Interesting places to see in the area
• Anundshög: old burial mounds from Viking Age.
• Birka: ruins from old capital city of Sweden.
• Mariefred with Gripsholm Castle. A picturesque village and a beautiful castle. In the castle is also the Swedish National Portrait Collection.
• Sigtuna: old city with lots of historical background.
• Sko Kloster: one of the most popular castles with a huge collections of painting, furniture and arms. The latter is one of the largest in Europe.
• Sundby with Sundyholms Castle and the famous stone carvings from the time of the Vikings: Sigurdsristningen.
• Enjoy Swedish Christmas traditions in Taxinge.
Interesting places to see in the area
• Eskilstuna: not a real tourist destination, but it has some nice places. My favourite of all is the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). Also worth visiting is the Klosterkyrka, sculpture 'Hand of God' by Miles, the historic area of "Rademachersmedjorna" and the museum "Faktorimuseet".
• Tidö slott: A beautiful castle with a toy museum.
• Ängsö Castle: A haunted castle from the 15th century and one if the many smaller castles in this area.
• Strängnäs: one of Sweden's oldest towns. The highlight of this city is its beautiful cathedral.
• Västerås: is one of the top 10 cities of Sweden. Suggestions: visit the park (Djäkneberget), interesting for the many boulders with inscriptions. The old part of town with historical houses at Kyrkbacken and the Cathedral.
• Örebro: is an university city and the 7th largest city in Sweden. Places to see are castle from the 13th century and Wadköping, which is the old town and now open air museum.
You can also read more about this area on my Mälaren page
The area Lake Mälaren
Eskilstuna is located at Lake Mälaren, which is the third in size lake in Sweden. It has a climate quiet different compared to other close by areas. It is more humid and warmer in the summer, but not as cold in the winter. This has created a specific flora and also a special fauna. Several species of flowers and trees only grow around Lake Mälaren and in the south of Sweden. The mistletoe for instance is rather rare in Sweden but we can see dozens of them from our window.
Many fortifications and castles have been built around the lake. You can for instance visit 5 Royal Castles by boat on a 6-hour trip roundtrip from Stockholm. This building of fortification and permanent settlements began early, around 5000 BC, and there are many fort hills and archeologically sites around.
Everyone has probably heard about the Vikings, and you can still find lots about them in this area. I live only a 10 minutes walk from a very important Viking monument: The Sigurdsristningen. Being so close to a site like this makes me feel in touch with this part of Swedish history and has made me fascinated by the early history of Sweden. Around Lake Mälaren there are many spots where you can find signs of early culture, like in Birka and Sigtuna. Along the roads you can see a lot of Runic Stones.
Sigurdsristningen (The Sigurd Carving)
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 amazing place. It feels special to stand here, where so many centuries ago someone was telling a story of a distinguished Viking family, by making these carvings in these rocks.
It's an important historic place, but it is unprotected, it is just 'there' in the woods. And maybe that makes it even more special. I always feel peaceful when I am here, I don't know why, I just feel at ease. The carvings are only a 5 minutes walk from my house. I don't go here often though. Maybe it is because I want to keep it 'special', a place to visit so now and than and have that great feeling to connect with history.
Sigurdsristning is about 11 kilometres north from Eskilstuna. Follow the road to Sundbyholm. There are signs when you get to Sundbyholm giving you directions where to find the Sigurdsristning. You can read lots about the Sigurdsristning on my Sundby page.
Hahaha, what a lucky girl I am! I have actually a castle 'almost' in my back yard! Hahaha, what more can you wish for when you love castles :-))
This is Sundbyholm castle and when I go for a short walk, this is mostly where I go to. It's quite picturesque with a little harbour behind the castle with the beautiful views over lake Mälaren.
The castle was built from 1639 to 1648 by Carl Carlsson Gyllenhielm, the illegitimate son of King Carl IX. The castle has been on fire 1674 but it was rebuilt after the fire, adding a third floor. After another fire, 100 years later, it was only partially restored. In 19th century it was restored again, but now rebuild as a conference centre and luxury hotel.
Sundbyholm is at Lake Mälaren, about 11 kilometres north of Eskilstuna. You can read lots about Sundbyholm castle on my Sundby page.
Skjulsta recreation area
This picture is taken from a fornborg, which is a fortification used by the people living in the area. A fornborg was used 200 BC - 1000 AC. They were often situated on high areas like hilltops. There are many fornborg in the area of Eskilstuna and they were 'connected' to each other visually. They are all high up and they could signal the others with fire or smoke.
Nowadays the Skjusta area is used as a recreation area: sunbathing, swimming, rowing, fishing and also hiking. There are many trails in the Skjulsta forest, like this one to the fornborg. But you have to walk a lot uphill though, hahaha, those fornborg were all located on the highest spots in the area. The Skjusta recreation area is located 2 kilometres south of Eskilstuna.
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