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Top ChoiceMuseum in Västerås

Karlsgatan 2

Comprising the former Västmanland Länsmuseum (county museum) and Västerås Konstmuseum (art gallery) in a re-imagined industrial block near Centralstation, Karlsgatan 2 packs a punch. The county museum is...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Västerås


Västerås is surrounded by pre-Christian sites. The most interesting and extensive is Anundshög, the biggest tumulus (burial ground) in Sweden, 9km northeast of the city. You can get the bus 12 to Bjurhovda, from...

Top ChoiceBistro in Västerås


A glance at Frank's place on the web will give you a sense of what to expect at this edgy bistro which is turning heads from Västerås to Stockholm. Here, you dine by Frank's rules: choose from meat, fish or...

Church in Västerås

Västerås domkyrka

The fine brick-built Domkyrka was begun in the 12th century, although most of what you see today is late-14th-century work. It contains carved floor slabs, six altarpieces and the marble sarcophagus of King Erik...

Cafe in Västerås

Kalle på Spangen

This great cafe, right by the river in the old part of town, inhabits several cosy, creaky-floored rooms filled with mismatched furniture and gilt-edged grandfather clocks. Lunch specials, such as the lasagne,...

Asian in Västerås

Spicy Hot

A favourite among local students, this Thai/Asian joint serves a wide variety of dishes as spicy as you like it. Portion sizes are large, meaning great value for hungry, budgeting diners. Vegetarians are happily...

Rooftop Bar in Västerås

Sky Bar

This almost-rooftop bar on the 24th floor of Hotel Plaza offers killer cocktails and great views out over Västerås, Mälaren lake and the Västmanland countryside.

Museum in Västerås

Vallby Friluftsmuseum

Vallby Friluftsmuseum, off Vallbyleden near the E18 interchange, 2km northwest of the city, is home to an extensive open-air collection of traditional huts and cottages. Among the 40-odd buildings, there’s an...

Castle in Västerås

Fiholms Slott

This Dutch-French Renaissance-styled castle was completed around 1630. Private tours (price on application) can be booked for small groups, but otherwise, you'll have to settle for wandering around the...