Skerike is the church village of the local parish on the outskirts of the City of Västerås in the province of Västmanland. Its church from the Middle Ages stands at the center of the village. The area that the parish once covered has today around 6.000 inhabitants, but just a very few of these people live in the small church village itself.
A Short History of Skerike
The location might have been a pagan place of sacrifice prior to the arrival of Christianity. The church was built already in the early 13th century. In 1862, the parish was transformed into Skerike Municipality. 90 years later in 1952, it became a part of the city of Västerås and later Västerås Municipality.
Things to Do and See
The area is rich in ancient remains, such as burial mounds. It is, however, the church that is the main sight for anyone visiting the small church village.
The Middle Age church is at the center of the village and its most prominent sight. Its current shape dates back to constructions done in the 13th and 18th centuries. One of the larger changes was the construction of the clock tower in 1871.
How to Get to Skerike
Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST), 12 kilometers away, which has mostly low-cost carriers. In addition, there is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 101 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Skerike is along a small country road north of Västerås.
Bus: The nearest local and regional bus stops are in nearby Brottberga or in Rönnby, these connect Skerike with the surrounding region.
Train: The closest train stations are in either Hallstahammar, Surahammar, or Västerås.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
Stockholm – 113 kilometers (1h 21min) Gothenburg – 387 kilometers (4h 41min) Malmö – 600 kilometers (6h 23min) Linköping – 187 kilometers (2h 28min) Kiruna – 1209 kilometers (14h 14min)
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