About Kristinehamn

Positioning itself as third largest in Europe and by far largest in Scandinavia, lake Vänern is hard to compare with. In Kristinehamn it is easy to access Vänern, cycle, hike or use the seaside walkway all yearround. At he shore you also find one of famous artist Pablo Picasso's largest sculptures in the world.

Kristinehamn - from past to present

Upptäck en stad som knyter ihop historia och nutid, där berömdheter som drottning Kristina, Gustaf Fröding och Picasso satt sina avtryck. Upplev historien med en guided tour of the old town,follow historical signs or visit museum, och avsluta dagen med ett dopp och spa på Sanna pool and spa

Ölme Prästgård

The Picassosculpture in Kristinehamn

Locally produced food and drinks

In Kristinehamn there are many local producers of food and drinksfor example you can taste beers at Wermlands Brygghus or cheese cakes and jams at Mor Carin. Hygns Wild  offer meats of deer and moose etc. from their own butchery. In the town centre you find Retrovågen with a delightful deli counter. And a few kilometres south of town you have Karaby farm , a farm shop with tasteful local products.

Many restaurants in Kristinehamn also use local produce for their menus. White Guide credited Ölme Prästgård or Mastmagasinet and Mat i din vardag.You also find trip advisors number one restaurant in Värmland here in Kristinehamn, Oliveriet where the whole atmosphere breathes Italy. The town offers a wide range of flavors from around the world: Italian: Panncentralen - Italian encounter, Parma, Thai food at Thanh Thai Palace and Kookies Cornersushi at Akira and Khatuno Sushi or American at Steakhouse 1895.
Looking for some Swedish fika? In Bageri Höghusets cozy 50's environment you will find lots of good pastries. Homemade ice cream and organic pastries can also be found at Krukmakeri hemjord. Enjoy seaside dining, delicious prawn sandwiches and the best ice cream at Panncentralen, Picassos Veranda, Skymningen Mat & Café, Våffelbruket and Café Pärlan

Hiking and adventures

Kristinehamn offers adventures for everyone all year round. Go on a hike on accredited Värmland trails. Choose between the historical route, The Iron Trail or Visnumskilslederna (Prästöleden, Nötöleden and Arskagsledenwith astonishing views of lake Vänern. There are more than 20 trails and tracks in our updated hiking brochure. Read more here.
Want to go on a bike ride? Vänerleden was inaugurated on 3 June 2022. Cycling around Sweden's largest lake can be both calm and challenging, depending on your pace. If you want to pedal faster, you have five mountain bike trails to chose from.
Go horseback riding on a pony at Karaby Gård, Bed & Breakfast, Icelandic horses you find at Ölme Icelandic horses, trolley cycling on Trelänsbanan, pet the animals the Town farm, try gocarting or make a bbq outside. In a geranium greenhouse at Niklasdams Pelargonmuseum there are around 450 different kinds to smell.

Kristinehamn archipelago

Enjoy the forest pantry, the tranquility, strong colors, unique nature and clean fish-rich waters, Lake Vänern offers free fishing. In summer you can board a tour boat. You can choose between riding Kristinehamn's own wooden boat Stötenor go to Karlstad by Båtbuss 96 (boatbus 96) or around the archipelago with Båtbuss 96 (boatbus 96) and see Lake Vänern. This year, the boats start and end in different periods, which means that the boating season is extended between 21 June to 27 August. Hiking, running or camping in Värmlandsskogen. Fishing, swimming in fresh water, enjoying a sandy beach, sunbathing on rocks - or why not just lie down on the grass and listen to the birds. The water tastes sweet and can be drunk. A wonderful kayak trip with Vänerkajak or Stadshotellet or in winter skating is a fantastic way to experience lake Vänern.

Mid town Kristinehamn

Kristinehamn town centre is small and personal with unique shops, fashion stores, delicasys and design. Do not miss Krukmakeri hemjord in an old red house by the river. This is where turner champion Annbritt Schmutzer has her workshop. Find pottery, coffees and teas, homemade ice creams, licorice and desginwares. The oldest house in town houses more interior design at Lev Vackert butiken som är den omtalade och unika inredningsbutiken som har över 144 K följare på instagram. I samma mysiga kvarter hittar du Retrovågen där du på nedervåningen kliver in i en gammaldags lanthandel fylld med lokala delikatesser, övervåningen känns som en skattkammare full med prylar från förr.


Many beautiful buildings

History and culture

From the 17th century until the 19th century, Kristinehamn was the most important shipping site for Bergslagen's bar iron. This is where the world market price of iron was decided. You have several opportunities to gain more insight into Kristinehamn's exciting history: follow along Regina Nordenfeldt or Gustaf Fröding on a personal city walk, follow the nine signs about the old town, follow the quest to life in Krisitnehamn 1800-1850 or step into the history of Kristinehamn historical museum.

Culture is widely present in Kristinehamn with many artists such as Ingemar Lööf, Karin Lööf, Bengt Olson, Stig Olson, Kjell Sundberg, Harry Moberg and Gunvor Nelson. Visit Kristinehamn - art museum where you will find contemporary art exhibitions. The art museum is in an old heating building that former belonged to the hospital Marieberg. There is a café and an italian restaurant with view of lake Värnen. This summer's exhibition is one of Sweden's foremost fashion designers of all time, namely Katja of Sweden shown during the period June 4 - September 11, 2022.

Enjoy the view of Lake Vänern's sparkling waters and the wonderful walking and Vänerleden along the bay from Gustafsviks herrgårdspark - manor park in the west, via Östervik chapel and onwards to the Guest Marina and town centre in the east.

Accommodation in Kristinehamn

Where do you prefer to stay? Centrally or next to lake Vänern - you can choose. Use Kristinehamn as a base for your daytrips and find it is close to almost anything in Värmland. Stay at Kristinehamn manor camping by the seaside walkway, or at exclusive hotel rooms at Sockerslottet in the town centre, family friendly Hotell Marieberg, dog friendly Park hotell or one of Swedens biggest hostels KrongårdenThe alternatives are many, we only mentioned a few. Information about more accomodation you find here.

Holidaying with a motor home or caravan in Kristinehamn is popular. Kristinehamn has businesses specialising in this area so you can get good service in many ways. And of course there are many attractive motor home parking sites.


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