Mariebergskogen & Naturum

A city park forever

Marie­bergs­sko­gen has an inte­re­s­ting histo­ry. When Dr. Con­rad Höök pas­sed away in 1896, his sis­ter Ebba Tref­fen­berg was the only heir. Ebba found in the bequests a note that Con­rad wan­ted Marie­bergs­sko­gen to be dona­ted to the city in exchange for a gua­ran­tee for its futu­re stock and care. The sis­ter wro­te a let­ter of gift to the city of Karl­stad so that the forest could be saved for futu­re gene­ra­tions. The ope­ning took pla­ce with pomp and cir­cumstan­ce in 1925, whe­re the idea was to cre­a­te an open-air muse­um with cul­tural buil­dings and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to celeb­ra­te vari­ous holi­days. Even­tu­al­ly, a dan­ce flo­or and an open-air thea­ter were built, which beca­me very popu­lar. Each time lea­ves its mark on Marie­bergs­sko­gen — Karl­sta­d’s city park, now and forever.

The Open Air Museum

During indust­ri­a­lism, old tra­di­tions had to give way to new values ​​and ways of thin­king. In order to pre­ser­ve the cul­tural buil­dings, Wil­helm Welin, Värm­lan­d’s Antiqui­ti­es and Muse­um Asso­ci­a­tion, sug­ges­ted that a Värm­land Skan­sen should be cre­a­ted and in 1925 the open-air muse­um was inau­gu­ra­ted. The­re are now vari­ous cul­tural buil­dings here — from farms and cot­ta­ges to cha­pels and sheds. The wind­mill, the weat­her saw and the grist­mill feel more cur­rent than ever and pro­vi­de an inte­re­s­ting ang­le with a histo­ri­cal per­specti­ve on rene­wab­le ener­gy. Marie­bergs­sko­gen is fil­led with pla­ces that show and tell about what it was like in the past. On a trip with the Con­rad Höök train you will find out more, or read the signs on the buil­dings during your own walk and feel the wings of history.

The animal park Lillskogen

Swe­dish land breeds of all kinds live in the zoo. Cows, poni­es, pigs, goats, sheep, rab­bits and ducks await your visit. The hens run free and splash in the gra­vel on the stab­le hill. And in the spring you have the chan­ce to see the new­born baby ani­mals. Lill­sko­gen is open eve­ry day, all year round.

Naturum Värmland

Curi­ous about natu­re? Take a look into the natu­re cen­ter loca­ted in the midd­le of the Kla­rälvs del­ta with water and forest right insi­de the knot. Here you can hear the myste­ri­ous sounds of fish, feel bear fur and learn about our most com­mon birds. Or watch a film about the ani­mals in the Värm­land forests. We arrange natu­re walks and lectu­res and always have vari­ous tem­po­ra­ry exhi­bi­tions going on. Natu­rum Värm­land is open eve­ry day, all year round.

The forest

The forest in Marie­bergs­sko­gen is somet­hing out of the ordi­na­ry and it changes cha­rac­ter depen­ding on the weat­her, sea­son and time of day. We hear the song of the black tit in the spring gree­ne­ry and see the squir­rels play­ing among the mighty pines in the sum­mer. Autumn offers the autumn colors of blue­ber­ry rice and in win­ter we enjoy the hoar frost on win­ter tre­es. The area has high natu­ral values ​​and is cared for in a way that focu­ses on bio­di­ver­si­ty. The­re are a lot of dead tre­es that are allo­wed to remain as vital habi­tat for many small insects and birds. In order to spa­re the sen­si­ti­ve forest land, it is good to stay on alre­a­dy trod­den pat­hs when hiking. From the forest, you can walk furt­her out across the open coas­tal meadows.

The beach meadows

Marie­ber­g’s beach mea­dows offer expan­si­ve views. Gra­zing cows cre­a­te habi­tat for tuf­ted whip and mea­dowlark. In sum­mer, we see the osprey diving and among all the sha­des of green of the mea­dow, you can see stand-lysing and torch flo­wers. Fog and frost in the reeds offer beau­ti­ful motifs at the col­der time of the year. Around the beach mea­dows runs a three-kilo­me­ter hiking trail that offers adven­tu­re over logs and sto­nes. The­re you can see bea­ver tracks. You can also choo­se to walk just under a kilo­me­ter on Lil­la run­da, which is paved and whe­re the­re are a few ben­ches for a momen­t’s rest. You can get to the bird tower’s first flo­or with a whe­el­chair and pram.


A cul­tural-histo­ri­cal envi­ron­ment is cre­a­ted around Marie­ber­g’s manor with kit­chen and orna­men­tal plants we found in price lists, plant and seed cata­logs from Karl­stad around 1920–1935. At Spik­går­den, the 19th-cen­tu­ry cot­tage from Nor­ra Finn­sko­ga, we are today showing roses that have existed for a long time in Värm­land and Dalar­na toget­her with app­le vari­e­ti­es and peren­ni­als. In the Lek-träd­går­den, the sen­ses are tick­led on the the­me of music, lite­ra­tu­re and art with exci­ting play in beau­ti­ful green rooms. In the play forest the­re is Hybe­le­jen’s mill among tre­es and green small hills. In the midd­le ripples the fountain whe­re an ice rink is washed in win­ter. In the Child­ren’s kit­chen gar­den, you can see cul­tural­ly inte­re­s­ting kit­chen plants from Karl­stad, such as the pea “Nis­se på Tom­ta”. Feel free to come and look at the plan­ta­tions and let your­self be inspi­red. Check back often, and you’ll see it grow and thrive.

A pleasant park

Marie­bergs­sko­gen is loca­ted just over a kilo­me­ter from the cen­ter, by one of Karl­sta­d’s many Väner­viks. It is a full 78 hecta­res and the natu­re trail around the beach mea­dows is approx­i­ma­tely 3 km.
In order for Marie­bergs­sko­gen to be a plea­sant park for eve­ry­o­ne, the­re are some simp­le and impor­tant rules of thumb.


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