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Photographer: Lina Ikse Bergman

Experience the nature and culture of Mölndal

Mölndal offer you a great variety of nature and culture for short walks and longer hikes. You find several nature reserves with untouched wilderness. Maps are available at the tourist office, Mölndal City Museum, the City Hall, as well as on the Internet.

Lackarebäck is a small canyon north of Gunnebogatan Street, east of the E6 highway at the Lackarebäck junction. The stream is surrounded by a beautiful beech forest, which is unusual for this latitude. If you follow the path along the stream, you may meet the woodpecker and the tawny owl. The Lackarebäck stream was famous for its water in the 1700s and was used was used for breweries.

Rambo bog (Rambo mosse)
This is a very valuable bog area that gives a sense of wilderness despite its near-urban location. In Rambo bog and its surroundings you find rare birds and plants; for exampel the fern-owl has been observed here. The area lies on the border of Härryda municipality near Pixbo.

Lake Hårssjön
Lake Hårssjön and its surroundings are one of Mölndal's finest natural areas with interesting fauna and flora. Its average depth of only four feet make it a good birdlake. There is also an observation tower from which you might spot the bittern and the snipe. The lake is located on the border of Härryda municipality near Pixbo.

Mölndal's Kvarnby historic industrial area
Mölndal's Kvarnby is the heart of historic Mölndal. In the Kvarnby, the rapids where used for grinding grain in the Middle Ages. Today, industrial buildings from the 1800s stand close to the water. In the evenings, the rapids are lit  and is a contrast to the tall, dark brick walls. Particularly spectacular are the rapids in winter when frost and icicles reinforces the impression.

Femstenarör, Rännareflåg
Until the mid 17th century, the border between Sweden and Denmark stood four kilometers northeast of Lindome. Today there is a stone monument on the site. The forest have over the last 100 years developed from heathland into a enchanted forest. In this kind of old forest with dead trees, fungi, lichens and mosses, the insects and birds thrive. 

Hiking area in the middle of Kållered with trails from the medieval church. Traces of human activity from past centuries in the form of stone walls and house foundations.

Isak bog (Isaks mosse)
The Isak bog is a small bog just north of Lindome center. The area consists of beautiful forests worth a visit for an easier walk.

Gunnebo House and Gardens
In Gunnebo there are several options for walking or other exercise in the beautiful nature. The landsccape surrounding the baroque gardens is widely known for its flora and you can find both rare plants and birds. The lakes Rådasjön and Stensjön have nice, child-friendly beaches. The lakes can be discovered by canoe in summers and skating in the winter.

The Börsås caves (Börsåsgrottorna)
From the hill top of Börsåsberget in Hällesåker, you have a beautiful view of the valley. On top of the hill, you find a path that leads right into the Börsåsgrottan caves, which was formed sometime during the Ice Age. Please note: A visit to the caves should be done with caution, as risk of collapse occurs. 

The nature reserve Änggårdsbergen and the Botanical Garden of Gothenburg is a large green area. Änggårdsbergen is a mountainous area with varied scenery, rare insects and a rich bird life. Several finds from the Bronze Age have been made here. There are many trails of different length for those who want to exercise.

Peppared located close to Balltorp. Here you find lots of hazel bushes and large oak trees. The path runs past the site of Peppared old farm with the remains of terrace walls, building foundations and old garden plants. 

Safjället Hill
Safjället Nature Reserve is a 87-hectare mountain, just north of the center of Mölndal, between Toltorpsdalen and Krokslätt. The mountain is a significant feature of the urban landscape, especially with its steep slopes in southwest towards Toltorpsdalen. Here are trails and jogging tracks.
Safjället is rich in ancient monuments. The oldest remains are two stone cists, where finds of ancient jewelry and flint shards have been made. 
On the mountain's southeastern part is a cairn and higher up is a cairn from the Bronze Age.

Sandsjöbacka Nature Reserve
The nature reserve of Sandsjöbacka stretches over three municipalities; Mölndal, Gothenburg and Kungsbacka. You can reach Sandsjöbacka on hiking trails from Sisjön and from Torrekulla, or from Lindome.
The nature reserve is best known for its vast heathlands. these lands were typical for the Swedish westcoast in earlier times, but have disappeared due to farming.
In the many bogs you find cloudberry, cranberry, bog rosemary and sundew. The forests consist of pine, willow, birch, fir and oak. The fauna consists of elk, badgers, foxes, weasels, hares and mink. Furthermore, you might spot up to 150 species of birds, including buzzards and sparrow hawks.