Simtuna, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Simtuna is the church village for a former parish with the same name. It is today a part of Enköping Municipality in Uppsala County. At its center is the church, which is surrounded by fields and has the main road through the area passing by right next to its walls. In addition to the church, there are a few buildings across the road, including a health center.

A Short History of Simtuna

The village was once the center of Simtuna Parish, a parish with its origins in the Middle Ages. The oldest known mentioning of the parish dates back to the end of the 13th century. The parish was in 1862 replaced with Simtuna Municipality, a municipality that in 1952 was incorporated into Fjärdhundra Municipality. Since 1971 the area has been a part of Enköping Municipality. The area of the former parish has today a population of around 1600 inhabitants, most of who live in nearby Fjärdhundra.

Things to Do and See

This is not exactly the most touristic of places. Except for enjoying the view out of the surrounding fields, there is only one main attraction here.

Simtuna Church

The main landmark here is the local church and it’s not exactly hard to miss. It dates back to the 13th century and was until 2006 the center of first Simtuna Parish and later Simtuna Congregation. The church was last renovated in 2011, but still has internal paintings from the 15th century.

How to Get to Simtuna

Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST), 46 kilometers away, which has mostly low-cost carriers. In addition, there is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 91 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Simtuna is along road 70 between Enköping and Sala.
Bus: Local and regional buses from UL connect the village 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 – 92 kilometers (1 h 2 min)
Gothenburg – 428 kilometers (5 h 7 min)
Malmö – 650 kilometers (7 h 3 min)
Linköping – 222 kilometers (2 h 47 min)
Kiruna – 1179 kilometers (13 h 52 min)

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

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