Kronobergs Län Travel Guide

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Växjö

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71,170,12

Älmhult

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8,13,0

Alvesta

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4,9,1

Lessebo

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4,27,0

Kosta

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10,73,0

Transjö

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1,16,0

Ryd

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2,11,0

Hovmantorp

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0,3,0

Bergdala

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4,31,1

Markaryd

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4,5,0

Grimslöv

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5,5,0

Granhult

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1,48,0

Boda Glasbruk

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2,69,0

Skruv

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2,1,0

Dädesjö

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1,27,0

Vislanda

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Växjö

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  • If you want night snack...

    Växjö Restaurants

    If you arrive in Växjö late in the evening and are hungry - you're in trouble. Let it be that it was early January, and a few restaurants may be closed until the spring, but the only night open restaurant I could find in the Växjö city center was a McDonalds.The hotel's (Stadshotellet) kitchen closed at 22, and even the kebab place that the...

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  • First Cardinal Hotel

    Växjö Hotels

    Backgatan 10, Vaxjo, 352 30, SE

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • New football stadium

    Växjö Sports & Outdoors

    On the 23rd of August 2012 the new football stadium in Växjö will be opened. It will be called after it sponsor, so the official name will be Myresjö Arena. It will hold 12 000 spectators, including 2000 standing. Öster will be the home team here, but the stadium is built according to Uefa rules, so also international games can take place here. It...

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Älmhult

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  • Bargains

    Älmhult Shopping

    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...

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  • Easy to reach

    Älmhult Transportation

    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...

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  • The hub of Älmhult

    Älmhult Nightlife

    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. Relaxed.

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Alvesta

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  • Kronoberg Agricultural Museum

    Alvesta Things to Do

    I have never been here since you need a car to get here (which I don't often have) and it is closed from September-April which is the time I'm mostly in the region, but since it's just a few kilometres outside Alvesta I thought I'd mention it. The museum in fact belongs to Smålands Museum in Växjö and is its historical open air museum on Småland...

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  • Hotel Radmannen

    Alvesta Hotels

    Centralgatan 2

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Catch a train and a pizza

    Alvesta Restaurants

    There aren't any famous restaurants in Alvesta town centre itself, but I've chosen Viktoria for my page because it is terriby convenient if you're waiting for a connecting train and need to eat. The pizzas are perfectly OK (I've never tried their other fast food) and staff are friendly even if it that's it.

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Lessebo

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  • Magnificent hand dipped paper factory

    Lessebo Things to Do

    I was delighted to see that Lessebo, which was on my way to the glass factories and back to my “home” at Bergdala almost every day, has not only a paper factory but also a hand dipping paper manufacturing. This hand made paper is being produced in a separate building, outside of the factory complex, which makes it easy and less time-consuming to...

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  • Beautiful hand dipped paper selection

    Lessebo Shopping

    This is a fantastic shop, located in the same building as the hand paper factory at Lessebo. They make the paper all by hand in the old machines (see to-do tip for the factory visit) and then sell it. The paper is very beautiful and comes in a rich variety. You can buy paper with little dried flowers, little fabric threads, shredded money or...

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  • Visit Lessebo Paper Store

    Lessebo Things to Do

    We visited the shop next to the Lessebo Paper Mill while we waited for the tour of the mill to start. A young women that worked in the store was making stars out of strips of paper. She showed my how to do it and when I returned home I made 5 different size stars. They are 28mm, 38mm, 54mm, 75mm and 105mm wide. Four strips of paper are needed. the...

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Kosta

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  • Kosta Hytta: the biggest glass selection

    Kosta Shopping

    Without doubt, Kosta has the biggest selection of glassware to buy in the whole Kingdom of Glass. Moreover, Kosta is not only a real Swedish village but also a tourist village. They have cottages, camping, a swimming pool of the size you find in public swimming pools. For shopping, they have a huge outlet for the glass, a separate one called Kosta...

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  • Kosta Hytta: mass tour visiting

    Kosta Things to Do

    Visiting the Kosta factory was different compared to my other glass factory visits. Maybe my expectations were too high because of their famous name or maybe they just didn’t make any exciting stuff. On the other hand, the factories are not there to entertain us but to work what is demanded and on the production plan. And if it is utility glasses,...

