Eskilstuna Things to Do

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    The Sigurd Carving

    by Lennyx Written Oct 19, 2013

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    The Runic carving is an ancient monument that has been well preserved. It dates back almost 1,000 years ago. There are a lot of these carvings all over Sweden, but these are the ones i saw in Eskilstuna.

    The runic inscription
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    Eskilstuna Parken Zoo

    by marielexoteria Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nice zoo with an amusement park in the same area. This is the place where I first saw a Comodo dragon as up close and personal as allowed. I wanted to visit their reptile house but it was closed when I went there...bummer.

    Like other zoos they have their animal areas divided into groups: Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. For the kids there's a children's zoo called "VetaMera" (know more), which includes ZOO-lab (reptiles, amphibians, insects) and MUS-eum (a play of words in Swedish) where they can learn about rodents.

    There's camping: either bring your own caravan or stay at their cottages. During the summer they have concerts as well.

    One of the albino tigers Wallaby Comodo dragon behind the trees Cat like creature on the nocturnal animals area Puma taking it easy
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    The Factori Museet

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Welcome to the Faktori museum! In the next few tips I would to show you around in this nice little museum in Eskilstuna. The museum is worth the visit when you are in town, and the great part is that it is for free! So don't hesitate to drop in and have a look around for yourself.

    And isn't this a great start to enter a museum!? On the entrance door of the museum you will find this great and creative door handle. Hahaha, and as I love doorknockers and door handles, I had (of course) take a picture of it!

    The museum is located in the city centre on a little island in the river Eskilstunaån. It is open from Tuesday till Sunday, from 11 o'clock in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.

    Creative door handle, Faktori museum in Eskilstuna
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    Steam engines at the Faktori Museum

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum is divided into several parts, and one of them tells you all about the steam engine. It's quite logical to have this section in the museum as Eskilstuna has a rich industrial history.

    There are quite a few of these steam engines on display, and when you're lucky you can see them at work as well. They were not working on the few ocassions I was here, but I mostly visit off-season. I actually don't mind, I just find it is nice and quiet during those times :-)

    The steamengines are working every first Sunday of the month from 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock (except for months of December and January).

    Steam engines at the Faktori Museum Steam engines at the Faktori Museum Steam engines at the Faktori Museum Steam engines at the Faktori Museum The same place, but in the old days
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    Steam powered fire-engine

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    But there are not only 'boring' steam engines on display! How about this great fire truck! This steam powered fire-engine was manufactured in 1896 by Ludwigsbergs Verkstad in Stockholm and it was used in Eskilstuna until 1926.

    In the additional picture for this you can see another firetruck. And this is not just a fire truck, this is Sweden's first motor fire-engine! This electric car was purchased by Eskilstuna in 1902 from Justus Christian Braun in Nuremberg. Originally it went 12 miles on one charge at a top speed of approximately 20 kilometres an hour.

    Steam powered fire-engine from 1896 Sweden's first motor fire-engine Wheel of the steam powered fire-engine from 1896
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    Eskilstuna's past

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you walk up the stairs in the Faktori Museum, you will leave the steam engine and industrial part of the museum behind you and now will end up in an area devoted to Eskilstuna's past. One of the things you can read, see and learn all about is the presence of the vikings in this area. A great example of that are the many rune stones still to be found in and around Eskilstuna, of which the Sigurdsristningen is the most famous (see off the beaten path tips).

    There is also a whole section devoted to the order of St.John and Saint Eskil, who played an important role in the history of Eskilstuna. There are quite a few items on display which have been found at the former Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery.

    from the Johanniter monastery from the Johanniter monastery from the Johanniter monastery Rune stone from the viking era The vikings
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    A great place for your camera :-)

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Faktori Museum is actually a great place to 'freak' around a little bit with your camera. It is not that often that you can get so close to those old industrial machines and be able to take pictures of them. The machines at the Faktori Museum are (often) not fenced off, so you can get as close to them as you like. Now lucky me had the task to do exactly that for my jobb! A great excuse to go back here another time and now look at all the machinery, but now with different eyes. I had the museum almost to myself, which was absolutely great. Enough time just to walk around and take my time taking some photos.

    Don't forget your flash, you'll need it! The light inside the museum is now perfect to take pictures and does need help with some flash.

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    Steam train from 1874

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are many ways that steam engines were used. Like for trains for example, like this steam train from 1874. This steam lock was manufactured in England and it has been in use until 1924. It was donated to the Eskilstuna museum in 1977 after restoration.

