The falls in Trollhättan are the highest and most powerful in any river in Southern Sweden; nowhere does a river cut through the landscape in such a dramatic way as it does here. However, since the water is held back by the sluice gates, it is not until these gates are opened that the true intensity and power comes to life.
The beautiful waterfalls in Trollhättan are unique and has been the focal point for tourists, artists and innovators since the 18th Century. Today the water does not flow freely as it once did but at specific times during June - August the floodgates open.
Power in the falls
The gorge started as a small crack thousand of years ago, and grew inte an impressive river with the help of falling boulders and unrelenting water. The best place to see the falls and the river is from the Oscar bridge (Oscarsbron), though there are many enchanting and breathtaking view points along the nearby paths, not to mention the highest view point of them all, Kopparklinten, with its mile long views.
A push for industry
The area looked very different before the construction of the locks and the two large power plants; the water was ever-present and there was a constant roaring from the falls. The river has been used to generate power in mills for hundreds of years. During the 1700s and 1800s the smaller mills grew larger and the little town grew in population.
The sluice gates open:
June every day at 15.00 (3 pm.) from 15th of June
July every day at 15.00 (3 pm.)
August every day at 15.00 (3 pm.) until 15th of August. Then every Wednesday and Saturday for the rest of the month (17th, 21st, 24th, 28th and 31st of August) at 15.00 (3 pm.)
The falls are lit up twice a year - during the last evening of the town fair in July (Fallens dagar) and New Year´s Eve.
Psst! Did you know.. When the sluice gates are open, 300 000 litres of water pour through the gates - every second!