"Rademachersmedjorna" Eskilstuna Things to Do Tip by Sjalen

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One of the most famous sights in town, the old forges are where a lot of Eskilstuna's manufacturing started when in 1654 a Reinhold Rademacher was called in from Riga (then belonging to Sweden) by the king, to set up business in this relatively safe inland town along a river with strong currents where the famous planner Jean de la Vallée had laid out an area for him. Rademacher gave know-how to the locals during a time when Sweden needed guns and weapons for its many wars. Not only this was made, but he soon had production going of knives, scissors, locks, brass details and other things. The knife making can still be seen in one of the houses here in what has become a sort of open air museum but one with enterprises in it still. A visit will show you all sorts of handicraft which has opened in the various houses and cottages and if you are looking for something typically Swedish to bring back home, you will certainly find it here whilst you can also chat to the people making things.

You can also just stroll around looking at the hops and other garden plants, and architecture such as Master Skog's Cottage which is the one in my intro picture. Children have a house with a smithy adapted for them and with things to play, but this does not necessarily have as long opening hours as the rest. There is a wonderful restaurant and café here (see tip) where you can rest your feet too, and summertime this is also where you find Eskilstuna's outdoor stage. Rademachersmedjorna is quite an oasis in the otherwise more modern part of town, and a lush place on a summer day. You will definitely find your way here if you look for the tourist information which is accommodated in one of the houses here.

Address: Bruksgatan - Radermachergatan
Directions: Just a couple of blocks from the main square.
Phone: +46 (0)16 7107000
Website: http://www.eskilstuna.nu/Turism-Eskilstuna/Sevart/Rademachersmedjorna/

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  • Updated Aug 4, 2010
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