What do you want to do when you are in Kristinehamn and Värmland?
There is a lot to experience in Värmland, a province famous for fairy tales and poems, as it is usually described in tourist advertising. But let’s start in Kristinehamn. As the name suggests, Kristinehamn is a port city. The location beside Lake Vänern (the largest lake in Sweden and the EU) means that you never have far to go to be beside or on the water, with all the possibilities it entails.
If you want even more recommendations about things to see and do, visit Kristinehamn’s tourist office, where the staff are friendly and service-oriented. Here you can also charge your device and go online for free.
Kristinehamn's travel centre
The travel centre is designed for trains, buses and taxis. There are excellent connections to Stockholm, Oslo and other destinations. It is also the start of the Inland Line railway (Inlandsbanan). So when you arrive or are leaving Kristinehamn by train or bus, you have Park Hotell just a short distance away.
If you are interested in architecture, there are many beautiful houses to discover as you stroll around the city. Make a visit to Trädgårdsgatan with its beautiful wooden houses or Kungsgatan’s decorated stone facades. Kristinehamn’s magnificent church with its double towers is also a must, and on the way there you can pass the house where the poet, Gustaf Fröding, lived.
The city park has been restored and reopened in 2019. There is something to do for the whole family, whether you want to be really active, or just enjoy the greenery from a picnic blanket.
The 15 meter high Picasso sculpture is a well-known landmark for Kristinehamn. You should definitely visit it, where it stands on Strandudden by Vålösundet and looks out over Kristinehamn’s archipelago. On the way there you can enjoy the beautiful archipelago environment, with the beach, walking and cycling paths, cafes and playgrounds. The trip is a must.
A lovely Lake Vänern bathing place where you can swim from the sandy beach or piers or just enjoy the view and the sun from the special sun shelves. Good facilities with playground, changing rooms and toilets.
The stately ship, Christine af Bro, which is described as Kristinehamn’s floating city coat of arms. Recreated after historical models from the time when bojorts (Dutch sailing ship) were common on Lake Vänern.
The museum is housed in an old stable building. There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition tells the story of Kristinehamn’s growth and history. On the entrance level there is also a well-stocked museum shop.
When it’s time to have coffee or eat a light meal, we can recommend Norrgården by Hembygdsgården. The café has a cosy environment from the 18th century. The building is an old residential and commercial property which, in addition to housing a café, also houses an exhibition with tools and boat engines from Albin Motor.
Here you will find exhibitions housed in a former boiler plant. In addition, there is a café and restaurant Panncentralen. Modern and contemporary art is shown here. View the works of both world-famous artists, as well as artists with local connections. There is also an art collection with works created by Värmland artists.
The chapel formerly belonged to Gustafsvik’s manor and has a fascinating history. Today, the park and dairy building is a conservation area. Adjacent to Östervik’s Chapel is also Kristinehamn’s city farm.
Here you can enjoy the beautiful park with wing buildings, warehouses and greenhouses. One wing building was renovated by Ernst Kirchsteiger in 2016 during the TV4 program “Summer with Ernst”. Here you will also find historical signs and you also have the opportunity to get a free audio guide. Read more.
Sports area with football pitches, ice rink Björkhallen Arena, exercise track, outdoor gym and mountain bike trails. Located at “warm-up distance” from Park Hotell with a lovely uphill stretch on the way there.
A lifestyle store with furniture, furnishings, gift items, clothes for women and children, flowers, pantry goods and much more. Everything for you who want to increase the quality of life and general levels of joy.
Kristinehamn’s own microbrewery, which got in early in the growing trend of craft beer. Produces a large number of beers that you can try in the brewery pub (see their website for opening hours), buy at Systembolaget or at several restaurants in Kristinehamn.
Featuring a geranium museum, market garden and café. Well worth an excursion to enjoy the scents, colours and of course the café. All the questions you ever had about geraniums, you can get answers to here.
If you want to make excursions in Värmland, there are lots of things to experience that are suitable for a day trip. Here are some examples:
The small idyllic town of Sjötorp is at a perfect excursion distance from Kristinehamn. In Sjötorp, boat travellers leave Lake Vänern to travel on Göta Canal. The lock in Sjötorp is a spectacle in itself. In addition, there is a canal museum.
A bit north of Filipstad is Långban, one of the world’s most mineral-rich places. Mining was in progress from the 16th century until the 1970s and much of the traditional environment is preserved.
When you are in Kristinehamn, there are many good reasons to visit Kristinehamn Arena, a complete arena for sports and recreation. Your daughter or son might come here for a training camp or a football cup and you do not want to miss it.
You can also take the opportunity to play paddle tennis, swim, do a workout, let loose in the playground or enjoy the relaxation. From Park Hotell to the arena it is less than 2 kilometres. It means a nice walk when you go there or a few minutes in the car.
There are many good restaurants in Kristinehamn, with different offerings and specializations. It’s fun to find those real restaurant gems when you visit Kristinehamn. Choosing where to eat is individual based on your wishes, so here is a help along the way with a list of different restaurants: