"Off Flygbussen a Stop Early" Södertälje by kit_mc

Södertälje Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 21 photos

A town I've frequently passed through on the airport bus from Skavsta Airport is Södertälje, about 30km south of Stockholm. Last time though I hopped off the bus to catch a few beers and catch up on gossip with a dear friend.

I've always thought of Södertälje as a bit of a dormitary town of Stockholm but I've got it on good authority that it's not just a suburb but a town in its own right, older in fact than it's big brother to the north. Indeed, with a huge Scania and pharmaceutical factory employing a large number of the local inhabitants between them, most people both live and work in the town.

That said, one of the attractions of Södertälje is probably the fact that it's only 40 minutes by train to Stockholm and half way between Skavsta (the Ryanair) airport and Stockholm

There's maybe not a heck of a lot of things to do here, apart from neck a few beers in your mate's kitchen until the wee small hours, but you can easily wander away an afternoon taking a walk along the canal and up to the open air museum, a miniature Skansen, complete with goats, cows, ponies and examples of traditional Swedish buildings. There's even an old School house, internally decked out from the 1800's.

Alas, much of it seemed closed the autumn day that I was visiting. Particularly disappointing as I'd been looking forward to the Elmuseum, basically a tiny museum of electric light switches...

And have you ever noticed how goats sound like humans when they go baaa? Freaky creatures.

The town is probably a bit low on the ground when it comes to major attractions, but the open-air museum could keep a family with young children occupied for a morning or afternoon, particularly in the summer when more of the gift shops, outbuildings and exhibition spaces will be open. Also worthy of note in town is Sweden's largest science museum, Tom Tit's Experiment - one for next time.

Summer is probably the best time to visit generally as there are some sites in the centre of town where you can sit out on a terrace overlooking the Södertälje stretch of the Göta Canal.

Take a wander through the town from which Bjorn Borg hails and as well as 60's architecture you come across some lovely buildings, notably the Church of St Ragnhild in the centre of town. Pop inside and have a look around as it's a nice example of a Lutheran church, with some really cool stained glass from the 1960's.

  • Last visit to Södertälje: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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