Architecture municipality Karlstad

Karl­stad is the Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and thus takes first pla­ce for the third year in a row. The Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year award high­lights the muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es that manage to com­bi­ne good con­di­tions for deve­lo­ping archi­tectu­re with mana­ging the housing sup­p­ly and ambi­tions to redu­ce cli­ma­te impact.

Karl­stad is Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and has thus won the award three years in a row. The suc­ces­ses are explai­ned by a very good judg­ment from the archi­tects’ asso­ci­a­tion, whi­le Karl­stad is in a good posi­tion in terms of con­struc­tion pace, rou­ti­nes and legal compliance.

Varmlands_museum1_ Erik_Martensson

Värmlands Museum

The muse­um is housed in two buil­dings whe­re the oldest was built in 1929, desig­ned by Cyr­il­lus Johans­son. The newer muse­um buil­ding was com­ple­ted in 1998 and is con­nec­ted to the old one by a gla­zed pas­sage. The archi­tect behind the new red hep­ta­go­nal buil­ding is Carl Nyrén. Sand­grundsud­den is also a fan­tastic excur­sion des­ti­na­tion in itself with the muse­um park’s lar­ge green are­as, a lovely playground, the City Lib­ra­ry and two museums wit­hin wal­king distance.

New ope­ning at Värm­lands Museum
On June 1, 2019, Värm­lands Muse­um reo­pened after an exten­si­ve reno­va­tion. The museum’s visi­tors can now enjoy com­ple­tely new exhi­bi­tions, cre­a­ti­ve works­hop, child­ren’s exhi­bi­tion, futu­re lab, shop, audi­to­ri­um, restau­rant and café.

10,000 years of Värm­land history
Värm­lands­liv is an exhi­bi­tion about people’s lives in the lands­cape over 10,000 years. Star­ting from today’s Värm­land, we move through histo­ry. We tell about peop­le who lived in dif­fe­rent times and with dif­fe­rent con­di­tions. The exhi­bi­tion shows objects, pho­to­grap­hs and works of art from the Värm­lands Museum’s col­lec­tion. Many of them have never been shown befo­re. The­re are swords from the Midd­le Ages, Sto­ne Age axes, exqui­si­te crafts­mans­hip from the 18th cen­tu­ry and much, much more.

Let the child­ren fan­ta­si­ze fre­ely in the new play exhibition
In the new play­room you can meet Ing­er and Las­se Sand­ber­g’s many figu­res and sto­ri­es. Bake a cake with Litt­le Anna, watch as Pow­der fix­es fish, visit Gomor­ron­sol Cast­le with Laban the Ghost and peek into Long Uncle’s hat. Both child­ren and adults also have a pla­ce in Tum­mens’ cozy rea­ding corner.

Dining expe­ri­ences and gift shop
As food is also part of the cul­tu­re, the restau­rant Mat­bru­ket is loca­ted in the newly built restau­rant sec­tion when you feel like somet­hing to eat. The­re you can easily indul­ge in eve­ryt­hing from a smooth cup of cof­fee to an exci­ting feast. In the very popu­lar muse­um shop you will find, among other things, Värm­land han­dicrafts, books, fun gad­gets and lots of fun for the children.


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.


Alster Herrgård

Alsters herrgård — Gustaf Frödings minnesgård

Gustaf Frö­dings min­nes­gård i natur­skön mil­jö med utsikt över Vänern, 8 km öster om Karlstad.

Als­ters herr­gård, Gustaf Frö­dings min­nes­gård, är en 1700-tals­herr­gård i vac­ker naturmil­jö med utsikt över Vänern och är mest känd som dik­ta­ren Gustaf Frö­dings födel­se­hem. Den kän­de och folk­kä­re skal­den föd­des här 1860. Här finns café och restau­rang, i flyg­lar­na finns buti­ker, gal­le­ri och utställ­ning­ar. På huvud­bygg­na­dens över­vå­ning finns en utställ­ning om Gustaf Frö­ding som kan upp­le­vas om man föl­jer med på en av de all­män­na vis­ning­ar­na som dag­li­gen erbjuds. I den vack­ra ute­mil­jön runt herr­går­den och herr­gårds­par­ken finns natursti­gar och vand­rings­le­der i vari­e­ran­de längd.

Als­ters herr­gårds­café pro­fi­le­ras av svensk hus­mans­kost och hem­ba­kat kaf­fe­bröd och erbju­der dag­li­gen både kaf­fe och lunch under sommarsäsongen.

Väst­ra fly­geln är ett slöj­dens hus där det på ned­re plan finns en hög­kva­li­ta­tiv slöjd- och hant­verks­bu­tik med noga utval­da slöj­da­re. På övre plan finns för­e­ning­en Läns­hem­slöj­den i Värm­land som visar utställ­ning­ar och har kursverksamhet.

I Öst­ra fly­geln hit­tar du en herr­gårds­bu­tik med fram­förallt Frö­ding­lit­te­ra­tur men ock­så sou­ve­ni­rer, mat och hant­verk. I fly­geln finns ock­så ett konst­gal­le­ri som pre­sen­te­rar oli­ka utställningar.

Under som­ma­ren arran­ge­ras oli­ka pro­gram som musik, dans, tea­ter, före­drag och lyrik­upp­läs­ning. Mest upp­skat­ta­de är höst- och jul­mark­nad med värm­länds­ka pro­duk­ter inom slöjd och livsmedel.


Gamla Kraftstation i Deje

Spectacu­lar indust­ri­al buil­ding from the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry which is now a cul­tural mee­ting pla­ce for art and music or just a cof­fee bre­ak in a dif­fe­rent environment.

Next to the roa­ring Deje­for­sen in Kla­räl­ven is the Old Power Sta­tion from the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. The indust­ri­al roman­tic buil­ding is today a fasci­na­ting cul­tural are­na with 11 meter high ceilings and much of the ori­gi­nal inte­ri­or remai­ning. The uni­que art gal­le­ry is in the cen­ter and here a lot of cur­rent con­tem­po­ra­ry art is dis­play­ed. You expe­ri­ence exhi­bi­tions with both bre­ad­th and depth in vari­ous tech­ni­ques and expres­sions of both established artists and new talents.

In the orga­nic Culi­na­rum Café, Värm­land fla­vors are ser­ved, baked and pre­pa­red accor­ding to the sea­son and based on the con­cept of rustic with fines­se. During the sum­mer you can enjoy food, wine, cof­fee and ice cream in the lush gar­den that over­looks the mag­ni­fi­cent Klarälven.

At regu­lar inter­vals, musi­cal events are orga­ni­zed through the ven­tu­re The Gam­la Kraft­sta­tio­nen Music Club. For tho­se who want to cre­a­te in a cre­a­ti­ve envi­ron­ment, the­re is the Makersta­tion whe­re, from time to time, lea­der-led works­hops and cour­ses are offe­red. In the small shop, you can always buy your own Make your own kit and cre­a­te on your own — here on site or to take home. The shop also offers fine pro­ducts such as teas, honey, jam, choco­la­te, books, arts and crafts, etc.