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...more
Vastra Esplanaden 10-14, Vaxjo 35106, Sweden
Good for: Families
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.)
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...more
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...more
As already mentioned in my accommodation tip, Bergdala’s Wärdshus has a restaurant as well and it is the place to have breakfast when you stay with them. They also serve dinner and snacks. Monica Nystrand and her daughter Annette Hallberg are divine cooks. They write in their brochure that they only use ecological or organic ingredients which makes...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. The fish dishes since I am a pescatarian but...more
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
Like Boda, Åfors also belongs to the Kosta Group and the shop is much smaller than the big one at Kosta. But since the famous designers of the group (Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Bertil Vallien and Ludvig Löfgren) have their design studios here in Åfors, the selection in the shop focusses on their designs. In addition, the glass factory is maybe the one...more
Åfors belongs now to the Kosta group but they manufacture the design objects. Therefore a visit of the factory is very much exciting, provided they make special things. But already the equipment is interesting to see, because many steps are made with the help of machines, like cutting. I saw a special glass work in this factory (no, not how they...more