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Moments to remember visitkarlskogadegerfors.se

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Welcome to Karlskoga and Degerfors! In Karlskoga where the Tourist Office is open all year round, you can buy tickets to events (via Ticketmaster), buy fishing permits and pick up information and tips on what you can do in the area. We organise city tours with a guide. In Degerfors where the Tourist Office is open during summer, you can borrow a life jacket, rent a bike, buy a fishing permit and receive tips on where to holiday. We also have maps and other information about the surrounding areas. We organise guided tours in Sveafallen for adults and children Watch our online videos: visitkarlskogadegerfors.se/sv/upptacka/filmer-om-oss 2

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Contents Alfred Nobel’s Björkborn page 4-5 Cultural Centre Berget page 6-7 Lunedet Camping, café & restaurant page 8-9 Granbergsdals hytta page 10-11 Culture, art and the home district page 12-13 Churches page 14-16 Shopping Antiques & Flea markets page 17-19 Åtorp page 20 Svartå page 21 Gelleråsen Arena page 22 Motor sports week page 23 Karlskoga Golf Club page 24 JPM Bowling/Culture & Society page 25 The Degernäs area page 26-27 Boda Borg page 28-29 Stora Valla area page 30-31 Draisine page 32-33 Fishing page 34-37 Outdoor page 38-39 Facilities page 40-41 Labbsand page 42-43 Grönfeltsgården page 44-45 Udden page 46-47 Gastro Bar & Kök page 48-49 Restaurants & cafés page 50-54 Accommodation page 55-57 Checklist page 58-59 Current events can be found here: visitkarlskogadegerfors.se Follow us also on facebook.com/visitkarlskogadegerfors/ instagram @VisitKarlskogaDegerfors Population Karlskoga Degerfors 30,386 9,668 Number of nature reserves 38 Number of angling lakes 100 3

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Alfred Nobel’s Björkborn We are very proud of Alfred Nobel and we are only too happy to talk about “Alfred Nobel’s Karlskoga” The Nobel prizes are famous throughout the world. Not as well known is the fact that Nobel’s last will and testament was validated at Karlskoga District Court, which laid the foundations for the Nobel Prizes. In 1893 Alfred Nobel acquired Bofors industries along with Björkborn Manor and furnished his Swedish home and equipped a laboratory for his experiments. These areas reflect how Alfred Nobel and the mill workers spent their lives. The Nobel Museum in Karlskoga is dedicated to celebrating the life of Alfred Nobel, the inventor, entrepreneur, donor and founder of the Nobel prizes. Alfred Nobel lived here during the summers, in the final years of his life. He built a laboratory near the mansion where he conducted his experiments with gunpowder and artificial rubber. The laboratory is still there, and it now displays exhibitions about Alfred Nobel’s experiments and entrepreneurship. Street address: Björkbornsvägen 10. Telephone: 0586-834 94 Email: info@nobelkarlskoga.se www.nobelkarlskoga.se 4

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Facts & history about Alfred Nobel He was born in Stockholm on 21 October 1833. As a 17-year-old, he could speak 5 languages fluently. He died in San Remo, Italy, on 10 December 1896. He was buried at Norra kyrkogården (the Northern Cemetery) in Stockholm. At the time of his death he had 355 registered patents, including dynamite. His last will and testament was validated at Karlskoga District Court in 1897. The first Nobel prizes were awarded in 1901. In the area there is also: Meeting place Alfred Nobel – modern conference facilities in the manor’s stables. Industrial Museum – showing industrial history from the years 1646-1893. Fiffiga huset – experimental workshop for children. Café Alfred Nobel. Sju slöjdare – crafts store. Summer theatre for children. Herrgårdsparken (Manor park). 5

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Kulturcentrum Berget Visit Kulturcentrum Berget (Berget Cultural Centre) and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Järnverket’s workers’ dwellings from the 19th century are bursting with life – you will find a shop, craftworks, a smithy, carriage houses, “nostalgivind” – an attic full of old artefacts, a museum, exhibitions, a café, a baker’s cottage, Lilla Svingelskogen (fairytale forest for children) and an animal enclosure. Each year there are markets such as flea markets, Medieval day, Farmers’ day, a Christmas market as well as numerous events held throughout the summer. You can also hire an assembly room. This is where the nature reserve Sveafallen begins, with its remains of the ice sheet with meltwater channels, boulders and giant cauldrons. The first iron foundry was established in Degerfors in the 17th century, and by the 19th century it had grown into a modern ironworks. Today, Outokumpu is a world-leading steel manufacturer. Street address: Strömsnäsvägen 3, 693 32 Degerfors Telephone: 0586-484 05 www.kulturcentrumberget.com Email:handelsboden@kulturcentrumberget.com 6 Sveafallen guided tours. Telephone: 058648393, 432 41 or 073-373 02 07 www.lansstyrelsen.se www.degerfors.se

