- with experiences from east to west
In Blekinge, it is not far from anything. Our small county is only twelve miles long and four miles wide. The towns are like a pearl band along the coast at about 3 miles away; It can hardly be more come-and-go-on-friendly than that! But since there is so much to see and experience, it is still easy to miss something outstanding. And that's a sin. Here we give you four friendly Blekinge trips with goodies for most tastes. And some other stops that just have to be mentioned. Experiences to share with a whole busload of new acquaintances, a dear friend or partner. Hopefully, you have more than one.
World heritage glimpses
- well-being on the border
1. The Naval Museum - the essence of the World Heritage
The naval town of Karlskrona The naval town of Karlskrona is on Unesco's prestigious World Heritage List. You can easily spend a whole day visiting all the unique and unusual environments. And there is so much to tell that it would need a separate article. A visit to the Naval Museum is a good start and the right choice if you can just make a stop. Here you get the story of the city's development, the marine life of all time and can board the U-boat HMS Neptun. And we can almost promise that you will be ravaged by the mighty and beautiful figureheads in the Galleys Hall. At the Naval Museum, you can eat and enjoy coffee with great views of the bay. The museum shop you will find the memories you want to bring home and the presents with great "P".
2. Karlskrona lamp factory
One of the big sellers in the museum mentioned above the shop is the table lamps from Karlskronalamp fabric. The factory, which was founded in 1884, is today run by the fifth generation Skantze and has guided tours for pre-booked groups . Take the opportunity to get a big dose of modern history and buy your ideal home with you.
3. Skärva herrgård
Seven kilometres outside Karlskrona, next to the sea and wrapped in a nature reserve, there is a fabulous place - Skärva.
Skärva Manor, which belongs to the World Heritage Site, was built in the late 18th century and has since been a meeting place. First for social parties and now for everyone with a taste for the beautiful and beautiful. At Skärva, music and cultural events are arranged with significant artists, seminars and other events. What happens when? Take a look at the event calendar on Music at Skärva and tap into what attracts you the most.
Up in Blekinge Baltic Sea coast's northeastern corner, between Kalmar and Karlskrona, you will find Kristianopel - a real little gem. When Blekinge was Danish, it was a fortification city, and the old-fashioned is clearly in the idyll with a ring wall, roses in lots next to the charming street houses. In the summer, the village is filled with summer housing, campers and boaters - and by others who appreciate the charm. Kristianopels church, in beautiful Nordic renaissance style with stair gable tower, was completed in 1624. The church has a rare stylish corridor wall and is well worth a visit. If it is time for food, the steps towards Kristianopels Gästgiveri. And when the stomach requires goodies, Sött & Salt is down at the guest harbour bridge. In the village, there are plenty of craftsmen, small shops and visiting gardens for those who are happy to buy something useful or beautiful with your home.
5. The beautiful coastal road
Beautiful views and tasty flavours will meet you if you take the coastal road between Karlskrona and Kristianopel. Orranäs fram dairy with its praised goat cheese, Olsäng's delicate asparagus and potatoes - these are two examples of "chop" that you will not regret. In May, a sasparagus safari will be arranged, and all activities will open the doors to curious and shopping owning visitors. At the bottom of Torhamn's headland, there is the bird sanctuary where many "viewers" can control, so bring your binoculars!
Tasty art breaks
1. Ronneby Brunnspark
There is something specific about stepping into a well-kept park. With greenery and floral splendour that is tame with great love and respect. Brunnsparken i Ronneby is one of the most beautiful in the country - an active and vibrant place with plenty of memories from the spa town - the beautiful villas, the pavilion with flea market every summer Sunday and Naturum which gives you knowledge of Blekinge's flora and fauna. Relax, recharge and learn something new in one place.
2. Café Mandeltårtan
When the body calls out "lunch days" or grunts something about lunch, you should listen, because in one of the park's wells there is a sheep and bakery whose pastries, food and charm you will soon forget. Café Mandeltårtan is a must on a trip in the Ronneby neighborhood. End of discussion.
3. Äggaboden in Gärestad village
Farm shop, restaurant and B&B - The egg shed has a lot to offer in a truly idyllic setting. In the shop, you will find eggs (of course), big chicken and game meat, meat from free cakes and archipelago-eating beef, salmon, herring and other food crafts and local specialities. You will also find the high and local menu in the restaurant. Thanks to the pleasant atmosphere and the friendly reception, you will be both happy and satisfied.
