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    Visit Hornborgasjön

    Photographer: Jesper Anhede

Experience the Lake Hornborga region

Around Lake Hornborga, one of Europe’s most important bird lakes, you can experience beautiful scenery and fascinating history, enjoy locally sourced food, see cranes dance at close range, stay in unique accommodation and much more.


Every year, tens of thousands of cranes gather near the Trandansen Information Centre to rest, dance and feed. From mid-March until early April, the cranes stop off at Lake Hornborgasjön on their way from Spain to their breeding sites in the north of Sweden. These large birds put on a unique and powerful natural performance.

Naturum Hornborgasjön

Hornborgasjön is one of the most important bird lakes in Europe and attracts large numbers of visitors, both birds and humans, each year. In 2015, a brand new exhibition about the history of the lake and the birdlife in the area opened in the Naturum Visitor Centre.

Lake Hornborga

Lake Hornborga is located in an amazing natural heritage landscape. In spring, the migratory birds return and the blossoming cherry trees turn the hills white. The first cranes arrive in the middle of March.

Accommodation near Lake Hornborga

Stay in a genuine 19th-century setting, or in a hostel, at a spa, in an artist’s home or a treehouse hotel. Or why not in an elk? Around Lake Hornborga you’ll find fantastic accommodation in a wide range of styles.

See and do

The region around Lake Hornborga offers much more than cranes. It has beautiful countryside, medieval churches, museums, a science centre, galleries and much more. Discover the Lake Hornborga region.

Eat well

This region has several nice restaurants and cafés, so take a break, have a coffee and cake, or a meal. Find the best eating options.

Culture Road Skaraborg

Culture route that ranges from Karleby, past ancient monuments and monastic ruins, passing Hornborgasjön with its rich bird life, on through the Valle region, past the beautiful valleys and spectacular mountain slopes and ends in Tidan.

Hides at Lake Hornborga

If you want to get closer to the cranes and take photographs, hides are available for hire near Trandansen Information Centre in March - April.