Motala is situated on the East shores of Lake Vättern by the river Motala Stream (Motala ström) and Göta Canal.
Recent archeological excavations show that a stone age settlement was situated by Motala ström several thousand years ago. During the 13th century, the Motala Church was built on the North side of the river, probably on a heathen ceremonial and religious site. Although a long time settlement, Motala didn't obtain its town rights until the late 19th century.
The Motala Works (Motala Verkstad) was founded in the early 19th century and was Sweden's first mechanical industry. During a period of 22 years, Göta Canal was dug from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea. Motala is situated in the geographical middle of the canal and soon became the site of the canal company's head office.
During the 1920's, Motala became important in the progress of the Swedish radio network. The largest broadcasting station was situated at Motala. All transmissions started with the announcement "Stockholm-Motala", which soon became a well-known saying among Swedes.
Skavsta Airport - Used by Ryanair. Lies some 140 km North-East of Motala. A shuttle bus  (90 min) overland link between Linköping and Skavsta airport.
Linköping Airport - 40 km East from Motala. Flights almost only to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Riga and Copenhagen. There are no shuttles between the airport and Linköping central station and you need to take a taxi from the airport.
Buses leave from the Bussterminalen (Bus terminal) close to the Main Square.
Swebus Express, ☎ +46-771-218218, . Motala is on one line of the wide network of Swebus Express services. edit
The local bus company is called Östgötatrafiken . They also run the buses and trains in the rest of Östergötland and is the cheapest way to get to Motala.
It's not possible to pay cash for a ticket on the bus. You can get ticket in Quickomats and some stores. It's also possible to buy an SMS-ticket, information how to do that can be found at . The ticket is valid for a limited time so you can use the same ticket for more than 1 trip.
You can also buy a bus card. It is a magnetic strip card and you can load money in it. The advantage is that each trip fare is cheaper than the normal fare. You'll find more info about tickets and fares at 
Motala Works. The oldest industrial works in Sweden. Several 19th and 20th century industrial buildnings are still standing. In the area are museums, exhibitions, café, restaurant and hostel.
Göta Canal. Built 1810-1832. Crosses the country from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea. In Motala there are locks at Borenshult and Motala harbour. The founder, count Baltzar von Platen, is buried by the canal in Motala.
The Motala Church. Originally built in the 13th century, but rebuilt several times through the centuries.
Charlottenborg Palace, a chateau by river Motala ström. See Motala Museum below.
Systembolaget is the state owned monopoly liquor store. This is where you go if you want to buy a bottle of wine or spirits or beer stronger than approx. 3% alocohol which you can find in supermarkets.
There is one Systembolaget in Motala, close to the Main Square.
Linköping, largest town in the area, good shopping and a cathedral.
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