Scandic Karlstad City
Drottninggatan 4, (formerly Rica Hotel), Karlstad, Vaermland, 65224, Sweden
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The pillars and a part of the stone bridge
The fountain in the city garden
Me at Skutberget in April 2005
Travel Tips for Karlstad
Lake Vanern is the largest lake in Sweden... It's located between Karlstad and Trollhattan in the lower part of Sweden.
We visited it one day and the boys had a go at fishing...of course, Fredrik caught a fish within seconds of putting his hook in the water! What luck!
Fishing in the river
Fishing in Sweden is rather regulated but actually not that hard around Karlstad. Fishing in "nedre klarälvens fiskevårdsområde" (Lower Klarälven's fishing regulation area) is free all the way up to where E18, the motorway crosses the river at Borgmästholmen in Karlstad. From the road downstream you may fish with handheld gear or from a boat with maximum two gears.
Fishing for salmon or salmon trout is prohibited from May 15th to October 20th.
For the area north of the road (which is where you'll PROBABLY be wanting to go...unless you head for the delta south of the city you'll need a fishing permit. The can be bought from the tourist information office for example, as well as the Scandic Winn hotel downdown and some other places. 40 SEK a day.
The map beside here is a map of theregulation area. As you can see a rather large area is free of charge.
Oh...and don't litter or keep more fish than you can eat! Fishing gear!
Take a boat ride on the Vänern Sea
During the summer months there are a couple of different businesses that run tours on the Vänern Sea. One of the boats you can go with is m/s Vestvåg, originally built as an ice-breaker by Motala shipyards in 1885, but rebuilt many times since then and today run as a tourist cruiser by Tillsjöss AB.
M/s Vestvåg can carry 73 passengers and has daily tours from June 22nd to August 22nd 2004.
There are two cruises day-time each day, one at 12 noon and one at 3 PM and the tours takes 1 hour and 45 minutes approximately. The price is 80 SEK/adult and 50 SEK/child. No meals or beverages are included but can be bought on board.
On thursday evenings at 6.30 PM during the above mentioned dates there is a special cruise in which a full meal is included. The cruise is called S.O.S-cruise after the swedish Smör-ost-sill, butter-cheese and herring. There is a nacho buffet to begin with and then on to the herring (3 different kinds), new potatoes and other typical swedish dishes. I don't know the length of the cruise but it costs 280 SEK/adult and 160 SEK/child.
On wednesday, friday and saturday evening there is a shrimp cruise at 6.30 PM. Same price as the herring cruise.
The cruise boat starts at the Inner harbour, just behind the Löfberg Lila coffee tower.
Admire the Tingvalla Gymnasium
The Tingvalla Gymnasium is the building to the east of the main Square. It has an impressing front towards the square but is equally nice architecturalwise from the opposite side so take a while to walk around the complex if you want to.
The gymnasium now houses the upper secondary school of TIngvalla and is one of five such schools in Karlstad. The students here are aged 15/16 to 18/19 and study theoretical programmes, such as Social science, economy, languages et cetera.
All though you're not supposed to I think you may enter the building if you really want to.
Get a feel for the Inner harbour
The inner harbour is one of my favourite places during the summertime. It's primary purpose is to serve as the city's guest harbour so if you arrive by boat it is here you will stand on Karlstad soil for the first time.
It's also from here that the tourist ferries/cruises in the Väner sea start, but neither of these two things are why it's popular with me and other people. No; it's because there are two very nice pubs/restaurants in the first store of the harbour, Ankdammen and another that I'm afraid I don't know the name of. You can sit here and have a beer overlooking the boats and people. Najs! :)
For one week in the end of July each year (almost every year at least) There's the Harbour festival in the inner harbour. Bands playt from stages and there are about 10 or 15 different places to eat and drink then. Ususally there are some kinds of entertainment for the younger ones too, such as inflated jump castles and such.
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