Trosa is the city by the sea that begs to be explored. Start the day with a lovely stroll along the Trosaån River and the delightful wooden buildings from the 20th century. The river once provided an important connection to Lake Mälaren, making Trosa a major market town. Today, the Trosaån River is used mainly for fishing and recreation.
Commerce, however, is still an important part of Trosa. The selection is rich and varied, with personal and unique shops that make the town full of life all year round.
From fishing village to tourism destination
For a long time Trosa’s main industry was fishing and the town had a significant fishing harbor for a long time. During the First World War, the east coast’s largest fishing fleet was still located here. For several centuries, the harbor was the pulse of the whole area in terms of shipping. Before the arrival of the railway with a station in Vagnhärad in 1913, it was easiest to ship everything via the harbor.
During the 1800s, fishing decreased in importance to completely cease at the end of the 1870s. It was replaced with a fishery of modern types with a home harbor in Trosa.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the city instead began to gain a solid reputation as a summer town and seaside resort.
Today there is a spa at Trosa Stadshotell. The building became a hotel as early as 1872. That was Trosa began to become a popular summer seaside resort. The hotel and its park formed the center of the bathing society’s (tourists) social life in the early 1900s.
Did you know?
In year 1900, 682 people lived in Trosa, the same year 300 summer tourists came to the town.
Today, almost 15 000 people live in Trosa municipality.
Lunch, coffee, and dinner in Trosa
After a pleasant stroll along Trosaån River and shopping, you might be hungry. How about a wonderful picknick? You can buy food or fika from one of the cozy restaurants or cafes. Find a spot in the flower park down by the harbour and check out all the cool boats while enjoying your picknick. If you’re lucky, you can sit down on one of the cosy sofas along the river and do some serious people watching. You may even spot a boat or a kayak glide by.
For swedish “fika”, try the divine “Trosabakelsen” (pastry) at Trosa stadscafé or Tre Små Rum Kafé & Konditori.
Wide range of activities
Do you like ice cream? During summer, you can enjoy great homemade ice cream from “Trosa Gelato” near Trosa Square or Henkes glass at Östra Hamnplan. Visit an exhibition at one of our galleries. End the afternoon with refreshing beverage and stimulating conversation in one of our many restaurants.
Challenge someone to a round of adventure golf at Trosa Parkgolf or bring your kids to the skatepark. You can also visit the lovely Gallerian Trosaporten, featuring a fish cart, shops, and a florist, as well as everything you can imagine in health and beauty. Not far from here is Trosa Aktivitetspark, with 7 high-altitude courses and ziplines.
Trosa for the whole family
Stop by Garvaregården to see how people in Trosa used to live. This place has lots of fascinating things to see. After all, the town is more than 400 years old. On the other side of Tropsaån river, not far from here, is the fun playground Spindelparken (spider park, but there are no spiders, only a big web that children can climp in), where the adults can rest their legs while their young ones climb the exciting big web.
Down in the harbour is a large lawn and another playground where restless kids can run around and play. You can also bring your own ball and play beach volleyball.
In the harbor sheds you can find artisanal crafts and clothes, as well as several lovely restaurants. Trosa really does have something for everyone, both young and old.