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  • Meet a designer

    Kosta Favorites

    The best thing to do is to visit during an "Open day" when glassblowing is shown to the public a bit more than usual. Check the website below for a calendar as then you might also get to meet one of the famous glass designers whose names are widely known throughout the World on Swedish glass shelves. They will happily talk about the work in front...

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Transjö

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    by Trekki Updated Apr 19, 2011

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    I am so grateful to Klas Nystrand of Bergdala’s Wärdshus (my accommodation) for having suggested that I should visit this glass workers! He said that they have the best of all glass work. And in my opinion they have indeed. In the meantime, I have regained a bit of knowledge about the chemical-physical background of glassblowing, that’s why I claim to be a bit in a position to judge. But for Transjö Hytta it is more than only their work, it is also the surrounding. They are located off the main road, accessible only by a small unpaved road, a river and lake next to them, surrounded by birch trees – something like a paradise! Unfortunately, they were not working (but start again in September) but this tip is about the shopping possibilities. You can buy work made by the masters Jan-Erik Ritzman or Sven-Åke Carlsson or by one of their students. As far as I could see and judge, the prices of the students’ work is equal compared to the ones of the masters, which seems good. And the students are really excellent as well. It was difficult decide which object I liked best. Given the prices, I wasn’t sure first if buying would maybe ruin me, but then I saw this vase and completely forgot about prices.. It is the vase “Konfekt” in yellow, something like love at the first sight. I loved the way, the traditional Venetian/Murano technique of millefiori was combined with a polkagris type of technique and the very vivid colours. Other really interesting glass objects were paperweights of different size and style, masks (sorry, no photo, because I don’t want to put them into trouble and see their special work being copied in dragonland…). I especially liked the ”Marina” series. It is fascinating to think about how they get the fish into the glass. I found out how they do it for some of the objects, but the majority of the work is still a mystery to me. Which is good, because that’s part of their secret and the fascination for us customers to admire the work.

    Ok, prices. As I already mentioned, they are not cheap. It is a lot of work and a lot of experimenting with the techniques, the fish for example. As far as I could see, no object was less than 1000 SEK. But it is well worth the money, because it is unique art work. And I am sure that once I watch how they work, I would even more appreciate their art, more than I already do by only visiting their shop.

    More photos of their work in my Transjö album.

    Directions:
    Transjö Hytta is located east of Växjo and south of Kosta Hytta. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward until the village of Eriksmala. Turn north (left) here at the roundabout and watch the sign “Transjö”. It is on the right side of the road, approx. 1 km off the road.

    Location of Transjö Glassworks on Google Maps

    What to buy: Update, April 2011:
    I just found a cute video in a Swedish kids' channel about Transjö's glass work. It is in Swedish, but that's not important, since it shows how two of the specific works are made, including the vases as in photo 3:
    Transjö glass work video.

    What to pay: Currency converter

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Ryd

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    by Sjalen Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    In a small croft outside Ryd in Småland, Åke Danielsson lived and worked the nearby peat moors. He also had an interest in cars and people came to him asking if they could scrap their car in his yard and he could then take what he wanted of spare parts he could salvage. Sometimes. Åke also repaired cars for people. This took more and more of his time and people came with more and more cars as it became known that Åke was a real enthusiast. In the 80s, the local environment council had objections and in the 90s, Åke was asked to remove all scrap at once due to the environmental hazard. By then, Åke was getting old and moved into a home for the elderly instead. Meanwhile, more and more people all over Sweden had discovered what a cultural heritage this had become and lobbied to make an exception to rules and let the cars stay in what had now become a cemetery. Today, a sort of compromise has been made, no cars have been taken away, but neither are there any road signs to this cultural heritage. You have to ask the locals how to get here once in Ryd. The cemetery is full of Amazons, VWs, Austins and other 40s-60s cars which stand overgrown in the middle of a forest! Best is of course if you can get there in summer when they are covered in moss. You can see many more pictures in the travelogue below.

