Oriental oasis in the old mining district

For those looking for exotic seclusion in the Swedish natural environment is a rare park and garden gem one mil south of Askersund. Bastedalens China Park was built in the 1960's by Ebbe Johnson, editor of Östgöta Correspondent, with a keen interest in Asian culture and garden art.

Since 1986 it has carefully been run by Pia Stenströmer on Bastedalens mansion, now left over the operation and maintenance of landscape architect Annika Olstedt. The expansive garden contains foreign elements in the form of plants, trees and ornaments.

- It includes temple tree Gingko, Earth's oldest trees, and Katsura, kakträd, says Annika looking forward to form cutting and clearing for the season.
- You may not think that many of the plants have their origin in Asia, such arrow, bamboo and peonies. What distinguishes the Chinese garden is that it is relatively friväxt and a concentrate of nature itself, but marked by the human hand.

The garden shall reflect nature's and man's constant changeability, our well-being, also aging, which also has its beauty. The park is located in an old limestone quarry which, with its high walls provide the perfect backdrop to the different nature of the rooms. The pavilions at selected locations have their own poetic name, as "The Gambling wind pavilion. Here you can for a moment sink, catch your breath and cool off from the outside world frantic pace.

Had Aalto

New book for Vättern Passengers

For those looking for more useful tips on places to visit around Vättern, or have specific ties this mythical lake, is the book "Vättern - Meetings food people". It is a mixture between the guide and inspiration-cookbook, in beautiful photographs accentuates forty well-selected locations around the lake.

It is the journalist Ivana Vukadinovic who explored and together with photographer Desiré Östergren embarked on a journey that evokes both the senses and food / lust for life. Through their personal encounters with different people conveyed knowledge in a fun way about both the history and geography of nature and culture. It is a journey in four provinces; Östergötland, Småland, Västergötland and Närke. They stop to everything from castles to more simple, intimate coffee houses, mills, churches and B. The unique environment has its own story to life through the people and the food is the common thread - the green is the emphasis on organic and locally grown. Recipes get your mouth watering.

On the pier Glass Restaurant and bistro in Motala served example älgchiligryta and älgburgare, as well as a different and laced cream menu. Barn 206 Vadstena offers Cheat Chef autumn soup, and the legendary 50's diner in Gränna serves polka kladdkaka. There we learn that every morning, a bunch of old men to eat the "old man sandwich" with liver pate and pickles or fried egg and caviar. For those who want to be a tourist at home, this is a good tipsbok to discover gems in its vicinity that you might not known. For how many Odeshog visited Urnaturs cool forest hotel which attracts visitors from around the world? Here you are both close to nature and the menu says Ulrika chard steaks. Uppgrenna Nature House is a more upscale Visitor Center with a glass roof and Mediterranean garden, built on the basis of the idea of ​​nature's healing power. There are also visits to the Swedish Broadcasting Museum in Motala, Visitor Center Takern and in the vast, bewitching Tivedsskogen - or "pagans and häxkarlarnas forest" as the author Verner von Heidenstamsgatan called the.

Here and there the year around Vättern you can take note of some texts from the book and the page 6 also a recipe.

TEXT: Had Aalto

Art and Antiquities best tips in Mjölby

Ia Lindgren is one of 20 entered in Mjölby Arttour.
She and the other artists show their works in each studio, which can be visited by appointment.


Mjölby art tour takes place 17-19 August and the group exhibition with the 20 ordinary members plus some guests will take place in the old power station in the city center, beautifully situated near the homestead farm and left the buildings.
- This is the best part of Mjölby, says the artist Ia Lindgren. The large height differences in Mjölby beds for the waterfalls and the old mill environment, around which Hembygdsparken grew up. Ia Lindgren receives in his studio that she designed herself.
- There is a great diversity of expressions and techniques in konstrundan, and we who participate develop together when we meet. Most of the artists exhibiting in their studios in addition to the group exhibition, and they can of course visit at other times of the year, says Ia Lindgren. The website shows what is offered and there is contact information for artists, so you can determine the time if you want to come and watch. Ia Lindgren Guides addition Hembygdsparken is very much about interesting relics: Royal mounds and Lund slope outside Vallerstad. Lund slope is an age-old cemetery with stones set in a manner similar to Stonehenge in England Högby stone think Ia Lindgren also interesting. It is a rune that contains a full pedigree on one side.


