Karlstad Travel Guide

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Karlstad Things to Do

  • Karlstad Old cemetery

    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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  • Karlstad's Theatre

    Karlstad has its own unique theatre and it was built back in 1893. Nowadays Wermlands Opera house in the building. It's also a nice piece of architecture...Holds about 400-425 seats.

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  • Statue of Selma Lagerlöf

    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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Karlstad Restaurants

  • Restaurang Munken

    Restaurang Munken in central karlstad is quite easy to find and is close to Stadshotellet. They serve good food in a pleasant atmosphere. No smoking allowed in any restaurants in Sweden today. So you can relax and enjoy your dinner here.

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  • Best lunch restaurant in Karlstad

    This is with no doubt the best lunch restaurant in Karlstad! The guys owning it are very nice and chilled out and their food is absolutely yummie. Its a bit off the beaten track since its not right next to the shopping streets down town, but on the other side its right next to Karlstad Youth Hostel which I think is the best accommodation option :)....

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  • All over the world

    McDonalds...they're all over the world but I've actually never had a burger that tastes the same in the different countries. Are there no such thing as generic burgers?Anyway there are four McD in Karlstad, one downtown next to Filmstaden movie theatre on Drottninggatan, One on Norrstrand next to the motorway at Sundsta round-about, One at Wåxnäs...

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Karlstad Nightlife

  • Shake your booties

    Recently redecorated Plaza nightclub in the bottom of Plaza hotel is a very nice club, attracting crowds from the ages of 23 and up, but most are between 23-35/40. This is except on some friday night when they throw a theme called "30+" when there will often be a band playing or at least completely differnt tunes than the "ordinary club music"....

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  • Yet another great pub

    The Woolpack Inn is another of the many pubs in Karlstad (we've got the most pubs per capita in Sweden they say!)It's a nice Pub with a rather large stock of different ales, beers, lagers and so on and a whopping 80 different kinds of single malts (and another 30 whisk(e)ys that are not single malt).They try to keep an "irish" feel to it. I've...

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  • Good beer, people and music!

    Harry's is somewhere in between a restaurant, a pub and a nightclub. In the day time it's a perfectly good place to eat or to sit in it's outdoor area and have a beer while looking at people. In the evening it turns into a pub and nightclub.There are two floors. On the lower floor there's a bar and a black jack-table and loads of tables to sit down...

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Karlstad Transportation

  • You can't buy a ticket with cash

    If you're planning to use the local busses in Karlstad, or perhaps travelling outside Karlstad with bus you cannot pay by cash. You can pay by getting a bus card or by text message (SMS).

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  • Use the buses!

    There is no underground or anything like it in Karlstad as the city is too small to have any such. Nor are here any trams. The public transportation system mainly consists of buses and the system of lines is well built.The local buses that cover Karlstad and it's different local urban areas (such as Kronoparken with the University, Norrstrand and...

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  • Borrow a bike!

    From late spring to early automn (about mid may to late august or early september) you can borrow a bike for FREE at the tourist booth beside the city Square, in front of the "Ticket" travel agency.They only ask some kind of proof of identity (not sure what goes and what doesn't but your Passport number and name would probably do) and then you can...

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Karlstad Shopping

  • Mitt i City - A new Shopping Centre

    Mitt i City is a new shopping centre in central Karlstad. It's a big building with two etages and with lots of different shops. Clothes, electronics, books...something for everyone! A total it consists of 51 shops. Downstairs there's a few restaturants. Upstairs a coffe shop. Nice and friendly stores! Open 10:00-19;00. Sat.10:00-16:00, sun....

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  • Let's do shopping in Karlsatd

    Its a shopping complex. They have everything. Mitt i city is a newly built shopping maul. They have all sorts of 53 stores and interesting cafeteria and coffee shops. Almost everything! As much as you can afford and need.

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  • Drottninggatan

    Drottninggatan is not a shop but the main street in the city centre. It runs east-west through all of the city centre and has loads and load of shops. Until the new mall opens next year or so this is the place to shop for almost anything.The shops are located between the corner where the fire started in 1865 (by Stadium store) and McDonalds.

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Karlstad Local Customs

  • Re-use of graves

    This tip should actually go under "Sweden" as it concerns all of the country but to put this tip alone there would make my country seem worse than Attila the Hun so I put it here instead.If you have read my things to do tip you might want to head to the western grave yard and please do. Just remember not to expect to find really old graves. Most of...

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  • Svarta and it's lake are for...

    Svarta and it's lake are for me places that I hold close to my heart. This little village was our basecamp from where we explored the middle Swedish countryside. The wonderful people we met (Mia Danielson, Lisa Aspelof in particular) made the visit to this country to a wonderful event.

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Karlstad Warnings and Dangers

  • Terrible place to go!

    It is a boring town, one of the bus stops smelt like ***... there are only old people hobbling around, and it's a real hicksville. If you are a tourist, don't go there! I got off from the bus centre, and all you can see are old and broken buildings. There is no statue of the lady of peace, half of the pictures of Karlstad provided from the members...

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  • Warning of weak ice!

    If you come here in the wintertime you might surely want to go skate or walk on the ice of Sundstatjärn for example (or some other lake), but when you see this yellow warning sign take real good care so that you don't fall through. It's a sign that warns of weak ice!

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  • There arent really that many...

