Forsviks use a cultural jewel

During the annual forsvik days are usually the area teeming with visitors. Industrial environment is now classed as a listed building and is visited annually by approximately 30 000 people.

The small resort Forsvik in Karlsborg municipality close to the canal is a natural- and cultural gem. Here are the oldest known industrial site - Forsviks use with a combined industrial environment as it looked in the early 1900s. Today classified as a heritage building, with around 30 000 visitors annually. It works Maria Lindevall ago 2000 receptionist, Guide and exhibitions. Maria tells how the whole forsvik lives up in summer.
- It's the big picture of the beautiful environment, where, through a series of activities and events both want to make history live and provide visitors with pleasant experiences. The mill was closed down 1977 and the buildings began to decay, but in the early 1980s, it was realized that the value of the environment and started major renovation works. In total there are twelve restored buildings showing both production and how people lived in the community around the mill and the living environment of workers'.
- Previously, it has been mostly focused on the technical process, but when 600 anniversary 2010 and then in the exhibition "The women's stories" we have chosen to highlight women and their significance has been forgotten. There were many women use cartridges that appeared in the hidden. It was Elizabeth Cronström who ruled mill 40 years 2017. She was single-minded, rich and widow, which at the time was the premise. New this year is the exhibition of the great iron foundry. It shows all aspects of work in a foundry from the working to the casting process, concludes Maria Lindevall.

Art Round with growing pains

The past three years have been Southern Vätterbygdens art tour had growing pains of a rapidly expanding organization. Now the work begins to fall into place and the much-needed muscle rest with a built up structure has set konstrundan on the map.

2017 years working. From the left: Natasha Nichols, Elisabeth Glandberger, Sara Magnusson, Jenny Söderlund, Bjorn Will Power, Martina Safe, Anders Andersson, Mattias Hattimas Mogensen, Marie Hertzberg, Soren Nordenström and Vera Zherdev.


- It is wonderful that we are now the third year in a row can arrange konstrundan, says Vera Zherdev, Secretary of the Southern Vätterbygdens art tour. Interest is high and the week before the subscription period has expired, we were fully subscribed with a bunch of reserves in line. Many artists are returning from previous years, says Vera Zherdev, but there will also be a lot of new. Most of the exhibitors are local artists and craftspeople, but we also hitresta from large parts of the country. The goal has always been to involve local art scene to show the diversity that is. The catchment area is large and it becomes difficult for visitors to see everything. The idea is that you get to sift and visit different parts of konstrundan from year to year. collection exhibition, folder and the app will give an overview of the visitors to create their own itinerary.
- Konstrundan is an artist-driven and we are all volunteers, says Vera Zherdev. We who have been involved from the start, had a view to the art tour is open to all. Therefore, the width is large where amateur and professional artists and craftsmen share the attention of visitors. A variation in the materials they work with, and its expression is also an important part of the experience, and therefore we have no restrictions on how large or small works to show the collection exhibition. This is something the visitors really appreciated.

Adventurous aims to Habo

Hakan and Jessica Hagård runs an adventure center on his farm outside Habo.

For the adventurous thrill seeker and physical challenges in the open is Hagårds Lagård in Habo a must. Here the family Hagård in recent years built up an adventure park in beautiful environment with a challenging high rope course, cableway with 500 meter ziplines, climbing wall, Combined Events, paintball and various kinds of shooting. Hagårds barn is on the family farm Julared dating back to the 1600s, on page spouse Håkans, says Jessica. Self she comes from Ornskoldsvik, but has lived here since 1995.
- We did not want to have their own animals, and wondered what we could do with all the old buildings, and then we realized that it would be a fun idea to build a large playground for children and adults, she says. Habo is an idyllic and peaceful society with Habo old wooden church, famous for its wood paintings, fishing in Hökensås and rural café Pleasurable.
- But we lacked adventure activities, So where are we an option. Normally works Jessica rural development in Agriculture, and think it's fun to be able to contribute to something that can develop rural areas. The family's four children are also involved in helping the company.
- It is of course much work we put into this, but it is fun to do something together. They will both private individuals and booked groups, both experienced adventurers beginners, but it is required to have a certain balance and courage.
- We hold firmly to the security so there can feel secure. There is also a café with locally produced ice cream, and a conference room- and dining. It is popular with hen, stag, compounds and groups to book for a moment together adventurous.


Mullsjö beckons with unspoiled nature and delicious pastries

Emma Kristensson is the face of Landhs patisserie in Mullsjö. The pastry shop is, however, even in Habo and Bankeryd.

Anyone who visited the open-air Mullsjö municipality has certainly been on Landhs patisserie founded by the three brothers 1933. Since then, it has expanded considerably and in addition to locals, guests go long distance, for the famous lunch buffets and brunches and cake buffets on weekends. The pastry is fabulously beautiful next Mullsjön where all 100 seats have lake views. Is it really badsugen get permission to take a dip from the bridge, although there is no bathing, says Emma Kristensson that has become the face of Landhs. She has worked here since she finished high school 20 years ago, and the store manager. Landhs has in recent years also launched branches in Bankeryd and Habo, but is best known in Mullsjö. Much has been spread through social media, where Emma is diligent in posting pictures of today's wares, and it is obvious which features the power it gives.
- Sellers are our shrimp sandwiches on rye bread. We also own specialties Tosca Viennese boxes and Finesse pastry with glass of cream and strawberries that is a variation of our popular buns. Budapest pastries with banana are also popular. The wide range from the traditional to the newly created and modern.
- We do everything from scratch and try to have as wide a range as possible. In the summer we organize prawns with troubadour on a few occasions. Mullsjö is otherwise known for its beautiful and pristine nature with long hiking trails in old growth Ryfors, Sweden's oldest golf course and all the lakes.
- It is clean and peaceful and mullsjö residents are softer than city people, experiencing Emma.

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.