Until the end of the 19th century, Borlänge was a small village. In the 1870s, the village became a stop on the new railway connecting Falun and Ludvika, and around the train station a service and industry city emerged. The most notable among the Borlänge industries were Kvarnveden paper mill and Domnarvets Jernverk steel mill. In 1900 Borlänge had grown to some 4,000 inhabitants. The city remained heavily industrialized until the 1970s, but today the majority of Borlänge's population work in the service sector. Borlänge's modernist city centre was voted the ugliest in Sweden in a 2018 popular poll.
- Borlänge turistbyrå (Borlänge tourist office), Sveagatan 1, ☏ .
The town is easy to reach. The road network is excellent and the only time to expect traffic jams is at 16:00 when most people head home from their work. There is also a railway station and an airport.
- 1 Dala Airport (BLE IATA). Flights to Borlänge go from Gothenburg and Malmö, tickets can be booked online at AIS Airlines. The local bus 1 operates between the airport and central Borlänge.
Borlänge is an important railway hub, tickets can be bought at the website of the Swedish railway company SJ.
Tåg i Bergslagen operate the regional trains connecting Borlänge with, for example, Mora, Falun and Örebro. While tickets can be bought on board, it is usually cheaper to purchase them via the national train operator SJ.
Bus is in general the cheapest way of reaching Borlänge from other cities. Tickets can be found at the website of Swebus Express (Available in english).
Dalatrafik operate the regional bus network.
Getting around by car is easy and parking not too hard to find. The bus network covers the entire town and the villages outside. A ride inside the towns borders costs 30 kr for adults.
- 1 [dead link] Jussi Björling Museum (Jussi Björlingmuseet), Borganäsvägen 25, ☏ .
- 2 [dead link] Ornässtugan, ☏ . An old timber-house dating back to the 16th century. The soon-to-be Swedish king Gustaf Vasa hid here after the Stockholm Bloodbath, when he was the last remain of the Swedish noble the Danes sought to eliminate. Guided tours are available.
- 3 2047 Science Center (Framtidsmuseet), Jussi Björlings väg 25, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa Su 10:00-15:00. A children-oriented science and learning center. Adults 100 kr, children 60 kr, with an additional 45 kr fee to see the planetarium.
- Go skiing in the Romme Alpin. Modern ski facility some kilometres from Borlänge downtown.
- [dead link] Peace & Love. Attracting some 50,000 attendants in 2011, Peace & Love is one of the largest pop music festivals in Sweden, offering both Swedish and international acts. Held annually in July.
- 1 Kupolen. The largest shopping mall in the province with over 80 shops and restaurants. Since 2013 there's an IKEA next door making the area quite irresistible for Dalarna's shoppers.
- Borlänge city. Merchants in central Borlänge struggle to compete with the lure of Kupolen, but there are shops, restaurants with food from many cultures and several coffeeshops.
- Dala indiskt kök, Stationsgatan 13, ☏ . Weird interiors but great Indian food.
- Coco Thai, Vattugatan 2, ☏ . Nice choice for Thai cuisine.
- American Take Away, Hagavägen 13, ☏ . Not just takeaway, despite the name. American style pizzas, don't miss the mouth-watering El Taco with guacamole and sour cream!
Younger people go to S2, located opposite of Stationsgatan 1, or Flamingo for dancing. If you want a pub with the real local feel you should check out Engelska. It's kind of a dive bar and populated by a diverse bunch of people. Bolanche, above Stationsgatan 1, is the place for people in the ages 25-30 while Liljan, in the Liljan "galleria" on the park side, is the place for the more mature. If you like rock you may want to head to The Rock House, opposite Flamingo, although it's usually kind of deserted. And as always it's easiest to ask the locals were to find these places.
- 1 Best Western Gustaf Wasa, Tunagatan 1, ☏ .
- [dead link] Borlänge Vandrarhem, Tjärna Allé (2 km (1.2 mi) north west of the train station), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. A hostel operated by the Swedish Tourist Association.
- Buskåkers Gästgifvargård, Buskåkersvägen 5 (10 km (6.2 mi) south of central Borlänge), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 700 kr for a single room, 800 kr for a double room.
- [dead link] First Hotel Brage, Stationsgatan 1-3 (By the train station), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotell Kupolen, Kupolen 111 (Inside the eponymous shopping mall), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 800 kr for a single room, 1050 kr for a double room.
- Hotell Saga, Borganäsvägen 28, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Quality Hotel Galaxen, Jussi Björlingsväg 25, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 2 Scandic Borlänge, Stationsgatan 21-23, ☏ .
In an emergency always call 112.