The city came to be when the inhabitants of another city, known as Nya Lödöse (New Lödöse) where left homeless after the Danish troops burned their city to the ground. The city was granted its Royal Charter in 1619, 2 years before Gothenburg. Somewhere between this period and today they gained popularity for their fika. Today there are 26 different types of fika in Alingsås.
Some of the most important sights in Alingsås include: Gräfsnäs castle, Nolhaga Slott, Steamboat Herbert and Anten-Gräfsnäs Railroad. Gräfsnäs castle is one of the most famous caste ruins in the area. The site includes a park, a playground for the kids, a café and a beach. The beautiful 19th-century castle Nolhaga Slott has a lot of fun activities to offer, including the beautiful park, small zoo and aqualand with a spa. Steamboat Herbert can take you to the lake Mjörn and the island Risön, the place that has its own national anthem and a president. Anten-Gräfsnäs Railroad is 12 km long site worth checking out, there is also a museum a at the station.
If you intend to visit the city, make sure to get a guided Fika tour, to learn more about the history of fika in the city, as well as taste the fika in several cafes around the city.