» Sweden, Between Göteborg and Stockholm III. – Lush Nature and Traditional Products of Sweden
Sweden, Between Göteborg and Stockholm III. – Lush Nature and Traditional Products of Sweden
While travelling along coastal trail from Ljungskile to Uddevalla, we saw Halle-Hunneberg forests, Västergötland region. It was tiresome to carry heavy backpacks which in turn didn’t bring us much joy when travelling. Therefore, we left them at a visitors’ center.
Bergagården Park is about three kilometers from Vargön village. There is the Elk museum (Kungajaktmuseet Älgens Berg), a visitors’ center, guest houses, and groceries. It is also the point of convergence of several tourist trail of various length and difficulty. A beautiful promenade lines the recreational area. Along it one can learn a lot about local mansions, trolls, and other fairy-tale creatures. Also, elks, and bears are other well-known inhabitants of surrounding forests. During our three-day stay we hadn’t met one. Fortunately.
A two and a half hours of train ride got us from the town of Vänersborg to the small and scenic village of Hällekis located on the shore of Vänern, Europe’s third larges lake. To get some idea of its vastness, climb up Kinnekullegården, an observation tower on the nearby hill Högkullen. Up from there you can enjoy seeing the deep woods of Kinnekulle region, a precious nature reservation. Most of its forests consists of oak and all kinds of plants. There live mostly ruminant animals that basically bring harmony to the ecosystem so it wouldn’t be covered in the dominant flora, therefore giving space to other small and fragment herbs and plants. From up close, thus, we have chance to see nature work without human interference as we are used to in our country. It seems Sweden let its interspecies communication be. And it works.
Every summer Hällekis village becomes a very popular holiday resort. People travel in here to see and buy traditional handmade products. These are usually sold on the ground floors of mostly empty houses. A long street near the train station is assigned to these shops and also there is a visitors’ center which hosts a café. There is also a small, cozy apartment for rent. Concerts and other social events take place there during the summer.
Apparently there was more to our enchantment by Kinnekulle region. Churches where coat of arms hang on the walls also came to our likening. Also learning about their history was very interesting. We talk about Hönsäters kapell, you pass by when going up the observation tower; and Forshems kyrka built in the 12th century. You can make around 2 hour long trip when going from the village along the orange trail.
That was the first time when it was raining and cloudy. Travelling to the remote town of Örebro, it and Nora were the last stops before the farm, it became sunny agian.
GPS: (Hällekis) 58°37'54.0"N 13°26'17.7"E
Text and photo: Ester Dobiášová
We are in a camp near Stockholm. We set off for a walkthrough in the city yet first we make a stop at Vasa Museum.
We begin with a tour in Domkyrkan, a Lutheran church which was destroyed by fire two times. The first cathedral was constructed between 1624–1627. The church was consecrated in 1633. Unfortunately, on the night of April 15 1721 a huge fire broke out. 211 buildings from the surrounding area were destroyed. Many people died as well. Consequently, there was a search for a suitable area which would serve cemetery. Eventually, the cemetery was constructed in the park adjacent to the cathedral. Over 20 thousand bodies were laid there.
Together we go to Götaplatsen square. The city is very quiet. We encounter almost no one. The rain stopped. However, wind still blowed unpleasantly strong. Slowly we approach an interesting statue. It is a revolver with twisted barrel. It was made by one of the foremost personas of modern Swedish art – the sculptor and painter Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. This artist lived in the US for a while. In the 1980, the shock of the shooting and consequent death of John Lennon inspired him to create this statue which he calls Non Violence. The original one is situated in front of the OSN HQ in New York. Another clones you can find in Berlin, or in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Malmö, Lund, and Boras, or in Caen, France and Kirchberg, Luxemburg.
Today we begin our new series on Nordic cities. For following 11 Saturdays we tell you where the traveller Magdalena Radostova went and what saw there.
For the first time after thirteen nights in the tent we wrapped a blanket around ourselves. Me and Dominika got at a farm south from Norrköping. For ten days we worked there in exchange for food and shelter.
Last days of travels with Dominika we spent at the city of
Örebro, the history of which dates back to the 15th century.
Eighteen kilogram backpack on our backs were bent me and Dominika down at a station. We were looking forward to Swedish dream, a month worth of travelling on our own. A yellow bus was the means of our transport from Brno to Göteborg. After almost 20 hours of comfortable ride we got off the bus to see seagulls, ferry two ferry boats and cranes idling at the port. Visitor centers were buoys giving us always necessary information in the Swede’s second largest city. The first thing we actually did there was a visit at one such a center. Maps, leaflets, information – this is tourist’s fodder. One even doesn’t realize how remote is the land he trod on. Especially when passersby smile at him/her when he/she asks for directions. The smiles were still there regardless where we were.
We commenced the hiking part of our Swedish journey “deep in the north”. It was in the territory of Bohuslän which is eleven hours from Göteborg. Prices are same in Sweden as in the Czech republic. Nominally, at least. The most expensive part of our journey is travelling itself (had you your own food from the Czech Republic). However, there are many train and bus lines in the country.
You can literally cross a bridge from Copenhagen, Denmark to Sweden. But it is quite a long bridge. One may think both cities would be similar due to small distance separating them but you couldn’t be more wrong. Malmö has different feeling – it is calmer, more monumental, and more adult. You will feel its industrial history as well as present high-tech direction.
The Kingdom of Sweden, most extensive Scandinavian country, is situated on surface of 449 964 square kilometres and belongs to greatest states of Europe. Sweden temptates millions of visitors, thanks to its marvellous and diverse nature or interesting architecture, especially for the fact that even during tourist saison, the calm.dominates and no busy life is prevailing there.
Scandinavia is extended on a peninsula of the same name in the North of Europe. It is also known as a country of elks, trolls, fjords, high mountains, endless plains or a seat of Santa Claus.This area has, as a consequence of its position, more colder climate and heterogenous countryside, rather few inhabitated (colonized).
After we enjoyed walks in Finnish towns of Kuopio and Rovaniemi, we set off to explore another Scandinavian country. This time Sweden, or rather the Kingdom of Sweden.
Stockholm belongs synonymously to most beautiful and most green metropolis of the Europe. The lovers of history and arts will be surprised at existence of more that 100 museums, dedicated really to all subjects which would occur to you.
One of the most important Swedish cities is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea – it is Malmö a pulsing artery of Scandinavia, an unusual Swedish city with Danish influence or just a pile of gravel, as locals like to call it.
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