Tällberg is a small village in Dalarna, in Leksand municipality. It is well known for its traditional midsummer (midsommar) celebration, which is listed as one of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" in the famous travel book of the same name.
Tällberg traces its historical roots to the middle ages, and is mentioned in written sources as early as 1320. The name comes from the Swedish words "Tall", which means pine tree, and "Berg", which means mountain, and translates into "the pine covered mountain".
In the early 20th century it became a summer residence of several notable Swedish cultural figures, including the artists Gustaf Ankarcrona, Ivar Nyberg and Gabriel Burmeister, the mathematician Gösta Mittag-Leffler, as well as the composer and director Hugo Alfvén. In 1914 Tällberg Train Station was constructed, facilitating communications and thereby consolidating Tällbergs status as a tourist destination. In the 1920s the village consisted of some 50 farms, and a dozen typical Dalcarlian villas.
Today the village has some 200 permanent residents, plus another 400 holiday cottage owners. The village has remained a popular tourist destination with eight hotels and guesthouses, offering a total of about 1500 beds, and servicing a quarter million visitors annually. It is one of few places in Sweden which only consists of traditional wood buildings, most of them painted in the classical Falu red color. Between 2005 and 2013 it hosted the annual international conference Tällberg Forum.
Tällberg StationConstructed in 1914. From the nearby railway hub Borlänge numerous trains head for Tällberg. Trains connecting Mora with Stockholm and Uppsala also stops in Tällberg, making it possible to travel to and from the Swedish capital without any transfers. Trips from Mora and Borlänge lasts 30 to 40 minutes, while a train journey to Stockholm takes some 3 hours and 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the national train operator SJ.
Dalatrafik is the regional traffic company, and operate bus 274 between Tällberg Station and Leksand. The trip lasts some 20 minutes and costs 33 kr.
By car route 70 carries traffic south towards Leksand, Borlänge and Västerås, and north toward Rättvik and Mora. Just north of Tällberg it intersects with route 69, which continues east towards Falun.
MidsommarMidsummer is the biggest event of the year in Tällberg. During the celebrations two major midsummer poles are decorated with wildflowers, pine tree and grass. One of them is erected at Majstångsplatsen in the center of town during Midsummer eve, while the other is erected att Holens Gammelgård during the following day. Throughout the day there is plenty of entertainment with games, dancing and traditional Swedish folk music.
Tällberg HalvmarathonA half marathon, or "21 km" running competition.
LissjulA major winter celebration with Christmas Fairs, traditional Swedish Christmas food and folk dancing.
Eat and drink
phone: +46 247 502 65address: Siljansvägen 479A café and lunch restaurant, located in the same building as the Tällbergs Hemslöjd craft store. While their specialty is waffles, they also offer pies, sandwiches and heavier meals like pizza.
phone: +46 76-76 77 800address: Holgattu 32One of Sweden's oldest coffee houses, established in 1935. They offer several types of lighter meals including pies, sandwiches and waffles.
phone: +46 247 891 00address: Tällgårdsgattu 21A spa and hotel. The main building was built in 1910 as a private residence for mathematics professor Gösta Mittag-Leffler, but the adjacent Solleröstugan dates back to the 16th century. It has been used as a hotel since 1944.
phone: +46 247-502 60address: Siljansvägen 456Originally a farm, turned into a craft center in 1937, and expanded into a hotel in 1960. It is notable for its many cultural events and activities. Parts of the facility is still used as a craft shop under the name "MittiByn".
phone: +46 247-512 00address: Tällbergsvägen 28Built as a private residence in 1934. Between 1951 and 2015 it was owned by "Postpersonalens semesterförening", a vacation organisation for Swedish postmen! Since 2015 it is owned by the international hotel chain First Hotel. Offers a sauna, spa, gym and an indoors pool.
phone: +46 247 502 50address: Ovabacksgattu 17Built as a private residence for assistance of the mathematician Gösta Mittag-Leffler. During World War II it was used as a children's guest house, and since 1947 it has been used as a hotel. Offer pools, saunas an outdoors gym and a private art collection.
phone: +46 247-25 44 44address: Sjögattu 36It was used as a private residence until 1915, when it was rebuilt into lodge for school children who lived to far away from the village school. In 1928 it was turned into a hotel and guest house. Its listed loft sheds has been dendrochronologically dated to 1333 and 1507. The hotel experienced a major renovation 2010-2018.
phone: +46 247- 508 50address: Holgattu 1It has historically been used as the village school, and as a vacation home for employees of the Swedish dairy producer Mjölkcentralen. Their hotel restaurant Johanssons is listed as the best restaurant in Tällberg in the national restaurant guide White guide.
phone: +46 247-502 90address: Vår Herres gattu 28This was a private residence that was turned into a hotel in 1935 by the two sisters Långbers. Offer massage, spa, saunas and a gym.
phone: +46 247 508 00address: Sjögattu 2The oldest farm house in the village. It traces its roots back to the 15th century, and has been owned by the same family for at least 22 generations! One notable resident was Gatu Erik Ersson, leader of the 1743 Dalcarlian Rebellion. In 1910 it was rebuilt into a hotel. It has a spa and a hotel restaurant listed in the national restaurant guide White Guide.
phone: +46 247-513 10address: Sjögattu 38A camping site on the shores of Lake Siljan. Open from the first week in May until the first week in October. The camping reception offers a small café.