The forest attracts 100 000 visitors

Tiveden National Park in northern Vättern attracts each year around 100 000 visitors. There are forest trails and lakes, yes a versatile nature. Tiveden is a much larger area than the National Park and also houses the nature reserve Fagertärn, known for its unique red water lilies.

Morning fog over Östgöta Bay, big Triangle. Tiveden dress in all seasons!

It is early morning in July. The smell of pine and fresh strikes against me, when I step out of the car at Vitsand in Tiveden National Park. The dog shakes impatiently for themselves while I fumble with the leash. We will take a morning walk to Tärnekullen. If only a few hours will Vitsand be filled with bathers, but not yet. So far, the Grand Trehörningens amber water still. No kids tearing up the smooth surface as they wade in the shallow, tepid water. On the way down to the lake, we pass the newly built toilets and changing rooms. Environmental Protection Agency and the provincial government has invested heavily, in addition to the available facilities is a wooden deck down to the water and along a bit of beach. Another wide footbridge leads through the woods up to the Junker Jägare stone. There is easy to get around with a stroller as well as a walker and wheelchair. But the dog and I have a good deal more challenging walk ahead.

estimated results
We leave the wooden deck and the light at the beach behind us. Soon we are surrounded by old trees and moss. It's cooler in the shade of the trees, but where the sun looking down steams moss of dew. The hiking trails in the national park is appreciated. 100 000 visitors annually tread these paths and many come back. The mythical forest with its ravines and boulders, seems to have a special place in the hearts of people. I am considering further, for Tiveden is also my heart forest, but why? What is it Tiveden that puts so strongly of the guests as well as locals?

Boulders left behind by the ice, creates powerful and imaginative formations around the woods.

expansive views
I awakened from my thoughts that we arrive at Vitsandsgrottorna. For 8000 years ago, the ice boulders along the steep Tärnekullens. Ever since then they stand piled pell-mell on one another and between blocks the trail. Soon, we stand above the boulders and looks out over Vitsandstärnarna. I take a breather, gears up for the continued climb. The next piece is much steeper. But once on top, is the view of the endless woods and the company of old-growth pine the crooked crowns, all worthwhile. We're sitting there on a stone, I and the dog. The questions from the woods below makes itself felt. Maybe it's the contrast that makes it. Here you will find everything from the wildest forest, to ekängar, use and cultural landscape. It is a vibrant community with several operators offering accommodation, local food, crafts, riding excursions, paddling, biking, pub evenings with music, guide tours and game safaris. Tiveden is so much larger than the national park, yes no matter how long you are here there is always something more to discover.


English garden inspired

The praise from the guests is evident and hit many regulars, says Ann Hyltse who with her husband runs Huskvarna Hotel & Hostels. The couple took over 2008 by Ann's parents and started when even the hotel in Rosendala mansion 1774.

A lot of effort and care has gone into the renovation and decoration, where both the hotel and hostel are individually decorated so that you feel at home. The rooms in the hostel is in New England Style, the hotel has a more romantic touch. Perhaps inspired by the English garden that previously was connected and stretched all the way to the pavilion at Rumlaborg, which at the time held literary meetings with writers joined, says Ann Hyltse.
Location is also good, five minutes from Vätterstranden where you can swim, near the marina and within walking distance of downtown Huskvarna. Husqvarna Fabriksmuseum is widely known, among other things, for his collection of motorcycles.
Many people who are going to Granna, Visingsö Jönköping or sleeping over here and close Email:4an is located Brunstorps trädgårdscafe, well known for its large fruit tree plantations.
Ann Hyltse enjoys his work. It is varied and she gets to meet new people all the time.
What is new is that they have invested more in rent for conferences, health events and yoga courses are held regularly.


Vättern is surrounded by industrial

The cradle of Swedish industry is said to be found in Motala. It founded the Baltzar von Platen, Motala 1822. A strategic location, given that the workshop would provide for the construction of the canal with a large amount of iron parts, tool, locks and bridges.

