Hop on board this classic ferryboat at the harbour, Öster Mälarstrand or Västerås Mälarcamping. A round trip takes about an hour and also passes the islands of Östra Holmen and Elba. It’s up to you whether you want to stay on board or hop off and enjoy some swimming and sunbathing at Östra Holmen or some shopping in the town centre and hop back on again later in the day.
Aggarön is one of the largest islands in the Ridö-Sundbyholm archipelago and offers some beautiful countryside and an exciting history. The island has a rich animal life and is home to fallow deer and roe deer as well as the odd moose. These days, the island is one of the treasures of the Västerås archipelago and is a popular retreat for anyone looking for the peace and quiet of the countryside and all it has to offer. It is possible to rent cottages on the island.
Västerås Guest Harbour is centrally located close to restaurants, cafés and the city centre. Amenities include a camper van park and bike hire. The guest harbour and camper van park are open between 1 May and 30 September. Mooring and parking fees are to be paid at the harbour office, where you can buy coffee, soft drinks, fresh sandwiches etc.
Lögastrand is Västerås’ new bathing area with a wonderful wooden deck, a fine sandy beach and large lawned areas in central Västerås. This popular bathing area opened in summer 2014 and is only a short walk away from Västerås city centre. You can sunbathe on the wooden deck and beach, have a game of volleyball or relax on the large lawned area.
There is plenty of fun to be had at Lövudden! As well as a sandy beach there is also a jetty, a lawned area, playground, playing fields, barbecues, a café and a mini golf course. The Swedish YMCA also has a centre here where you can rent canoes, sailing boats, rowing boats, pedalos and windsurfing boards.
Ridön is one of the largest islands in the Ridö-Sundbyholm and offers some amazing countryside and fantastic adventures! Travel across this beautiful island in a tractor-drawn cart, take a cup of coffee at the café, visit the museum and spend the night at the youth hostel or rent a cabin. Ridön is an island that is well worth a visit.
Östra Holmen is one of the most popular islands in the Västerås archipelago and the locals flock here to swim, sunbathe and picnic. The island is just a 15-minute boat ride away from the harbour and has child-friendly sandy beaches and smooth rocks as well as naturist beaches. There is a regular ferryboat service here during the summer months.
Anundshög is Sweden’s largest burial-mound, 9 m high and 64 m in diameter. The mound is from the 10th century, and although it is said that King Bröt-Anund is buried there, it has never been proven. For centuries this area was a cultural centre for the entire west Mälardalen region.
This beautiful and unusual park in central Västerås gets its name from ”djäknar”, as students of the old upper secondary school used to be called. It is more than just the name that serves as a reminder of days of old though. The park has almost 500 stones with inscriptions, thoughts or names of honourable people.
The settlement gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Viking Age by getting involved in activities such as baking flatbread over an open fire, making ropes and shooting catapults. Sweden’s largest floating boat museum is also being built here, with over 20 traditional boats. Frösåkers brygga is a highly unique and genuine tourist attraction that entertains and fascinates visitors.
Kyrkbacken, or Church Hill, is an ideal place for historic walks, either as part of a guided tour or single-handedly, where you can imagine what life would have once been like here in the 17th century. There are also several galleries and craft shops in the trendier Kyrkbacken of today.
The last three years have been spent breathing life back into Västerås’ old steam power station and the opening day is fast approaching. Kokpunkten is a incredible fun water park filled with thrills and a fantastic view of the Västerås archipelago. Kokpunkten is an adventure! The water park boasts a number of new and unique attractions and more than 500 m of water slides – all laid out across eight floors in the old steam power station in Västerås.
Skultuna Brassworks, 10 km north of Västerås, was founded 400 years ago and has museums, a riverside café, a factory shop and outlet stores. The museums have collections of unique and unusual objects. At the Skultuna outlet stores you can buy well-known Swedish brands of glass, textiles and jewellery.
The museum, which is next to the old steam power station in Västerås, has a fantastic collection of old pleasure boats, everything from dinghies and classic motor boats to boat building tools and construction drawings. You can choose to look around on your own or join a guided tour.
Have fun on the slopes without having to travel to the mountains! Vedbobacken is Västerås’ very own urban ski slope. Weather permitting, Vedbobacken is open from mid-December to mid-March and offers several runs of varying difficulty, from green to red, two lifts, a sledging slope, ski hire, a café and public barbecuing facilities. There is always snow at Vedbobacken when they are open, even if there is no snow on the ground!
Västerås Art Museum mainly exhibits Swedish art from its own collection. The temporary exhibitions held at the museum focus on contemporary art by Swedish artists. The museum also has an extensive education programme, with activities that include tours and studio work for different kinds of groups.
This castle, dating from the 13th century, is situated just a stone’s throw from the city centre. From 14 June 1573 to 16 October 1574, Erik XIV was imprisoned at Västerås Castle. He sat in this ”dark prison” separated from his consort Karin Månsdotter and their children. The king was then moved to Örbyhus and poisoned with pea soup. He was later buried in Västerås cathedral. The castle now houses the residence of the County Governor.
