Torstuna, Uppland, Exploring Sweden

Torstuna, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

In the countryside in what was once a land known as Fjärdhundraland is a small white church. This is Torstuna, a small church village outside of Enköping in the province of Uppland.

A Short History of Torstuna

The small church village was once the center for the local parish. Torstuna Parish was estabablished already in the Middle Ages and the predecessor for the current church dates back to the same period.

The current church opened its doors in the 1790s, after the destruction of the former church by a lightning strike in the 1720s. In regards to the name, it has two parts, “Tor” the name of the norse god and “Tuna” meaning enclosure. So this is Thor’s enclosed area.

Torstuna Parish has since 1971 been a part of Enköping Municipality.

Things to Do and See

The village is small and it actually only has one proper sight to explore. However, there is something special with the countryside. You don’t always need a 100-floor tall building to look at or the view from a high mountain. It is possible to just enjoy the surroundings with the fields and farms.

Torstuna Church

Torstuna Church dates back to the 1790s but was considered completed first in the 1870s. The current tower is actually the second tower for the church, it replaced the original in the 1850s. The church is surrounded by the local graveyard.

How to Get to Torstuna

  • Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST), 41 kilometers away, which has mostly low-cost carriers. In addition, there is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 87 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
  • Car: Torstuna is along country roads outside of Enköping.
  • Bus: Local and regional buses from UL connects Torstuna 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 – 88 kilometers (1 h 1 min)
  • Gothenburg – 424 kilometers (5 h 5 min)
  • Malmö – 646 kilometers (7 h 3 min)
  • Linköping – 218 kilometers (2 h 46 min)
  • Kiruna – 1184 kilometers (14 h 2 min)

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

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Tressa

    Love how ancient this church is! I wish I could see different pictures of it through its stages of evolution – I bet the original medieval building looked quite different from today’s church!

    1. Jesper

      I can only agree. In addition it would be even more interesting to see the development of the surrounding area. Imagine if it was possible to get a photo of a 15th century ancestor and follow the families through the centuries up until today. 🙂

      1. Tressa

        Oh yes! I mentioned not long ago on another blog how I wished I had a certain super power – the ability to touch something and know its history.

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