Information about our city

Here you can see how västerås is located, comparing to Stockholm.

You can also see a lake in the middle of the map. This is the lake – Mälaren which is the 4th biggest lake in Sweden. You can actually go to Stockholm from Västerås by boat 🙂

Here is a link from the turist information acency in Västerås about the city in English.
http://www.vasterasmalarstaden.se/en/

Here is a link to Wikipidia about our city:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Västerås

Below I have put together some information and include some pictures to the information.

Västerås is one of the oldest cities in Sweden and Northern Europe. The name originates from Västra Aros, which refers to the river mouth of Svartån. The area has been populated since the Nordic Viking Age, before 1000 AD.

In the beginning of the 11th century it was the second largest city in Sweden, and by the 12th century had become the seat of the bishop.

Anundshög is located just outside the City of Västerås. Anundshög is Sweden’s largest burial mound. It was built about 500 AD and is over 74 yards wide and is almost 10 yards high.

A picture of the area Anundshög

In the ensuing centuries a cathedral and a monastery were built. The first City Arms date from the end of the 13th century.


Our church in the city centre

King Gustav Vasa called together the “riksdag” in Västerås. During the riksdag assembly the decision was made to convert Sweden into a Protestant state and to remove the power of the Catholic Church.


The king Gustav Vasa

Rudbeckianska Gymnasiet, the oldest secondary school in Sweden, and located in the city Centre.

In 1891, the Turbine House a small hydroelectric dam was built on Svartån, in central Västerås. This early electrification encouraged ASEA, a large electricity equipment manufacturer, to concentrate its operations in Västerås, shifting focus away from Arboga. Later, after a merger with Brown, Boveri & Cie, ASEA became ABB. As a result, Västerås was home to its Swedish headquarters. There, it is situated mainly at the Mimer Complex in the city centre with production facilities in Finnslätten and Saltängen.


The ABB office in Västerås

We also have the old town “kyrkbacken” -, or “Back Arne” as the hilly area was called up to the 1600s, was the city’s outer area to the north. In the southern part lived mostly church people, teachers and priests in their bourgeois environment, but further north took slums at. Here lived the rootless, the poor and the despised, often over several generations.
 
When Vasteras in the 1800s had its regular, modern street grid made ​​no effort to change Kyrkbacken. Therefore the charming streets left and they mean a lot to the character.
The living conditions of the people in the church hill was marked not only by poverty but also by major illness. The plague ravaged hard in the area in 1623 when many died. The next time was in 1711 when the white crosses were painted on about 20 doors.
 
During the first part of the 1900s lived Kyrkbacken dangerous in a different way. In the late 40th century, there were many who advocated a total demolition of the slums area to make room for new cultural buildings. But fortunately there were countervailing forces, and in 1964 there was a new city plan providing for serious remediation of Kyrkbacken. Therefore, you can now make your own or guided walks among the houses and get an idea of ​​how life once seemed here. But you can also get the pleasure of stepping into the galleries and craft shops as there are many of today’s trendy Church Backe.


Here is a picture from Kyrkbacken.

Björnön (Bear island)
Bear Island is a nature reserve since 1959.

Björnö nature reserve has arisen mainly for outdoor life, the promotion of a beautiful landscape.
It has a unique flora, including an abundant population of mistletoe that is Västmanland county flower. Wildlife is varied and you can expect to see both fallow deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes, hares and numerous bird species. A moose is not uncommon to encounter winter.

Activities
For a variety of activities available here tracks, trails, ski slopes, beaches, viewpoints, and more. Jogging tracks on Björnö goes in both green forests and flowering meadows along the sandy beach. The shortest track is 1.25 km and the longest 10 km. Two tracks 2.5 and 5 km are floodlit. Try our nature trail of 2 km which partly runs through untouched nature.

Here are some pictures from Björnön.

Here is a picture taken during the winter.

Here is a mistletoe Västmanlands county flower.

And here is a “kick” the vehicle that you can hire on Björnön and “skate” with on the lake.

A kick which we are going to take a ride on in February 2014 🙂

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