Höghäll, Öland, Exploring Sweden

Höghäll, Öland – Exploring Sweden

Welcome to the highest point on the island of Öland, the second largest island in Sweden. Höghäll is with its altitude of 55 meters considered by many to be the highest point of the island, watching out over the quite flat landscape and its windmills and ancient burial fields.

Well, there is actually one point that many consider to be slightly higher. It is the top of Rösslösa Galgbacke, an old execution spot that was built on top of an ancient burial mound. It is in many people’s opinion disqualified due to being man made.

Things to Do and See

This is a beautiful rural area with the windmills watching out over the surrounding fields. Not far away you can also notice the tower of Högsrum Church and the forest landscape of the island’s inland.

The Two Windmills

There are two wooden windmills here. They have both been moved to their current location from other parts of the island. The western windmill was moved from Jordsläta around 1920, while the eastern windmill was moved here from Föra in the 1970’s. The wood of the two mills have been dated to the 18th century.

The Iron Age Burial Field

Here is also a burial field dating back to the Iron Age. It is the stone formations and the two raised stones that is the main signs here of what was the last resting place for earlier inhabitants of the island.

How to Get to Höghäll

  • Flights: The nearest airport is Kalmar Öland Airport (KLR), which is 31 kilometers to the southwest.
  • Car: Höghäll is along countryside roads east of Rälla, between Borgholm and Färjestaden.
  • Bus: Buses from Kalmar Länstrafik connect Höghäll with the surrounding area with a bus stop in Rälla.

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

  • Stockholm – 432 kilometers (4 h 50 min)
  • Gothenburg – 363 kilometers (4 h 20 min)
  • Malmö – 301 kilometers (3 h 30 min)
  • Linköping – 260 kilometers (3 h 20 min)
  • Kiruna – 1666 kilometers (17 h 40 min)

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