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Lac Vättern

Lac Vättern (Sweden)

Practical information about Lac Vättern

  • Encounters with locals
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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours 30 minutes from Gothenburg by bus.
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Lac Vättern

Catherine Derieux Travel writer
8 travel articles

The Vättern, whose name probably comes from the word "vatten", "water" in Swedish, is the second biggest lake in Sweden and the fifth biggest in Europe.

My suggestion:
Make sure you bring suitable clothing for the time of year when you go to Lake Vättern. Changes of season can be very fast and pronounced there. One day, the opposite bank is invisible due to fog, and the next, it's bright and sunny.

I first came across the vast stretch of Lake Vättern from the bus, letting it unravel before my eyes, its water smooth like a mirror. I went down to Gränna to take a ferry to the big island of Visingsö. It was there that above all I was able to see the famous Lake Vättern with its water that's so pure that 240,000 people drink it daily.

Almost deserted in the winter months, Visingsö Island livens up on sunny days. Many Swedes actually have second homes there. The ideal destination for those who love to meet the locals therefore. But also for those with a thirst for nature. I really liked walking in Visingsö, the water of the lake is visible from every side to the narrowest places on the island, its thousand colours and reflections varying with the light of the day. I went for walking, but others prefer cycling or even horse riding.

View over Lake Vättern from Visingsö island