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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 Godess of Peace

    by Rojo72 Updated May 16, 2004

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    It was in Karlstad that the peace treaty between Sweden and Norway was signed in 1905, a treaty that turned Norway into an independent country.

    In memory of this people from the COunty of Värmland raised the Monument "The Godess of Peace" on the city Square in 1955, in memory of the peaceful dissolvment of the Swedish-Norwegian Union. It also has the inscription "Wars gives birth to hate between peoples, peace bringeth understanding".

    The actual treaty was signed in the house of the Godtemplars in karlstad, a house which nothern side faces the Square, ie just south of the square, to the "left" in the picture here.

    The Godess of Peace
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    Alster Manor

    by Rojo72 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Alster's Manor
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    The Selma Lagerlöf Statue

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 6, 2005

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    If you go to the karlstad Theatre you should take a look at the statue of Värmland's most famous author, Selma Lagerlöf who was born and lived in Mårbacka mansion close to Sunne north of Karlstad and won the nobel Prize in Literature among other things.There's a statue of her in front of the the theatre, close to the river.

    Selma Lagerl��f
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    Karlstad Theatre

    by Rojo72 Written May 30, 2004

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    Karlstad Theatre is probabably the most beautiful building in the city with its white-washed 19th century walls.

    They give nationwide famous sets of well-known plays and musicals. This automn they will show "West side story" for example.

    This theatre could be considered the more "upper-level" theatre in town, as opposed to Scala theatre which hosts more "light" entertainment and plays, such as comedies, music events and cabarets.

    The Karlstad Theatre
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    The Stone Bridge

    by Rojo72 Updated May 31, 2004

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    The Stone Bridge, or formally the Eastern Bridge was completed in 1797 and is the longest stone bridge in Sweden and to my knowledge in Europe. It was originally built as a way out of the city, but today it is situated just about in the middle of it, binding together the two urban living areas of Haga and Hagaborg/Norrstrand

    For the moment only city buses may cross the bridge, but there is talk about opening it for pedestrians. And even if it isn't it's still worth watching (and maybe secretly walk over...) and a sure thing for your photo album

    The stone bridge, completed in 1797.
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    See the house of the Godtemplars!

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 10, 2005

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    The House of the Godtemplars in Karlstad is one of the most important places in Karlstad.

    In the year 1905 the Union between Norway and Sweden was cracking up. The norwegiands demanded full independence and the swedish King Oscar II was reluctant to give up such a large part of his "Kingdom". There had been a norwegian government elected before the year 1905 and now a delegation from them were in Sweden to negotiate a way out of the union.

    There was huge tension and the soliders had already lined up along the norwegian/swedish border when the two delegations reached a peaceful solution and Norway gained it's independence. The house of the GOdtemplars in Karlstad was where the treaty was negotiated and signed so it shouldn't be missed. You may not enter but you may of course watch it from the outside

    The house of the GOdtemplars in Karlstad
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    Go see the museum of school

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 10, 2005

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    The museum of schools and education is a small museum in a building just nest to the Dome and it's a rather unknown gem in the city. You get to see collections of material connected to education in past times, from the 1850's and onwards. The collections include old school books, desks, chalkboards, posters etc.

    It is unfortunately closed for renovations until march 2005 but after that it is open:
    Tuesday 10-12, 14-16
    Wednesday 10-12
    Thursday 10-12, 14-16
    Sept 25th 12-14
    Oct 30th 12-14
    Nov 27th 12-14

    Admission: 20 Kr, children under the age of 12 10 Kr.

    Guided tours for groups of 15 people and more.

    The museum of schools 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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    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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    Roger Moore's apartment

    by Rojo72 Updated May 31, 2004

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    If you're in karlstad you might wanna do some celebrity hunting. Keep your eyes open, you might stumble upon Roger Moore. If you don't see him you should go to the Conference center, the same building as the Tourist center. In the high house there, on the top floor he and his woman has an apartment.

    In the rear you see the house!

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    Watch the log-driving pillars

    by Rojo72 Written Mar 7, 2005

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    When you walk along the River Klar, especially just before the stone bridge you will find several red pillars in the river, about 2 metres tall. These are the only remnants of the once so common log-driving of timber on the river. These days they drive all timber by road down through the county of Värmland, the last log-driving on the river was in the beginning of the 1990's.

    They were used to collect timber and to make the timber float in the right places and so on.

    The pillars and a part of the stone bridge
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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 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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