The towns’ very beginnings lie hidden deep underground. Since the 1970s, however, it has been aiming high with two world-class ski jumps. Falun is a town of contrasts – including a Swedish idyll of Bullerby as featured in Astrid Lindgren’s children’s books. The first mention of the town dates back to the 11th century in connection with a copper mine at Tirkesjoberg. Falun received its town charter in 1641.
Gütersloh and Falun became twinned in 1994. The contact came about because both of them are twin towns of Grudziądz.