The many parks and gardens of the city can be divided into those that are more utilitarian, for example for sunbathing and recreational purposes and those that are decorative. They all share the same purpose though – that you and the people of Karlstad can appreciate their beauty, relax and spend time in them with family and friends.
The mother of all parks in Karlstad is Mariebergsskogen; part park and part giant open-air museum down by the shores of Lake Vänern. You can get there by bus, waterbus, or on foot. 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.
Stadsträdgården on the other hand is much more and old-style park, which the city started building in 1863. This park is home to some 800 species of trees, bushes, plants and flowers and spread out across 5.5 hectares. In summertime when its flower, plants and trees are in full bloom it is ablaze with colours. It is a great place to go and a wonderful way of spending some ‘you-time’.
Sandgrundsparken lies on promontory behind Värmlands Museum and splits the Klara River in two. This is a new park and it is an interesting one to visit as it is still being developed. It features a magnolia meadow with special lighting effects, sun terraces, walking paths, tens of thousands of blooming bulb plants and offers beautiful views of the Klara River.
As well as these three beautiful parks and gardens Karlstad’s parks and gardens also include; Frödingsparken, Malmtorget, Museiparken, Residenstorget, Teaterparken (great bathing spot down by the Klara River) and Våxnäsparken.
Published date: 2010-03-03