A cultural highpoint of visiting Karlstad is a visit to Värmlands Museum in Sandgrund Park. Not only for the superb and comprehensive permanent and temporary exhibitions of Värmland and other Swedish artists work, but also for the unique architectural experience of Cyrillushuset.
The mother of all parks in Karlstad is Mariebergsskogen; part park and part open-air museum down by the shores of Lake Vänern. You could easily spend a day here enjoying its various environs; ancient forest, glades, old buildings, beach and bathing spots and Naturum Värmland – a wonderful building in which the nature of the province is presented. Stop for a cup of coffee or visit the gift shop.
You’re kids will love you for taking them here. What kid doesn’t love waterslides, climbing walls, heated pools and even a very own kid’s pool. And it's just a short stroll from the town centre. Sundstabadet has a fully equipped gym, relax section and a 25-metre long pool for doing laps.
Sundstabadet has two differences water slider, Black Hole and Magic Hole. The differences between them is that kids (and perhaps a co-pilot) fire down the latter in a single or double ring that decides whether they achieve warp-speed – or not. The Black Hole is not quite as fast, as the point here is to collect points by skimming over the illuminated points inside the slide. If your kids get bored of the slides (and how could they?) point them in the direction of the climbing wall that they climb up…and then fall off, usually in quick succession, into the heated pool below.
There are also two heated pools for the little once.
All this calorie sapping activity means the kids are going to get hungry. The café here serves Fairtrade coffee and all the dairy products are ecological. Sandwiches, snacks, cakes, biscuits and most importantly coffee are all on the menu. The café opens on to the kid’s section so you can order 'pool side'.
Lars Lerin is one of Scandinavias most famous artists. Lerin is hugely popular in Sweden and is fast approaching "national treasure" status. The content of the exhibition contains watercolours and oils, collages, graphic art and photographs.
Alsters Herrgård is the countryside estate where Gustaf Fröding, one of Sweden’s most beloved national poets, was born in 1850. The estate consists of a 19th century new-classical style mansion house and several other earlier buildings set in the lush Värmland countryside. It lies 8 km east of Karlstad and is easy to get to by car, local and regional buses and even by bicycle. If you don't have a bike can you always rent one from Solacykeln in Karlstad.
Leklandet, or "play land" in English. If your kids love thrills, spills, jumping and climbing – and let’s face it, they all do - then this is the place to come.
Some of the highlights of Leklandet include an 8-metre high drop slide, trampolines, a 'ball canon', giant climbing frames, a mini racetrack and much, much more. There are play areas for infants (0-1 year) and toddlers (1-3 year) after that it is a free-for-all.
The 90 km railway embankment coated with asphalt. Klarälvsbanan is a disused railway embankment, where the rails have now been removed and motor traffic is strictly prohibited. An outdoor experience that will lead you through the landscapes of Värmland, from Karlstad in the south to Hagfors in the north.
Sliperiet is a modern art and culture centre in Värmland´s countryside, just 40 km outside of Karlstad. It offers the best of two worlds. A wonderful exhibition of contemporary art and a fantastic atmosphere as well. Sliperiet won the 'Newcomer of the year' tourism award in Värmland 2012. At Sliperiet you can also enjoy an unforgettable taste experience in Major Larssons café & wine bar.