Västerås Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Trainbug
  • Things to Do
    by Trainbug
  • Things to Do
    by Trainbug

Most Recent Things to Do in Västerås

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    The Västerås museum of art

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Next to the Town Hall you can find the Västerås museum of art (Västerås Konstmuseum). The museum is located in the old court house of 1860. The museum exhibitions mainly cover contemporary Swedish and Nordic art. I haven't been into the museum myself, so I can't tell you that much more about the collection.

    You can find a lot of information (all in Swedish) about the museum on the website mentioned below.

    V��ster��s Konstmuseum
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Laura_Mexico's Profile Photo

    Open air museum

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 15, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I found this kind of museums to be popular in Scandinavia -- at least in Sweden and Finland. This is a vast extension of land with a collection of old wooden houses from different parts of Sweden. There even was a bigger "luxury" house which portrayed the way the "wealthy" swedes used to build their houses a couple of centuries ago.

    The museum is in the open, and the entrance is free. They even have a parking lot (free, too).

    Old wooden houses in the open air museum
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Statue of workers cycling home from ABB

    by sim1 Updated Jan 23, 2006

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    After this short introduction of Västerås, let's go into town and have a look around. Let me start with this statue called 'The ASEA-strömmen' (ASEA-current) which shows a characteristic Västerås view. You can see the workers cycling home from ABB (the former ASEA). The details in the statue are great, it looks so realistic, even the lunchbox of the workers isn't missing :-) The statue is located on the main square of Västerås (Stora Torget) and has been here since 1989. I really loved this sculpture, maybe because it reminded me a lot of my own trips on the bicycle, to and from work and also from school.
    The sculpture was made by B.G. Broström. A fun detail is that he even included his own father among the bicyclists.

    Statue of workers cycling home from ABB
    Related to:
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo

    Lake Mälaren boat trip

    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Summertime, there are several to chose from. One of the most popular (and regular) is to go to the island of Elba (yes!) with the old steamer Elba :-) There are bigger islands too and on those, you can swim, ride or just relax.

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo

    Västerås Castle and County Museum

    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The castle might not be full of turrets and drawbridges, but it is older than it looks and was the scene for the famous "Västerås parliament" held here. Today, it is used as the home for the county governor and as the county museum.

    V��ster��s Castle
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo

    Anundshög Viking heritage

    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    It is common to find runestones all around Lake Mälaren and in other places, but nowhere else can you find both a runestone, five burial mounds and five ship settings in one and the same place. Not only that, but the main burial mound is the largest in Sweden, and you are allowed to climb it. The entire site is on the European Council's Viking Heritage Trail which maps significant viking places in the world. You can see more in my travelogue.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Religious Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Statue at the Town Hall

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    This statue takes a prominent place at the city hall. You have to look up though, otherwise you will miss seeing it, as it is high up in the sky. But if you look up, you can't miss seeing this gold coloured bull glittering in the sky. This statue 'The Bull' is from 1963 by Gunnar Runefelt. In popular speech it is also called 'den gyllene kalven' (the golden calf).

    'The Bull'
    Related to:
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    The proba... a school jail?!

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    This is a picture of the proba, just south of the cathedral. Proba is the old Latin word for school jail, and that is what this place was for! The jail was build by Johannes Rudbeckius and the 'tenants' called it a 'terrible place'. The jail was used for students that didn't behave, but also for priests and civil servants who had made mistakes on the job. Wow, can you imagine a 'school jail' these days for misbehaviour???
    The proba was used as a jail until 1801 and it is the only one of its kind remaining today.

    The proba...  a school jail?!
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    King Erik XIV

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    This is the sarcophagus of King Erik XIV, son of Gustav Vasa. King Erik XIV was brought back to Västerås after having died in 1577. He was a prisoner of his brother, King Johan III. The legend goes that he has been poisoned with arsenic served in his pea soup..... Hmm, I can't help it, but when I hear the word pea soup I have to think of a typical Swedish tradition, lol. The ones that have read the local custom tips on my Sweden page know what I am talking about :-) Swedes traditionally eat pea soup every Thursday followed by pancakes. Hahaha, I wonder if that was already the tradition in those days ;-).....
    Okay, let’s get back to the story.... King Gustaf III thought that Eric ought to have a worthy resting-place and ordered a marble sarcophagus. But when the grave was opened in the 1950's, it was discovered that the sarcophagus had been too short for the rather tall monarch, so the feet had been placed along side the legs. Phew, it seems not always that easy to be a King!

