Brunneby, Östergötland, Exploring Sweden

Brunneby, Östergötland – Exploring Sweden

Brunneby is a small settlement in Motala Municipality in Östergötland County. It mainly consists of the former parish church, the old manor, and Brunneby Musteri. The latter is a cider factory that also produces other farm products such as juices and jams.

A Short History

Brunneby Parish had its origins in the Middle Ages. This was once the seat of that parish with the church being built in the 13th century. The church was originally built for the private use of Bengt Magnusson, but became the parish church when he died in 1294. The manor is known from the time of Bengt Magnusson, but the current manor house was built in 1735. The parish changed its church to the new Klockrike Church in 1826. The new church covered two parishes while the old church in Brunneby found a new usage.

The parish acted as the local government up until the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when its responsibilities were split between the church congregation and the new civic government of Klockrike and Brunneby Municipality. The municipality was split already in 1868 when Brunneby Municipality was established. It took several decades before the next change in 1952 when the municipality was incorporated into Borensberg Municipality, which in turn became a part of Motala Municipality in 1971. The church congregation is since 2006 a part of the Borensberg Congregation.

The industrial production at Brunneby Musteri was established in 1941 and has since developed and become one of the main tourist attractions in the area.

Things to Do and See

It is the farm shop that you will most likely notice when driving past Brunneby. This is also what makesmany stop here for a visit, either planned or unplanned. This small settlement has a historical feeling in a very rural environment.

Brunneby Musteri

Brunneby Musteri is the local cider producer that also produces many other farm products. It is the farm shop and the restaurant that attract the most of the many visitors that comes to Brunneby each year.

Brunneby Kyrka

The old parish church was built in 1269 by Bengt Magnusson. It was originally a private church but became the parish church upon the death of Bengt Magnusson. It lost its status as the parish church in 1828 when it was replaced by Klockrike Church, which covered two parishes. The church was later acquired by the estate and was turned into a distillery and later warehouse. It once more became a church in 1977.

Brunneby Herrgård

The manor has a history going back to at least the 13th century. The current manor building was built in 1735. It is still privately owned and not opened for tourists. Both the farm shop and the church is within the estate.

How to Get to Brunneby

  • Flights: The nearest airport is Linköping City Airport (LPI) 31 kilometers to the east. Sweden’s largest airport, Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), is 259 kilometers to the northeast.
  • Car: Brunneby is along Road 34 to the northwest of Linköping.
  • Bus: Buses from Östgötatrafiken connect Brunneby with the surrounding area.
  • Train: There is a train station in nearby Linköping.

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

  • Stockholm – 221 kilometers (2 h 20 min)
  • Gothenburg – 270 kilometers (3 h)
  • Malmö – 414 kilometers (4 h 30 min)
  • Linköping – 27 kilometers (24 min)
  • Kiruna – 1452 kilometers (15 h 20 min)

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