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Photographer: Jonas Ingman

Dancing cranes at Lake Hornborga

Thousands of dancing cranes

Hornborgasjön is one of the most important bird lakes in Europe. Thousands of dancing cranes on the way to their breeding grounds attract visitors to the wetlands of Västergötland between Skövde, Skara and Falköping. There are many observation points and a very interesting exhibition.

The rites of spring

The most well-known site for watching the cranes dance is at the southern end of Hornborgasjön. The first flocks of cranes arrive here as early as the middle of March. Normally the cranes can be seen until the end of April, when they fly further north to their breeding grounds. The peak of the crane season is usually at the beginning of April. The birds lunge into the air, bow and circle around each other in their dances. You can’t predict a specific time during the day when they dance, but it almost certainly happens at some point.


There are plenty of parking spaces at Trandansen with excellent views and a Infocenter. On the hill outside the building, there will be an outdoor exhibition about the cranes.

Here you can download a map of the area Trandansen!

Read about the Crane season here!

Stay, eat and have fun

There are many other West Swedish attractions in the area around Hornborgasjön that are well worth a visit. You can find information about places to visit, eateries and options for staying in the area at Visit Hornborgasjön.

Contact information

Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland


52194 Falköping

Phone: +46 102 245 010

E-mail: Send e-mail

Website: hornborga.com/english/