Architecture municipality Karlstad

Karl­stad is the Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and thus takes first pla­ce for the third year in a row. The Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year award high­lights the muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es that manage to com­bi­ne good con­di­tions for deve­lo­ping archi­tectu­re with mana­ging the housing sup­p­ly and ambi­tions to redu­ce cli­ma­te impact.

Karl­stad is Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and has thus won the award three years in a row. The suc­ces­ses are explai­ned by a very good judg­ment from the archi­tects’ asso­ci­a­tion, whi­le Karl­stad is in a good posi­tion in terms of con­struc­tion pace, rou­ti­nes and legal compliance.



During Arts­cape 2017-Värm­land or Arts­cape 2017 White Moo­se Pro­ject as it is also cal­led, ten muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es par­ti­ci­pa­ted, which resul­ted in a total of 25 works of art, seven of which are in Karl­stad. Both inter­na­tio­nal and Swe­dish artists are invol­ved behind the paintings.

Alster Herrgård

Alsters herrgård — Gustaf Frödings minnesgård

Gustaf Frö­ding­’s memo­ri­al farm in a sce­nic set­ting with a view of Lake Vänern, 8 km east of Karlstad.

Als­ter’s manor house, Gustaf Frö­ding­’s memo­ri­al house, is an 18th-cen­tu­ry manor house in a beau­ti­ful natu­ral set­ting with a view of Vänern and is best known as the birt­h­pla­ce of the poet Gustaf Frö­ding. The well-known and popu­lar poet was born here in 1860. The­re is a café and restau­rant here, and the wings have shops, a gal­le­ry and exhi­bi­tions. On the upper flo­or of the main buil­ding, the­re is an exhi­bi­tion about Gustaf Frö­ding, which can be expe­ri­enced if you join one of the pub­lic viewings that are offe­red daily. In the beau­ti­ful out­do­or envi­ron­ment around the manor and the manor park, the­re are natu­re trails and hiking trails of vary­ing lengths.

Als­ter’s manor café is pro­fi­led by Swe­dish home coo­king and home-baked cof­fee bre­ad and offers both cof­fee and lunch daily during the sum­mer season.

The wes­tern wing is a house of han­dicrafts, whe­re on the lower level the­re is a high-qua­li­ty han­dicraft shop with care­ful­ly selec­ted crafts­men. On the upper level is the asso­ci­a­tion Läns­hem­slöj­den in Värm­land, which shows exhi­bi­tions and runs courses.

In the East wing you will find a manor shop with main­ly Frö­ding lite­ra­tu­re but also sou­ve­nirs, food and han­dicrafts. In the wing the­re is also an art gal­le­ry that pre­sents vari­ous exhibitions.

During the sum­mer, vari­ous pro­grams are arrang­ed such as music, dan­ce, theat­re, lectu­res and poetry rea­dings. Most appre­ci­a­ted are the autumn and Christ­mas mar­kets with Värm­land pro­ducts in crafts and food.


Sandgrund Lars Lerin

The histo­ric dan­ce restau­rant Sand­grund has become home to the artist Lars Lerin’s paintings.

The popu­lar artist has recei­ved inqui­ri­es from many quar­ters, but took a liking to the Sand­grunds buil­ding, which is loca­ted in the midd­le of a cul­tural strip, clo­se to the cen­ter and in a beau­ti­ful natu­ral envi­ron­ment. The art gal­le­ry is next to the Värm­lands Muse­um and the Sand­grundspar­ken and here the­re is a shop with a range of post­cards, pos­ters and books that can only be found at the art gal­le­ry. The­re is also a café that is open eve­ry day when the art gal­le­ry is open and in sum­mer an out­do­or ter­ra­ce with a beau­ti­ful view of the Klarälven.

Lars Lerin was born in 1954 in Munk­fors. He stu­di­ed at Ger­les­borgs­sko­lan 1974–75 and at Valand Aca­de­my of Art in Gothen­burg 1980–84. Lars Lerin is con­si­de­red one of the Nor­dic regi­on’s fore­most water­co­lo­rists and has exhi­bi­ted in both col­lecti­ve and indi­vi­du­al exhi­bi­tions at gal­le­ri­es and museums in Swe­den, Den­mark, Fin­land, Fran­ce, the Faroe Islands, Ice­land, Nor­way, Ger­ma­ny, the USA. Is repre­sen­ted in muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es, county councils and museums in both Swe­den and Norway.


Gamla Kraftstation i Deje

Spectacu­lar indust­ri­al buil­ding from the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry which is now a cul­tural mee­ting pla­ce for art and music or just a cof­fee bre­ak in a dif­fe­rent environment.

Next to the roa­ring Deje­for­sen in Kla­räl­ven is the Old Power Sta­tion from the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. The indust­ri­al roman­tic buil­ding is today a fasci­na­ting cul­tural are­na with 11 meter high ceilings and much of the ori­gi­nal inte­ri­or remai­ning. The uni­que art gal­le­ry is in the cen­ter and here a lot of cur­rent con­tem­po­ra­ry art is dis­play­ed. You expe­ri­ence exhi­bi­tions with both bre­ad­th and depth in vari­ous tech­ni­ques and expres­sions of both established artists and new talents.

In the orga­nic Culi­na­rum Café, Värm­land fla­vors are ser­ved, baked and pre­pa­red accor­ding to the sea­son and based on the con­cept of rustic with fines­se. During the sum­mer you can enjoy food, wine, cof­fee and ice cream in the lush gar­den that over­looks the mag­ni­fi­cent Klarälven.

At regu­lar inter­vals, musi­cal events are orga­ni­zed through the ven­tu­re The Gam­la Kraft­sta­tio­nen Music Club. For tho­se who want to cre­a­te in a cre­a­ti­ve envi­ron­ment, the­re is the Makersta­tion whe­re, from time to time, lea­der-led works­hops and cour­ses are offe­red. In the small shop, you can always buy your own Make your own kit and cre­a­te on your own — here on site or to take home. The shop also offers fine pro­ducts such as teas, honey, jam, choco­la­te, books, arts and crafts, etc.