Welcome to Trollhatten
Trollhättan was founded along the river Göta Älv at the mighty Trollhättan Waterfalls. The city offers a rich history and many exciting nature experiences. Here you can experience when 300,000 liters of water per second are released into the riverbed, hike the beautiful landscape of Älvrummet, follow the ships on their journey along the lock system of Trollhättan or experience the history of Saab, and have fun together with the whole family in the popular Innovatum area.
The Mighty Waterfalls and Locks
The Trollhättan Waterfalls and lock area offers exciting experiences for both young and old alike. During the summer months you can see when, during specific times, the gates open and the mighty Waterfalls roar once again (2021: Due to current restrictions, the release of water in the falls are cancelled until further notice, read more here). Today, the water in Göta Älv is used for two hydropower plants in Trollhättan and the oldest, Olidan’s hydroelectric station, can be visited during the summer. Here, guided tours are offered. Near the waterfalls you will also find the King’s Cave, Trollhättan’s own guestbook for royal visits to the area throughout the last centuries.
For many people Trollhättan is also known as Trollywood thanks to Film i Väst which has its film studio here. Several major Swedish and Nordic movies have had scenes filmed in Trollhättan and Vänersborg, so when you walk on the streets of our cities you may recognize a site or two. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to visit the film studio, but for those of you who want to experience some star power you should visit Storgatan in the city center of Trollhättan. Like in Hollywood a Walk of Fame show you the movie stars who have visited the city.
The Trollhättan City Center
The city center of Trollhättan is beautifully located near Göta Älv. Here you will find several smaller streets full of shops, restaurants and cafés and if you spend time on Drottningtorget (the market square) or walk along the pedestrian street Kungsgatan, you will discover a wide range of shops and eateries. This is also where you will find Folkets Hus Kulturhuset (the culture center which also houses the city library), where there is always something going on. On first Wednesday of every month, in the city center of Trollhättan, there is an open-air market with many stands where you can find almost anything that your heart desires. In the northern part of the city center is Arena Älvhögsborg located with its indoor swimming pool and summer outdoor pools.