Karlstad Things to Do

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    Get a feel for the Inner harbour

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 9, 2005

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    The inner harbour is one of my favourite places during the summertime. It's primary purpose is to serve as the city's guest harbour so if you arrive by boat it is here you will stand on Karlstad soil for the first time.

    It's also from here that the tourist ferries/cruises in the Väner sea start, but neither of these two things are why it's popular with me and other people. No; it's because there are two very nice pubs/restaurants in the first store of the harbour, Ankdammen and another that I'm afraid I don't know the name of. You can sit here and have a beer overlooking the boats and people. Najs! :)

    For one week in the end of July each year (almost every year at least) There's the Harbour festival in the inner harbour. Bands playt from stages and there are about 10 or 15 different places to eat and drink then. Ususally there are some kinds of entertainment for the younger ones too, such as inflated jump castles and such.

    The guest Harbour of Karlstad
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    The Elm block

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 9, 2005

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    The Elm block was one of the very few areas to survive the fire in 1865 and hence it is there that you will find the prettiest buildings in the city centre. It block is strategically located next to the river so it's a nice stroll for half an hour or so around the houses.

    ��lvgatan, the Elm Block
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    Start of the fire 1865!

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 9, 2005

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    It was in the early morning of July 2nd 1865 that the fire that would destroy almost all of Karlstad started.

    To my recollection it was in a bakery the fire begun and spred rapidly over the city to the chimes of churchbells. When the fire was extinguished only 9 of all of the city's lots were undamaged by the fire. One of them being the Bishop's residence. The church had damages to its roof and outer walls.

    When you go sight-seeing I think you should pay attention to this discrete corner of the city center. It's the corner between Drottningatan and Östra Torggatan that housed the Bakery some 150 years ago. Today there's a sign on the wall saying it was here that the fire started and what parts of town survived. The sign is only in Swedish unfortunately, but you can see it below the Stadium sign in this picture...

    WHere the fire started in 1865
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    Sola i Kallsta

    by Rojo72 Written May 4, 2005

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    "Sola i Kallsta", "The sun in Karlstad" pronounced in the local accent was a servant girl in an inn in Karlstad. Her real name was Eva Lisa Holtz and she lived 1793 to 1828. Her nice, happy temper earned her the name "Sola" and later on in her life she also owned her own Inn.

    There is a sculpture of her placed outside the Stadshotellet and Bishop's Arms pub. If you stroll by on your way to Sandgrundsudden for example you should take a look at the statue, which has been there since 1985.

    Sola i Kallsta

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    Värmlands museum

    by Rojo72 Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    *** For immediate publication:
    The Museum of Värmland has been elected "Museum of the year 2005" in Sweden***

    As mentioned on my home page the Museum of Värmland is one of the more famous attractions in Karlstad. It consists of two buildings, the older one very old and the new one built in the 1990's. There is an aisle indoors between the two.

    In the new building you will find the standing exhibition of the history of Värmland, called "I the herule" after an scripture mentioning the herules "I am the herule, I write runes" or something like that. The exhibition covers all of Värmland's history from the oldest mesolithic and neolithic stone age to today. You will find stone axes, bronze swords, old garments and some things from a typical home in Karlstad or Värmland in the 1950's or so, just to mention a very few things.

    The new Building also hosts all "come and go"-exhibitions, different from month to month.

    In the new building you will find the art exhibitions.

    Entrance is 40 SEK per adult.

    The museum seen from the southeast
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    The campus area

    by Rojo72 Written Apr 16, 2005

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    The campus area is really nice these days. most students live in students apartments or in the neighbouring "Kronoparken" residential areas, and just opposite to the University and the Library is "Studenternas Hus", the house of the students, where there are study localities, a pub, training facilities, a shop etc etc. A nice place to hang out and cram!

