Vadstena is the second medieval town on the Göta Canal for those travelling on classic passenger boats.
On the popular Sweden cruise of the Göta Canal shipping company between Göteborg and Stockholm, a stop will be made in Vadstena, where local guides will welcome you at the boat and show you the castle, town and monastery church.
The guest harbour also accommodates many leisure boats and adjacent caravan pitches. More and more canal travellers prefer to follow the blue ribbon with their motorhomes through Sweden.
Vadstena shares a long history with the Göta Canal
Even before the Göta Canal was built, the expectations of the population and business community in Vadstena were high. Outside the large trading houses in Stockholm and Gothenburg, there was nowhere along the canal the interest in shares greater than in the surroundings of Vadstena.
Gustav Vasa's massive castle in Vadstena was completed in 1620, but left to decay for several hundred years. During this time the castle was used as a grain and brandy warehouse.
With the construction of a harbour in Vadstena, the castle's warehouses were connected to the canal traffic. It was not until the end of the 19th century that the castle of Vadstena was restored and the grain and spirits storehouses turned into archive rooms. Now the Regional Archives are housed in the castle and preserves large parts of the history of the Göta Canal.
The construction of the Göta Canal created Borghamn
South of Vadstena, at the foot of the Omberg mountain, lies Borghamn, whose quarry flourished in the 19th century with the construction of the Göta Canal (1810-1824).
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Borghamn limestone quarry was acquired by Baltzar Von Platen at the expense of the canal construction. The port of Borghamn was built in 1810 to transport the stones to Motala. For each of the 58 locks, 400 m2 of limestone was delivered to Motala by barges. Some of the ships have sunk and can be seen through the clear water of Lake Vättern deep down at the bottom, when one skates over the transparent ice in winter with cross-country skates.