Stop: Lidl, Ulricehamn and 7 minutes walk.
As early as 1870 there was a well-visited bathhouse by lake Åsunden in Ulricehamn. Since then, several bathhouses have been demolished and rebuilt and after many years of hiatus, Ulricehamns Kallbadhus has been located since 2008. Here you can swim in the lake all year round and warm up in the sauna if you need to. It is also possible to book an appointment for a massage and on Fridays and Saturdays the restaurant is also open. A 40-minute walk inland is Lassalyckan, a municipal sports and outdoor facility with training facilities for all seasons. There are tracks and trails, artificial turf pitches, ice rinks, boules courts and much more.
Image: Pricca Studios/Westsweden.com
Glasets hus, Limmared
Stop: Limmared station.
In the old glassworks town of Limmared is Glasets Hus, which offers a variety of activities on the theme of glass production. There is a museum with glass from four centuries and the art gallery displays current exhibitions by exciting glassblowers and artists. In the glass hut you can watch today's glassblowers work and if you want to try the profession yourself, there are opportunities for that as well. There is also a café with a conservatory that offers coffee and lunch. Right next to Glasets Hus there is an activity park for children and young people with, among other things, trampolines, cable car, climbing opportunities and parkour park.
Photo: Jonas Ingman/Westsweden.com/Glass House
Nordens Ark and Åbyhällen, Sotenäs
Stop: Nordens Ark.
Beautifully located right next to Åbyfjorden is the zoo Nordens Ark. There are about 80 species and breeds from different parts of the world – everything from snow leopards and Amur tigers to linden red pigs and red litters. Some of the animal species today are so endangered that they would disappear if zoos did not preserve them. Around the zoological park is the Ecopark, which is a project to recreate the open and species-rich landscapes of the 1700s. Here you can walk along the 4.5 kilometer long Ekoparksleden trail that also passes one of Bohuslän's most impressive rock carvings – Åbyhällen. There are about 80 figures from the Bronze Age and nearby there are also stone chamber tombs and settlements from the Stone Age.
Photo: Marie Mattsson/Nordens Ark
Stop: From Norra Hamnen in Strömstad to various stops on North or South Koster.
The Koster Islands, consisting of North Koster and South Koster, are a natural paradise located in Sweden's only marine national park. On the islands there are no cars, but here you can best get around by bike, which is available for rent in several places. There are also several nice hiking trails. In the vicinity of Långegärde are Kosters Gardens. Here, organic food is served on home-grown ingredients and concerts, exhibitions and guided tours of the garden are organized. In Ekenäs on South Koster there is Naturum – an exhibition about the sea where there is also a petting aquarium. Don't miss the viewpoint at Valfjäll, Kilesandsstranden and the snorkel trail at Rörvik.
Photo: Åsa Dahlgren/Westsweden.com
Cycle along the Göta Canal
Stop: Sjötorp, Mariestad.
The old gravel road along the Göta Canal is one of Sweden's most popular cycle paths. In the past, oxen that drew sailboats walked through the canal here, today it invites you to cycling for the whole family. The road is car-free, has almost no slopes and there are several rest areas. The bike ride can be divided into different stretches of different lengths. Sjötorp is a good starting point and it is also possible to rent a bike. Along the way, you'll pass canal communities with restaurants, cafes, and museums. It is also excellent to walk along the road and the stretch Sjötorp–Tåtorp, of 35 kilometers, then takes around eight hours – just enough for two or three day stages.
Photo: Åsa Dahlgren/Westsweden.com
Playground town Trollhättan
Stop: Trollhättan Resecentrum and about 5 minutes walk to the Macken playground.
In Trollhättan, the children are never bored. There are lots of playgrounds here and some stand out a little extra. The city's themed playgrounds all have a close connection to Trollhättan's history. At the Macken playground, Roy and Rogers mack have been given new life. When you have finished mechanizing the cars, it is only a short walk to Glass-Oskar's mini playground in the middle of Kungsgatan. Skrotnisse's playground with both treehouse, outhouse and scrap theater is nicely located out on Spikön. A little further south, between the river and the canal, is Vattenkraften's playground where you can play with pumps, rapids and locks as well as in a 15 meter long whale.
Photo: City of Trollhättan
Not Quite, Fengersfors
In the Dalsland mill town of Fengersfors, a disused paper mill has been transformed into a vibrant cultural center teeming with creativity. In the beautiful brick buildings, a place has been created for artists, craftsmen and designers and their workshops and studios. There are art galleries, gallery, shop, café and bistro and exhibitions, concerts, guided tours and workshops are arranged. The cozy café is open all year round while other activities for the public usually run from May to September.
Photo: Kajsa Kax/Westsweden.com
Canoeing in Dalsland, Bengtsfors
Stop: Bengtsfors bus station
Dalsland has one of Europe's most beautiful lake systems and it is perfect for paddling. Many lakes are long narrow, which means that you get even closer to the magnificent nature. A good starting point for the adventure is Bengtsfors, where you can also rent canoes. In Nordmarken's lake system, there are then over 100 campsites that anyone with a nature conservation card can use all year round. You can also combine the paddle ride with cycling trolley on old railway tracks in the wilderness. Paddle one way and cycle back, or vice versa!
Photo: Roger Borgelid/Westsweden.com
Textile Museum, Borås
Stop: Borås travel center and then about 8 minutes walk.
Borås is the heart of the textile industry and it is therefore quite obvious that one of the Nordic region's leading textile museums is located here. At the Textile Museum you can explore and experience textiles in all its forms and take part in lots of activities and exhibitions. The award-winning permanent exhibition Textil kraft talks about the importance of the textile industry then and now, from the transformation of industrialization to today's innovation environments. The Textile Museum is part of the West Swedish textile and fashion center Textile Fashion Center.
Mösseberg outdoor recreation area, Falköping
In the large outdoor area Mösseberg in Falköping, there is plenty to do all year round. At the exercise center, which is a good starting point for most of the activities, there is a free sauna and Skogssjön right next door has a nice swimming area. From here you reach several exercise and bike trails as well as a nature trail that, among other things, takes you to an adventure forest. In the area there is also a wilderness playground with obstacle course and lots of nice barbecue areas. From the stop it is just a short walk to a tower with a fantastic view of Falköping and to the zoo where you can greet everything from mini pigs and rabbits to fallow deer and gute sheep. If you come here in the winter, there are both cross-country trails and a ski slope – Mössebergsbacken.
Photo: Falköping Municipality
- Published 2022-11-18