Are you fond of game meat? There is even more of that product in the farm shop on Johannishus estate. From the landlord's own land, of course.
4. Susanne Demåne - Edestad school
If you travel a bit east to Edestad, you will find another world - one that Susanne Demåne has created in the old school. What a planet then and what woman! She can create art with a chainsaw and can get 600 kg of a horse to do just the way she wants. Here you can spend many hours, strolling in the magical garden that is full of sculptures - often by other strong women, see more of Susanne's work inside the art hall and experience world-class leisure animals. You can also have a coffee break if the spirit falls on. We can almost promise that this is a visit that you will tell about for many - long.
5. Findings and Favorites - Shop
Do you love beautiful things, or do you care most about being practical? One does not have to choose. The design store Minta, a bit outside Ronneby, has a carefully selected range of products that make your home more comfortable. And in Ronneby Bruks Fabriksshop you can find cast iron boilers and other quality products for kitchens and tables.
In between travel advice
6. Eriksberg Wilderness
Between Ronneby and Karlshamn there is something extraordinary... a piece of Africa in Blekinge. Eriksberg is in several ways in a class for in its self; The largest safari park in the Nordic region, exclusive hotel and first-class restaurant. The animals are in the centre of Eriksberg where crown and fallow wilderness, visors, wild boar and mufflon sheep migrate freely throughout the area. Go on a guided safari ride, eat fantastic food, shop for game meat and delicacies in the shop inside the farm. Outdoor Eriksberg is a new building, designed by Thomas Sandell and located outside the hedge. Here is an exhibition about visors and a shop that sells clothes and game products. Must be experienced, too!
Goods & greens
1. Mörrum's Kronolax Fishing
How many other Swedish cities in the size class 5 000 inhabitants are world famous? In Mörrum's case, it is the river and the salmon fishing that did the trick. In Laxens House, you will find an exhibition that tells about the salmon's life and challenges, about Mörrumsån through the ages and the history of how the fish has grown so big. Add energy to the restaurant Kronolaxen or maybe to the hotel Mörrum River lodge where you can both sleep and eat, right next to the river. In Mörrum you, who are not fishing fans, can also enjoy - take a walk along the river or settle down and just listen. The environment is, and the noise from the river is mindfulness in its most natural form.
2. Ljungsleds Garden Center
Here in the neighbourhood, there is also a commercial garden with extra everything… or at least extra finesse, plus good quality and commitment. At Ljungsled you will find inspiration for your own green surfaces and window sills. It's the latest and the most classic. It is green and floral. There are pots, details and everything else you need for a flashy and beautiful home. And then you can have coffee. You want to do this in this peaceful environment.
You bathing? Karlshamn has since 2015 a cold bath house, superbly placed in the Väggaparken, midway between the centre and the fishing harbour. It is a beautiful building that has been quickly loved both for its architecture and for the opportunity to swim and enjoy the year round. The beach promenade that starts (or ends) at the Emigration Monument passes "call ice" before it winds its way towards Wägga fish & delicacy smoking where you can shop for smoked sweets from the sea. The à la carte restaurant is open during the summer so if you are a hard-boiled winter bather you will have to lubricate the creased elsewhere, there are plenty of options in the centre.
In between travel advice
4. Frida at Staxgård
Staxgård is located on the municipal border between Karlshamn and Sölvesborg, just outside Pukavik. There, Frida lives with her family, a lot of sheep and some ostriches. Frida at Staxgård is a farm shop where you can find everything from boxes of lamb meat to sweets and gifts. Everything is locally produced and locally produced, most of which is done by Frida herself, and it is difficult to fairly describe the sausages, inlays, cookies and ice cream in words. Do you have Facebook or Instagram? Follow the store there, so you better understand and probably plan a visit as soon as possible. Yum!
Listerlandet has "it."
A tour of the Sölvesborg district, there is so much to feel and experience. Listerlandet is a peninsula which is a full course for those who like to stroll in the village centres, walk along the beach, pause in the harbour, take a bath - from a pier or a sandy beach. The charming fishing villages Hällevik, Nogersund and Hörvik are similar to each other but also have their own character. Take the opportunity to get to know them.
