Misi goes sightseeing: Alingsås

2012-03-27. Published in Life in Gothenburg
by Sarah

Alingsås is a cute little town about 30 minutes outside Gothenburg. There are three things which you should know about Alingsås: it is a town with many cafes, there is the annual festival Lights in Alingsås and it is famous for potatoes!

Cafés and bakeries play an important role in Alingsås since a long time. It is said that Swedish industry workers bought bread instead of baking it at home. That is why there were many bakeries in town and this tradition even continues today. Alingsås has actually a lot of bakeries and cafés if you consider its size and number of inhabitants. People often told me that it is such a nice destination for just having a walk around and eat some fika afterwards. Also the many wooden houses contribute to the cosy atmosphere. It is just as you imagine the typical Swedish town.

When you are in Alingsås you should also consider visiting some of the sights in that area. You can visit the ruins of the Gräfnäs castle which burnt down three times during its 900-year history. Today it is cultural memorial with a huge park. Another interesting cultural sight is the Stampens mill (Stampens kvarn) which is recently used as a cultural centre for exhibitions and handicraft. And, of course, don’t forget the Alingsås town museum which is about how people live and have lived in that area.
The Alingsås Turist Board even offers instructions for a “Walking Tour on your own”. With this map and information you can get to know the town all by yourself.

Lights in Alingsås is an annual festival in autumn where an international team of light designers create an outdoor light exhibition all over Alingsås. Every night, numerous spots in Alingsås will be light up and provide a unique experience. Read more about Lights in Alingsås.

Alingsås has a long agricultural tradition. As there are many farms around Alingsås, it is very easy to get locally produced products there. But what about Alingsås and potatoes? The story goes back to the 17th century and the businessman Jonas Alströmer. His intention was to teach Swedish people to eat potatoes. He built a huge potato farm in 1724 in Alingsås and he was also very active in spreading knowledge about potatoes and how to grow them. Still today, potatoes are important in Alingsås and celebrated during the annual potato festival in summer.

How to get there?

You can take the Västtrafik commuter train or the regular SJ train from Gothenburg station. The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs between 50 to 85 SEK for a single ticket.


/Sarah, Misi.se Team 2011