Vilhelm Hansen's Walk
Vilhelm Hansen's walk is a 35 minute walk that takes you around the area of the Olidan hydropower station, Sweden's oldest hydropower station still in operation. See historical buildings surrounded by the beautiful nature of Älvrummet and the Göta river, close by the Trollhättan waterfall.
Discover Swedish industrial history
Starting from Insikten, you can either go south and take the long stairs all the way down to the Olidan station or take the road north around Insikten and see more of the nature in the area. At Insikten there is also a very popular hydropower-inspired playground called The Water Power Playground.
Follow the map and see the various historical buildings that are located in the area. The walk takes you along the outside of the Olidan hydropower station, which began to supply electricity to industry and railroad in 1910. Olidan is a beautiful building built entirely in granite in order to blend into the surroundings. Here you will also find building connected to the hydropower station built in the period 1908-1910. You can read more about Olidan hydropower station here.
There are two staircases during the walk, one of which is very long. You can avoid both of them by going around Insikten instead and take the path on the opposite side of Olidan. There is a car road leading up to Åkersbergsvägen that takes you back to Insikten.
Who was Vilhelm Hansen?
The walk is named after Fredrik Wilhelm Hansen, born in 1862. He was a Swedish civil engineer who led the work to complete the Olidan station and also the construction of the new waterways and locks system that was opened in 1916 and is still in operation today.