1. Hälleviks Havsbad
It will not be more summer idyllic than this. The traditional guest house turns its windows and its outdoor seating onto the beach, across the pines. The air smells of pine and of the sea. Music, buzz and children playing. The former holiday home for State Railway's employee's charms with both inside and outside. Tennis courts, accommodation, food and drink. The seaside resort - is one of the main scenes for the Hällevik Tradjazz Festival in August. Embark on the week if you can and experience the magic when the seaside hotel meets New Orleans.
2. Hennings Rökeri & Dagmars
There is a long tradition of smoking fish in the Listerlandet. At Henning's smokehouse, the Knutsson family has transformed fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring into smoked delicacies ever since the 50s. Here you can buy with your goodies from the smoke and fresh fish and eat at the restaurant Dagmar which of course has smoked fish on the menu, but not only that.
Seafood revel, beer evenings and music event (yes, it is jazzed here too) - it almost always happens something at Hennings and Dagmar's place.
3. Hällevik's fishing museum
Like going into a giant boathouse. There are not as many fish for their daily bread anymore, but otherwise, it was before. At Hällevik's fish museum, you get a glimpse of what life looked like for the fishing families and the sailors in the Listerland. Here you can find everything from boats to fishing gear, engines and equipment. And also a lot of the sounds that were heard in a fishing society sooner - it reinforces the impression.
A Saturday in July, cultural day is arranged in the old fish's sign - then it is like the museum is pouring out through the doors and taking over the whole village. It is tarred and cleaned yarn. Herring is fried for "herring pies" and talked Listerlandet as never before. It is a party!
4. Hörvik harbour - location for lunch break
When you are in the Listerlandet and get hungry, it is a good idea to drive towards Hörvik, whether it is lunch or a better dinner that is right. Here you will find the summer open Fiskerian which understands what many want - enjoyable and simple food at an excellent price. Just a warning, their fried perch with mash is almost addictive. A stone's throw away is the Kajutan - the restaurant that spoils you with well-made food seasoned with a view of the harbour's boating and the horizon. Sure, it is quiet to look at boats that come and go? A walk in the beautiful guest and leisure harbour, away from the beach or the cliffs allows for ice cream.
A short boat rides away.
There are a thousand islands in the Blekinge archipelago. Some are large, many are small. Here we present four islands that are easy to get to and which offer comfortable adventures, beautiful moments and a lot of history.
There are around 40,000 visitors to Hanö every year. And it is easy to understand why Hanö is so popular. The island is both car and mosquito-free, and the scenery is exciting with its rocky slopes, the rock carvings with millions of oval stones, woodlands, the open fields ... and the small village core down by the harbour. Here you will find a restaurant, a hostel and a shop and a museum where you get Hanö's history as an English naval base and an insight into everyday life in the fishing village sooner. There are several myths and sayings about Hanö - one about the giant woman who is said to have created the cobblestone saw called Bönsäcken. Do you want to know more? Come and experience the magic in reality! Ferries depart from both Nogersund and Karlshamn.
Welcome to the idyll! The small village feeling is excellent on the island with lovely old houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, pastures and meadows, deciduous trees and rocky hills. But everything is not antique - for some years you are met by a smart modern building when you jump off at the equally new jetty in the guest harbour. It is the restaurant / café / kiosk that serves organic food with pure flavours, coffee and ice cream. The food keeps high class and lifts the overall experience. Stay overnight at Tjärö Hotell & Vandrarhem. You can take the boat to Tjärö both from Karlshamn and Järnavik.
In the Karlskrona archipelago, there are lots of beads, and the archipelago traffic takes you to many of them. Bicycle friendly Aspö is one of the larger ones, and here you come by road-ferry. There are around 500 year-round residences on the island that have a piece of the World Heritage Site - Drottningskär's Kastell. The fortification from the 17th century with its moats, thick walls, cannons and extensive water views is exciting to visit. A guided tour and a look at the historic exhibition gives you more meat on your legs. Speaking of meat - here is a restaurant too and music entertainment from time to time. Do you want to stay overnight? In Aspö Lotstorn there are 5 rooms with magical views.
At Karön in the Ronneby archipelago, there are clear tracks from the spa resort where cold bathhouses, restaurant and fancy summer villas were built for the health tourists. The villas and the summer open charm knot Schweizer et, which has been in operation since 1877, making it the restaurant for Blekinge's oldest! And when you are full, you can enjoy beautiful-house-watching, swimming and walking. Out to the island, you will arrive in a few minutes with the "Kallebåt" from Ekenäs, where you can eat right all year round at Villa Vassen.