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  • Photographer: Sebastian Streith

Spring outings

  • 09 Mar, 2020

Would you like to go on an outing, see something exciting or just have something delicious to eat? Don’t miss these tips on where to go in the area around Falköping, Skara and Skövde!

Kata gård, Varnhem

During excavations on the hill behind the monastery ruins in Varnhem the archeologists have made sensational findings that tell us stories about from the time before the monks arrived here in the 12th century. In May 2017 an interesting exhibition opened here, and in it you can see how modern architecture meets 1000 year old walls. The place is named Kata Farm  after the woman that lived on the farm located here during the end of the Viking era.

Photographer: Lukasz Larsson Warzecha - LWimages Studio

Walking trails, Lake Hornborga

Several shorter walking trails start near Lake Hornborgasjön. A number of the trails that take in the marshes and heritage landscape start in the area around Hornborga Naturum. 

Photographer: Jonas Ingman

Herrtorps Qvarn, Skara

This delightful location offers both ecological coffee, homemade pastry and deliciously cooked food made out of local produce. The kitchen surely keeps the west Swedish food traditions alive. The mill is quietly located by the shores of the river Flian. Other than delicious meals, Herrtorps Qvarn also offers both fishi

ng, canoeing and beaver safaris.

Mellomgårdens Café och Gårdsbutik, Skara

At Mellomgården café you will find homemade Swedish ”fika” , tasty sandwiches, lighter meals and crispy waffles. In the shop you can browse among a personal selection of interior details, clothes, toys and local products. From the large terrace you can enjoy your meal with a lovely view towards lake Hornborga. 

Photographer: Tuana

Klosterkafét, Varnhem

Next to the monastery church in Varnhem you can find Klosterkafét. Here you can find both something sweet to go with your coffee and lighter lunches. There is a nice outdoor seating area in the garden with a lovely view over the monastery church.

Naturum Hornborgasjön, Broddetorp

Floating on pillars in the lake lies the visitor center naturum Hornborgsjön. In here you will find an exhibition about the history of lake aswell as its birdlife, a slideshow with pictures from the lake, a bird watching tower and a souvenir shop. If you follow the footbridge past the center you will pass two bird hides. If you enter them, have a good patience and the ability to be quiet for a bit you can see the birds in the lake up close. When you reach the end of the footbridge you come to Fågeludden and its larger lookout.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid

Café Doppingen, Broddetorp

Café Doppingen is a café located next to naturum Hornborgasjön. Enjoy a Swedish fika or a tasty lunch in this beautiful spot. They have a large outdoor seating area to enjoy when the weather is nice.

Photographer: Mårten Bergkvist

Löfwings Ateljé och krog, Broddetorp

As a guest at Löfwings you have the possibility to experience the nature inspired paintings made by artist Göran Löfwing in its original environment and see both finished work, and paintings in the making. In the restaurant and café you will be served homemade and homebaked food and pastry, where high quality produce and a sustainable farming are the cornerstones. 

Photographer: Tuana Fridén

Österbergs konditori, Tidan

A classical patisserie located in the village Tidan outside of Skövde. Österbergs konditori was built in 1955, and you can still feel the retro vibe with the original interior and the great hospiality. The patisserie only serves homemade pastry from their own bakery, and some of the recipes are long-standing. On the walls you can see pictures from the history of the bakery.

Photographer: Mårten Bergkvist

Please check the restaurant and tourist attractions opening hours before you set off on your trip. Many of them vary their opening hours depending on the season.

For more suggestions, visit Sights and activities!