Barkarö, Västmanland, Exploring Sweden

Barkarö, Västmanland – Exploring Sweden

Barkarö is a locality in Västerås Municipality in Västmanland County. It is southwest of the city of Västerås and was once the church village for Västerås-Barkarö Parish. Today, it is home to around 1500 inhabitants in addition to the old church.


A Short History of Barkarö

The parish had its origins in the Middle Ages but its name didn’t become Västerås-Barkarö until 1889. Its church probably dates to the turn of the 13th century. A fire in 1771 destroyed the church and it also devastated many of the buildings in its vicinity.

The parish was in operation until the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when its responsibilities were split between the new civic government of Barkarö Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality was in 1952 incorporated into Dingtuna Municipality, which in turn became a part of the town of Västerås in 1967. The town became Västerås Municipality in 1971. The church congregation is today known as the Västerås-Barkarö Congregation.


Things to Do and See

The locality mostly consists of residential areas with the yellow stone church on its southern outskirts. It has good transport connections to the nearby city of Västerås and has Lake Mälaren both to the south and to the east. The lake is the third largest in Sweden.

Västerås-Barkarö Church

The parish church dates to sometime around the year 1200. It was devastated by a fire in 1771 and its interior is in many parts added in the 20th century. The church is today a part of Västerås-Barkarö Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.


How to Get to Barkarö

  • Flights: Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST) is 14 kilometers to the east.
  • Car: Barkarö is on countryside roads south of Västerås.
  • Bus: Buses from VL connect the locality with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 116 kilometers (1 h 20 min)
  • Gothenburg – 380 kilometers (4 h 30 min)
  • Malmö – 600 kilometers (6 h 20 min)
  • Linköping – 181 kilometers (2 h 30 min)
  • Kiruna – 1218 kilometers (13 h 40 min)

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

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