The oldest parts of the Cathedral date back to the 13th century. Its art treasures and modern contrasts are unusual in a shrine of this kind. There are 163 intact gravestones in the cathedral and Erik XIV is buried here. Västerås Cathedral has been awarded three stars by Guide Michelin, with the explanation ”worth making a tour for”.
The museum aims to improve and convey knowledge about the cultural heritage of Västmanland, to improve insight into the past and to enrich the perspective of the present and the future. Västmanlands läns museum (Västmanland's county museum) is now situated at Karlsgatan 2, where it shares its premises with Västerås Art Museum.
Everyday luxury in a relaxed setting! Folkets is a classic cocktail bar with a twist and a modern restaurant that serves delicious tasting menus. The restaurant serves delicious food made using the best ingredients and spiced up with inspiration from all over the world.
Strike’s new à la Carte restaurant Torggatan 1 is situated at street level on Sigmatorget. The restaurant is the heart of the business and the menu is based on seasonal flavours and ingredients. All the food is made from scratch and the dishes are inspired by traditional Swedish home cooking and international fine dining.
Gula Stallet Butik & Kafé is situated in the beautiful Målhammar halfway between Västerås and Enköping, just a stone’s throw from the Sagån River and not far from Ängsö nature reserve. Enjoy a delicious homemade cake, get up close to the sheep and visit the farm shop with its wide selection of food and gift items.
Mälarchocolateriet serves handmade chocolates, mousse cakes, ice cream and Chinese tea and they also arrange chocolate tasting in Swedish and English and sell chocolate gifts. Mälarchocolateriet has been ranked as one of Sweden’s best 100 patisseries and best five tearooms.
At Allstar Västerås you can have a delicious meal or just hang out at the bar all while enjoying your favourite sports on the big screen. Allstar is a sports bar for the entire family, even the little ones! It offers a relaxing atmosphere with TV screens showing sports from all corners of the world.
Come in with your friends for a glass of wine with a deli meat platter or a beer. You can pop in on your way home from work or come later in the evening and enjoy some great music. If you just want a coffee, the bar serves freshly ground espresso, cappuccino and filter coffee.
Come and buy your souvenirs at Västerås Tourist Center! Whether you’re a tourist looking for a souvenir to take home or you’re planning to buy a present for a foreigner, then Västerås Tourist Center is the place to come. We stock souvenirs from Västerås, Västmanland and Sweden and also have a selection of Skultuna Brassworks products. Pay us a visit or get in touch and we’ll help you find the perfect souvenir!
Västerås city centre has so much to offer everyone in the mood for shopping. There are several indoor shopping centres and masses of small independent shops and delicatessens as well as large international chains. The city’s squares are also thriving places of business with market stalls selling farm produce and flowers. Most of the shops in the city centre are open 10am - 7pm on weekdays, 10am – 4pm on Saturdays and 12 – 4pm on Sundays. Shop to your heart’s content in Västerås city centre!
This large retail park on the outskirts of Västerås boasts well-balanced mix of stores that include everything from big names within electronics and furniture to shops selling sports goods and pet supplies etc. The park is also home to Erikslund Shopping Center with plenty of clothes shops under the same roof as one of Sweden’s largest IKEA stores.
Almost 80 retailers and one of Sweden’s largest IKEA stores under the same roof! With such a huge variety of shops, cafés and restaurants, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Erikslund Shopping Center. Erikslund Shopping Center is located in the retail park Erikslund.
An inspirational meeting place for foodies of all ages in Västerås. The food hall specializing in high quality local produce combined with an international range of products in a charming environment. As well as meat, game, deli products, cheeses, spices, sausages, fish, poultry, ice cream, chocolate, bread & pastries, coffee, tea and fruit & vegetables, you will also find cafés and restaurants with a touch of different cultures.
Västerås husvagnsklubb (VHK) is a small and friendly family campsite on the island of Björnö. The campsite is situated just 100 m from the shallow sandy beach Björnöbadet, which also has a dog beach and a summer restaurant, and alongside exercise tracks and footpaths. Björnögården recreational centre is 1 km away and has a restaurant that is open all year round.
This pleasant camping site on the shores of lake Mälaren is situated in a picturesque setting with recreational activities for the whole family. With the short distance of only 10 min by car or 5 km by bike to the city centre of Västerås this camping site offers you access to both the city and its shopping as well as they new action water park- Kokpunkten. The camping site offers something for everyone! Play beach volleyball, discover our miniture golf court, enjoy the beach, be adventurous at the palygrounds, relax in our sauna or just take a walk and appreciate the surroundings.
The bus ervices run regularly from early morning to late evening on weekdays and until 3.30 am at weekends. Please note that the buses are cashless. Tickets can be purchased from most supermarkets and newsagents as well as Västerås Tourist Office or from the ticket machines placed in and around the city. It is also possible to buy monthly passes or 10 or 40 rides tickets. A single bus ticket within the city costs 26 SEK for adults and 13 SEK for seniors and children and youths up to the age of 20.