Trollhattan tourist tips

My 18 year old stepson, Ben, is in Sweden at the moment. He’s on his second month of a 6-month trip around the globe, having done some time already in the US, Mexico and Canada. He’s quite happily proclaiming Stockholm to be the best place he’s visited so far. He’s loving it.

It would appear the modern metropolises and big landmarks of North America have been replaced by culture, architecture, museums, bicycles and beer. I’m all for it…..

….It’s really very nice. I’ve spent 3 days just walking around it, I haven’t used a taxi, bus or train since we got here. The Museums are almost all free, i’ve been to the national war museum, the finance museum (i know; fun times), the royal armory and my favourite, the museum about the ship that sunk.

He’s off to Trollhattan “tomorrow” (though he might have already been by the time I publish this). Any Trollhattan tourism tips are welcome in comments and I’ll pass them on.

If you see a tall, skinny, dark haired Aussie kid roaming around in shorts and a T-shirt, that’ll be Ben. Say hi and please feed him.

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  1. Well there’s the Saab museum…(Doh!) Then of course the waterfalls, sluices (spelling?) and the old Powerplant built in 1915 or something like that. For a bit of a view over Trollhättan he could visit a place called “Kopparklinten”. For good food and beer in the evening he should go to Butlers which is on the main “walking street” in Trollhattan. About 10 miles to the north lies the town of Vanersborg with the two mountains Halleberg (where I live) and Hunneberg. On Hunneberg there’s a Moose-museum (both mountains are the Swedish Kings hunting domains for Moose) If he foes to see the Moose musum he’ll definalte understand why Saab and Volvo are the two safest cars brands in the world.

  2. There is a great little cafe on the Gota Canal – just around the corner from the Radisson-SAS hotel (near the road bridge). You can sit outside the cafe in the summer and watch the yachts sail by.

    Take a walk down the canal to see the locks. You can take a cable car across the the Saab Bilmuseum, or walk there via Erik Carlsson’s Rondel (Erik Carlsson Roundabout!)

    There used to be a good restaurant called Warf 36 – but that is no longer there. For accommodation, Ronnums, just north west of Trollhattan, is unbeatable …but also unaffordable on a student/traveller’s budget.

  3. John’s refering to the restuarant/cafe called Strandgatan. And just to be a bit of a “Messerschmidt” the river flowing through Trollhattan is not Göta Kanal, its Göta Älv. The Göta Kanal starts about 150km nw of Trollhattan and runs between Lake Vänern and the Baltic Sea.

  4. it may be overkill (if ben is not a Saab alskare) or stating the bleeding obvious but I think you can get a factory tour on Saturdays if you book ahead. The guys at the museum know how to do this. Could be closed for summer like the rest of europe at the moment though.

  5. Mats – thanks for the clarification on ‘Göta Älv’ and on Strandgatan. Yep – it’s Strandgatan that I am referring to – nice little place.

    There is also a story that, along with the messerschmidt, there are a bunch of Saab aluminium boats residing at the bottom of the canal (or Lake Vänern?) from after the war when Saab was wondering how it could diversify from aircraft. Apparently they considered kitchens, little aluminium boats and cars.

    Did they make the right choice?

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