Bjurum, Västergötland, Exploring Sweden

Bjurum, Västergötland – Exploring Sweden

Bjurum is a district within the municipality of Falköping. The village has a population of around 120 people. It is, however, its visitors that have made the area famous. In this case, we are not talking about the many birdwatchers, but the migrating cranes who make a stop at the nearby Lake Hornborga.

A Short History of Bjurum

The history of Bjurum and its parish are tightly linked with the Bjurum manor, or Stora Bjurum as it is known in Swedish. The manor was first mentioned in the first half of the 15th century. It has from time to time included most of the Bjurum parish and it has also been one of the largest manors in Sweden. The manor has had several prominent owners over the centuries, including people with connections to the houses of Bonde, Tott, Soop, and Stenbock. More recent history has included a family feud between the brothers who have been the recent tenants of the manor.

Things to Do and See

The manor might not be open to the public. However, there is one sight that gets people to flock to Bjurum. The annual crane dance is famous and the lake shores are not only filled with birds, but also both professional and amateur birdwatchers. It is only the distant view of the 18th-century Bjurum church that gives most visitors a reason to consider that there are people living here as well.


The church looks out over Lake Hornborga. This lake is famous for the annual crane dance and their arrival is one of the best-known signs that spring is finally arriving in Sweden. The cranes usually number around 30.000 and they overshadow many of the lake’s other birds during they short stay. There are, however, plenty of other birds to see during the rest of the year.

Trandansen is one of two information centres at Lake Hornborga, the other one is Naturum Hornborgasjön close to Broddetorp.

How to get to Bjurum

  • Flights: The closest larger airport is Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) 132 kilometres away, with both domestic and international flights. Another option is Jönköping Airport (JKG), 81 kilometres away, with mostly chartered flights.
  • Car: Bjurum is located along road 184 between Falköping and Skara.
  • Train: The easiest to reach train station from Bjurum is located in nearby Falköping.
  • Bus: Regional and local buses connect Bjurum with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 372 kilometers (4h 21min)
  • Gothenburg – 126 kilometers (1h 48min)
  • Malmö – 351 kilometers (4h 19min)
  • Linköping – 212 kilometers (2h 34min)
  • Kiruna – 1469 kilometers (17h 46min)

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