Björksta, Västmanland, Exploring Sweden

Björksta, Västmanland – Exploring Sweden

Björksta is the church village of the former Björksta Parish. It is in Västerås Municipality in Västmanland County. In addition to the parish church, this is an area with many rock carvings and other ancient remains.

A Short History of Björksta

Björksta Parish had its origins in the Middle Ages and its church dates to the 13th century. The parish was the local government until the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when the parish’s responsibilities were split between the civic government of Björksta Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality was in 1952 incorporated into Kungsåra Municipality, which in turn became a part of the town of Västerås in 1967. The town of Västerås became Västerås Municipality a few years later in 1971. The church congregation is since 2006 a part of Kungsåra Congregation.

Things to Do and See

This area is in the middle of farmland with small forests in the distance. The church towers over the area, but you might need to look down to find some of its treasures.

Björksta Church

The parish church dates to the 13th century. It is a stone church with a brick tower that is famous for its medieval paintings. The church has suffered through many fires over the centuries and especially its tower has been most affected. The church is today a part of Kungsåra Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.

Rock Carvings

The area has many ancient rock carvings and a few of these are right next to the church. This is just one of many within the parish. The area also has other ancient remains such as burial mounds.

How to Get to Björksta

  • Flights: Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST) is 16 kilometers to the west.
  • Car: Björksta is close to Road E18 east of Västerås.
  • Bus: Buses from VL connect Björksta with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 93 kilometers (1 h 10 min)
  • Gothenburg – 397 kilometers (4 h 30 min)
  • Malmö – 616 kilometers (6 h 30 min)
  • Linköping – 207 kilometers (2 h 40 min)
  • Kiruna – 1196 kilometers (13 h 30 min)

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

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