    Car cemetery
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Bergdala

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  • Bergdala Hytta: glass dreams in blue

    Bergdala Things to Do

    Among the glass works factories I visited in Sweden in 2009, Bergdala was clearly my favourite. It is fascinating to watch the guys making the plates and cups and jugs. Or these happy angels, simple but beautiful. Bergdala is pretty easy to visit, there is no entry fee and no specific “procedure” for visitors as it is in the big factories of Kosta...

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  • Bergdala Wardshus

    Bergdala Hotels

    Before I came to the Kingdom of Crystal, I looked at several brochures about the glass manufacturer...

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  • Bergdala Hytta, the beautiful blue rim...

    Bergdala Shopping

    It is easy to fall in love with Bergdala’s simple blåkant plates (blåkant = blue rim) and dishes because of the intense blue colour. That’s what happened to me before I travelled to Sweden and that’s why shopping at Bergdala was very high on my wishlist. Already before I bought some of these, I could get an idea how it feels to eat morning cereals...

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Markaryd

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  • Plenty of Mushrooms

    Markaryd Things to Do

    There are plenty of mushrooms in the forests around Markaryd. The right season is from July to September. And everyone can walk in any forest and pick mushrooms, lingonberries or blueberries. Very nice!

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  • Peace treaty of Knared 1613

    Markaryd Things to Do

    This is the place where the peace treaty of Knared between Denmark and Sweden was signed 20 January 1613. It is said that the Danish King Christian IV himself was present and that the treaty was signed using the flat stone in front of the memorial.

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  • Old Post Office in Markaryd

    Markaryd Things to Do

    Markaryd has a long history as the southermost Swedish border station towards Denmark (until the peace treay of Roskilde 1658). The post line between Stockholm and Hamburg that passed Markaryd was founded in 1620. A post office has been located here already since that time. The building on the picutre is however younger. The post office was located...

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Grimslöv

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  • Car or bus

    Grimslöv Transportation

    Great if you have your own car as the buses aren't that frequent. Follow road 23 south from Växjö towards Älmhult. If you don't have a car, just take bus 123 from either of those two (several a day but long in between).

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  • Naturum

    Grimslöv Things to Do

    Another of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's and county council's "Naturums" exist here to tell you about the local wildlife as you have a nature reserve nearby. Grimslöv is next to a great lake system and the birdlife is special here with wetland birds as well as birds of prey - a relative even saw an eagle once! Unfortunately, egg...

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  • The museums & gardens

    Grimslöv Things to Do

    Apart from walking around in the smithy (see intro picture) and the mill, you can visit the museum of 1950s and the museum of mansion labourers (statare). It was not easy to work for next to nothing at a Swedish mansion, often from very young years and in all kinds of weather. There is also a herbal garden behind the stables and you can walk around...

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Granhult

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    Granhult kyrka (= church) is the most beautiful church I ever saw. Yes, even compared to Basilica San Marco’s glittering splendor. It is the simple beauty, the painted wooden interior, which made this little church so exceptional for me. From the outside it looks rather simple, covered all over with weathered shingles. I found the birch trees left and right of the entrance very cute, something like a welcome sign, or maybe a remains of last midsummer?
    According to the leaflet, the church was built around 1220, completely in wood. Inside it is painted all over: walls, ceilings, the chancel, the little vestry. Many of the paintings are of “newer” date (17-18th century) though, but this didn’t take away the really breathtaking feeling I had inside. The paintings on the main ceiling are depicting God’s throne in heaven (see photo). The ones in the vestry are scenes of the Old Testament, mainly Adam and Eve in paradise and Abraham’s sacrifice, painted by the artist Johan Christian Zschotzscher. There is an interesting little opening in the chancel (closed now) which, according to the information displayed outside of the church, is a hagioscope, a hole through which people who were not allowed to enter the church, either because they were sick or because they had committed a crime, could watch the mass. On the wall opposite of the altar is a little statue, of St. Olaf (of Norway) with axe and a figure below his feet. It is quite interesting to read about him on Wikipedia (see link) because it explains a lot about early Scandinavian history.

