THINGS TO SEE AND DO

A really good holiday is when the family can do things together, experience excitement, gain new knowledge and, of course, relax. There are many beauty spots and sights worth seeing in Mellerud as well as lots of fun things to do. Here are some tips for you but don’t forget to ask the locals about their favourite spots, they’ll be only too pleased to oblige.

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THE AQUEDUCT IN HÅVERUD

Something you simply must see when visiting Mellerud. Opened in 1868 and made of cast iron, it leads boat traffic over the rapids below. It is 32 metres long and contains a massive 33,000 bolts. A road bridge and rail bridge span 124.67 feet above the lock gates. Håverud also has a special museum dedicated to the canal and local folklore.

DALABORG FORT

Dating from the 1380s, this is a real landmark of Swedish and Norwegian history. It was here that Queen Margareta, the sovereign of Norway and Denmark, was crowned queen of Sweden in 1388. When visiting the ruins at Dalaborg Fort, don’t forget to take your picnic basket with you. It’s the perfect place for a picnic. A medieval festival is arranged at the beginning of June every year, with horsemen, a medieval ship and market. There is a model of the fort in the Mellerud Museum.

Bolstads Church is a medieval church dating from the 12th century, probably the oldest church in the whole of Dalsland.

Skålleruds Church is not only one of Dalsland’s finest but also the oldest preserved wooden church in the county. The church choir dates back to the 1590s.

The Courthouse Museum in Mellerud is well worth a visit. Here you can see how people lived in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century.

Ekholmen Manor (Ekholmens säteri) dates from the 16th century and boasts a suite of rooms in which King Karl XII Johan stayed on his travels through the region.

Rostock health spa (Rostocks hälsobrunn) now has a folklore museum with a small café that is open all summer long. The old herb garden has recently been restored to its former glory.

Budding archaeologists should visit the county’s largest Iron Age graveyard at Kårehögen, where, according to folklore, King Kåre lies buried shrouded in an ox skin.