In the town centre, you’ll encounter Eskilstuna’s industrial history in Munktellstaden, the old factory area. This was where Munktells Mekaniska Verkstad – later Volvo CE – started in 1832. Munktellstaden has evolved over the years and is now an innovative meeting place and a cultural centre with several museums and arenas for sport and entertainment.
Just a stone’s throw from Munktellstaden is Rademachersmedjorna, an open-air museum with well-preserved wooden buildings surviving from Reinhold Rademacher’s forge built in the 1650s. Smithwork continues here to this day, and is open to visitors.
Approximately 10 km north-east of the centre is Sundbyholm, one of the most popular outings from Eskilstuna. At its heart is Sundbyholm Castle, surrounded by Europe’s northernmost beech forest and boasting views over the castle grounds and Lake Mälaren. Here too is the famous Sigurd Carving – also known as the Ramsund Carving – as well as several footpaths in the beautiful Södermanland countryside.
Torshälla, a picturesque small town 7 km north of Eskilstuna, has a number of historical areas that are well worth exploring. Attractions include Torshälla church with its unique limestone paintings, a museum devoted to local artist Allan Ebeling, and Rolf Berg’s shop filled with charming ceramic Father Christmases and other figurines.
Eskilstuna Tourist Information
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Tel: +46 (0)16-710 70 00