Trail section

10. Trollhättan - Vänersborg

  • Length

    16 km

  • Elevation

    63 m

  • Degree of difficulty


  • Estimated time


Jonas Ingman/

This is the Pilgrimsleden Göta River's last stage (or first if you go south), with a stretch from Trollhättan's church to the Dalbo Bridge in Vänersborg. A nice stretch close to water, via urban areas (close to good accommodation, good food and things to do) and with a breath of forest groves and exciting history - many times illustrated with QR codes. Between Trollhättan and Vänersborg also runs a long and straight cycle path that seems long and straight enough to be good for contemplation and your inner pilgrimage before you touch shopping centers and all the possibilities of modern times.

The Kärlekstigen road passes Naglum's church ruins as well as Karl's Grave - an almost 4 kilometer long canal that was built for ships could bypass the falls at Vargön along the Göta Älv River. When you finally reach Vänersborg via it, you as a pilgrim can pat yourself on the back, air out your hiking boots and have a coffee by Sweden's largest lake Vänern. To the north you will find the Dalsland pilgrimage trail. Tip is to then get to Upperud 9:9 and start your pilgrimage from here, as the route is newly marked and nice through the Mellerud forests. The industrious one makes his way towards Norway all the way to Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral. But feel free to start with Trollhättan-Vänersborg.

Welcome to the route Kärleksstigen.

Surface: Forest path, asphalt, dirt road.

Time: 3-5 hours excluding breaks.

Don't miss: "Karl's grave".

Get here: Västtågen to Trollhättan travel center, go to Trollhättan railway bridge.

Accommodation: There are no specific suggestions for accommodation along the stage, but there are many accommodation options to choose from in the digital map.

The Pilgrimsleden Göta Älv has developed in a collaboration between: the City of Gothenburg, the Association of Property Owners in Gamlestaden, Gamlestaden, Ale Municipality, Lilla Edets Municipality, Trollhättan City, Vänersborg Municipality, Västra Götaland Region, the Church of Sweden, the Pilgrims Center in Gothenburg, Visit Trollhättan Vänersborg, the Tourist Board of West Sweden and the West Coast Foundation.

16 km

63 m


How does the grading work?


  • Vandringsled
  • pilgrimsled
  • Pilgrimsleden Göta Älv




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Photographer: Jonas Ingman/

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