The De Laval Walk
This walk will take you around the Trollhättan Waterfall area with one half of the walk being on flat pavement and the other on a trail in uneven wooded terrain. The walk takes about 45 minutes and shows you all the popular sights around the famous waterfalls.
De Laval Walk
If you want to explore more of the waterfall area in Trollhättan then this is the hiking trail for you. Here you will get a great view of the empty riverbed that once contained the free waterfall and also explore more of the history of the area.
You can begin the walk from the parking area at Hansenplatsen where you also can see Ekeblad's lock, the uppermost of Christopher Polhem's three locks from the mid 18th century. The walk then continues over the Strömkarlsbron bridge that was built in 1908 and upp the stairs on the other side. To the left you then have the trail that goes along the empty riverbed. Here you will get many great views of the area and also the many ruins of old industries that are located on the opposite side of the riverbed. Here you can for example see the ruins of Sweden's first pulp mill built in 1857.
After following the trail you will come to the Oscar's bridge, the best place to view the Trollhättan waterfalls and the surrounding area. From here you can see the Hojum power station, the first of two in Trollhättan. You also have Kungsgrottan where Swedish royalty have carved their names in the stone since 1754. You will also pass by The Polhem lock, the second of Christopher Polhem's three locks and you will get a great view of Trollhättan's church, built in 1862.
Map is available at the Tourist Information Center in Trollhättan but you can view a digital version of the map here. The map contains an outline for the route and information about the different sights along the way and near the walk.
The Trollhättan waterfalls no longer flow freely, this is because the water is today used by the water power plants Hojum and Olidan. However at specific times during the summer months you can see the waterfalls flow again (2020: Due the current restrictions concerning COVID-19 the release of water in the falls are cancelled until further notice, read more here).