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Experience Karlstad’s history and culture

A beautiful location by Lake Vanern and a spectacular art and culture scene make Karlstad a wonderful place to discover.

About 300 km west of Stockholm, and 250 km north east of Gothenburg, you will find cultural Karlstad. This charming city by Lake Vanern offers visitors ample opportunities for cultural experiences and entertainment, with an opera house, several theatres and plenty of museums.

Karlstad has been recognised as a historically important stronghold since the Vikings reigned over Sweden’s towns and forests, and in 1584 it received its city status as well as its current name, derived from the former King Charles IX of Sweden. Today, 60,000 people call Karlstad home, and throughout the years, many artists and writers have immortalised their love for the city through their art.

A weekend in Karlstad will give you a perfect introduction to the city. One of the most popular attractions to visit in the area is the Alster manor house and surroundings. The beautiful estate was built in the 18th century and is a lovely place to take in the serene environment. Visitors can relax and enjoy a mean at the restaurant and café, whilst admiring the picturesque views of Lake Vanern before venturing to the small beach or exploring the hiking trails.

Head back to the city centre to shop for souvenirs and visit fascinating museums. At Varmlands Museum you can find out more about the art, culture and history of the area. In Karlstad you will also find the impressive Brigade Museum. This interactive museum covers Sweden’s military history as well as the main events of the cold war. The museum also has a shop and a café, where you can rest with a cup of coffee and pick up some retro inspired trinkets and souvenirs.

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Karlstad, you should head towards Sundstabadet. This large swimming centre has an exciting water park, where younger visitors can enjoy splashing fun. If you’re looking for relaxation you will also find a hamam, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Karlstad is easily accessible by car or train from both Stockholm and Gothenburg. There are also regular flights that will take you from Stockholm Arlanda to Karlstad Airport.


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£87
Hotel Savoy

Hotel Savoy

Västra Torggatan 1, Karlstad
3.8
of 5, from 39 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Karlstad, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Town Hall, Karlstad Cathedral, and Sandgrund Lars Lerin. Varmlands Museum and Karlstad Congress Culture Centre are also within 15 minutes.

Berling Hotel

Berling Hotel

DROTTNINGATAN,1, KARLSTAD
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Karlstad, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Town Hall and Karlstad Cathedral. Varmlands Museum and Sandgrund Lars Lerin are also within 15 minutes.

£58
Good Morning Karlstad City

Good Morning Karlstad City

Västra Torggatan 20, Karlstad
3.4
of 5, from 43 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Karlstad, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Town Hall, Sandgrund Lars Lerin, and Karlstad Cathedral. Varmlands Museum and Karlstad Congress Culture Centre are also within 10 minutes.

£85
Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan

Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan

Karlbergsgatan 3, Karlstad
4.4
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Karlstad, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karlstad Cathedral and Town Hall. Karlstad Congress Culture Centre and Ostra Bron are also within 10 minutes.

£66
Scandic Winn

Scandic Winn

Norra Strandgatan 9-11, Karlstad
4.3
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Karlstad, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karlstad Congress Culture Centre, Karlstad Cathedral, and Sandgrund Lars Lerin. Town Hall and Varmlands Museum are also within 10 minutes.

£91
First Hotel River C

First Hotel River C

Tage Erlandergatan 10, Karlstad
4.4
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Karlstad, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karlstad Congress Culture Centre, Ostra Bron, and Karlstad Cathedral. Sandgrund Lars Lerin and Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£74
STF Hostel Karlstad

STF Hostel Karlstad

Kasernhöjden 19, Karlstad
4.0
of 5, from 6 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Karlstad, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Town Hall, Wermland Opera, and Karlstad Cathedral. Sandgrund Lars Lerin and Varmlands Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£66
Best Western Gustaf Fröding Hotel & Konferens

Best Western Gustaf Fröding Hotel & Konferens

Höjdgatan 3, Karlstad
3.8
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ostra Bron, Karlstad Congress Culture Centre, and Sandgrund Lars Lerin. Varmlands Museum and Lofbergs Lila Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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