    Studenternas Hus
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    Visit the University

    by Rojo72 Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Karlstad University is one of the youngest universities in Sweden, but that's only due to the fact that there are two different kinds of universities here, "Universities" and "high schools" (which are universities, not american high schools). When I started studying here in 1991 there was about 4500 students here, nowadays it's over 10000.

    The university library is newly built and well worth a visit too. It's located on the court of the University, to the left in the picture.

    A part of the University of Karlstad
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    Visit the market in the square

    by Rojo72 Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Some of the saturdays and at least all of them during the summer months there is an open air market in the square in teh city centre. They mostly sell clothes, flowers and such but sometimes also different kinds of local specialities, for example local berry jams.

    Easter lilys on sale

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    Visit the Library

    by Rojo72 Written Apr 4, 2005

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    When you go to see the Tourist Information you might want to take a look at the large library in the same building too. Apart from the obvious of loaning books you can also read different kinds of domestic and foreign newspapers as well as surf the net on one of the many computers to keep up with your emails or something else. Maybe check out VT?

    The Library in Karlstad
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    The residence of the Landshövding

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 19, 2005

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    Landshövding (County governor), literally Chieftain of the land was an appointment made by the King to one man to be the "prolonged arm" of the King in the counties of Sweden. The title still exists and the Landshövding today is the chairperson of the county administrative board. The role of the Landshövding is also to promote the well-being of the county in General.

    The Governor of Värmland is Eva Eriksson and she resides in this mansion on Järnvägsgatan just opposite to the monument of King Karl IX.

    If you go to see it, please note the golden crown just above the entrance, which was put there by His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip a few years ago.

    The residence of the county governor
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    Duke Karl, founder of Karlstad

    by Rojo72 Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    It was in 1584 that the Duke Karl issued city rights for the merchant place Tingvalla. The name of the new city was Karlstad and the duke became King Karl (Charles) IX in 1604.

    The Statue of the Duke can be seen outside the residence of the Landshövding, on Järnvägsgatan, just east of the Square.

    The monument itself depicts "C IX R.S" which is a latin abbreviation for Charles IX Rex Sveciae", Charles IX King of Sweden holding the bill with the city rights.

    King Charles IX, King of Sweden 1604-1611
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    Admire the Tingvalla Gymnasium

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 15, 2005

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    The Tingvalla Gymnasium is the building to the east of the main Square. It has an impressing front towards the square but is equally nice architecturalwise from the opposite side so take a while to walk around the complex if you want to.

    The gymnasium now houses the upper secondary school of TIngvalla and is one of five such schools in Karlstad. The students here are aged 15/16 to 18/19 and study theoretical programmes, such as Social science, economy, languages et cetera.

    All though you're not supposed to I think you may enter the building if you really want to.

    The Square and Tingvalla Gymnasium
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    See the Town Hall

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 15, 2005

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    The Town Hall, facing the main square from the west is a nice building worth casting a glimpse on. These days it houses the District court in Karlstad so you MAY enter the building.

    Don't forget to admire the eagles of justice on top of the building!

    Eagle on top of the court
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    Visit the Dome Church

    by Rojo72 Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    Just east of the main Square, some 50 metres is the Dome Church in Karlstad. You can't miss it as it's tower is visible all over the central city.

    The Dome is the main church of the Swedish lutheran church (which was the state church until the separaion between church and state just before year 2000). It's doors are mostly open so that you can go inside and admire the altar and organ among other things.

    Some times there are also free concerts in the church.

    DO remember that the lawns surrounding the church is the last resting place of many people even though there are no tombstones, so don't walk on the grass.

    The Dome in Karlstad
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    See the memorial stone

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 15, 2005

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    Just beside the Dome Church in Karlstad is a memorial stone, raised in remembrance of the Sailors on board ships from the county of Värmland and of seamen FROM Värmland who lost their lives at sea during teh Second World War 1939-1945.

    DO remember that the lawns surrounding the church is the last resting place of many people even though there are no tombstones, so don't walk on the grass.

    Memorial Stone
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