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Annidesign Custom design and manufacture of linen clothing. Interior design, furniture and accessories. Clothing, décor and lime paint from Jeanne d’ Arc living and Leila Lindholm’s product range. Furnishing from miljögården (environmental farm). Street address: Strömsnäsvägen 3, 693 32 Degerfors Telephone: 070-586 45 74 Email: annidesign@hotmail.se www.kulturcentrumberget.com Systugan Zari Here you can order sewing work, or sit and sew an item yourself and get help from the staff. New designer, Khaled. Welcome, we are in the building next to the railway line. Street address: Strömsnäsvägen 3, 693 32 Degerfors Telephone: 070-5276755 Email: gittanzari@icloud.com www.kulturcentrumberget.com 7

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Lunedet Camping, café & restaurant Lunnedet lies 10 km north of Karlskoga, an open-air paradise on a peninsula between the lakes Lonnen and Alkvettern. You will also be able to discover Knappfors sluiceway with a trade fair and zoo which is a nice destination to visit. The canal church, with its windows facing the great natural surroundings as its altarpiece, holds church services, concerts, baptisms and weddings throughout the summer. The hiking path around the area has been adapted for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The café, in a miner’s homestead, was built in the late 17th century, and offers a large variety of home-made pastries, ice creams and milkshakes. In the pleasant garden surroundings you can sit on the fantastic furniture made by Grythyttan Stålmöbler and enjoy sandwiches with hand-peeled shrimps or egg and anchovy baguettes. You could also try a classic hamburger platter, club sandwich and a somewhat more modern toasted sandwich with goat cheese, pine nuts and honey. On weekends, singers usually entertain. In front of the café there is a playground with a Street address: Lunnedet, 691 91 Karlskoga Telephone: 0586-15082, Email: lunedet1@gmail.com , www.lunedet.eu 8

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large pirate ship which will fire the children’s Annual events imagination. The restaurant is located in a converted barn which has an outdoor area. À la carte, special orders and buffets, including a Christmas buffet, are served here. The venue is perfect for your wedding reception! One of the most popular dishes is Alkvetter pike-perch on a platter. Licensed to sell alcohol. The campsite is a scenic idyll with 10 cabins of various sizes and 60 pitches with electrical out- 30 April, Walpurgis celebrations with speeches and a bonfire 1 May, Flea market, family day and motor show 6 June, National commemoration day 22 June, Traditional Midsummer celebrations 7 July, Country festival 4 August, Mopar meet A shrimp feast is also organised every Wednesday during the summer. lets for campers, just next to Lake Alkvettern. In the area there is also: a guest jetty, a number of bathing areas, BBQ facilities, a sauna and a place where you can launch your boat. 9

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Granbergsdal’s foundry 1642-1925 Enter the foundry and see how ore became pig iron. The well preserved foundry with its blast furnace, kiln, blower, stamp and crusher was built in the 1640’s and was in operation until 1925. The foundry is considered a historic landmark and of national interest from a technological point of view, the building was declared a certified historic structure in 1986. The foundry is open all year round by appointment with the foundry steward. You can also walk around the foundry grounds on your own with guided information in Swedish, English, German or French, which will help you understand how pig iron was produced. During the summer period, you can shop in Hyttboa (the foundry shop), grab a cup of coffee at Hyttblecket and enjoy the entertainment. You can also make your own lucky nail, when the smithy is available. To the extent possible, the foundry is open when there is entertainment. Granbergsdals hytta & byalag Granbergsdals hytta 070-208 86 51 Hyttbod Kaffestuga Granbergsdal 0586-120 11 10 Bagarstuga Granbergsdal 070-4055306 Solhem föreningsgård Granbergsdal 073-9803756 Email: granbergsdalsbyalag@hotmail.com www.granbergsdalsbyalag.se

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Open during the summers from mid-June to mid-August where there is the Kaffestugan (Coffee House), Hyttboa and the flea market: 14.00-18.00 every day. Activities and entertainment, as well as viewing and guided tours of the foundry are arranged every Friday and Saturday at 15.00 and on Sundays at 16.30. If you would like to bake something yourself, there is access to a bakery. The nature park at the foundry provides experiences for all ages. In the area there is also a lake which you can swim in, a community centre and jogging tracks. This is what you can see and do at the blast furnace The blast furnace is always open. During the summer, there are guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays, price SEK 20/person. You can also book guided tours at other times. Granbergsdals hytta & byalag (village community) arranges Midsummer celebrations, a foundry day, flea markets, musical events and other activities during the summer. In September, charcoal is burned with the serving of stackworkers’pancakes and pork. A well-attended Christmas market ends the year. See website for dates of events. If you are brave enough, you may like to spend the night in the Kôlarkoja (where the charcoal was kept) and one of the Hyttkamrar (where the charcoal/blast furnace workers slept in between shifts), SEK 25/person. 11

