Following my blog you maybe noticed a large bunch of interesting sites of the region Bergslagen forming the industrial heritage and heart of Swedens iron industry. It is said that here the wealth of Sweden was created which made it the modern state of today. Therefore it is clear that one of these sites must have found its way on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritages… this is Engelsbergs Bruk.
Sweden’s production of superior grades of iron made it a leader in this field in the 17th and 18th centuries. This site is the best-preserved and most complete example of this type of Swedish ironworks.
[UNESCO: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/556/ ]
Coming here late in the season not everything was open, so check in advance, but it is a very beautiful and calm area worth to check out in any ways. Not much lets you guess that it was a busy industrial spot. Today it is a beautiful park with historical buildings.
Right at the parking you find a very beautiful map of Engelsbergs Bruk, (or Ironworks in English).
I went first to the Hyttan (on the right of the map). This is the building in which the iron was won from the ore. This building houses the furnace and maybe you have seen this kind of buildings on other blog entries I have posted. Looks a bit like a HDR photo, but it just turned out like this…
Not far from the Hyttan you will find the bruks kontoret. This is the iron work office, the place where the paper work was done. But yes it looks more like a typical Swedish holiday house in large.
The following small building which looks more like a storage is the building holding the balance.
Hidden a little bit further is the smithy (smedjan in Swedish).
There are some more large buildings of which for sure one is the manor of the owner. It is my guess as I have seen this several times on iron works in Scandinavia.
On my way back to the parking I passed this small building. Fits beautifully into this environment.
Click on the emblem of the UNESCO to open their page about Engelsbergs Bruk and on the drawn map to open the official page of the site (Swedish only). As all links in my blog they will open in a seperate window.