The construction of the canal, in turn, was a prerequisite for what later would be called industrialization. They needed faster transportation routes for the material to be processed and the finished products. The idea of ​​a canal had been around long before von Platen presented their thoughts "treatise on canaler by Sweden". Already in the 1500s, Bishop Brask, he with tag, been thinking about it. So you can probably imagine that channel the idea had taken root when von Platen 1806 presented his thesis for King Gustav IV Adolf. The king said yes to the project a couple of years later, 1810 put one shovel in the ground. But the industrial history is far older than that, 600 year, more particularly. Hydroelectric, large forests, the ore and transportation on Vättern made attractive area for preparing, from among other flour and matches the Steel, boats and locomotive. Among the first establishments is what came to be Forsviks use. Here, at the farm forsvik, where Lake Creek flows into Lake Bottom and lake, was in the early 1400s flour mill. The farm was donated to the Vadstena who built a sawmill and a forge. Water sawmill in Forsvik is the country's first known sawmill that is mentioned in writing. In Forsviks vattensåg sawn boards to the monastery building in Vadstena. The monastery adopts early even a hammer mill. At the Reformation 1527 and the monastery's dissolution became forsvik to the Crown. Wood sawed in Forsvik was transported to the castle in Vadstena Gustav Vasa started building. Today Forsviks use a popular museum with historic buildings, exciting exhibitions, a working railway and also whatever the visitor needs in the form of rations.

One of the few surviving huts
We travel further in the industrial history of track and find a piece Vätterns north along the western shore of one of the country's few surviving cabin facilities, Igelbäcken blast, located only a few meters from the national highway 49. The original hut was built 1696 and was one of many hundreds of foundries in the region that benefited from ore deposits and forests milades to coal, the most important ingredient to transform the ore into pig iron. The current hut from the early 1800s was driven right up to the 1923.

We set the trip continues north, Askersund past and on to Zinkgruvan, Perhaps best known as a major producer of zinc- and ore. The current mining down to the 1300 meters may not sommarturistens goals. However, it is the origin of today's mining, and then slopes we return again to the Middle Ages. Already in the 1200s iron ore was mined in several mines in the area northeast of Lake Vättern. For a number of years during 1300's first half was Saint Birgitta Garpa, Västerby, Amme and Nyhytte mines which she inherited from her father Birger Persson. After several changes of ownership and development of mining through the centuries as we arrive at 1863 when Alfred Nobel test blasts in Knalla mine. And it is here you will find it interesting visit to the goal, Zinkgruvans museum. A museum which in many ways is alive with guided both above and below ground. Since a few years back, you have the option to go with experienced miners 200 meters down.

Motala Works
Again road, Now south and Motala and the real cradle of industrialization. Here too, we meet at a still successful high-tech industrial company with the same name as the Baltzar von Plan laid the foundation - Motala Works. But it is not here a vacationing visitors find their way, but Motala Industrial Museum on the site next to the canal where the business started. Here, a variety of objects from the start of construction of the canal to the current production is viewed and admired. Carlsund Loket from 1862, a heretofore 1300 built locomotive, which 700 the steam locomotive. Another example is a sjöångmaskin from 1915 that the ship Lancheron be delivered to St. Petersburg. World war and revolution got in the way as boat and engine remained in Motala.

Limestone has been mined in the area north of Omberg since the Middle Ages. The stone has been used as building material for both Alvastra of the canal, and not least Karlsborg Fortress. Limestone mining continues everywhere even in Borghamn where two stone industry extracts and refines stone for construction, main floor, staircases, countertops, etc.. Borghamn, besides quarrying has served as a fishing port, is well worth a visit, but looking a stone museum, there is indeed such a Örberga at the church just south of Vadstena.

Husqvarna Huskvarna
To find the next target in the hunt for exciting industrial carries it south, Huskvarna, city ​​that can be said to be hopväxt with Jonkoping. To list all the products manufactured under the Husqvarna brand would be a long list. Here, the story back to 1620 New rifle factory then formed. It was a decision of the Gustavus Adolphus, which was at war with several countries. When he became king he inherited three wars and later he came to participate in several other. This meant that they needed to ensure weapons production in the country and thus the decision was made five so-called factories, which was a Jonkoping. Eventually moved to Huskvarna Jönköping rifle factory in order to take advantage of Huskvarna case and was eventually in what today is Husqvarna. For many it is certainly the name of Husqvarna associated with weapons. Others may think more of sewing machines, motorcycles, chainsaws ... That said, list of items manufactured under the brand name is long and Husqvarna production and importance for Sweden is illustrated in the best way at the Husqvarna Museum run by the Huskvarna Local History Society, with support from Husqvarna AB. The collection is complete with many interesting surprises that attempt in the 1960s to launch a hot dog machine with mikrovågseknik. And this was with spelling. Husqvarna name comes from the mill on the case already 1528 named 'Husquernen', Housing mill. Modern language changed city name to Huskvarna while the company Husqvarna retained the old spelling form.

