The Best Things to Do in Southwest Sweden
Collected by Marie Oskarsson , AFAR Local Expert
The plains and fields of Southwest Sweden—known as Västergötland—are filled with farms and various industries, but the province also played an important part in early Swedish history. This part of the country was inhabited long before Christianity was introduced, and visitors will find rune stones, prehistoric graves, and remnants Viking life in the area.
Spikens Fiskehamn 1, 531 99 Lidköping, Sweden
Lake Vänern is the largest lake in Sweden and so wide from shore to shorethat it is sometimes called an inland sea.The Kålland peninsula onitssouthwest shore is home to Spiken, a picturesque fishing village, andthe impressive Läckö Castle. The...
Kinnekulle, 533 94 Hällekis, Sweden
The Kinnekulle area on the south bank of Lake Vänern is a paradise. Home to 18 nature reserves, the unique geology and chalky soils provides the perfect growing conditions for plants like ramps, ivy and various rare species like...
Spinnerivägen 1, 448 51 Tollered, Sweden
Thirty minutes east of Gothenburg you’ll find Nääs Fabriker, aformer cotton mill turned restaurant, studio, designer shop and hotel, perfect for visitors who want to find interior design, fashion, art and great food all in one place. Among the...
Bankgatan 3, 441 30 Alingsås, Sweden
Some 20 minutes fromGothenburgby train, Alingsås isknown for its well-preserved wooden houses and narrow streets, but first and foremost it is the capital of fika, the Swedish ritual of a coffee break, usually taken along with a cinnamon bun. The...
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