Drottninggatan 13, Karlstad, 65225, Sweden
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Three street musicians
Horses by Klarälvsbanan
A piece of the Skutberget cliffs
The entrance to Mariebergsskogen
Travel Tips for Karlstad
Swim and sunbath
Go to the Skutberget Camping, about 7 kilometers from the city center, either by car or by bike (there is a nice bicycle path to the camping). It is a very popular place to go sunbathing, bathing and watching people. There is a small beach, but 90% of the shore is made of cliffs that make the place ideal for those who like to plunge into the water without having to walk for miles and miles in shallow water. Those who want beaches should instead go to Bomstad, described in another sports tip by me.
There are a lot of green areas here on which you can lay down and relax in the sun. There are also two beach volleyball fields and some tracks in the forest and along the waterline on which you can run or walk. If you play golf there's a driving ranch and if you like freesbee golf there's a course for that too.
There is of course also a campground here, for tents and caravans. Bathing gear, blanket and picnic basket. Oh...and bring some dark glasses...lots of chicks to watch here :p
Mariebergsskogen used to be both a small zoo with domesticated northern animals and a small amusement park, but now only the zoo remains of the two in the Mariebergsskogen Park. There are several new things to see though.
In the park there is the zoo with animals like sheep, pigs, horses, cows, rabbits and so on. Ideal for children who can pad and feed some of the animals or sometimes ride a horse and so on.
There is also a natureroom, which consists of
A) a building with an exhibtion about the river, the swamps and the woods, the landscape which is significant for the Klarälvriver delta
B) a pathway through the forest and delta area where you can relax and maybe see some animals.
The third major feature of Mariebergsskogen are several culture buildings, old buildings which have been restored and provides a nice view of how typical swedish buildings looked long time ago. It's kind of a tiny-tiny version of Skansen in Stockholm (like 1 pro-mille of it...)
You can also play minigolf, have a waffle at one of the cafées or a light meal.
Mariebergsskogen is situated in the Marieberg area, a 20 minutes walk south of the city center.
The Main gates to the park are open 7-22 all year long
"Lillskogen", the children's zoo is open 9-16 all year.
The Natureroom exhibit hall is open wednesday, saturday and sunday 10-17 September-march. In the summertime they are open 10-17 tues-thurs and sat-sun, 10-15 on fridays and closed on mondays. The entrance fee to the natureroom is 40SEK.
If you like history and if you´d like to see how schools looked like,perhaps sit at a desk or see what they used to punish the students with in the 18-19th century. A visit to the small museum in the middle of karlstad is well worth a visit
Visit the market in the square
Some of the saturdays and at least all of them during the summer months there is an open air market in the square in teh city centre. They mostly sell clothes, flowers and such but sometimes also different kinds of local specialities, for example local berry jams.
"My fav city"
I grew up in Karlstad and try to come back as often as I can, its beautiful with the river running through it and the big lake Vänern. Summers are the best I think but all year around there are things to do both in Karlstad and all around the area.