Museums, art centres and galleries
There are many exciting museums, art centres and galleries in Karlstad and the surrounding area. Visit the defence history museum Brigadmuseum with its main exhibition on the Cold War and the Swedish People's Home, which also offers interactive experiences. On the other side of the river Klarälven Värmlands museum where contemporary art meets classic Värmland art in a jumble of expressions. A stone's throw from Värmland Museum you will find Sandgrund Lars Lerin – the old dance hall transformed into an art gallery for impressive works of art. If you want to venture out of Karlstad's city centre, there is the unique art hall Gamla Kraftstationen in Deje which offers art in a different setting, and Culinarum Café which is listed in the White Guide.
For those interested in art, there are also several nice galleries to visit in Karlstad and the surrounding area. Take the opportunity to visit Galleri Mats Bergman, where different techniques come together in a wide variety of artistic expressions. At the Galleri Ekdahl and Galleri Konst i Karlstad the different exhibitions follow each other. At the Hammarö Art Gallery four artists exhibit their work and sell it directly to customers.
Experiences on stage
Toner från konserter, musikaler och andra evenemang ljuder året om i Karlstad. Kolla in det breda utbudet av föreställningar hos Wermland Opera eller Värmlandsteatern. På Karlstad CCC finns en bred variation av uppsättningar – allt från scenföreställningar till klassiska konserter. Scalateatern bjuder på diverse shower, föreläsningar och intima konsertupplevelser. Fart och fläkt hittar du i Löfbergs Arena.
Outdoor art, design and architecture
Around Karlstad there is a wide variety of public outdoor art and architecture to experience. Be sure to check out the city's various murals from the project Artscape. As well as murals, there are also statues and Sweden's longest stone bridge, which has become a real Karlstad monument to behold. Along the Solapromenaden, which runs alongside the Klarälven river that winds through the city, you will find statues of Värmland icons such as Selma Lagerlöf, Gustaf Fröding, Nils Ferlin, Sola i Karlstad and Sven-Erik Magnusson, but also creative and modern statues such as Musselsång and Ensamräv by artist Emma Kronvall. With Värmlands museums app you can take a guided tour of the statues with the help of the Sculpture Guide in the Museum Park.
Karlstad also has several architectural landmarks. The Värmland Museum at Sandgrundsudden consists of two buildings with very different expressions. On the one hand, there are Cyrillushuset whose design was inspired by Eastern architectural tradition and 1920s classicism, on the other hand Nyrénhuset which was completed in 1998 and balances between modern architecture and classical style.
Karlstad's vibrant city centre is full of shops from both popular chains and unique local shops. Some of the shops that are worth a visit and are unique to Karlstad are the well stocked Syster C and the stylish Odds & Ends both of which are beautifully located by Frödingsparken. A few hundred metres away there are Thimar form which focuses on hand-picked interiors and high quality design. In Karlstad city centre there are also Debut which is well-stocked with trendy and exclusive garments and Garderob which has fashionable garments for all occasions.
At Bergvik Köpcenter just outside the city centre, you'll find everything you need under one roof, from clothes, beauty and jewellery to electronics, interior design and leisure.
Culinary experiences and cosy cafes
Satisfying the hunger in the middle of the day
Have a nice lunch at The Locker Room at Löfbergs Arena which has a lunch menu with dishes influenced by different food cultures. If you are in the mood for East Asian food, there is the Yomo which is located in the centre of Karlstad and offers a large buffet lunch every day of the week.
Does top quality seafood tempt you? At Lillängshamnens Fiskrökeri in Hammarö, Karlstad's neighbouring municipality, you can buy smoked fish and other delicacies from their shop and lunch takeaway. If you prefer to stay in Karlstad, you can have a nice home-cooked meal at Bibliotekskaféet in the city centre. Opposite the Library Café, there is also the restaurant Zest where the focus is on vegetarian food and organic ingredients.
If you are not sure what you are looking for, you can visit the Olssons Bazar where you'll find a large lunch buffet and an a la carte menu as well as a bakery and a large bar.
Cosy cafés for a coffee break
Are you craving a cup of coffee after strolling around Karlstad and smelling roasted coffee in the air? Visit the Löfbergs Rosteri och Kaffebar on the ground floor of their own coffee factory to enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee and maybe even a breakfast, coffee or light lunch. At the artisanal bakeries Artisan Bread and Swenströmskas Stenugnsbageri serves genuine fika, bread and coffee in cosy surroundings.
Why not take the opportunity to stop by Carli Café to try some homemade chocolates or Italian gelato made on site. If you want to have a gofika in a natural setting, the café on the Naturum Värmland i Mariebergsskogen is something for you. Combine your visit to the café with a city centre walk in Mariebergsskogen, Karlstad's city park, or along one of the many waterways that run through the city.
Culinary experiences in the evening
There are plenty of opportunities for culinary experiences at all of Karlstad's restaurants. How about eating exclusive and flavoursome tapas in one of the Baróns powerful restaurant that used to house a bank? Or maybe you're looking for some smoky flavours from the likes of Julins Backyard Barbecue that serves authentic Texas BBQ? Or maybe it's artisan sushi from Sooshi with fresh ingredients and new combinations that are most appealing?
There are also several different restaurants that mix different influences in fusion concepts. At the Teburu you will find an exciting Asian fusion that is sure to deliver new flavours. If you're more in the mood for taco fusion, creative tacos that challenge the Friday taco can be found at Skogshyddans Funky Taco. If it's pizza and Italian cuisine that's ultimately chosen, it is Napoli, the first pizzeria to open in Karlstad, well worth a visit.
For an extraordinary dining experience, you can also go to Borgviks Gård, a 30-minute drive from Karlstad. Here you can eat well-prepared and modern food in a beautiful setting.
Comfortable city centre accommodation or rural mansions
City centre accommodation
For those who want to stay close to the city, there are several lovely accommodations to choose from. The classic Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad is located in the centre of Karlstad overlooking the Klarälven river. Why not take the opportunity to visit the hotel's spa during your stay? If you're planning to see a show at Karlstad CCC, you can stay at the neighbouring Karlstad CCC. First Hotel River C which is located with a nice view of the Klarälven river.
If you want to live in the centre of town and feel the pulse of the city. Clarion Collection Hotel Drott a good choice for you. For those who want to be close to the city, but live near the water and on the edge of the crowds, this is a good choice. Scanic Klarälven best. For those who want a comfortable stay in a slightly different accommodation, there is Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan which has a different history. Here you can stay comfortably in renovated prison cells with high ceilings and exposed beams in a building that used to house the county prison.
If the heart beats more for living in rural environments with proximity to Karlstad, then Dömle Herrgård Spa och Resort is the accommodation for you. Here you will find the perfect combination of culinary experiences, beautiful buildings and an easy journey to Karlstad. Another rural option is Apertins Hotell where you stay near a nature reserve in traditional Värmland buildings located in a neighbourhood dating back to the 17th century. If you prefer a bed and breakfast, there are the charming Villa Fryksta which is beautifully situated on the banks of the Nedre Fryken.
In Karlstad, there is a wide variety of restaurants, accommodation and experiences so that you can plan your stay just the way you want it.
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