TIPS FOR KIDS
If you want your kids to spend the summer like Astrid Lindgren’s Six Bullerby Children then be sure to include West Sweden in your next big holiday plans. This idyllic archipelago landscape is one big adventure playground full of fascinating flora and fauna. Rent one of the red or blue wooden cabins for the whole family in this picturesque setting and, with a bit of luck, you might just get a rowing boat in with the price.
Take the kids on a stroll through the tranquil little fishing village of Rönnäng and marvel at the many romantic wooden houses. Visit the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn with its beautiful terrace overlooking the sea and admire the aquarelles, before having fun with the kids trying to paint with watercolours. Let the kids steer their own dinghy at the Lilla Tjörn Runt – the mini version of the Tjörn Runt sailing regatta – then head out the next day on a speed boat seal safari from the neighbouring island of Orust.
Besides its many canals, the city by the sea also boasts wonderful parks. Two such parks are particularly great for families. Equipped with killtec’s practical outfits, it’s time to head off to the huge enclosures in Slottsskogen Park, where you can meet wild boar, owls and moose. Go in late summer and you might even be lucky enough to pick some blueberries or wild strawberries right here in the middle of the city. The thrill seekers amongst you should pay a visit to Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park: Liseberg. The new free-fall attraction is proving extremely popular with the kids.
By Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden, lies the fairy-tale Läckö Castle, with its 17th-century baroque towers. The expansive gardens and parks of Gunnebo House are perfect for letting the kids run free through the lush green grass. While the impressive Carlsten Fortress offers a taste of the traditional and affords a fantastic view of the historic island of Marstrand. On the neighbouring small island of Hamneskär lies the spectacular Pater Noster Lighthouse, right next to a quaint little guest house. Our tip: get the Lighthouse Package with overnight stay (www.PaterNosterLighthouse.com).