• discovering skara, sweden

 

Skara may be small, but the soft and cosy town, surrounded by rolling pockets of green countryside has plenty of heart and history to feast on. Nestled South East of Lake Vanern, Skara is one of Sweden’s oldest towns. With its proximity to Kattegat and its age – it’s easy to imagine Skara as brimming with Viking lore and less than a decade ago, a Viking ship was discovered in the iced blue depths of Lake Vanern.

 

Rather than Valhalla style halls, Skara is punctuated with a beautiful cathedral right in its heart -  a testament to the fact that Skara has held the seat for the bishop since Christianity came to town. The Skara Cathedral is a vision of ornate spires, twisting to meet the sky and its foundations are said to stem from 1050 AD.

 

 

discovering skara

 

The Vastergotlands Museum is another testament to Skara’s fascinating timeline – with medieval inspired displays telling the tale of life in Sweden throughout the ages. From the ancient clang of shields to artifacts of ice and fire, a vast open-air museum, and the sensational Kata Farm with its ancient burial mounds and crypts, history leaps into real life in Skara.

 

The town doesn’t rest on the laurels of its history though, it is also home to Sommarland – the wildest and wettest amusement park in the whole of Sweden. A colorful collection of waterslides, rollercoasters, innocent rides and whooping children make it the ultimate day out – the park even rents wetsuits for when the Swedish chill lingers in the air.

 

Away from the crowds of Sommarland and the clangs of the Cathedral and you can explore the 1100 hectares of the Valle area with its pink and white flowers blooming against a backdrop of green and gold pastures and hardwood forests. Duck into quaint farm shops, cycle along one of the most beautiful roads, and spend a night or two beside the fire in one of the lovely bed and breakfasts scattered across the hills. Those who are fortunate enough to visit Skara in the first flush of rosy spring will see the cranes arrive in their thousands to rest upon the still waters of the lake.

 

discovering skara

 

After days hiking and soaking up history, the Varnhems Kloster Café is a great little pitstop for sipping coffee in the summer garden of the abbey and monastery ruins or tearing into sugared pastries in the warmth. For something a little more formal – the historical Gotala Manor invites you to dine by candlelight.

 

 

discovering skara, sweden

 

Skara may be small, but the soft and cosy town, surrounded by rolling pockets of green countryside has plenty of heart and history to feast on. Nestled South East of Lake Vanern, Skara is one of Sweden’s oldest towns. With its proximity to Kattegat and its age – it’s easy to imagine Skara as brimming with Viking lore and less than a decade ago, a Viking ship was discovered in the iced blue depths of Lake Vanern.

 

Rather than Valhalla style halls, Skara is punctuated with a beautiful cathedral right in its heart -  a testament to the fact that Skara has held the seat for the bishop since Christianity came to town. The Skara Cathedral is a vision of ornate spires, twisting to meet the sky and its foundations are said to stem from 1050 AD.

 

 

discovering skara

 

The Vastergotlands Museum is another testament to Skara’s fascinating timeline – with medieval inspired displays telling the tale of life in Sweden throughout the ages. From the ancient clang of shields to artifacts of ice and fire, a vast open-air museum, and the sensational Kata Farm with its ancient burial mounds and crypts, history leaps into real life in Skara.

 

The town doesn’t rest on the laurels of its history though, it is also home to Sommarland – the wildest and wettest amusement park in the whole of Sweden. A colorful collection of waterslides, rollercoasters, innocent rides and whooping children make it the ultimate day out – the park even rents wetsuits for when the Swedish chill lingers in the air.

 

Away from the crowds of Sommarland and the clangs of the Cathedral and you can explore the 1100 hectares of the Valle area with its pink and white flowers blooming against a backdrop of green and gold pastures and hardwood forests. Duck into quaint farm shops, cycle along one of the most beautiful roads, and spend a night or two beside the fire in one of the lovely bed and breakfasts scattered across the hills. Those who are fortunate enough to visit Skara in the first flush of rosy spring will see the cranes arrive in their thousands to rest upon the still waters of the lake.

 

discovering skara

 

After days hiking and soaking up history, the Varnhems Kloster Café is a great little pitstop for sipping coffee in the summer garden of the abbey and monastery ruins or tearing into sugared pastries in the warmth. For something a little more formal – the historical Gotala Manor invites you to dine by candlelight.

 

 

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    Sarah Lopeman
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