Have you heard about the forgotten paradise? Where the countryside is something out of the ordinary, where lots of small communities form a string of pearls along the river Göta älv, making the district of Ale a place where public services, activities and shops are never far away.
Evidence of human occupancy has been dated back as far as 8000 or 9000 years. Our most famous finding, the Äskekärr ship, is a clear indication that Ale has been an arena of events throughout history. Several Viking artefacts, discovered in the area, have made us curious about what was happening here a thousand years ago.
Although much has evolved since then, the beauty of the countryside lives on and is one of the great charms of the area. The swimming lakes are idyllic, the fishing lakes attract many visitors each year, and Risveden nature reserve in the heart of Ale offers a magnificent experience.
In Ale, there are also excellent opportunities for combining the discovery of nature with outdoor activities. Kungsgården in Alvhem has a golf course that is surrounded by beautiful, lush countryside. Visitors who are not swinging a golf club can meander along a cultural trail.
Visitors should take the opportunity to explore our fine museums. The Glassworks Museum in Surte and the Museum of Rope Making in Älvängen. They tell the history of two great products – glass and rope, both of which put Ale firmly on the map. As we delve deeper into the history of Ale, it becomes more and more fascinating. A few years ago a project was launched to build a Viking farmstead and the site is open to visitors all year round.
Welcome to the forgotten paradise!