Guldsmedshyttan, Västmanland, Exploring Sweden

Guldsmedshyttan, Västmanland – Exploring Sweden

Guldsmedshyttan is a settlement in Lindesberg Municipality in Örebro County. It is today a part of the locality known as Storå and has developed due to its vicinity of the Stripa Mine and the local foundry. This is a part of the mining-rich region of Bergslagen in the historical province of Västmanland.

A Short History of Guldsmedshyttan

Silver ore was mined here already in the 15th century. That changed in 1551 when King Gustav Vasa established an ironwork here for the production of rifles and bullets. The Stripa Mine opened as early as the 15th century, but it might have been even earlier. The mine went dormant between 1634 and 1771 but was back in normal production again in 1785. The mine remained in operation until 1977, after which it was a place for research until 1991. The former ironworks is today known under the name Vestas Castings Guldsmedshyttan. The company is producing parts for wind power plants.

The local church was inaugurated in 1895 and was the start of the Guldsmedshyttan Congregation that was established the year after. The congregation became a part of the Linde Bergslag Congregation in 2016.

Things to Do and See

This is a mining and industrial community in Bergslagen. The area includes many signs of its past with mines and old ironworks. Guldsmedshyttan does, however, hide a few gems that are able to tell a lot more about the mining heritage of the region.

Stripa Mine

Stripa Mine is since 2006 a listed building. The mine that was closed down in 1977 is up to 450 meters deep. It was listed due to its well-preserved buildings and archives providing an insight and research opportunity into the Swedish mining heritage.

Lake Råsvalen

Guldsmedshyttan is on the western shores of Lake Råsvalen. The Sågviken Beach is next to the church and the lake offers the possibility for both swimming and fishing. Remember that a fishing permit is most likely required for fishing.

Guldsmedshyttan Church

The construction of the church began in 1892 and was completed three years later in 1895. It is a red brick church with a tower that reaches a height of 42 meters. It was the center of its own congregation up until 2016. Today it is a part of the Linde Bergslag Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden

How to Get to Guldsmedshyttan

  • Flights: Örebro Airport (ORB) is 68 kilometers to the south.
  • Car: Guldsmedshyttan is along Road 50 between Lindesberg and Kopparberg.
  • Bus: Local buses from Länstrafiken Örebro connect Guldsmedshyttan with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 215 kilometers (2 h 34 min)
  • Gothenburg – 337 kilometers (4 h 12 min)
  • Malmö – 557 kilometers (6 h 7 min)
  • Linköping – 170 kilometers (2 h 26 min)
  • Kiruna – 1265 kilometers (14 h 44 min)

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

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