Badelunda, Västmanland, Exploring Sweden

Badelunda, Västmanland – Exploring Sweden

Badelunda is a small settlement on the outskirts of the city of Västerås. This was once, together with the church, the seat of the local parish. It lies within the historical province of Västmanland.

A Short History

Badelunda Parish has its origins in the Middle Ages and the church dates to the 13th century. The parish acted as the local government for several centuries until the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when the responsibilities of the parish were split between the new civic government of Badelunda Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality was in 1946 incorporated into the city of Västerås, which in 1971 became known as Västerås Municipality. The church congregation is today known as the Västerås Badelunda Congregation.

Things to Do and See

The area that was once Badelunda Parish contains many historical remains. The most famous is probably the large burial mound of Anundshög and the many stone formations in its vicinity. In comparison, the medieval parish church is a more modern addition and might actually not be the most impressive human construction here.

Badelunda Church

This white stone church dates to the 13th century. Several alterations and additions have since been done. The church is today part of the Västerås Badelunda Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.

Badelunda Nature Reserve

The nature reserve was established in 1974 and covers an area of 38 hectares. Even thoughreserve is near the large burial mound of Anundshög, there are several hidden ancient remains here as well.

How to Get to Badelunda

  • Flights: The nearest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST) 5 kilometers to the south. Sweden’s largest airport, Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), is 93 kilometers to the east.
  • Car: Badelunda is the eastern part of Västerås.
  • Bus: Buses from VL connect the settlement with the surrounding area.
  • Train: The closest train station is in Västerås.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

  • Stockholm – 103 kilometers (1 h 5 min)
  • Gothenburg – 382 kilometers (4 h 20 min)
  • Malmö – 602 kilometers (6 h 30 min)
  • Linköping – 193 kilometers (2 h 40 min)
  • Kiruna – 1204 kilometers (13 h 20 min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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