Västerås Travel Guide

  • Svartån river and the Cathedral
    Svartån river and the Cathedral
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Västerås Things to Do

  • The Västerås museum of art

    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...

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  • Open air museum

    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...

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  • Anundshog

    An archeological site in the outskirts of Vasteras (towards the north east, as if going towards the Stockholm-Arlanda area)....More info coming soon

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  • Statue of workers cycling home from ABB

    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...

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  • Lake Mälaren boat trip

    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.

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  • Västerås Castle and County Museum

    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.

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  • Anundshög Viking heritage

    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...

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  • Statue at the Town Hall

    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'...

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  • The proba... a school jail?!

    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...

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  • King Erik XIV

    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...

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  • The cathedral

    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...

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  • Kyrkbacken, the old town

    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...

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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

    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...

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  • Stadshuset (Town Hall)

    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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Västerås Hotels

  • Clarion Collection Etage

    Storagatan 32, Vasteras, 722 12, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Elite Stadshotellet

    Stora Torget Box 19, Vasteras, SE

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • First Hotel Plaza

    Karlsgatan 9A, Vasteras, 72109, SE

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Västerås Restaurants

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    Restaurant Pråmen: Restaurant at the harbour of Västerås

    by sim1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    I had lunch at restaurant Pråmen in Västerås. The location of the restaurant is a bit different. Restaurant Pråmen used to be a cargo boat that transported sand, but the boat is now moored to the edge of Lake Mälaren and in use as a restaurant. The food in the restaurant is good. I had salmon with potatoes in a creamy sauce with salad. The whole dish costs around 60 to 70 Swedish Krona. I don't know the exact price anymore, but this is the average price for a daily lunch dish in Sweden.
    Most restaurants have one or two daily dishes that go around this price. You can order a la carte as well of course, but this is mostly more expensive. There is a huge difference in prices between lunch and dinner! Swedes go very often to a restaurant for lunch, but dinner is more exclusive.

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Västerås Nightlife

  • Another pub, another beer

    Much like most other restaurants/pubs you will find around squares everywhere.Not that I did any extensive research, but it seemed more croweded than Bellman when I was there.And by this time of day it was all in the shade so I choose Bellman, but I heard this might be a good place for alcoholic activities later on in the evening.Might be worth...

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  • A beer in the sun

    This restaurant / pub has a big outdoors serving area in the summer and is situated on the main square in Västerås. The Plan:So if you are wandering about Västerås downtown and suddenly feel that familiar thirst, pop in for a pint of Murphys Stout. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful women, or men if one is so inclined, walking by.Maybe you feel a bit...

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  • A beer with a view

    When the sun sets and the sky turns red you might want to take it all in, and there is no place better then the SkyBar on yop of the skyscrape in downtown Västerås. You will be hard pressed to miss it.Just take the elevator up to floor 23 and order in a large...whatever. As long as it's a large one!When I was there it was a very relaxed atmosphere...

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Västerås Transportation

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    Environmentally friendly

    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Västerås is one of the two train making cities in Sweden (the other being Kalmar with less and less production) and you will see the evidence in the form of modern sheds along the tracks. ABB has given way to Bombardier and what better way to arrive than by train. Around an hour from Stockholm and with good connections to Eskilstuna, Örebro (Göteborg) and Gävle too.

    Once in Västerås, why not do what the old ASEA workers did and bike around...This sculpture can be seen in the main square.

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    • Trains
    • Study Abroad
    • Backpacking

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Västerås Local Customs

  • Purchasing spirits......

    In Sweden there is this monopoly exercised by the government on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the country. The prices of the hard liquors are very high due to the heavy taxes that these beverages are charged with.In Vasteras, you can only buy high-alcohol-content beverages at a specific store located in downtown. This is the only place where...

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  • Respect for animals

    I happened to run into this cute duck family while strolling the main square, not really close to the water (the river was a few blocks away).... I was a bit surprised to see them just lying here, among the bikes and the people walking by, but they didn't seem to be bothered or stressed at all..... I think this is due to the fact that nobody tried...

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    Sunset and Sunrise in Västerås

    by sim1 Written Mar 2, 2004

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    Miscellaneous:
    The daylight hours (hours between sunrise and sunset) vary a lot between the winter and summer months. People may expect to see the midnight sun during the summer, because they are in Scandinavia. But this is not true for Västerås, because you are not far enough north in the country.

    In December you will only have 6 hours to enjoy the day. The sun will get up around 8:30 in the morning but is already setting again before 3 o'clock in the afternoon and that doesn't leave you that much time to do some sightseeing.

    In June it is a totally different world, and I love this time of year. Around the longest day (21 June) you will experience the long looooong days! There are 18,5 hours of daylight during those days, the day seems to last forever. The only disadvantage is when you are a light sleeper, as the night only last 5,5 hours.

    Average hours of daylight:
    Jan 6,9
    Feb 9,3
    Mar 11,8
    Apr 14,5
    May 17
    Jun 18,6
    Jul 17,9
    Aug 15,5
    Sep 12,9
    Oct 10,2
    Nov 7,7
    Dec 6,1

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Västerås Off The Beaten Path

  • berries

    The thing I enjoyed most in my summer trip to vasteras was getting out int the woods and collecting berries, wild raspberries, alpine strawberries, red currants, lingon berries. all sorts of things. then taking them back t my friends place and cooking/eating them! yummy

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  • Do you want to know more about Vikings?

    I am rather fascinated by the Vikings and the traces that they left here in Sweden. Maybe it is because I live so close to a Viking site that I am so intrigued by it. Here are some links to my and Åkes pages where we have written a bit more about the Vikings:- Sigurdsristning at Sundbyholm- Anundshög at Västerås- The most famous of all runestones...

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  • Historic labyrinth

    Not far from the Anundshög mound is this amazing labyrinth. It is not clear what it was used for, but it is thought it might have been used to put a girl in the middle and a boy then had to find his way through the labyrinth to marry her.

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Västerås Favorites

  • Walking on the streets of the old city

    I liked a lot this city. It's not very big, but, on the way to the center i saw a part of the old and historical neighbourhood. There were some nice houses with worm colours, trees in the yard and flowers around. Sharing it with a good friend.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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