By the artificial lake in Hallstahammar called Skantzsjön there's a museum about the canal. It shows how the canal was built in the 18th century and how it was used before and now.
Also there's a schoolmuseum and a nice café in the summer.
The whole area is very quiet and the locals use it for walking and cykling especaially on sundays.
This is located in an old wooden building just by the "Åsby plantgardens".
"Åsby kött och vilt" has fresh meat and all kinds of sausages and alot of other local specialities. Everyone will find something tasty to bye!
Combine with a visti to the gardens and to the minizoo and 3 museums in the area.
Here you can walk a guided tour and also eat at a gourmet restaurant near the castle as well as walk in the beautiful sorroundings.
You can also visit the riding school and you will see horses everywhere in this area!
If you're interested in jazz, then this is a MUST SEE! It's an fantastic museum and has a LOT of concerts all the year round.
Also there's very nice food here and you of course combine this with music.
Look at the homepage for more info!
If you'e here you'll have to go canoing on the beautiful Strömsholm canal!
You can rent canoes at the camping but call first!
You can choose to paddle as long as you want because the canal/river/lake is 90 km's long! It goes from Strömsholm in Västmanland to Smedjebacken in Dalarna.
It's really beautiful!
"Åsby trädgård" is the most visited touristattracation in Västmanland. About 400 000 visitors yearly.
Its a not so big garden but it's nice to walk around among the plants and flowers. It's like walking in the jungle!
Also make a visit to the minizoo! There's rabbits, horses, pigs and sheep there and they're used to people.
There's a museum in the area where old wagons are shown in one building and in another, old tools and in yet another an old liquerdestillery!
And last but not least you'll have to visit the foodstore "Åsby kött och vilt" described in another place in these pages.
This as a museum that shows how the water was taken from the canal to supply the forge with water power and how iron was made for export.
The building was built in 1799.
One of the four Lancashire hearths has been renovated and and a new waterwheel built so the whole process from pudding pig iron to the final product can be demonstrated.
Every monday handcrftsmen are working at the forge if you happen to be there on a monday.
The powerstation was built in 1899 on the opposite side of the water and opearates now as a museum.
The Kolbäck-area host some interesting ancient grave fields like "Värperör" and "Årby gravfält" and also an ruin of the fortress "Borgby skans" built between 200 and 600 a.d.