Karlstad is a wonderfully compact Swedish city, built on a grid pattern with wide, tree-lined streets, avenues, promenades and squares. Karlstad has a "big city" feel, with many quality hotel and other accommodation options, with the advantage that Karlstad’s many attractions are just a short walk away: shopping streets, malls and arcades, culture, historical sites, urban nature activities, parks, transport and amenities. Don’t forget that this is child-friendly Sweden and children are welcome everywhere in Karlstad.

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Shrimp cruise at Stella Polaris

Keep ready for a 3.5 hours shrimp tours on the waters of Lake Vänern on board of Stella Polaris cruise. Enjoy your meal - with a view - with an all-you-can-eat shrimps menu, every kind of drinks (from alcoholic to soft drinks), and desserts, all included in the fare.

Inre Hamn, Karlstad
Gamla Stenbron

Inaugurated in 1811, Gamla Stenbron, in Swedish Östra Bron, is the longest stone arch bridge in Sweden which, with its 168 meters, is considered a city landmark in Karlstad.

Almars Krog

Almars Krog is located not far from Karlstad, in an old barn that previously housed a Countryside Bistro. Now it has opened under new management. Almars Krog is quite small, but is furnished tastefully and cosy.

Almars Gård 443, Karlstad
Br. Olssons Elektriska

A people-friendly bistro-brasserie built on a delicate electrical-engineering nostalgia. A restaurant that promises beautiful and simple dining and which also is based on a slightly different and exciting history, which really sparkles. Lunch menu on weekdays, excluding the summer months.

Drottninggatan 21, Karlstad
City centre

In Karlstad city centre you’ll find all the big, established Swedish retail brands like Lindex (women's wear), Åhléns (department store), all with their own stores. In the smaller stores and boutiques you’ll also find rising stars of the international and Swedish fashion scenes such as Odd Molly, Filippa K, Whyred, J. Lindberg, Nudie Jeans and Cheap Monday jeans. And as for legendary Swedish art glass, crystal and tableware, look no further than Kosta and Orrefors which you’ll find in stores on the streets that criss-cross Järnvägsgatan and Drottninggatan. Still in the city, you can also shop at "Mitt i City", "Duvanhuset", "15-huset", shopping centres that sell Swedish and international goods and products, as well as restaurants and cafés.

Bergvik shopping centre

Why not visit Ikea on its home turf? We won’t bother telling you what to look out for at Ikea, you probably live close to one. Ikea lies beside Bergvik Köpcentrum (shopping centre) just outside town. Bergvik was awarded 'shopping centre of the year' in Sweden in 2008, with its 68 shops, restaurants and cafés. All the big Swedish names are here and look out in particular for Swedish-design clothes and accessories, outdoor wear, household goods, glassware, textiles and kitchenware.

Frykmansväg 1, Karlstad


About 18 km north of Karlstad is Karlstad airport with good connections to major airports. To and from the airport, you can choose between bus and taxi. The airport bus comes when you book by phone on +46 771 32 32 00 or book online and can be ordered when travelling to / from Stockholm and Frankfurt. The taxi price from Karlstad to the airport is about 360 SEK. The travel time is estimated to be about 20 minutes. At the Karlstad Airport you can also rent a car from companies such as AVIS, Hertz and Europcar.

Karlstad Airport


Sweden can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.