Floda & Nääs - Where industrial meets modern
Floda and Nääs are exciting places that engage all of your senses, where innovative cuisine meets well preserved historic sites. Wind down in these tranquil settings, just half an hour from Gothenburg.
In the area around Lake Sävelången lie Floda och Nääs, two creative places where over the years visionaries and entrepreneurs have built up a selection of unique attractions. You’ll find fantastic food in rustically renovated industrial heritage sites, trendy shops, Sweden’s largest golf course and one of the best preserved 19th century castles, and fun family friendly destinations. Floda and Nääs are situated along the E20 motorway and the Western Main Line railway, thirty kilometres north east of Gothenburg.
Anyone who enjoys original food and fika in exciting surroundings will love Garveriet in Floda. Both food preparation and baking have their heart in the wood fired stone oven, which is heated by nearly 50 kg wood every day. The menu is based on what local producers have to offer and varies according to the season.
Photographer: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co
At Garveriet it’s all about sustainability. The benches in the restaurant are made from local oak, the chairs and tables are reclaimed and in the upstairs conference rooms the old brick walls have been exposed. The dining area has a lovely industrial feel with lots of natural light, and attention to small detail.
Photographer: Johan Törnroth
Directions: Garveriet is a short walk from Floda Station, which is an easy 26 minutes ride on the Västtåget train from Gothenburg Central Station.
In an old ironworks, in the middle of Floda, you’ll find Jernbruket – a restaurant offering a dining experience out of the ordinary. The interior has a rustic, homespun feel and the river Säve runs right outside the old brick building.
Genuine, hands on food preparation happens here. The wood fired barbecues, where almost all the ingredients are cooked, take centre stage. Meat is bought from local farmers, one animal at a time. Almost all the vegetables are grown here. Even the beer comes from local microbreweries.
Photographer: Nicke Johansson
Directions: Jernbruket is next to Floda Station, 26 minutes from Gothenburg Central Station on the Västtåget.
Visiting Nääs Castle is like walking back in time to the 19th century. Nothing has been changed since the death of the last private owner, in 1898. The tea cups are still laid, and the beds always made up. A guided tour of the castle takes around 50 minutes.
But it’s not just the castle interior that’s worth visiting. The surroundings are beautiful too, with lovely walking trails in the castle park and along the Säve River, swimming areas, a riding school and great fishing possibilities. There’s also an artist’s studio and school of crafts, with a wide range of courses in craftwork, horticulture and music.
Did you know by the way that Nääs was one of the locations for SVT’s big drama success “Vår tid är nu” (Our time is now)?
Photographer: Johan Paulin, SVT
- The Building Conservation shop. Have a look in this shop, just before you cross the bridge over the river on the way up to the castle. It’d be hard to find a more welcoming shop than this, and it’s the prefect place for anyone doing any home renovations.
- Mulle Mecks carpentry workshop. In the same building as the building conservation shop Mulle Meck has his fun carpentry workshop, where children can make cars, boats and other cool things. The workshop is aimed at 4-10 year olds, with free entry accompanied by an adult.
- The Angel Swings in the castle park. Among the magnificent oaks trees behind the castle hang swings that are attached to the tree tops, sometimes over 10 metres from the ground.
Directions: The journey from Gothenburg’s Central Station on the Västtåget takes 26 minutes.From there take the 533 bus to theLilla Nääs stop (in walking distance of Nääs Slott). You can also walk directly from Floda Station through the Nääs Ekhagar nature reserve, a lovely walk of around 3 kilometres.
The whole area around Nääs Fabriker is characterised by attention to detail and a respectful conservation of the industrial site’s original charm. It’s a lively destination with a lot to offer, in the shape of trendy shops, a hotel, restaurant, café and deli.
Photographer: STUDIO KIM SVENSSON AB
Yep, there are many reasons to visit Nääs Fabriker. The boutique shelves are lined with fashion, interior décor, jewellery and delicacies. The hotel is in lovely buildings that back in the 1800s housed a cotton mill, overlooking Lake Sävelången. There’s a heated outdoor jacuzzi, swimming jetty, sauna, gym, shuffleboard and much more. And you mustn’t miss the Sunday brunch with cold and warm dishes, as well as a laden dessert table and gateaux selection!
Photographer: STUDIO KIM SVENSSON AB
Directions: Get to Nääs Fabriker in 43 minutes on the “Lerumsnabben” bus leaving from Åkareplatsen next to Gothenburg Central Station.
On the picturesque peninsula between Lakes Mjörn and Sävelången lies Öijared Resort – Sweden’s largest golf course and a unique hotel. A love of nature shines through the hotel’s distinctive architecture, designed by Gert Wingårdh. The rooms are well thought out, the restaurant menu follows the four Nordic seasons, and the spa area is equipped with pool, sauna and gym.
Outside the door you aren’t just met by beautiful natural and cultural landscapes with fine walking possibilities – the biggest golf course in the country is also found here. Choose between three 18 hole courses (one of which is pay and play), a state of the art golf studio and a multi course for golf, foot golf and disc golf.
Directions: It’s easiest to get to Öijared by car, around 35 minutes from Gothenburg.
If you want to stay over
Both Nääs Fabriker and Öijared Resort have modern hotel accommodation with all conceivable facilities. You can also book rooms in Nääs Castle, with ready made up beds in lovely turn of the century rooms, and self catering in a shared kitchen.
Would you like to explore the pretty countryside just north of Floda and Nääs with a local? Then book a meet up with Mikael and Malin, who live in Norsesund (a few minutes further on the train to Alingsås). Parents of three children, they love the outdoors, travelling, good food and making new friends. Read more about Mikael and Malin and all the other locals on Meet the Locals.
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