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.
The first cranes arrive at lake Hornborgasjön as early as mid-March, and a few weeks later the place, which is between Falköping, Skara and Skövde in West Sweden, is filled with thousands of dancing cranes. Do you know why these remarkable birds gather here?
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.
The Crane Festival takes place on the 7 – 15 April. For nine days, two tents by the Trandansen Visitor Centre are filled with activities; birds, nature school, and local food. The festival is jointly organised by a number of different organisations.
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.
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.
You can now combine a visit to Falbygdens Osteria in Falköping with a trip to see the birdlife at Lake Hornborgasjön. During the trip you get to sample tasty cheeses, learn more about the cheese traditions of Västergötland and visit the Trandansen Visitor Centre.
The ruins of one of Sweden's oldest churches lie on the hill behind Varnhems monastery; a private farm church from the Viking Age. The place is called Kata Farm and archaeologists have made sensational finds during their excavations.
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.