Västerås Things to Do

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    Kyrkbacken, the old town

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    Kyrkbacken, the old town


    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.

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    Djäkneberget

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    Sam Lidman at Dj��kneberget


    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.

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    Stadshuset (Town Hall)

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


    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.

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    Welcome to Västerås

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    Market square in V��ster��s


    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.

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    City on the Svartån

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    The Svart��n


    The river that flows through the city is called the 'Svartån' which means black river. You can see why in this picture, the river really looks black. But that does create a wonderful reflection of sky and the old houses in the water.

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    Skyline of Västerås over lake Mälaren

    by sim1 Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    Skyline of V��ster��s

    This is the skyline of Västerås over lake Mälaren. You have to click on the picture to see it a little bit better I am afraid. The picture was taken from too far away to have a good view over the skyline.
    The location of Västerås is great, with the river Svartån flowing through its city centre, and situated right at the shore of lake Mälaren. Lake Mälaren is a beautiful lake with many islands, and it is no wonder that Västerås has a busy harbour with lots of recreational boats. I am not so sure that the skyline of the city is so great though, hahaha, too many big modern and industrial buildings.

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    Statue of Johannes Rudbeckius

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    Statue of Johannes Rudbeckius by Carl Milles


    I've mentioned this name before, Bishop Johannes Rudbeckius. He is the famous Västerås bishop (1619-1646) and founder of the gymnasium. He was a strong pioneer whose activities meant a lot for the city. You can see this statue of him is in front of the cathedral. The statue is made by Carl Milles. Carl Milles is the artist that also made the beautiful statue (one of my favourites) in Eskilstuna, called the 'Hand of God'.

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    Having a drink on the terrace

    by sim1 Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    By now your feet are probably very tired from walking around! Hahaha, but no problem, you can take a rest and have a drink in one of the many restaurants or like here on a terrace.
    It's time for now to say goodbye to Västerås itself and have a look around in the surrounding area of this city. In my 'off the beaten path tips' you can read about the historical site 'Anundshög', an interesting burial mound, left by the Vikings. And in my general tips you can read all about the wonderful places to visit around the city of Västerås. So I hope you will follow me around on this trip, so I can show you much more of what the area has to offer.

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    Inside the cathedral

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    Inside the cathedral of V��ster��s


    I didn't take that many pictures inside the cathedral, so I can't show you so much of it. Hahaha, so I guess you have to go for yourself to have a look :-)
    In this picture you can see a bit of the inside of the cathedral. Below the organ you can see the Rudbeck Burial Chapel. The chapel is framed by two candelabras with gilded chains. Three stones in the wall commemorate Johannes Rudbeckius and his two sons.
    The organ above the Burial Chapel is a century old but was recently reconstructed. It is one of the largest 19th century organs in Sweden. But the organ is actually not what it looks like; the pipes that you see are only there for the show. The organ has 4472 sounding pipes, but this organ is not used that often. It takes seven seconds for the sound to travel from the organ to the front of the cathedral and this is the reason why the organist rather plays on the smaller sanctuary organ at the front of the church.

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    Domkapitelhuset

    by sim1 Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    The Rudbeckian Gymnasium


    This is a picture of the Rudbeckian Gymnasium in Kyrkbacken. This is Sweden's oldest upper secondary school, founded in 1623 by Bishop Johannes Rudbeckius. You can see a statue of the bishop in front of the cathedral (see later tips).

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    Watch (ing) dogs :-)

    by sim1 Written Nov 2, 2003

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    Watch (ing) dogs :-)


    Hahaha, of course I couldn't resist taking this picture of these two watch (ing) dogs :-) So funny!
    I saw these two little dogs standing against a gate on one of the little streets of the Kyrkbacken.

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    Carl von Linné at Djäkneberget

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    Carl von Linn�� at Dj��kneberget


    This boulder is in memory of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), or Carl von Linné as he later was called. He is often called the Father of Taxonomy. He is famous for his system for naming, ranking, and classifying organisms which is still in wide use today. When you love gardening (like I do), you probably know about this naming system, and maybe that's why I liked seeing this boulder with his name in the park.
    You can read his biography on this website :
    http://www.nrm.se/fbo/hist/linnaeus/linnaeus.html.en

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    The fountain

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    The fountain in V��ster��s


    Across from the Town Hall you can see this fountain. Hahaha, maybe it is not really worth mentioning, but it gives you a bit of a feel what the city looks like :-)
    The fountain is just before the turbine house. The power from this turbine house was actually the start of the ASEA company (1891), later the ABB, one of Sweden's biggest companies.

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    Domkyrkan.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Oct 2, 2008
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    This is a very nice Dome and during the summer there are many guided tours through the church. In the michelinguide it gets 3 stars and it open most of the days during day time for the public.

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    Anundshog

    by Laura_Mexico Written Jul 21, 2007

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    A funerary monument shaped as a
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    An archeological site in the outskirts of Vasteras (towards the north east, as if going towards the Stockholm-Arlanda area)....

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