    Sarcophagus of King Erik XIV
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    The cathedral

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    It's time to say goodbye to Kyrkbacken and have a look at the cathedral of Västerås. If you visit Västerås you have to take a look at the cathedral! The oldest parts of the cathedral are from the 1200's and it houses important artistic treasures as early as from the 8th century.
    The cathedral was open when I visited Västerås and I could just go inside to have a look around in this beautiful cathedral. I recall that the cathedral wasn't opened all day long though, but unfortunately I can't really remember the opening times.

    In the picture you can see the tower of the Cathedral. The tower has an almost Baltic style and is from the early half of the 1400's. Not really visible in this picture is the gilded spire from 1693, which carries a crown. The crown on the spire indicates that the church is used for royal burials. The church is the resting place for Gustav Vasa's son King Erik XIV.

    The cathedral of V��ster��s
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Kyrkbacken, the old town

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    IIt's fun to walk around in Kyrkbacken and just wander around through the winding streets of this old part of town. Kyrkbacken is not far from the city centre, it is just behind the cathedral, so it's not hard to find. Although the houses are old, it's not a museum; it still is a 'living' part of the city. But it does give a good impression of what life in town looked like a couple of centuries ago. The houses are small and low, the plank fences, the narrow streets, and the greenery gives you an idea how a medieval Swedish city must have looked like. All the old the houses have signs on them telling their history, and this makes it easier to imagine what life in those days must have been like.
    Nowadays it is the working area of quite a few artistic craftsmen and it is great to have a look around in the little stores with their handicraft.

    Kyrkbacken, the old town in V��ster��s
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Photography
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Kyrkbacken, the old town

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    This is one of the little streets in an area called Kyrkbacken and my favourite area of Västerås. In this part of the city you can see the oldest buildings of Västerås. The timber houses date back to the 18th Century.

    Kyrkbacken, the old town
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Djäkneberget

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Not far from the city centre is a park called Djäkneberget. Djäkneberget is a hill and lays just a couple of hundred meters to the west of the cathedral and the town square. In former times the park was used as a meeting point by the students ("Djäkne" is an old word for student) and that is how this park came to be.
    The park is really nice and you have a nice view over parts of Västerås from here. But thing I liked most about the park are these boulders with inscriptions. This boulder is in memory of Sam Lidman who is responsible for more than 500 of these inscriptions in the park. It’s great to read the various inscriptions on the boulders and think about what they mean. You need a Swedish guide though, hahaha, as most of the inscriptions are in Swedish. Luckily I had someone with me to translate it all for me :-)
    Some of the boulders just contain a name of a historic person, but other inscriptions are longer and have a meaning. One example of the inscriptions is : "Var heller frij än annars träl - ämedan du kant tik röra." Which means: "Prefer to be free and not a slave - while you still can move." But there are many many more (over 500) and all food for thought.

    Sam Lidman at Dj��kneberget
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Stadshuset (Town Hall)

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    This is a picture of the Town Hall of Västerås. The Town Hall is rather new; they started building it in 1953. The tower isn't what I call beautiful, but clearly present as it is 65 meters high. The nice part of the tower is the carillon, which is the biggest carillon of Sweden. You can hear the carillon every day, I think around noon.

    Stadshuset (Town Hall) of V��ster��s

    Was this review helpful?

  • sim1's Profile Photo

    Welcome to Västerås

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Västerås is a big city, with about 125.000 inhabitants, which makes it one of the top 10 cities of Sweden. Västerås is also one of Sweden's oldest cities, dating back to the end of the 1200's. Today Västerås is a modern industrial city, but it has some places really worth while to visit. And that's what this page will be about! So I hope you will enjoy reading it and maybe I can inspire you to visit the city and surrounding areas some day :-)

    Västerås had been an established market site since the time of the Vikings. During the Viking times the name of the city was Västra (west) Aros (river delta) and has now evolved to the name Västerås.

    Market square in V��ster��s

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Västerås

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

26 travelers online now

Comments

Västerås Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Västerås things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Västerås sightseeing.

View all Västerås hotels