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The Best Things to Do in Southwest Sweden

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.
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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...
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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...
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Bangatan 1B, 544 30 Hjo, Sweden
The town Hjo (pronounced “yo”) on the western shore of Lake Vättern is small-town gem with many well-preserved 17th-century wooden buildings. During the Middle Ages, it played an important role as connection between the...
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ÅSLE TÅ 1, 521 91 Falköping, Sweden
History is often told by the prosperous and successful, but just outside Falköping, you'll find a small collection of crofter’s cottages and an open-air museum that reveals the poverty and hardship of the people who lived in them...
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532 73 Varnhem, Sweden
This museum is on the site of one of the most important places in Swedish history and it gives visitors a vivid taste of Viking life. Cistercian monks came to Varnhem in the 12th century and built the Varnhem Abbey. The ruin...
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Skaraborgsvägen 3, 506 30 Borås, Sweden
Modern day Borås, east of Gothenburg, has successfully made the transformation into a creative hub. Since 2008, with the controversial investment in the 30 foot tall bronze statue of Pinocchio called Walking to Borås by Jim...
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Göta kanal, Sweden
The largest constructionproject in Sweden, the canal wasbuilt from 1810 to 1832to connects the west coast and the east coast of the country. The 120-mile Göta Canalhas 58 locks and enabled Sweden toship cargo from Gothenburg to Stockholm without...