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Things to do in Karlstad
Karlstad is a small city in Värmland Region of Sweden, which translates literally to “warm country.” The summers in Värmland are reportedly the sunniest in Sweden, which is how it got its name. It sits upon Sweden’s largest lake, Lake Vänern. It is located about equally in between Stockholm and Oslo, about 3-3:30 hours to each city. Ice hockey is widely popular in Karlstad due to its great team Färjestad BK that plays in the highest division in Sweden.
Places of Interest in Karlstad
Karlstad is home to many outdoor recreation areas. One of the most popular, especially for children, is Mariebersskogen. It is a free-admission park that has multiple playgrounds, green picnic areas, walking trails, mini golf, and even a petting zoo! I loved going to see the animals. There are cows, horses, pigs, rabbits, goats, chickens, sheep, birds, and more! Another nice place to go is to Lake Vänern. This is both Sweden’s and the European Union’s largest lake and is about 2,181 square miles. Many Swedes come here to camp in the summer in trailers. There is a small beach area where you can go to swim in the summer. There are canoes and kayaks for rent as well. There is also a large forest trail that goes around the lake with outdoor gyms along the trail and plenty of hills to ensure you get a good workout. Hammarö is another nice place to go in good weather. It is a municipality just south of Karlstad that is home to an old lighthouse. It is situated on Lake Vänern, making it a great picnic spot! If you like ice hockey, definitely check out a Färjestad BK game if you are there during the season! The city is crazy about this team, making it a fun atmosphere!
Culture and History of Karlstad
Karlstad has roots stemming from the Viking Age before 1000 AD. It became a city in 1584 and was selected as the regions governmental seat. Karlstad has endured multiple fires, and after the last one in 1865 only the cathedral and a few homes were spared. Karlstad University is home to about 16,000 students, making the city numbered with students. Karlstad is home to Löfbergs Coffee, one of Sweden’s oldest and most popular coffee companies. The factory is situated a 5-minute walk from the city center and is complete with a café where you can get coffee, tea, and some food! They actually roast the coffee there, so on a day when the wind is blowing your way, you are met with the delightful smell of fresh coffee.
Surrounding Areas of Karlstad
From Karlstad you can get to three major cities easily on FlixBus. FlixBus offers routes to Stockholm, Oslo, and Gothenburg from Karlstad. All of these cities are fantastic and highly recommended! If you are visiting in the winter and enjoy skiing, Värmland has a few ski resorts that are not too far from Karlstad such as Valfjället, Ski Sunne, Säfsen, and Hovfjället!
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Buses to Karlstad
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With FlixBus, it’s cheap and easy to travel to Karlstad, as 10 rides are offered starting from only $5.99 depending on the departure city and time. Booking a bus ticket for Karlstad is very easy: you can book online, on the website or using the free FlixBus App, but you can also buy a ticket in our ticket shops or onboard, where you also have the possibility to pay in cash. Booking in advance on our App guarantees the lowest prices, and printing your ticket is not necessary, as you can simply show it from your phone before climbing onboard, sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a comfortable ride to Karlstad!
Why travel to Karlstad with FlixBus
You can get to Karlstad from 10 different cities, and when it’s time to move on, there are as many buses from Karlstad to other destinations. Whether traveling near or far, bus travel is always a sustainable choice. Plus, when you take a trip with FlixBus, you can offset your carbon emissions: just click the CO₂ compensation box when you book your ticket and help us towards our goal of zero emission travel! Pay for your ticket in-person at one of our service desks (cash or card accepted), or book on our website or App paying securely with credit card, PayPal or Google Pay. Then you can look forward to enjoying our onboard services including Wi-Fi, plenty of legroom, comfortable seats and power outlets.
Popular bus routes to Karlstad
Wherever you’re based in Sweden, it’s easy to get to Karlstad: 10 cities are connected to Karlstad, and FlixBus is always ready to welcome you onboard. Looking for some inspiration? Find our most popular routes on this page!
Reserve a seat when you book your FlixBus ticket to Karlstad online or in the App. Whether you want peace and quiet or would like a seat beside friends, we’ve got options to suit everyone. Choose a classic seat or a table seat if you need a little extra space to work or relax. You can also go for a panorama seat at the front of the bus for a great view or reserve the spare seat beside you to enjoy the extra space. There’s no need to worry about what to pack when you travel with FlixBus, as we offer a carry-on bag and checked bag for every traveler included in the ticket. Stow your luggage and head to your seat to make the most of our onboard services including Wi-Fi and an entertainment system on most buses. All of our buses are equipped with toilets and power outlets, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
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