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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.

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Värmlands Museum

The muse­um is housed in two buil­dings whe­re the oldest was built in 1929, desig­ned by Cyr­il­lus Johans­son. The newer muse­um buil­ding was com­ple­ted in 1998 and is con­nec­ted to the old one by a gla­zed pas­sage. The archi­tect behind the new red hep­ta­go­nal buil­ding is Carl Nyrén. Sand­grundsud­den is also a fan­tastic excur­sion des­ti­na­tion in itself with the muse­um park’s lar­ge green are­as, a lovely playground, the City Lib­ra­ry and two museums wit­hin wal­king distance.

New ope­ning at Värm­lands Museum
On June 1, 2019, Värm­lands Muse­um reo­pened after an exten­si­ve reno­va­tion. The museum’s visi­tors can now enjoy com­ple­tely new exhi­bi­tions, cre­a­ti­ve works­hop, child­ren’s exhi­bi­tion, futu­re lab, shop, audi­to­ri­um, restau­rant and café.

10,000 years of Värm­land history
Värm­lands­liv is an exhi­bi­tion about people’s lives in the lands­cape over 10,000 years. Star­ting from today’s Värm­land, we move through histo­ry. We tell about peop­le who lived in dif­fe­rent times and with dif­fe­rent con­di­tions. The exhi­bi­tion shows objects, pho­to­grap­hs and works of art from the Värm­lands Museum’s col­lec­tion. Many of them have never been shown befo­re. The­re are swords from the Midd­le Ages, Sto­ne Age axes, exqui­si­te crafts­mans­hip from the 18th cen­tu­ry and much, much more.

Let the child­ren fan­ta­si­ze fre­ely in the new play exhibition
In the new play­room you can meet Ing­er and Las­se Sand­ber­g’s many figu­res and sto­ri­es. Bake a cake with Litt­le Anna, watch as Pow­der fix­es fish, visit Gomor­ron­sol Cast­le with Laban the Ghost and peek into Long Uncle’s hat. Both child­ren and adults also have a pla­ce in Tum­mens’ cozy rea­ding corner.

Dining expe­ri­ences and gift shop
As food is also part of the cul­tu­re, the restau­rant Mat­bru­ket is loca­ted in the newly built restau­rant sec­tion when you feel like somet­hing to eat. The­re you can easily indul­ge in eve­ryt­hing from a smooth cup of cof­fee to an exci­ting feast. In the very popu­lar muse­um shop you will find, among other things, Värm­land han­dicrafts, books, fun gad­gets and lots of fun for the children.

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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.