With numerous bays and over 7,000 small and medium-sized islands, Lake Mälaren (also known as Lake Mälaren) meanders for 120 km from Köping to Stockholm, where it flows into the Baltic Sea. The region around the lake, the Mälar valley(mälardalen), is home to many of the country's most famous cities and sights.
Sweden's third largest lake and the Mälaren valleyAfter Vänern and Vättern, Mälaren is Sweden's third largest lake with an area of 1090 km², about twice the size of Lake Constance. Only from a few relatively few places on the shore, however, a wide view over the lake is offered, whereby the actual size is underestimated by many visitors. Many arms of the Mälaren are only connected by very narrow bays and also have their own names, e.g. the Ekoln near Uppsala or the Riddarfjärden in Stockholm.
Cities and sights at the MälarenIn the region around the Mälaren one sight follows the other. In addition to some of Sweden's best-known and oldest towns, there are also numerous castles, museums and churches.
- Gripsholm Castle
- Drottningholm Castle
- Skokloster Castle
Fishing, hiking and cyclingThe Mälaren region not only has a lot to offer in terms of cultural history, but also has a high recreational value with beautiful landscapes and lots of nature.
- Fishing is allowed at the Mälaren, as in all of Sweden's 5 largest lakes, without a permit or fee (fiskekort). There are, however, restrictions (e.g. size, closed seasons for various species of fish), which you should find out about locally. There are more than 30 species of fish in the Mälaren, including eel, perch, trout, pike, carp, salmon and zander.