Top things to do in Västergötland

Top Choice Castle in Lidköping

Läckö Slott

An extraordinary example of 17th-century Swedish baroque architecture, Läckö Slott lies 23km north of Lidköping. There's been a castle here since 1298; Count Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie acquired it in 1615 and made …
Top Choice Swedish in Trollhättan

Albert Hotell

This marvellous restaurant-hotel combo is based in a splendid 19th-century wooden villa. Superb, modish Nordic dishes might include steak with bone marrow or red tuna from Vänern lake and crème brûlée with local str…
Top Choice Seafood in Lidköping

Restaurang Sjöboden

Three kilometres south of Läckö Slott is the turnoff to the tiny village of Spiken, home to this unmissable harbourside restaurant. Feast on the best and freshest things pulled from Vänern lake along with locally so…
Church in Lidköping

Husaby Kyrka

Husaby (15km east of Lidköping) is inextricably linked to Swedish history. Legend has it King Olof Skötkonung (d1022), the country’s first Christian king, was baptised in a nearby spring by the English missionary Si…
Museum in Trollhättan

Innovatum Science Center

Innovatum Science Center, next door to the Saab Bilmuseum, is a fantastic science centre with all sorts of wacky interactive gadgets for kids of all ages – from weird skateboards you sit on, gyroscopes, whirlpool ma…
Mountain in Lidköping

Kinnekulle

The ‘flowering mountain’ Kinnekulle (306m), 18km northeast of Lidköping, features unusually diverse geology and plant life, including mighty ancient oaks. It’s also home to rare creatures, including the greater cres…
Nature Reserve in Vänersborg

Hunneberg & Hanneberg Nature Reserve

Described by Linnaeus as an ‘earthly paradise’, the Hunneberg & Hanneberg Nature Reserve covers two dramatic, craggy plateaus 8km east of town. There are 50km of walking trails here that are certainly worth expl…
Waterfall in Trollhättan

Waterfall

Northeast near the Hojum power station crowds gather on the bridge in anticipation of a mighty cascade of unleashed water. Normally the water is diverted through the power station, but at set times the sluice gates …
Museum in Trollhättan

Saab Bilmuseum

Saab Bilmuseum is a must for car fanatics and Swedish design buffs. At this warehouse-showroom, gleaming Saab car models range from the first made (a sensational 1946 prototype) and the Sonnet Super Sport, of which …
Swedish in Lidköping

Mellbygatans Ost & Delikatesser

A block from the main square, this sweet cafe and deli has been delighting locals with its fresh, changing menu for years, and has expanded its restaurant side and its house-brewed beer. You might be greeted with th…