Stjärnhov, Södermanland, Exploring Sweden

Stjärnhov, Södermanland – Exploring Sweden

Stjärnhov is a small locality in the center of the historical province of Södermanland. This is in the eastern part of Sweden in what was formerly the Gryt Parish, nowadays it is a part of Gnesta Municipality. With around 570 inhabitants this is a former station settlement along the railway that has seen reduced development when the trains no longer stopped there. Its location at the shores of Lake Naten is still attractive and the population has been fairly unchanged during the last 40 years.

A Short History of Stjärnhov

The Western Main Line, the railway between Stockholm and Gothenburg was opened in 1862. One of the new stations was Stjärnhov, given its name from the nearby seat farm Stjärnhovs säteri. A new settlement soon began to grow around the new station, including the establishment of smaller businesses.

The station was in use until the 1960s. Since then the trains have only been passing by Stjärnhov on their route between the larger cities.

Things to Do and See

Stjärnhov enjoys a closeness to nature and the many surrounding lakes. The privately owned seat farm Stjärnhovs Säteri is still active to the southeast of the locality. Within the locality, it is possible to find a restaurant, a grocery store, and a gas station. For additional services, you will have to go to either Gnesta or Flen, both of which are within easy reach along Road 57 which passes through Stjärnhov.

Lake Naten

Lake Naten, at which shores Stjärnhov is located, is a lake with an area of around one square kilometer. There is a beach and an adjacent playground right in the center of the locality. Fishing in Lake Naten is limited to the landowners around the lake.

Lake Malsnaren

Lake Malsnaren is a fairly small lake to the northeast of Stjärnhov. There is a small beach at Nysätter for swimming. Fishing in Lake Malsnaren is limited to the landowners around the lake.

Lake Kyrksjön

Lake Kyrksjön is to the northwest of Stjärnhov and includes the beach at Dammhagen. At Dammhagen there is also a soccer field and a small stage. Fishing in Lake Kyrksjön is limited to the landowners around the lake.

How to Get to Stjärnhov

  • Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Skavsta Airport, only 54 kilometers to the south. From here there are a few international flights to other cities in Europe. Sweden’s main international airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, is 122 kilometers away.
  • Car: Stjärnhov is along road 57 between Björnlunda and Sparreholm.
  • Bus: Bus 589 from Sörmlandstrafiken stops here on its route between Flen and Gnesta.
  • Train: There are no trains stopping here even though the railway passes through the area. Instead, the closest train stations are in Flen or Gnesta.

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

  • Stockholm – 86 kilometers (1 h 12 min)
  • Gothenburg – 409 kilometers (4 h 54 min)
  • Malmö – 553 kilometers (6 h 22 min)
  • Linköping – 140 kilometers (1 h 45 min)
  • Kiruna – 1317 kilometers (15 h 41 min)

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