Motala & Vättern Lake

It is no coincidence that Motala called Old seaport. Or Gota Kanal capital for that matter. Wherever you are in Motala, you have only five minutes to the waterfront of the Vattern lake. And always close to the activities and entertainment that has to do with water. But there is more to enjoy than sunbathing, sailing, fishing, wind surfing, building sandcastles or jogging on the kilometer-long beaches, and on land there are nice places in all parts of Motala.

Vättern is the the fifth largest lake in Europe. It is a long, finger-shaped body of fresh water in south central Sweden to the southeast of Vänern pointing at the tip of Scandinavia.

One of the etymologies for the name Vättern is from “vatten”, the Swedish word for water. This origin is, however, unclear and in dispute. It has also been suggested that the archaic term “vätter“, meaning forest or lake spirits, is the origin of the lake’s name.

Vättern magical in so many ways. The wild and beautiful environment. The clean, crystal clear water. The known and unknown sands. The stories of storms and shipwrecks. DIVINE char and shiny skating ice. In Motala, we are proud of our darling to the lake. Year round so it is in focus and gives us an active life.

It’s a mythical sea and the countryside with a diverse landscape of open plains to deep forests. You can meet Vättern at Omberg steep gorges or Domsands bright beaches. The lake has fascinated many throughout the ages and legends of underground channels and immeasurable depth is something that continues to fascinate.

Vättern is today drinking water to over 200 000 people and the water is actually so clean that you can drink it straight from the lake. If you look down into the water, you might also struck by how deep you can see and how clear bottom appear. Secchi depth in Vättern extends down to 17 meters. It is a cold, deep lake, the annual mean temperature 7.8 C and the average depth is 40m. Since it takes 60 years for all the water in Vättern to be replaced, the Vättern sensitive to pollution and means that we must protect the lake and its unique values.

Around Vättern eight municipalities in four different regions. Visingsö is the largest island in Lake Vättern boasts a history that kings island, where the ruins today testify to its heyday. Straight through the lake is also the route of the canal – Sweden’s blue ribbon. The canal flows in or out, depending who you ask in Motala and then continues in Karlsborg. Karlsborg’s also Sweden’s reserve capital and Motala is often referred to as the canal’s capital.

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