    Second picture: You can't only admire the steam lock from the outside, you can have a look inside as well. If you click on the picture you can will see the view from the window to the front of the steam lock. Hahaha, I thought it was rather a cool effect to take a picture through the little round window of the train :-)

    Steam train from 1874 Taking a peak through the window Steam train from 1874 Steam train from 1874
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    Taking a peak through the window

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can't only admire the steam lock from the outside, you can have a look inside as well. If you click on the picture you can will see the view from the window to the front of the steam lock. Hahaha, I thought it was rather a cool effect to take a picture through the little round window of the train :-)

    Taking a peak through the window
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    About metal, forging and coffee habbits

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In this upper part of the museum you can see items that are typical for Eskilstuna. Eskilstuna has always been an industrial city and during its history has focused on a few areas. The main one has been metal and metal forging. And that shows in the products that come from this town. Weapons, instruments, nails, knives, but also cutlery.

    A fun detail in Eskilstuna and Sweden's history: did you know that coffee was forbidden to drink for a while in the 17th century? This was a heavy blow for the Swedes as they are true lovers of this drink. And they still are! Swedes are one of the countries that drink the most coffee per capita in the world.

    Typical products from Eskilstuna Typical products from Eskilstuna From the time that coffee was forbidden in Sweden Typical products from Eskilstuna Typical products from Eskilstuna
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  • Parken Zoo

    by MikaelPersson Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is an zoo and amusemenpark higly popular among kids, but also grownups like me!
    They have white Tigers in the zoo and there's the land of the Phantom, an builtup area like a jungle where you can meet Hero, Devil and the worldfamous "Phantom".

    Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna, Sweden

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    Sigurdsristningen rock carving

    by Sjalen Written Aug 4, 2010

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    Found in the woods a few kilometres outside Eskilstuna, this is almost an "off the beaten path" tip but I refuse to categorise it as such, since this is one of the most famous rock carvings in the country! To be ctd.

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    Munktell Museum

    by Sjalen Written Aug 4, 2010

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    A great museum even if you are not one bit interested in machines and vehicles, since this place also tells you a huge chunk of Swedish industrial history and why our country surged forward in the manufacturing business. It is also run by the most amazingly enthusiastic people who won't mind if you ask ten thousand questions about the exhibits :))) To be ctd.

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    Rademachersmedjorna

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 4, 2010

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    One of the most famous sights in town, the old forges are where a lot of Eskilstuna's manufacturing started when in 1654 a Reinhold Rademacher was called in from Riga (then belonging to Sweden) by the king, to set up business in this relatively safe inland town along a river with strong currents where the famous planner Jean de la Vallée had laid out an area for him. Rademacher gave know-how to the locals during a time when Sweden needed guns and weapons for its many wars. Not only this was made, but he soon had production going of knives, scissors, locks, brass details and other things. The knife making can still be seen in one of the houses here in what has become a sort of open air museum but one with enterprises in it still. A visit will show you all sorts of handicraft which has opened in the various houses and cottages and if you are looking for something typically Swedish to bring back home, you will certainly find it here whilst you can also chat to the people making things.

    You can also just stroll around looking at the hops and other garden plants, and architecture such as Master Skog's Cottage which is the one in my intro picture. Children have a house with a smithy adapted for them and with things to play, but this does not necessarily have as long opening hours as the rest. There is a wonderful restaurant and café here (see tip) where you can rest your feet too, and summertime this is also where you find Eskilstuna's outdoor stage. Rademachersmedjorna is quite an oasis in the otherwise more modern part of town, and a lush place on a summer day. You will definitely find your way here if you look for the tourist information which is accommodated in one of the houses here.

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    Parken Zoo

    by Sjalen Written Aug 4, 2010

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    Eskilstuna's main attraction is famous for one thing before all else; its white tigers. The lazy buggers only showed themselves sleeping during the warm day we visited and who can blame them. The park is one of the nicest I know as far as zoos go, since they are involved in several conservation projects and it feels as if they care a bit more than many other parks. Apart from the tigers, there are comodo dragons, flamingos, pygmy hippos, several types of birds, lions, monkeys, red pandas and a lot more. You can go around the zoo part by a mini train, but we prefered to save our money and walk around, looking at the animals properly.

    The first thing you see when entering the park is otherwise an amusement area, with a viking ship, a little rollercoaster and some merry-go-rounds and skills games. There are a lot bigger and better amusement parks than this, but as a part of the Parken Zoo, it works to keep kids amused for a while and I have seen a lot worse. Lee Falk's "The Phantom" (Fantomen in Swedish) is a popular cartoon in Sweden and was even more popular at the time that Parken Zoo opened, so there is an area dedicated to him in the park too, where children can visit his Skull Cave and play in an adventure playground with boats on a pond (at extra cost) and other things. There is also an open air pool area so some people come to the nearby camping and spend days and days here with their children.

    White tiger
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