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About Anundshög

Anundshög is located at Badelundaåsen about five kilometers east of Västerås. The ancient environment around Anundshög is magnificent. The large burial mound itself is mentioned with its name as early as the middle of the 1300s, when things were held on the site. Anundshög is Sweden's largest burial mound and is probably erected during the 9th century.

The region Västmanlands main crossrads
The Badelund area was an important gathering place during prehistoric times. The village was a cultural center for the whole of western Mälardalen and one of the hubs of trade during the Viking Age.

The Badelundaåsen stretches from the Siljan district in the north to Nyköping in the south and on the old "national road" on the ridge's back one of the most important trade routes of the time. When the people of the Viking Age traveled between the agricultural countryside on the Lake Mälar coast and the forest countryside in the north, they followed the road on the Badelundaås crest.

In Badelunda, the ridge road reached Lake Mälaren. Here the ridge was crossed by the east-west riding path on the northern side of Lake Mälaren, which the kings followed on their Eriksgata.

Without comparison, this was Västmanland's most important road source in prehistoric times. The area was a center of power during the Iron Age (500 BC to 1050 AD). Medieval writings tell that things were kept at the pile. Here people from the countryside met to resolve legal disputes. What is now arable land was at that time adjacent to the shores of Lake Mälaren and the road from east to west of the country.

The Anundhög area and the Badelundaåsen area are therefore today one of Sweden's largest and most exciting ancient sites.

Listen to the story

Badelunda nature and culture trail is a walking route with glimpses of the area's history, from ancient times to the 20th century. You can listen to read stories through audio guides.

Link to the audio guides.

Anundshög – ett tusenårigt maktcentrum