces that still stands today including the only remaining lilt hammer in Sweden weighing 700 kilos.
In the forests north of Finspång there are terrible reminders of the dark periods of our history. In this forest there were held the largest witch trials in Östergötland where 9 women gifted in healing were condemned and executed. It is rumored that you can still hear them whispering - "we are innocent, we are innocent".
There are guide books avaible and guided toors to witness the murky pool where the women were put to the water test and the precipice from where they where cast into the pyre as well as the cave where the women tried to hide.
There are also places where according to legends you can see the trolls dancing on midsummers eve and an unusual nature and old forests.
If your near Finsp?ng don't miss a visit to the old St:a Maria Church.
A 11:th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary with unique original paintings on the ceiling preserved from the 13th century that is considered some of northern Europes most fascinating church paintings.
The paintings in the ceiling of the church are original from the 15th century and has never been repainted. They were painted by an unknown church painter and are unique in Sweden.
The paintings is a picture book from the Bible used by the priest to visualise the evenst in the Bible.
Finsp?ng castle is built on a small island in the Finsp?ng river and was completed by Louis de Geer in 1685. It's a countryside castle in karolinsk style. Behind the castle is the beautiful English park and Orangeriet. By the great lawn there are three cannons made in Finsp?ng on display. Every Valborg (30th of april) 3 shots are fired with these cannons to welcome spring.
The castle is owned by ABB Stal and is not open for tours although the chapel is still used by the church.
Behind the Finspång Castle is the English Park, it was regarded as the most romantic in Sweden in the 16th century.
It starts at the castle at the great lawn, then continues with paths and bridges across small islands in the Finspångsån, including Cupid's island dedicated to love, up to the Aurora temple.
On the trees in the park are iron placs that each is a reminder of a royal visit to Finspång. The park then stretches on all the way to the gazebo Lugnet (Tranquility) overlooking the lake Skuten.
Don't miss a visit to Reijmyre Glasbruk, Sweden's second oldest glasswork located in Rejmyre.
Take a guided tour and watch the glassblowing in the furnace, visit the glass museum and don't forget to buy some beautiful glass in the shop, perfect gifts for when you go home.
Manufactured of cast iron in Finspong in 1850 together with the cast iron bridges in the English park.