SECRET LAKE. The lake is notorious for its unpredictability and many's the ship that now lies on the lake bottom. One of the best known accidents happened 1918 when the vessel Per Brahe went down on a stormy November night near Hästholmen. Everyone on board died including the artist John Bauer an his family.

"The forces of nature work in a more secretive and
wonderful way on this lake than they do anywhere else"

As Olaus Magnus wrote back in the the 16 th century
The creation and importance of the canal. How was the Canal built? How did they find the money for this gigantic project? Who were the people behind this amazing scheme? You can find all the answers in the Canal Museum in Motala.



An eldorado for the motor enthusiasts.

The old customs house. Now Motala Newspaper and Vätterns fish Aquarium located in the building.
Link to: Tourist info

"Hamnkrogen" Reasturang on the Quay. Vättern Magasinet is another restaurant in the port area.
M / S Diana was built on Finnboda shipyard in 1931. Her home harbor is Gothenburg.
Diana was Sweden's last steamship in regular service. The steam engine was replaced with a 1969 diesel engine.
Like her sister ship, Juno, M / S Wilhelm Tham was built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1912. There are 25 cabins on three decks providing space for around 50 passengers. Dining room and lounge is on protection deck and bridge deck offers a covered aft deck with a perfect view.

You can go by boat to Motala Harbour from the west coast of Sweden or from the Baltic Sea, through Göta Canal 


You can find a pleasant place of your own to anchor.The Göta Canal means not only boats, but also bathing and fun for the whole family. Near Motala is the Varamon beach a place in the sun the Scandinavia's largest inland bathing with a whole kilometre of sun yellow sand.

Verner von Heidenstam the Nobel prize winner who was living by the lake in Övralid, knew his lake and was even said to be able to recognise the waves of Vättern by their sound.


Channel vessel Diana on the way to Lake Boren through the canal lock gate.
Coffee Mall Boden located at the Dockyard with AB Motala Workshop on the other side of the canal. Motala Workshop began as a repair workshop for construction of the canal in 1822 and grew in the mid-1800s to one of the country's leading industries. The area has been important for Motala purely industrial and called not entirely undeserved for "The Swedish engineering industry cradle".

On April 11, 1810 received the Gota Canal Company, under the leadership of Baltzar von Platen, courtesy of Karl XIII to begin building a canal from Mem on the Baltic to Sjötorp on Lake Vänern. Motala Works was founded in 1822 by von Platen to manufacture mechanical equipment needed for construction of the canal. Thus also began the development that would give Motala epithet "the Swedish engineering industry cradle".

Gota Canal is one of Sweden's largest construction projects.

• Charters: Karl XIII gave the right to take
• Client: Baltzar von Platen
• Construction: 1810
• Completion: 1832
• Number one: 58,000 billeted soldiers, 16 regiments
• numer: Around seven million effective numer 12 hours
• Technology: Plåtskodda tree spades
• Cost: Nine million crowns. In 1995 prices, the cost of building the canal approximately SEK 12.3 billion

A Danish sailing ships at the quay Motala Harbour traveling through the canal from Gothenburg to Stockholm.