Walking the Göta Canal, Birgitta-Path (Birgittaleden)


Beautiful walks of one, two or three days duration? Experience both nature and culture in the East Götaland countryside and along the Göta Canal. Begin in Motala. Let yourself be pampered by a little luxury, you can enjoy your walks followed by wood-fired sauna!

The Guesthouse host takes care of breakfast and the evening meal as well as transports so that you can enjoy your walks.

You can choose how many days you want to stay and walk. Do you want to book a one-day passenger boat trip or a cycle tour? We will arrange it!

Choose to start the walk from Linköping or sleep well the first night at the guesthouse STF Borensberg and begin the walk the next day.

Alternative walks:

Tour 1

Vreta Kloster (Vreta Cloister) – Borensberg, 20 km

You begin in Linköping or Vreta Kloster, which is the starting point for the walk. Experience Göta Canal's impressive Berg Staircase Locks, the largest in Sweden. Along the way you walk past Ljungsbro, famous as the Cloetta Fazer chocolate outlet, the Boat and Toy Museum, Brunneby Musteri with delicious jams and juices as well as the Hydropower Centre near Näs.

Tour 2

Borensberg – Lönsås – Ekebyborna 16 km/Birgitta's Udde (Birgitta's Point) + circa 5 km

After enjoying a lovely breakfast buffet and collecting a packed lunch, you begin the first section along the Göta Canal. There are two alternatives: to go via Lönsås to Ekebyborna, the small community where the blessed Birgitta lived for several years. You can also add 5 km and walk on to Birgitta's Udde, where the remains of Birgitta's original farm Ulvåsa are to be found. The road winds through the beautiful East Götaland countryside and passes the present Ulfåsa Castle.

Tour 3

Ekebyborna – Birgitta's Udde – Motala, 14 km

From Ekebyborna you walk via Birgitta's Udde to East Götaland's lakeside town of Motala. For the first part of the trip you are in the middle of the country, after which you can experience a real lakeside town!

Tour 4

Motala – Vadstena 18 km

From East Götaland's lakeside town to the Pilgrim Centre Vadstena. The view out over Lake Vättern and the winding road through the countryside demonstrates how beautiful East Götaland is. The finale today will be the Pilgrim Centre Vadstena!

You can combine this trip with full-day trips from Klosterleden (The Cloister Path)!

Book online

Contact information

Göta Travel Center
Kanalvägen 17

Phone: +46-14140820
Mobile: +46-761850911
Booking: +46-14140820

E-mail: info@gotatravelcenter.se
Website: http://www.gotatravelcenter.se

Opening hours

For advance booking open all year!

Price information

4 people sharing 2 double rooms

Double room in Guest House: SEK 779 ppn*

Apartment with own bathroom/kitchen: SEK 999 ppn*

Price for 2nd and subsequent nights

Double room in Guest House: SEK 654 ppn*

Apartment with own bathroom/kitchen: SEK 799 ppn*


STF Members get SEK 50 discount

Supplement for 2 people + SEK 50 ppn*

*ppn = per person per night

Public transportation



Overnight stays including sheets and towel

Breakfast buffet

Evening meal

Lunch pack


Maps and directions


(Bus-card for) Transport to the starting point and/or from the pick-up point is extra. From SEK 70 – SEK 350/person depending on the day trip and the number of people.


Combines well with cycle or boat tours.

Last booking day: 2 weeks before the trip!


By car: From RV34, take exit Borensberg (south) follow the signs to Göta Kanal. At the lock, north side, turn in by the little park, follow the signs to “Vandrarhem Glasbruket”, continue on the gravel path nearest to the canal between the Göta Hotel and the canal, after 1 kilometre you will arrive at the Glasbruket. Free parking!