Getting to Trollhattan

Getting there, not just with a Saab ...

Update December 2013

If you come by ferry to Malmö or over the Öresund bridge to Sweden, then the way first leads to the north in the direction of Gothenburg.

So that the journey is not too long, we recommend a stopover. At the exit 49 near Heberg and half way there is the Laxbutiken as a recommendable stop. Fresh, delicious salmon is offered reasonably priced, Norway is around the corner. The restaurant is bright, friendly and the food just typically Swedish. A menu for foreign visitors is available at the cash desk.

Welcome to Sweden: Delicious salmon in lax butiken
Welcome to Sweden: Delicious salmon in lax butiken

You do not go wrong if you order the daily menu - which of course is always a salmon variation. Strengthened, we then set off for Gothenburg.

Landvetter Airport
Landvetter Airport

Arrival via Landvetter Airport

From my home base it is only a stone's throw to Gothenburg via Frankfurt Airport - Rhein-Main. The flight time is less than 2 hours, and Landvetter is a small, manageable airport. The approach over Gothenburg and the picturesque coast is worth more than just a look and a nice introduction to the beauty of the Scandinavian country.

There is really something going on in Landvetter only during the peak season, otherwise it is a charming airport with the advantage of short distances. The usual car rental companies are opposite the terminal, and the only weak point of getting there by plane is that there are no Saab rental cars. But that can change!

Exit with the Schwedenfaehre Kiel
Exit with the Schwedenfaehre Kiel

Arrival by ferry via Kiel

Another alternative is the ride with the Sweden ferry from Kiel to Gothenburg. You sleep on board and arrive relaxed in Sweden. No matter which route you choose, in the middle of the Volvo city of Gothenburg you drive on the way towards Trollhättan past the old Saab transmission plant.

Former Saab gearbox Gothenburg 2011
Former Saab gearbox Gothenburg 2011

This piece of Saab history is still standing in the middle of Volvo city. 2011 still had Saab advertising on the roof, although the building had been empty for a long time.

Former Saab gearbox 2012
Former Saab gearbox 2012

Meanwhile, the property is sold and will probably fall 2014 finally the wrecking ball. A new hotel building is to be built on the site.

Former Saab transmission plant December 2013
Former Saab transmission plant December 2013

Almost free drive to Trollhättan ...

In Gothenburg you have the choice, the journey over the scenic E45, the Inlandsvägento continue or to choose the more bland and further way via the E6 to Uddevalla.

For the E45, the lights are now almost on "free ride". In the course of the "Trollhättan package" the Swedes broke through the rocky ground for the 4-lane development of the European route, build new stations and build the tracks double lane in the direction of Trollhättan. These investments, still decided at GM times, should keep Trollhättan interesting for investors. Except for a small section you now have free travel and saves a lot of travel time. Unfortunately, the redevelopment reduced the appeal of the route, but you just can not have everything.

No matter if you choose the E6 or E45 as a route ... Transients, who always orientate themselves in Gothenburg in the direction of the north, ie Oslo, get through the second largest city in Sweden.

If you choose to travel via Uddevalla, you can also make a stopover with a laxbutik. What is especially recommended if you have arrived by plane and want to forget the on-board tasting as soon as possible. The restaurant in Ljungskile is clearly visible from the highway and is located on a small lake. In summer you can start on the terrace with a good salmon menu style authentic in the Swedish holiday.

On the way to Trollhättan you can visit the Saab specialists speed Parts visit in Uddevalla, where until the summer 2013 there was a small Volvo assembly plant, which is now history. Speedparts has accessories for our brand that does not exist in Germany. Since the shipping to Germany is quite expensive, a recommended thing. From Uddevalla, the E44 is well developed, you meet the E45 again and you are fast in Trollhättan. With every kilometer in the direction of Trollhättan the Saab density rises significantly.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

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