Grillby, Uppland, Exploring Sweden

Grillby, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Grillby is a small locality in the province of Uppland. It is today a part of Enköping Municipality and Uppsala County. The approximately 1.100 inhabitants have a large silo towering over them. Even though the silo is no longer in use since 2005, it is the most prominent landmark in the area. The silo is still today also the best sign of the historical importance of farming in the area.

A Short History of Grillby

Grillby, as a locality, has its origins with the railway. The railway between Stockholm and Västerås was completed in 1875. However, prior to the railway there were already established manufacturers here. These included the production of metal objects and furniture, as well as a dairy.

Grillby was originally a part of Villberga Parish but has since 1970 been a part of Enköping Municipality. It is also the short commutes to Enköping and Stockholm that have helped the locality to develop. And even with the closure of the train station in 1973, the population has continued to increase in recent decades.

Things to Do and See

Grillby is a small locality and as with the locals, many visitors would most likely commute and explore the much larger towns of Enköping and Stockholm. There is, however, a lot to learn also about the smaller localities and to find a reason to stay and explore more.

Grillby Silo

Grillby Silo was a part of a large network of silos in Sweden belonging to Lantmännen. However, operations ceased in 2005. The tower still stands and with its 54 meters it is without competition the most prominent building around. It is this huge tower that greets visitors no matter from which direction they arrive in Grillby.

The Old Train Station

The railway arrived in Grillby in 1875 and the station closed down in 1973. Today the trains just pass through the locality without stopping and the old station building has found new uses.

Grillby Square

The main square is where you will find the local meeting point. It is also here you should go if you want to eat in one of the locality’s few restaurants.

Anna Lindh Park

Anna Lindh, the former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, lived in Hacksta outside of Grillby as a child. She went to school in Grillby and is today remembered with a park bearing her name. It was on September 11th 2003 that she was stabbed by a lone perpetrator in Stockholm and died soon after. She’d not the only Swedish minister who has been killed while in office, the prime minister Olof Palme was shot to death in 1986.

How to Get to Grillby

  • Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST), 41 kilometers away, which has mostly low-cost carriers. In addition, there is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 65 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
  • Car: Grillby is located along the E4 a bit to the east of Enköping.
  • Bus: Local and regional buses from UL connect Grillby with the surrounding region.
  • Train: SJ has trains to and from nearby Enköping and connects the area with Gothenburg, Hallsberg, Stockholm, and Västerås.

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

  • Stockholm – 66 kilometers (50 min)
  • Gothenburg – 424 kilometers (5 h 5 min)
  • Malmö – 645 kilometers (6 h 55 min)
  • Linköping – 220 kilometers (2 h 47 min)
  • Kiruna – 1206 kilometers (14 h 3 min)

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

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