    There arent really that many dangers in Karlstad.Its the same as in most other cities.You should avoid walking alone after dark and such things.Some people find the alkoholics ,that tend to hang around the trainstation, a bit disturbing, but they are mostly very harmful.

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Karlstad Tourist Traps

  • by GeoffreySizzles Written Jul 17, 2012

    Don't be fooled by the destination karlstad website. It truly is a small town with nothing to do. The stone bridge is well, to put it honestly just a stone bridge that buses drive over. Why not stand on a bridge in lets say amsterdam and watch the people who actually may even look at you or say hello back as opposed to scuttling along looking at the floor moaning about the weather. karlstad has the most number of pubs per capita? bollocks. Rubbish put me up outdoor glasshouses with heaters and rugs to use because it's still so damn cold in the summer aren't pubs. fake pubs such as the bishops arms that have been built into the side of a hotel is the closest you will come. If you are unfortunate enough to visit karlstad because the website has drawn you to the 'city centre' (few crap over priced shops) then leave and never come back. you may have had a bad weekend but think about the poor old soles like me to have to unfortunately live here because we had too much fun in our previous lives. Honestly Karlstad - visit, work & live somewhere else in the world for 6 months then you'll realize that the stone bridge really is crap.

    Unique Suggestions: Find the bus station or train station and hop on the first thing leaving the town.

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Karlstad What to Pack

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    by CandS Written Sep 29, 2003

    Luggage and bags: A good backpack is a good idea if you're planning on doing a lot of walking...a day pack will come in handy too for shorter trips...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes for a comfortable time... :)

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Karlstad Off The Beaten Path

  • Rent a canoe

    Since Karlstad is almost built on water it is an ideal place to rent a canoe. You could opt for going in the Klarälven river or in the Vänern Sea.One very good place to rent a canoe is Kilenegården on the Hammarö island south of Karlstad. It is right next to the Väner Sea and you will be in open waters in just about 10-15 minutes if you want to. It...

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  • Mariebergsskogen

    Mariebergsskogen used to be both a small zoo with domesticated northern animals and a small amusement park, but now only the zoo remains of the two in the Mariebergsskogen Park. There are several new things to see though. In the park there is the zoo with animals like sheep, pigs, horses, cows, rabbits and so on. Ideal for children who can pad and...

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  • Take a boat ride on the Vänern Sea

    During the summer months there are a couple of different businesses that run tours on the Vänern Sea. One of the boats you can go with is m/s Vestvåg, originally built as an ice-breaker by Motala shipyards in 1885, but rebuilt many times since then and today run as a tourist cruiser by Tillsjöss AB.M/s Vestvåg can carry 73 passengers and has daily...

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Karlstad Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing in the river

    Fishing in Sweden is rather regulated but actually not that hard around Karlstad. Fishing in "nedre klarälvens fiskevårdsområde" (Lower Klarälven's fishing regulation area) is free all the way up to where E18, the motorway crosses the river at Borgmästholmen in Karlstad. From the road downstream you may fish with handheld gear or from a boat with...

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  • Nudist beaches

    If you're the kind of person who prefer bathing without any clothes on there's a nudist section of the cliffs and beaches at Skutberget.The nudist beaches are divided from the ordinary beaches by a hedge. Nota bene! The free beaches have now been moved as they caused too much annoyance among "ordinary sunbathers". The free beaches are now located...

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  • Löfbergs Lila Arena

    Löfbergs Lila Arena is the home groudn for Färjestad BK hockey team. During the regular season you might be able to get some tickets to a match unless it's a real "high interest match". Tickets are sold at Scalateatern.The arena is built after an NHL-arena model only smaller in size. For hockey the arena takes 8250 spectators out of which some 700...

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Karlstad Favorites

  • Relax!

    Karlstad isn't the largest city in Sweden, far from it even so if you come here it's not to rush by everything. Granted that there are quite a lot of nice pubs and nightclubs but during the day you should let the day have it's own pace. If it's nice weather I recommend you going to Skutberget and just sit and relax. Bring a disposable barbeque and...

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  • Tourist Information Office

    The tourist Information Office in Karlstad is unfortunately not placed in the middle of the city center. It's instead in the Library, on Västra Torggatan, opposite the Värmland's museum. That's merely a 200-300 metres north of the square though. The easiest way to find it from the Square is to stand with you nose pointing north, with the yellow...

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  • Opening hours

    It could be a good idea to keep the opening hours on clubs and pubs in mind when planning a night on the town.The pubs typically close at 1 AM and the clubs (which is all the places where there is a dance floor) at 2 AM. No clubs are open any later.

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Klarälven River
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Karlstad's Old School Museum
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Karlstad's Godess of Peace
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The Old Stone Bridge
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Skutberget
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The Värmland's Museum
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Alster Mansion
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Go biking on the NKIJ-track
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Alster Manor
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Drive around country side
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cosy and cheerful
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Water sports and road trips
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You gotta shake it!
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Grave yards
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Gubbholmen
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Bath in the middle of the city?
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Get a feel for the Inner harbour
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The Elm block
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Start of the fire 1865!
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The City Garden/Stadsträdgården
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Sola i Kallsta
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Värmland's largest mall
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The Färjestad trot course
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Swim and sunbath
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Värmlands museum
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Drink up, gentlemen please
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The campus area
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Visit the University
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Visit the market in the square
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Hammarö Kyrka
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Korpberget and Lompberget
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The residence of the Landshövding
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Duke Karl, founder of Karlstad
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Admire the Tingvalla Gymnasium
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