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    Karlstad Old cemetery

    by yvgr Updated Apr 23, 2012
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    If you have an intrest in old city sights I suggest you can visit Karlstads old cemetery if you plan to cross over the Old stone bridge (Östra bron) to Norrstrand. It was take in use in the year of 1800 and many prominent people from the area has their final rest here.

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    Statue of Selma Lagerlöf

    by yvgr Written Apr 15, 2012
    Selma Lagerl��f in Karlstad

    Just like in many other places in Wermland County a statue of author and Nobelprize winner Selma Lagerlöf can be found here. She never lived in Karlstad, but the city is present in several works. A statue of Selma can be found close to Karlstad's Theatre, by the seaside of River Klarälven.

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    Klarälven River

    by yvgr Updated Apr 14, 2012
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    Klarälven ("The clear river" in Swedish) is a river flowing through Norway and Sweden. Together with Göta älv, which it is called as the river has passed through the lake Vänern, thus regarded as an entity, Göta älv-Klarälven is the longest river in Scandinavia and in the Nordic countries and its Swedish part the longest river of Sweden.

    You can watch some videos of Klarälven on VT...

    These two rivers also has the largest drainage basin in the same areas, 50.229 km2 (included all the rivers that run into the lake Vänern), of which 42.468 km2 is located in Sweden, and the rest 7.761 in Norway.

    It emanates from Lake Rogen in Härjedalen, Sweden, and then passes through the Norwegian Hedmark, where it flows through the lake Femunden. There it is known as Femundelva and Trysilelva (before the nationalistic movement in the 19th century the river was called Klara even in Norway; today it is called Femundelva in the municipality of Engerdal and Trysilelva in the municipality of Trysil, reflecting strong local patriotism in Norway). The rest of the river, the longest part, flows through Värmland to ultimately discharge in a delta into Vänern at Karlstad.
    In its turn, Vänern drains then into Göta älv, reaching the sea at Gothenburg.

    The river has historically provided significant economic benefits, providing a suitable transport route for log driving, and currently is internationally recognized as excellent sport fishing waters.

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    Karlstad's Old School Museum

    by yvgr Written Apr 13, 2012
    Karlstad's School Museum

    Here you can see a large collection of educational articles. The museum's collection consists of school furniture, teaching and text materials from the early 1900s. There is also a fine collection of old school posters and reading books. Make a visit of the old school hall from the beginning of the 1900s, or in the kindergarten room from the 1950s.

    Admission about 30 Swedish Krona.

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    Karlstad's Godess of Peace

    by yvgr Updated Apr 13, 2012
    Goddess of Peace in Karlstad :)

    On the main square in the middle of Karlstad is Peace Monument, erected to the memory of the peaceful dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway 1905.

    Karlstad Statue of Liberty, shows a woman with a broken sword. It was unveiled 1955.

    The foundation is the following memorable words: Feud breeds hatred between people. Peace promotes public understanding.

    This is the statue which, among other things been named Sweden's ugliest statue in a TV program. Also called "Lady Horror".

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    The Old Stone Bridge

    by yvgr Updated Apr 11, 2012
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    The old stonebridge in Karlstad is spectacular because it's Sweden's oldest one. It's also called Östra Bron (the Eastern Bridge). The bridge is 168 meters long and has 12 granite arches and thereby Sweden's longest stone arch bridge and the work started back in 1761 and somewhat finished in 1797. The bridge was finally completed in 1811. According to legend, it took Anders Jacobsson his life by throwing herself into the river, when he felt doubts over bronze viability. Despite the dramatic story is not this truth, but Anders Jacobsson died a natural death.

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    Skutberget

    by yvgr Updated Apr 10, 2012
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    Skutberget is one of the region's major holiday resorts with accommodations in several forms throughout the year. It's also a major fitness centre. Locals come here to exercise all year around, or just walk the grounds. Golf or jogging also a possibility. Perfect for a bath in lake Vänern. Lots of nature around and camping area. There are several nice running tracks including a training track. The tracks begin at the exercise facility that also offers shower, sauna, gym, cafeteria and swimming in the lake Vänern or in an untempered pool.

    6 tracks: 1, 3.5, 5, 7.5 and 2 x 10 km 1, 3.5 and 5 km. The lights go out at 22.00.

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    The Värmland's Museum

    by yvgr Updated Apr 9, 2012

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    V��rmland's Museum - Old building

    The Värmland's Museum in Karlstad is very close to the Central Library. There are a dozen permanent exhibits that will guide you through 10 000 years of Värmland. From hunting Peoples first step in the groping soil to 1900 Century. In the separate art department, you will meet the Värmland arts. Every year, they also show dozens of temporary exhibitions. Museum has also a café and serves lunches.

    Admission: Adults: 60 SEK, youth under 25, free entry. The annual card costs 150 SEK.

