Dillnäs, Dillnäsby, Södermanland, Exploring Sweden

Dillnäs, Södermanland – Exploring Sweden

Dillnäs, or Dillnäsby, is a settlement in the historical province of Södermanland. This is the location of the medieval parish church for what was earlier Dillnäs Parish. This area is currently a part of Gnesta Municipality in eastern Sweden and it is to the north of the locality of Gnesta, on a small hill close to Lake Klämmingen.

A Short History of Dillnäs

Dillnäs Parish has its origins in the Middle Ages and its church was probably built during the 12th century. The parish was in operation until the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when its responsibilities were split between the local government of Dillnäs Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality became in 1941 one of the parts in the establishment of Gåsinge-Dillnäs Municipality, which the same year became a part of Daga Municipality. In 1974 this was incorporated into Nyköping Municipality and so remained until Gnesta Municipality was split from Nyköping in 1992. Gnesta Municipality came to include several smaller surrounding parishes, including Dillnäs. It is since 2006 a part of the Daga Congregation.

Things to Do and See

The small picturesque settlement of Dillnäsby is joined by the medieval Dillnäs Church. Small forests, farmlands, and countryside roads surround the area. The church might not have an impressive tower, but there is instead a nice view from this small hill.

Dillnäs Church

The church is a small stone church with a wooden tower. It is believed to have been built in the 12th century or in the early years of the 13th century. A fire destroyed a large part of the church in the 17th century, but it was restored and this was also when the last major alterations took place. The church is today a part of the Daga Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.

How to Get to Dillnäs

  • Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) which is 63 kilometers to the southwest.
  • Car: Dillnäs is along countryside roads north of Gnesta.
  • Train: The nearest train station is in Gnesta.

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

  • Stockholm – 84 kilometers (1 h 4 min)
  • Gothenburg – 426 kilometers (4 h 38 min)
  • Malmö – 569 kilometers (6 h 8 min)
  • Linköping – 158 kilometers (1 h 52 min)
  • Kiruna – 1287 kilometers (14 h 19 min)

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