This is probably one of the smaller inhabited places that we have written about on this blog. Vagnhärad is a locality within the Trosa Municipality and it is situated a few kilometers inland from the coast where the municipality’s main town Trosa is located. There are a bit over 3000 people who call Vagnhärad their home, but there are a lot more people in the area during the summer. There’s even a chance that one runs into a prince in the local grocery stores.
The town might be small and perhaps it does not have so much to offer when it comes to events and other activities that would attract younger people to spend a longer time in the area. But there is, as with most places, a charm to this small town. So what is it that makes Vagnhärad stick out from other places? Well, not much. There’s nothing very special about it compared to other towns and villages on the Swedish countryside. At the same time, there are reasons to go even to a place like Vagnhärad, but before we continue with that let us have a look at the history of Vagnhärad.
A Short History
Trosaån – a river flowing through Vagnhärad – has previously been a lot more important than it is nowadays. This is due to the fact that the sea level was a lot higher in the area after the ice age. There are several signs around Vagnhärad from the historic past; such as burial mounds from the Iron Age and rune stones from the time of the Vikings.
What is remembered from the last 20 years? Mainly two events come to mind. The first is the natural disaster in 1997 when a landslide brought with it several houses down into the river. Luckily most of the houses had already been evacuated and there were no casualties and only minor injuries.
The second event might not be so significant, it happened 10 years later in 2007. The Brazilian soccer team was playing a friendly game against Ghana in Stockholm. Being unable to find a good pitch to have their practice, the team ended up training in Vagnhärad. This resulted in the team taking the bus from Stockholm to Häradsvallen – the main soccer field in Vagnhärad. It also gave the locals (rumors go around quite fast in small towns and villages) a possibility to see soccer stars such as Ronaldinho, Káká, Robinho, and Gilberto Silva practice.
5 Things to Do In Vagnhärad
There are a lot of small things to see and do in Vagnhärad. How about checking out the remains from a time long past? All the burial mounds and rune stones together with some imagination makes Vagnhärad an interesting place to visit. As with most smaller inhabited places, there is usually a weird way of doing things. Want to go shopping? Well, there is one clothing store. You will find Hulo located in an old barn. How about going for a drink in the center? You will probably end up at Mira, the local pizzeria. Another place where you might find locals is at the local swimming pool, Safiren. As a visitor you might not do like the locals usually do – they will probably go to either Södertälje or Nyköping for shopping and other activities.
But there are still a few activities to consider in Vagnhärad, here are our suggestions:
- Walk along Sörmlandsleden, a walking trail that runs through the whole region. In the area around Vagnhärad this trail will give you access to nature for a day or two. Bring a tent if you want to spend the night in the wild. Remember to be careful as there are both moose and wild boar in the forests.
- Explore the historical sights, the burial mounds, the rune stones and the different stone formations left by the last ice age. A perfect way to do this is by walking along the trail Vagnhärad Runt.
- Visit the Tullgarn Castle, the previous Swedish king’s summer residence. The royal waiting hall still exists at the train station in Vagnhärad.
- Visit Lånestaheden Nature Reserve. Located right next to the center of Vagnhärad this nature reserve is easy to access. It was established in 2015 and is rich of historical remains.
- Take a trip to Trosa, if you run out of things to do in Vagnhärad. After visiting the local pizzeria and the grocery stores you always have the possibility to visit the town of Trosa, just 7 kilometers away.
How to Get There?
There are several means of transportation you can use to get to Vagnhärad. Car, bus, and train are probably the most common ways of getting there.
Car: driving either south from Stockholm (or north from Linköping or Nyköping) along the E4 is probably the easiest way to get to Vagnhärad by car.
Bus: there are regional buses going to Vagnhärad from the towns close by. These are Södertälje, Nyköping, Trosa, and Gnesta.
Train: Southbound trains from Stockholm and Södertälje towards Norrköping and Northbound trains from Norrköping and Nyköping towards Stockholm.
The driving distance to Vagnhärad from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
From Stockholm – 66 kilometers (45 min)
From Gothenburg – 410 kilometers (3 h 47 min)
From Malmö – 552 kilometers (4 h 58 min)
From Luleå – 963 kilometers (9 h 29 min)
From Linköping – 139 kilometers (1 h 21 min)
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