Industrial history in beautiful surroundings
Welcome to one of Sweden’s oldest industrial sites; a beautiful, unique environment with a works railway and historic buildings housing a smithy, a foundry and a wood pulp mill for manufacturing paper. Here you can see a works environment with a history stretching over 600 years, where unique buildings and fascinating exhibits tell us about metal crafts, technology and life in an industrial community. The paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II, which now sails on the Göta Canal and the large lakes, has her home port here as does Kafé Ada in the old miller's house.
At the end of the 1970s all production came to a halt at AB Forsviks Bruk and the buildings slowly started to decay. Renovation of the works was started in 1983 and in 1987 the Foundation Forsviks Bruk Industrial Memorials was formed with the aim of conserving, preserving and bringing the unique industrial environment to life again. Forsviks Bruk is now run by Västarvet - Sweden's largest administrator of natural and cultural heritage.
Forsvik is located by lake Viken's outlet into Bottensjön, ten kilometers from Karlsborg on the shores of lake Vättern.
A living works
The newly renovated works is like a living museum where you can see people working in the smithy and foundry and watch progress at Forsviks Shipyard. The old foundry is now an exciting stage for theatre and music and the other buildings are used for exhibitions and course and conference activities, among other things.
Information and opening hours
In summer 2017, Forsviks Bruk is open every day from 15 May to 30 June and 1 August - 15 September between 12.00 - 18.00, and 1-31 July between 10.00-18.00. On Midsummer Eve we are closed. Forsviks Bruk has free admission!
Forsviks Bruk is open throughout the year for booked groups, conferences, courses, seminars, and so on. We also serve coffee for groups. A guided tour for booked groups costs SEK 60/person, minimum price SEK 900.