Läby Kyrkby, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Läby Kyrkby is the village at the center of the former Läby Parish in the province of Uppland. It is today a part of Uppsala Municipality and it is a short distance to the west of the city of Uppsala. The village is split into a western and an eastern part, with the church in between. These parts are Västerby and Österby.

The village is not to be mistaken with the locality of Läby that is north of Uppsala.

A Short History of Läby

The first known mentioning of Läby dates back to the early 14th century. It is believed that the church was built already in the 12th century. The Läby Parish has, at least, its origins in the Middle Ages. Läby Parish is since 1971 a part of Uppsala Municipality.

Things to Do and See

It is hard to imagine that much can have changed around the settlement in the centuries since the construction of the church. Yes, the road has been built, but there is a feeling that the fields have always been there. So, welcome to the Swedish countryside, where it is hard to find anything else than fields and forests.

Läby Church

The church was once the center of the local parish and has its origins around the 12th century. It has seen many reconstructions over the years and the last major changes took place in the early 19th century when the integrated clock tower was built. It replaced the external tower that has since disappeared. The church was abandoned in 1860 and it took until the 1920s before it was opened again. It is today a part of Norra Hagunda Congregation.

How to Get to Läby

Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 45 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Läby is close to road 72 a short distance west of Uppsala.
Bus: Local and regional UL buses connect the area with the surrounding region.
Train: There is a train station in Uppsala.

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

Stockholm – 82 kilometers (1 h 1 min)
Gothenburg – 459 kilometers (5 h 31 min)
Malmö – 695 kilometers (7 h 22 min)
Linköping – 282 kilometers (3 h 8 min)
Kiruna – 1175 kilometers (13 h 38 min)

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

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