Here it is, pride of place in the square. I quite like the way he studies a flower but you see it better in my intro picture.
Carl von Linné (Linneus in English) who categorised plants, was born in Råshult north of Älmhult. Today, the croft has been rebuilt after a fire but is standing almost in the same site, just a different angle. Outside, you will find a herb garden and beautiful meadows and there is an ongoing project to farm the land around Råshult in an old manner. Summertime there is also a café nearby and you can go swimming in nearby Lake Såganäs. The midsummer celebrations are usually nice with folk music and demonstrations of hay making. If you want to see the church where Linneus' father was a vicar, you have to go back towards Älmhult and you will find Stenbrohult where I was baptised :-) The chuch was rebuilt in the 19th century during a church modernisation then sweeping the south of Sweden but is still nice and there you can also swim just below it.
At least that's how it seems at Taxås Klint. Dramatic cliffs you don't want to fall down and this marvellous view of Lake Möckeln and miles and miles of forest (especially after the 8 January 2005 Great storm which means you now have views northwards too!). Excellent to take a brisk walk up here with a "magenbitter" after a heavy Christmas lunch...:-))) You can also continue the stairs down the steep cliff to the lakeside and still get out by the manor you set off from. The top used to be a stone quarry so it's not the most child friendly place but you get a great walk in a nature reserve and below the cliff you find the most amazing stone piles from the quarry. There is also a good chance to see birds of prey. More pics on my Stenbrohult page.
I have actually never been here as we have enough partying going on in our cottage once we see each other again, but this is probably the main venue for weekend live music and a reasonable pint. Not that there is much competition. They are not always open so if you want to make sure, call ahead.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
Älmhult is on the main line Copenhagen/Malmö to Stockholm so it couldn't be easier to reach as long as you make sure the trains stop (see second picture of the long straight track for the high speed trains that do not). There are only a few high speed X2000 trains that stop and that is actually thanks to lobbying by IKEA. Direct local trains to Copenhagen/Malmö as well as north to other places in Småland are reasonably frequent though and you can change in the nearby railway hub of Alvesta if you come from Stockholm.
From Växjö, the county capital 60 kilometres to the north, you can catch the not that frequent 123 bus for lack of direct trains (that too involves a change in Alvesta if you want the train).
People from county Småland are known for being economical and being the home of IKEA, that's obviously your first port of coal, and here it has a "bargain basement" where things go for a pittance as long as you can get it home or need a spare leg to some sofa. But there is more to shopping here. I for once find lots by just going to the local ICA supermarket Maxi just outside the centre and get odd CD:s, cheap wellies, outdoor games or whatever I might need that can be surprisingly hard to find in bigger cities. It is so conveniently gathered here :) Being in county Kronoberg of course also means that those of you who want to splash out a bit more can find gift shops with local glass and lots of moose souvenirs.
Drive to Diö, 10 km north of Älmhult and turn towards Höö where signposted. The small nature reserve consists of several small islands in Lake Möckeln but the biggest is Höö itself with living farm life. Nice and peaceful with grazing cattle and oldfashioned haymaking. Bring a picnic :-)