The cradle of Swedish industry 


In 1822, the count and admiral Baltzar von Platen established a mechanical workshop in Motala, which is considered to be the start of the Göta Canal's emergence. Today, the city is one of the canal's biggest tourist destinations, where canal travelers from several parts of the country meet.

Motala is sometimes considered the capital of the Göta Canal and offers the best of Östergötland's nature and culture. Choose between scenic and pulse-raising activities such as cycling and hiking trails or why not a paddle trip on the canal. Motala also has a large range of outdoor activities, dining experiences and accommodation that suit many different visitors.


More inspiration

If you want to find more inspiration for your Göta Canal visit, we recommend that you read our inspiration magazine.

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Nostalgia, waffles and water

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