The stick that conquered the world
Campfires have been vital to man. Flinta, steel and tinder was replaced in the early 1800s with phosphorous match, in a many pieces lethal invention. Sticks could beat the fire only by contact between two sticks. This caused numerous incidents and accidents. Most serious was that the needles contained the toxic yellow phosphorus. So this kind of matches was banned in more and more countries. This triggered a Swedish researcher, Gustaf Erik Pasch invented the safety match "light only on the box plan". Pasch received a patent but failed to commercialization. It was instead jönköping bördige John Edvard Lundström who started Jönköping match. Experiments with sticks and Plan took their time, but at the World Exhibition in Paris 1855 turned the stick work and aroused great interest. This is only a selection from the history of this Swedish blockbuster product. You obviously want to know more and visit as the world's only match museum which is located in Jönköping. In match the original factory building 1848 to life säkerhetständstickans history.

The only remaining match factory
A piece of the north, west of Lake Vättern and a piece of inland, Tidaholm, we find more match history, and actually, Sweden's only remaining match factory owned by Swedish Match. About how it was that Ivar Kreuger in the late 1920s controlled 72 percent of the world match production and how the story developed after the, yes it will get to visit Tidaholms museum to learn more about. And how it came about that in Tidaholm also between 1903 and 1934 manufactured 1000 vehicle, cars and trucks at Tidaholms Use. Even after that period made some vehicles here, most of specialtyp, as fire trucks and armored cars, under the name Tidaholm Works.


New flavors of Polka Prince

Gränna is synonymous with Candy Cane City and Catrin Kvist, co-owner of the candy store Polka Prince was appointed this year to the Entrepreneur of the Year by the local business association. She receives the prize for his active work in the association, but also because she got off on your own company. It was in connection with Catrin met his partner and grännabon Stefan Fransson 2013 - the same year he won the Candy Cane Cup, she got the saddle on and start working full time in the candy cane industry. She and Stefan, which could then call himself world champion in polkagris baking, started 2016 Polka Prince central Gränna. Stephen grew up in the industry and also runs the candy factory Franssons confectionery started 1965 of his father Alf, which was a profile in Gränna. Alf started early in the 1970s to show polkagris baking for the customers in the store and 1989 he set a record by baking the world's longest candy cane. Today it is busy with the production of both companies, and the range is classic standard assortment of salty toads, foam and jelly bananas hard candies, and experimenting with newer flavors like chilli in different strength and constantly new flavors, i år Salty Caramel, Pineapple Coconut and Red Pig. But only the classic red and white can be called candy cane, the other is candy bars. What's the best Granna?

- all lovely people to come to know, the city is so well preserved and traditions are important. For us, the summer work, but also fishing on Vättern and socializing with friends.


Self-sufficient organic farm

David Appelgren.

Omberg is one of the country's most visited natural areas with a large eco-park and the vast beech forests are nature reserves. At the foot of the mountain lies Omberg organic farm and live here David and Royal Appelgren as they learn. Three years ago the couple moved here.
- We were looking for a place where we could begin to grow and to live self-sufficient. The soil around Omberg is very fertile and there are many, Also large-scale organic agriculture, says David Appelgren who believe it is due to an increased knowledge of old traditions and the natural cycle. In three years, a lot has happened. David is the first in the country that succeeded in quinoa cultivation. As chairman of the Swedish Hemp Association, he is also busy with lectures and training days on how to take advantage of even this ancient culture- and crop plant, which is a super crop in terms of its versatility and its high nutrient content. Since a few years, David works actively to promote Swedish food craftsmanship. He propagates to take advantage of Swedish produce and want to raise the level of food by spreading knowledge about the quality and matfusk.
– 90 percent of the apple crops in our gardens rotting away. So it is not in Latvia Institute come from or in Germany and Switzerland, where particularly the older generation learned to utilize and preserve. Together, David and Royal experimented own products they sold successfully, as hemp hemp butter o steaks and Nordic hummus on wild garlic and local cultured yellow peas, flavored with yeast own cider vinegar. In the spring, it is time to drop the birches sap and then do the sour sap. To engage local people organized tours where you learn to utilize wild plants. The shelves in the farm shop empties quickly, but they do not want to hire more people.
- We believe in small scale of what we do will be characterized by care and love. In the current situation must be contact us via facebook page if you want to come for a visit, are interested in any product or want to know more about us and our business.