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    Alster Mansion

    by yvgr Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    Alster mansion is a nice house with lots of history. One of its most famous inhabitans was the Swedish author and poet Gustaf Fröding. It's a 1800s mansion in the beautiful natural environment with views of Lake Vänern.

    The mansion is located 8 kilometers east of Karlstad, and consists of several buildings with associated manor park and close to hiking trails, beach and observation tower. In addition to a manor house cafe serving lunch and homemade cakes are a number of other activities such as gallery, mansion shop, craft shop and exhibitions including Gustaf Fröding. Guided tours! Admission.

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    Go biking on the NKIJ-track

    by Rojo72 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The start of the NKIJ track

    The NKIJ-track (Nordmark-Klarälvens järnväg) is an old railroad track that has now been changed into a bicycle/inline track paved with asphalt. The track goes from Karlstad to Hagfors, but today it's been paved to Munkfors (50-60 km north) and it is supposed to be paved in Hagfors this year (2005).

    The track starts at Kroppkärrssjön in Karlstad It goes past very rural parts of southern Värmland and some very scenic lakes and the river Klar. There are resting places to stop and have a coffee along the way and you will also pass small municpalities like Forshaga, Deje, Olsäter and Munkfors

    As it is an old railroad track it is very plain and when I biked the track two summers ago I had the best of times, I even saw an elk! When I went it was only finished up to Deje, north of that is out of my knowledge but I know it's equally scenic! Do remember to bring something to eat and drink and go in your own pace! Have fun!

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    Alster Manor

    by Rojo72 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Alster's Manor

    Alsters Herrgård, Alster Manor was the birthplace (1860) of Swedish 19th century poet Gustaf Fröding, famous for his deep, thoughtful and often dark peoms about love, but also for some very famous lyrics that have been put to music later in the 20th century.

    He had a harsh life, never any luck with love and was always somewhat mentally ill.

    The manor still stands in its original place in beautiful green surroundings a few miles from central Karlstad. I'll put some photos of it online soon!

    Open:
    Feb-April, Sept-dec: First weekend every month, sat-sun 12-16.
    May-Aug: Daily 11-18.

    Entrance fee: To the guidance of the manor on Saturdays at 14.00 hours 40SEK, the rest of the manor free of charge.

    Apart from going by car as described below you may also want to go by bicycle, there's a very pretty gravel and dirt-track path to the manor, about 5 km.

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    Water sports and road trips

    by Katrinarpi Written Feb 20, 2007

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    Since there is so much water all around Karlstad there are lots of water activities to take part of. Renting a boat and go on the river is super nice, or there are several beaches where you can go sun bathing and swimming, one in the middle of the centre by the music theatre! Another thing that is nice to be doing around here is to go on a road trip around Värmland. The landscape in this province is absolutely beautiful and there are many things to be seen. Close to Hagfors, about 1 hour from Karlstad, lies Farm Lakene which I visit all the time. There you can go horse riding, fishing, canoeing and more. Its a very cool place.

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    Grave yards

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Western grave yard

    For some reason people on vacation (me included) seem to often go to church yards and grave yards. I guess the way we bury and remember our dead says something about our society.

    In Karlstad there are two grave yeards close to the city centre, the eastern and western grave yard on the northern end of the stone bridge. The western yard was taken into use around 1800-1810 and the eastern in 1895.

    If you compare these yards to places like Pere Lachaise in Paris you'll notice how much greener and more organised the yard is here.

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    Gubbholmen

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Gubbholmen

    Gubbholmen in the eastern branch of the river is an island that was formed a few metres downstream when the Eastern bridge (The Stone bridge) was built. It is thus only a couple of hundred years old but it plays a big role in the casual time of Karlstad people. There is a walking track around the island and people use the shores as beaches to bath and tan. There is also a large space on the middle of the island for playing games, such as football or brännball (our version of baseball).

    If you feel like it you might want to bring a disposable barbeque and have a barbeque while the sun sets. The bridge forms a splendid background for such an activity!

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    Bath in the middle of the city?

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Bathing in the middle of the city

    Is it really possible to bath right in the middle of a city?! Yes, here in Karlstad the Klar river floats peacefully by and on the grass by the theatre, a stone throw from the pubs and shopping people sun bath and bath all the summer. If you're the kind of person who would be ok with bathing here this is perfect.

    And for those of you who prefer people watching; this is the spot for you too.

    There are many other areas in the city where you can bath too, Sandgrundsudden (where the museum is) is centrally located, Gubbholmen is many 5-10 minutes by foot from the centre (by the stone bridge) and if you choose to stay at the Scandic hotel at Borgmästarholmen there is a perfectly shaped sand beach 20 metres from the hotel!

    The bottom opf the river is mostly made up of sand so it's nice. Most parts of the river are very shallow; for instance today when I bathed at Borgmästarholmen I could have walked all across the river. Some parts are NOT shallow though and deep water may come quickly so take vare. And also: please remember that you're bathing in a river: currents may be strong cetrain times (although I've never experienced any current at all.

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