Swedish Heritage Sunday: Engelsberg Ironworks

2015-04-12T12:12:25+00:0012 January 2014|Road trips, Sweden, UNESCO World Heritage|

Engelsberg Ironworks

Continuing my UNESCO road trip in Sweden last August, here’s one heritage site I had never heard of until the day before I was there. Love that.

Engelsberg Ironworks, or Engelsberg Bruk in Swedish, is one of the industrial heritage sites. Unlike Røros in Norway, Ironbridge in England, or, for that matter, Falun just north of Engelsberg, this is quite a small site, easily covered in a couple of hours, or even one hour. It’s located on Åmänningen, a pretty, if slightly unpronouncable lake.

Engelsberg was founded in 1681 and is the best preserved ironworks in Sweden, producer of superior grade iron for centuries. That’s all very well, you might think. But how does that give it outstanding universal value? Well, Engelsberg developed into the world’s most modern ironworks and contributed to making Sweden the world leader in this field.

All is kept intact here: ironworks, admin buildings and residences, the whole estate. According to UNESCO:

Engelsberg is the most complete surviving example of the traditional järnbruk upon which much of Sweden’s prosperity was based in the 17th and 18th centuries. These self-contained estates comprised not only technical installations but also a range of administrative and residential buildings for management and workers, including those who worked on the associated farm.



Engelsberg Bruk

This property is a bit off the beaten path and not really close to any major sights or cities. Unless you’re especially interested in industrial history or curious about world heritage, chances are you won’t make a special journey just to see Engelsberg Ironworks. However, if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, do stop by, especially if it’s a fine summer’s day. Bonus: picnic tables and a lovely stroll by the lake.

This is part 2 of Swedish Heritage Sunday, a weekly series here on Sophie’s World this winter.

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Engelsberg Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites we’ve visited around the world.

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  1. Al-Wasl 13 January 2014 at 1159 - Reply

    looks like a beautiful place to visit!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 at 1931 - Reply

      It was a nice place to stroll and look around in summer at least.

  2. Corinne 15 January 2014 at 1125 - Reply

    Love the photos…I wanted to go to the ironworks last time I was in Sweden, but alas it still eluded me.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 at 1932 - Reply

      Lots to see in Sweden 🙂

  3. Muza-chan 16 January 2014 at 1045 - Reply

    So beautiful…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 at 1933 - Reply

      It’s a very pretty area.

  4. Mette 18 January 2014 at 1325 - Reply

    In my opinion some of the industrial UNESCO world Heritage sites can be a bit of an anticlimax. I’d heard about Engelsberg, but never had the chance to stop by. Thanks for sharing your experience and photos.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 at 1934 - Reply

      Yes, some of them are a bit underwhelming.

  5. Dan 19 January 2014 at 2117 - Reply

    Great photos. Looks like a cool site!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 January 2014 at 1337 - Reply


  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel 21 January 2014 at 0501 - Reply

    This looks like such a cute little town to visit. I love the pictures you incorporated in this post. They are all beautiful. I’m glad you had a nice time! 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 January 2014 at 1337 - Reply

      Cute and colourful 🙂

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