Silverringen is a cultural trail in southern Dalarna that runs through Silvberg and Säter and shows seven interesting places.Travel in time and place and follow the path of iron and silver from mine to smelting house and hammer mill.
At the places of interest, information signs tell about the history of the place. All texts are translated into English and German. Along the way there are many lakes with nice resting places, so be sure to pack a lunch bag and take on the journey.
Östra Silvberg Here is one of Sweden's oldest mines. It flourished as long ago as the 15th century, when a great deal of silver was mined. Here you will also find Ödekyrkogråden, which is a deserted church-yard where the medieval Saint Nicholas Chapel once stood. The chapel was built by the rich silver miners and was in use until the start of the 19th century.
Jönshyttan The silver ore that was extracted at Östra Silvberg's mines was smelted here. The only trace you see today are ssome smaller piles of slag. In the 17th century, pig iron was also produced here. Until 1515, the rich bailiff of the silver mine Stig Hansson lived at Jönshyttan in a large log house whose foundation stones still remain.
Silvberg kyrka Silvberg's original, octagonal church is beautifully situated on Lake Grängens beach. As the building material mainly slag chips are used, but here the walls are completely covered with plaster. The church was built in 1834 and then replaced the medieval chapel..
Grängshammar One of Dalarna's most beautiful ironworks settings with Olof Forsgren's buildings erected in shimmering slag chips. Here the coal house ruin is seen next to rushing water and lush greenery and in the foreground the ruin after the old forge.
Ulfshyttan A smelting house was built here in the 17th century and the production of pig iron continued, with only brief interruptions, until May 1939, when the last blasting took place. Here you can see the many pillars of the ruined coalhouse, built of slag.
Bispbergs gruva At this mine dating back to the Middle Ages, you will find the magnificent Vasalaven from 1889. Here you can see one of Sweden's best preserved iron mining environments.
Konsthjulet and konstgången in Sördalen At the waterfall of Ljusterån in Sördalen, which lies in the southern part of the Säterdalen nature reserve, a water wheel and a barge were built at the beginning of the 17th century. For more than 300 years, these pumps and encouragements operated in the nearby Bispberg mine. The walking beam was fully developed about 2.5 km and was in operation until 1921. In Sördalen today you can see a reconstruction of a water wheel and part of the walking beam. The wheelhouse where the water wheel stands was built in 1740.
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