To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Linnaeus, an orangery has been built at Möckelsnäs Mansion (see accommodation tip) where he spent some time in his childhood. It is built in 18th century style and in season has an impressive collection of flowers and plants for being in the middle of Småland :))) I think it is their intention that you should...more
The tiny cottage where the famous world botanist (the "Flower king" who classified all our flowers and gave them latin names) was born. Apart from the house itself you can see a herb garden inspired by what Linnaeus would have had, and stroll around the fantastic meadows behind. There is also a café in summer and several cultural activities such as...more
This is the church were Linnaeus' father was the vicar. Sadly, Bishop Tegnér in the 19th century played havoc with church architecture all over the province of Småland so the church has a different look today when it is yet another "Tegnér barn" from 1830. That is not to say it is not nice (I was christened in it!) as it has a very rural and...more
Classier Swedish food with an international touch although nothing vegetarian but I am sure they would create something light to accomodate you. You can also just go for a coffee with cakes and admire the lakeside views. There is also a wine cellar where you can have a cheese selection with your wine.
Favorite Dish: The fish dishes since I am a pescatarian but if I was a meat eater I would be tempted by the wild boar.
Get out and listen to the shrieks of lonely birds across the lake and the mooing of elks and barking of deer...
The peace may sometimes be disturbed by the noise of a train on the nearby Copenhagen to Stockholm line or by one of our (or our Danish neighbours in the forest) parties but it's usually ever so peaceful :-)
To get here you can take a train to nearby Älmhult which is along the main Stockholm to Malmö line (you just have to check that you're not on a non stopping X2000). From there, catch bus 123 towards Växjö. This is not the most frequent bus service in the world though, so do check the times on the website below (add the place names to the "från" and "till" boxes).
You would not believe it but the county of Småland is full of little outlets like these: At Roxy (main road between Älmhult and Diö) you will find nice womens, mens and childrens clothes as well as some toys. All to a better price than in most city shops and there is always something on sale. If instead you turn towards Råshult nearby, you will...more
In winter, be careful as you walk on the lake - it might be that there has been too many warm days and the ice is thin. This is what it looks like when our own dark little "bay" is still icy whilst the open lake itself has given in to spring :)
Shoes for forest walks.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquitos are everywhere in summer since you are close to a lake so a good roll on or spray is good for your sanity.
Kronan is a tiny nature reserve on the Möckelsnäs peninsula, just where the spruce (or what is left of it after the great storm) gives way to beautiful beech forest. Here you can spot smaller birds of prey and various other birds, beetles and frogs. You can just walk through the more accessible parts of it by following this road - the "main" one to...more
A nature reserve where you walk (15 minutes) through the spruce forest up to a crest from which you have a great view of the large lake Möckeln below you and miles of forest. The area has been used for stone quarrying so there is also a mysterious water filled hole up there to watch out for. You can then take the stairs down to the lakeside and...more
At Kyrkviken (Church Bay) just behind the church, there is a small public beach with a jetty which is ideal if you are in a hot car as it is just off the road. If you don't want to swim there, you can always fish. Just remember to buy a fishing license from the Älmhult tourist office. It is also possible to rent canoes and paddle around lake...more
Snowy winters it is often possible to walk across the lake as here in the picture, as the ice is thick enough (never before Christmas). Just take the usual precautions such as bringing both a friend and a rope and so on, and don't go if you're inexperienced. Take particular care in the many bays and were you see signs of currents were the ice might...more
There are several places to do this and you are sure to feel that the world was created for you and you alone...:-)))
Fondest memory: Too many memories to know where to begin!