Experience one of the world’s most fascinating old industry atmospheres in Forsvik, located on Sweden’s Gota Canal. This small town isn’t a huge draw for tourists, but vacationers looking for an enriching, historical destination with beautiful surrounding landscapes, Forsvik is a perfect spot.
Forsvik’s main hostel was built 600 years ago, driven by water power, and used to house temporary mill workers during the town’s heavy industry background. The hostel has been carefully preserved, using antiquarian methods to conduct a full renovation several years ago. With an old-fashioned iron fireplace and traditional wooden floors and paneling, the Forsvik hostel provides a great opportunity for visitors to get a feel for what this town is all about.
Although the town is small, there are several other options for accommodations here. There are a couple hotels in Forsvik, a few bed and breakfasts, and even cottage rentals for guests who want to spend a few days living in the Swedish countryside. The town did see a tourism boom in 2010, celebrating the town’s 600th anniversary.
The harbour and the steam ship are two of the main highlights for visitors coming to this area, but there’s also plenty of local shopping and eateries for tourists to enjoy. Tourists can check out the remnants of this town’s roots at the forge, foundry, shipyard, and mill. There are also opportunities for outdoor recreation here, including hiking, cycling, swimming, and self-drive tours through the surrounding area.
The nearest airport to Forsvik is only 25km away, Stockholm Bromma. Flights coming into this airport are primarily domestic, but the airport does have some minor international flights arriving, as well. From here, tourists can take a taxi or bus to get to their destination in Forsvik, or rent a car at the airport and drive themselves the short distance to the town.
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