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Southern heritage canal - Culture tour nr. 6

Innovative art, traditional handicrafts, modern design, medieval church paintings, the finest cultivated plants and the wingbeats of history. We have put together six suggested day tours for those who want to explore the art and culture of Dalsland. Tour nr. 6 takes you to through the southern part of the Dalsland canal.


Southern heritage canal

A good piece of advice is to take your time on your journey along the canal. Admire the landscape and the engineering features of the locks and famous aqueduct that were constructed in the 1860s. Income from the ironworks in Billingsfors and Bäckefors was used to build a world-class romantic park at
Baldersnäs. In Dals Långed you have an opportunity to re-stock with books and see an exhibition. Kanalmuseet is a museum in Håverud that recounts the history of the canal, and in Upperud you can see modern design and art in a fine old industrial setting.

In our digital map, you will find map positions and directions to all the places to visit on the tour.

Places to visit along the tour

Open air theater

The amphitheater was built in 1792 and is Sweden's oldest surviving theater. It was restored in 1951. Its 200 seats is still used by local music and theater associations for concerts and performances.

Världens ände

 Dals Långed
At Världens ände (the end of the world) or Sistimus, on the northern tip of Baldersnäs peninsula, is a stone bearing a mysterious inscription. This is just one of 40 or so installations in Carl Fredrik Waern’s romantic park, created between 1823 and 1858.


 Dals Långed, Bengtsfors
From Laxsjön the Dalsland Canal continues south through the lock in Långbron, where you can stop for coffee at the café by the locks. And don’t forget Bokskåpet if you need a new book to read – for free.

Steneby konsthall

 Dals Långed
Steneby konsthall is an art gallery that is part of Steneby Academy of Design and Crafts, offring courses at vocational and university level.

Steneby antikvariat

 Dals Långed
Steneby antikvariat is a second-hand book shop next to the four locks at Långed. It does not have regular opening hours, but get in touch if you want to browse among some carefully selected books.
Phone: +46 (0)70-6833889.

Rock carvings in Högsbyn

 Dals Långed
The rock carvings in Högsbyn form the largest and most impressive ancient monument in Dalsland.

The lock in Buterud

Little has changed at the lock in Buterud since the canal was opened 153 years ago. The canal is an important piece of cultural and industrial heritage, and the lock in Buterud is still hand-operated.

The aqueduct in Håverud

The aqueduct in Håverud was designed by the great railway and canal builder of the time, Nils Ericson, to navigate the difficult passage through Håverud. Today it attracts visitors from all over the world.


A museum dedicated to the story of the people who lived and worked on or near the canal. The well-presented exhibits include recreations of settings and many fascinating objects.

Upperud 9:9

Upperud 9:9 has uniquely designed rooms in a former grain silo, and coffee and dinner are served on the jetty. Keep an eye out for the popular music evenings.

Dalslands Konstmuseum

Just around the corner from the lock in Upperud. There are regular contemporary exhibitions from March to November. A permanent exhibition from the history of Dalsland and a café with breathtaking views.

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We have created six exciting cultural tours where you can discover known and some unknown places to visit and maybe have a coffee along the way. Museums, monuments, churches and much more to discover.


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