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Rättvik

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Rättvik [1] is a city in Dalarna. The municipality has some 11.000 inhabitants.

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By plane[edit]

Rättvik is situated 48 kilometers from the airport in Mora. There are no transfer buses from the airport to Mora, so your options for travel to Rättvik are taxi, bus or rental car. There are no shuttle buses to the city center of Mora, so a rental car or a taxi are your best options to get to the city center of Mora. Taxi is a pricy option, but there are a number of local taxi companies like Morataxi [2] or Monalis Taxi [3]. Another option is to take a taxi in to the center of Mora and then catch bus 132 of Dalatrafik [4] taking you to Rättvik. For rental cars from Mora airport, some of the major car rental companies like Avis, Europcar and Sixt have offices in Mora.

By train[edit]

The easiest way to reach Rättvik is by road or by train. It's about three and a half hours from the capital Stockholm and about half an hour less from Arlanda, Stockholm's major international airport. Railway tickets can be bought at the website of the Swedish railway company SJ [5].

By bus[edit]

Bus is in general the cheapest way of reaching Rättvik from other cities, the biggest intercity bus company is Swebus Express [6]. Another good option is Masexpressen [7], running between Stockholm and the major towns of Dalarna. Both companies offer free WiFi onboard air-conditioned coach buses.

Get around[edit]

Rättvik, being a small town of just a few thousand permanent residents, is very walkable. The beaches, the downtown area and some accommodation options are all within just a few minutes walk. However, other hotels and some sites of cultural and natural interest are a few kilometers away from the central parts of Rättvik. For those places, the regional bus company [8] offers bus service to many of the areas outside of Rättvik's downtown area as well as many of the smaller towns nearby. Renting a car is also an option, where companies like Hyrbilen [9] and gas stations like OKQ8 [10] offer rental cars in Rättvik.

See[edit]

Rättvik is located on the shore of lake Siljan and has a long history of tourism. In 1894, Sweden's first tourist hotel was built in Rättvik. It is still today a popular town for spending a summer vacation.

  • Rättvik is home to the longest pier [11] in Scandinavia - it's quite long! Lots of benches and places to fish or dangle your feet.
  • Rättvik's church has been built in stages starting the 1200s, with the latest additions to the building made in 1793. It is beautifully located standing on the lakeshore. It has some nice carvings inside and a well tended garden surrounds the church making for a nice and quiet walk.
  • Vidablick [12] is a 28 meter tall tower standing on top of a hill overlooking Rättvik and the larger lake Siljan region. From the observation deck of the tower, at 352 meters above sea level, there are stunning views over Rättvik and the lake. On a clear day, the mountain tops of northern Dalarna are visible, some 165 kilometers away.

Do[edit]

  • There are lots of walks to do in the surrounding forests and on top of the hills overlooking the town and the lake. The Tourist Center [13] located by the train station can provide helpful maps. These are well signed and although the paths are boggy in places there is some planking over the worst bits.
  • Soak up some sun on the beaches surrounding the pier.
  • Rättvik is also home to the long-established Classic Car Week, which takes place in late July each year. This event draws around 100,000 serious car enthusiasts and affiliates, and events are organized around the theme all week.
  • A summer toboggan operates in the summer season. Toboggans can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour on the twisty run. The views from the toboggan over Rättvik and the lake are included in the price.
  • Mini golf is available next to the lake near the train station and also in some of the camp sites around the outskirts of the town such as Rättvikparken.
  • Canoe and kayak rentals are available from several companies and camp sites. More information is available from the Tourist Center [14].

Buy[edit]

Rättvik is well-known for its traditional handicraft. Beyond the ubiquitous Dalahorse Rättvik is also known for the "mörksugga", a mythical being often used to scare children, is found in most handicraft shops. Rättvik and the surrounding areas also have strong traditions of producing hand-made ceramics.

  • Rättviks Hemslöjd [15] sells locally crafted products and has exhibitions of local folk costume.
  • Handslaget [16] sells handicraft articles, such as ceramics and clothes.
  • Bleckogården [17] has exhibitions of their artwork, some of which is also on sale.
  • Mikaela Willers [18] sells hand-made pottery in nearby Vikarbyn.

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