Fishing a central part of Vättern Life

With 25 000 paying customers a year are Carléns Fish & Vätterstranden Crayfish a given destination in Habo. - Here's something for all tastes, says CEO:n Mary Carlin.

When Maria Carlen hauls up key ring, opens the door to his workplace and throws a glance toward the clock behind the freezer indicates the small pointer on four. A few minutes later she begins today's commitments: smoking fish, fill in with new sauces shelves, testing a herring Species, fill with ice and swab the shop floor is top of the to-do list. But Maria Carlen has no problem to get up early in the morning.
- The job is a passion. Getting to see and meet all customer satisfaction is a favor, she says. A few kilometers from here, Habo, are perhaps the country's most distinctive wooden church, which every year attracts around 25 000 visitors. But the question is whether Carléns Fish & Vättergatan Crayfish is at least as big excursion.
- I check on our receipts so I can at least say that we have 25 000 paying customers, Maria says with a smile peering. Years 2001 she met the man who would become her husband, the fisherman Anders Carlen. That same year, she stepped into the business he started five years earlier.
- Many fishermen are at sea all the time and find it difficult to find time to run and develop the activities that take place on land. We like to say that Mr Fish and I'll do the rest, says Maria.

Busy with "the rest"
The "rest" includes everything from smoking fish, cook seafood, responsible for purchasing, emptying garbage, plan strategies for the coming years and to make good dishes with Vätterns fish and shellfish base.
- Enough, I have to do. But I never count how many hours I work. It's fun to think along such lines, says Maria. Her husband Anders is one of nearly 20 fishermen by Vättern. From its base in Svedåns port he goes almost every day, year round, out with his twelve-meter boat, hoping to catch fish in public waters.
- Some days it's nothing in the nets and when the wind blows he can not even get out on the lake. But usually we have luck fishing with us, says Maria.
- It is obvious that Vättern Fish is popular and that many take long detours to find their närfiskade favorites. Charles is perhaps the most sought-after. But we also have trout, perch, and walleye pike. In total there are 32 species in Vättern. In volume terms, however, the signal crayfish greatest. - We began to boil crayfish 2001 and has over time become specialists in the. In the summer, we often visited by locals who pack the luggage compartments full of crabs packed in Styrofoam boxes, says Maria. Company scourge, she says, is to find the perfect dill.
- Fortunately, we collaborate with farmers in southern Sweden and Vadstena delivering to us. We need Dill really nice to be able to cook crayfish on our way. The identity of our goods, they taste in a special way, is very important.

Something for everyone
Besides seafood, visitors can also buy things that fit well with fish and the store concept.
- We should not be a general store in the country without a destination for fish and delicacies. Those who come here often do it for a fancy dinner and are committed to the event to be successful. Then, you want tips and ideas about what contributes to a complete meal experience. The shelves and over the counter are therefore everything from spices, rapeseed oil with dill flavor and biscuits to bread, vegetables and other accessories that you may need for their fish.
- Here is something for everyone. I dare say that we have 100 percent purchase frequency, concludes Maria Carlen.