    Take your time to visit this church. It won’t be crowded, and the people who come for a visit will respect the serenity. When I was there, everyone who entered the church was speechless in view of these magnificent paintings and atmosphere.
    The church is open daily and there is no entrance fee. But it would be good to leave a donation in the little box below the St. Olaf statue. I found the sign there very much moving and it served the purpose:
    You have seen me and maybe admired me,
    I am old and fragile, please help to maintain me,
    Please put a coin in the box,
    That’s what the church’s committee is asking for. Thanks.

    If you like, you can look at the six albums below, it will give you more ideas of the church’s interior and the surroundings.

    Directions:
    From Växjö, drive northeast, direction Lenhovda. It is north of Lenhovda, on road 31, between the villages/hamlets of Vithult and Markhult on the eastern side of the road. There is a sign which says Granhults k:a (k:a = kyrka, church), but it is a white sign, not a brown one with reference to historical sights (which is do not understand due to this beauty of the church). After turning off road 31, it is approx. 1 km to drive/walk/cycle.

    Location of Granhult kyrka on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Boda Glasbruk

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  • Boda Hytta: a rooster in the making

    Boda Glasbruk Things to Do

    Visiting Boda’s factory was fun. In retrospective, this was the best visit for me. They have a huge watching area and the two glass blowers really enjoyed both, their work and “entertaining” us spectators. When I came, they have just started to make a rooster and photography was not a problem at all. In addition, it was quite bright inside, so the...

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  • Boda Hytta, similar choice as at Kosta

    Boda Glasbruk Shopping

    Of the Kosta-Boda-Afors group, this might be the most interesting factory to watch glass blowing but it has the smallest shop and thus the smallest selection of glass work. When I was there (August 2009), they had mostly objects of the Mine collection and other neutral glass ware. With neutral I mean objects which everyone might like, in contrast...

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Skruv

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  • Korpamoen

    Skruv Things to Do

    The made up setting for the Emigrant triology. No one knows where the real small holding where it all started lies, but this is the one used in stories, including ABBA's Björn and Benny's musical about Kristina.

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  • Skruf Glassworks

    Skruv Things to Do

    Not as internationally famous as the Kosta and Orrefors glassworks, yet in the same area and with the same quality. Bargains galore if you like good glass. Especially famous for their glass barometer.

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Dädesjö

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    This church is also very old of approx. the same age as Granhult kyrka (early 13th century). And I also found it (like Granhult church) through my Freytag & Berndt maps. It is one of the few remaining Swedish churches with painted wooden ceiling and plaster walls, although the paintings on the walls are quite faded. But this makes it even more fascinating because it involves a lot of imagination to find out what or who the paintings represent. According to the leaflet, they are scenes of Old and New testament. Several parts of the church have been removed in 18th century, when the new church was built and this one was used as a granary. Among the removed parts was the chancel, now only the so-called triumphal arch is left. It has two paintings which are better preserved than the ones at the wall and show Knut, patron of Denmark and Katherina of Alexandria. An interesting detail is a runic inscription below the painting of Knut. According to the information table it reads skrþe fus Sigmundes skrifaði os and means Sigmund painted us. I don’t know how many artists’ signatures in runic writing are exisiting but I think it is not many. Next to the arch is a beautiful old wooden altarpiece (it looks like one) with most probably St. Olaf (of Norway) again, because there is a figure below his feet and he seems to have an axe in his hand. But neither in the leaflet nor on any of the information table anything was mentioned about this beautiful piece.

    The church is opened all year round. No entrance fee is claimed but it would be good to leave a donation in the box. The ongoing restauration work of the wall paintings must cost a fortune!
    A little leaflet can be bought for a small fee (10 SEK) which describes the wooden ceiling pictures in detail, although in Swedish only. But it has an English and German brief description as well.

    Directions:
    Dädesjö is located northeast of Växjö. Take road 23 and turn off to the right (east) at Skåtaryd. Once you approach Dädesjö, follow the signs and turn left (north) into the little village. The little church is opposite of the new church (the new one visible through its spire).

    Location of Dädesjö kyrka on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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