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The workers’ museum Gråbo The Workers’ Museum in Gråbo will take you on a nostalgic journey to three workers’ homes that have been brought to life and which are characteristic of the years 1885, 1918 and 1942. Open as per agreement. Street address: Korpkullsvägen 12, 691 53 Karlskoga Telephone: 070-6028790 www.olm.se Krukmakargården – 40 years Exhibition, studio with production and shop. Ceramics in different expressions and materials. Unique and locally produced. Bus groups are welcome. Study trips and courses can be organised. Summer exhibition – Teapots Street address: Noravägen 99, 691 54 Karlskoga Telephone: 0586-725710 www.krukmakargarden.se Karlskoga Art Gallery at Tingshusparken The art gallery organises 12 exhibitions per year with contemporary paintings, graphics, sculptures, crafts and photography and has applications from people throughout the country. The conditions are excellent and there are regular purchases of contemporary art. Street address: Kungsvägen 47, 691 31 Karlskoga Telephone: 0586-61903 www.karlskoga.se Karlskoga old homestead museum in Aggerud Dates back to the Middle Ages. Courtyard with several buildings, including a foundry. Wonderful view of Karlskoga and Lake Möckeln. During the summer there is a café. Guided tours are available. Bus groups. Flea market. Street address: Rektor Lindholms väg, 691 44 Karlskoga Telephone: 0586-57505 www.hembygd.se/karlskoga 12

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Knutsbol’s old homestead museum, summer café Open Saturdays and Sundays, June-August. Annual activities include Walpurgis Night and Midsummer celebrations, Christmas market and flea markets. Street address: Knutsbol, 693 91 Degerfors Telephone: 070-6496658 Email: lars44berggren@hotmail.com www.knutsbolshembygdsgard.se Foundry building Degerfors hembygdsförening (Heritage Society) and Degerfors Tourist Office Local historical archives. Welcome to our tourist office which is open during the summer! Street address: Strömsnäsvägen 1, 693 32 Degerfors Telephone: 0586-43651 www.hbf-degerfors.se Degerfors hembygdsförening The love heart in Sister Esther’s park Buy a padlock and engrave your name on it. Lock the padlock and throw the key into the stainless steel cylinder. Your love/friendship will last forever. Street address: Strömsnäsvägen 1 www.visitdegerfors.se Folkets Park Degerfors Newly renovated public park in a wonderful environment. Dancing arranged on Wednesdays, March-September. Drive-in bingo on Sundays, June-September. The park can be rented during the summer. Dances arranged on Wednesdays. Street address: Gamla Björneborgsvägen 1, Telephone dancing 079-0141580, other 076-3171067. In charge dancing Anita Larsson 070-6966916 13

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Karlskoga church Karlskoga church, with the oldest part from the year 1586, is built entirely of wood. It is the town’s oldest building, and is an invaluable historic monument. Over a long period of time, the church hall was the only public meeting place in the parish and the care of the church building is a matter of concern for us all. The church is newly renovated so we have now equipped our beautiful church for the future so that we and future generations can continue to manage our heritage. Every weekday at 10-16 between 1 June and 31 August, Karlskoga Parish offers free guided tours of Karlskoga church (the one in the city centre) where you can listen to lunchtime music (on Wednesdays) and summer evening music (on Thursdays). At the parish offices on Kungsvägen 39 (opposite the Tourist Office) you will find “Café 39”, where you can find information about the church’s opening hours and its summer programme. We look forward to seeing you! Karlskoga parish Street address: Kungsvägen 39, 691 31 Karlskoga Telephone: 0586-688 00. Email: karlskoga.forsamling@svenskakyrkan.se. www.svenskakyrkan.se/karlskoga 14

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Lunedskyrkan Lunedskyrkan is Karlskoga parish’s summer church and one of the country’s few canal churches. It is situated on the isthmus between lakes Alkvettern and Lonnen, next to Bergslagen canal where there are boats, wildlife and nature close by. Lunedskyrkan is a so-called mobile church, which means it can be taken down and moved relatively easily. It was originally built in 1969 along the forest trail in Karlskoga. In consultation with the municipality, it was decided that the church would be moved to Lunnedet’s recreation area. On 3 June 1985 it was inaugurated by the then Bishop Sven Ingebrand. Lunedskyrkan now stands on historic ground. The old oak tree at the sluice gate in Knappfors is also called Kungseken (the Royal Oak), it is reputed to be the place that the Dukes Karl and Johan conspired against their brother, King Eric XIV, in the 1500’s. Duke Karl, who later became King Karl IX, was the king who gave Karlskoga its name. Lunedskyrkan is a very popular church for weddings and baptisms. On Sunday evenings during the summer the church is full. 15

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