want to develop
Another person who advocates the fishing on Vättern Jonny Stahl, Chairman of Vätterns Fiskareförbund; fishermen organization.
- I want to see a developed tourist industry, in collaboration with the fishing and would like to see the development of more products with fish from the lake. The fish and chips on the lake is a product I really believe in. We have very ample lake in the lake and it also needs to be taken to maintain a balance with other species in the lake. For two years, pushing Jonny a prized fish shop at Ödeshögs Square. The aim is to provide närfiskad fish such as pike, pike-perch, perch, whitefish, trout and char from the lake.
- We want to provide the opportunity for everyone to be able to buy these fish at a good price and that the fish must be fresh. Often the fish caught in the morning and in the store when we open. The fish shop are also a wide range of smoked fish from Sjöarps smokehouse and cradle smokehouse.
- Sjöarp Smoke Vätterstranden Fish that we have in store. We also have quality herring, honey from our own beekeeping and sausage made from wild game meat. During the season there are also cooked Vättern Crayfish. There is opportunity for those who wish to sit down and eat a lunch platter with smoked salmon and potato salad that you can also get takeaway, says Jonny. Another part of his business is fisheries management where he rents and sells equipment for fisheries.
- These are special nets used to catch roach and bream in the lakes where white fish become too numerous. I take orders in the fall and has manufactured equipment during the winter months. If time I help also with the shooting of gear but then the customer manage the fisheries in the house.

Unilateral fishing threatens
In an interview with Corren last year stated that Jonny fishing in Vättern has become too one-sided focus on certain species such as salmon and trout. He wants whitefish will get going again.
- The whitefish has a great potential for tourism. There are plenty of whitefish in the lake that needs to be taken when it is competing for food for other species, including char. Smoked whitefish is real summer food and fits well both on sandwich, a crispbread slice or with boiled potatoes or potato. When a visitor arrives at any port around Vättern would like to have something to eat on the spot, Feel free food that is special for Vättern - and then whitefish a given location.

Text: Henrik Lenngren
Photo: LQ Pictures

It features seafood:
Carlens Fish & Vätterstranden Crayfish. Info: carlensfisk.se
Zeth Rylander. Info: vildvatterfisk.se/producenter/zeth-rylander
Hjo-Sik. Info: hjosik.se
Gustavsson's fish and crayfish. Info: vildvatterfisk.se/producenter/gustavssons-fisk-och-kraftor
Klangahamns fiskeläger. Info: klangahamn.n.nu
Fiskboa Motala. Info: facebook.com/FiskeboaMotala/?locale2=sv_SE
Borghamns Kiosk & Fisk. Info: borghamnskiosk.se
Fiskboden in Ödeshög. Info: facebook.com/fiskbodeniodeshog
Bengtsgården Visingsö. Info: bengtsgarden.se/fiskboden-gardsbutik-restaurang.html
Gränna smokehouse & Fiskelyckan. Info: grannarokeri.se
Market Hall Vätterstranden Fish. Info: vatterfisk.se/galleri


Steamboat adorn port

Discover Hjo from the sea in summer. Take a ride on board the steamer traffic - steamer from 1892 som ”still is going strong”.

The steamer S / S Traffic Hjo K-labeled by the National Maritime Museum and referred to as having "Particularly great historical value". The boat is from 1892, was saved from scrapped 1972 and are then 1977 Hjo port where it goes with regular trips in summer. One of those who have been there from the start of the voluntary work behind Anders Svensson. The proximity to the waterfront and the port was the condition for him to move here from Gothenburg. Into the bargain, he received the commitment for the S / S traffic which today occupies a large part of his free time. Society S / S Trafik friends are always looking for interested parties who want to be involved as well as nurture operate the ship.
- We are a core group of 15 people who work with everything from maintenance to the preparation and operation. In summer it is totally 30-40 people who help. The tours go to Hästholmen, Vadstena and Visingsö. It organized a couple of tours by steamboat jazz, and those who wish can also rent a boat for a trip on the lake. Traffic takes up to 150 people on board who can stay in the four different salons with the turn of the century furnishings in plush, mahogany and brass. There is also a café- and souvenir sales.
- It takes a lot of work to saddling up all the carbon that is spent, 200 kg per hour, says Anders Svensson. Hjo is a popular and well-attended summer town, known for its well-preserved medieval town center and the old wooden houses from the 1700-1800's. It is beautiful to walk in the sprawling city park, where Societetshuset today houses a museum experiment. Many come of course to the harbor where you can eat vättersik and char or enjoy one of the most famous ice cream cafes. There is also a craft tradition with many craftsmen and artists who have their studios open.