Vandringsleder

Vandringsleder

There are plenty of long-distance footpaths and marked trails on Öland. Böda long-distance footpath, a 50 km long trail that runs from Byerum Sandvik to Nabbelund on north Öland, is part of Sveaskog’s Ecopark. Hälsans Stig, or the “Path to Health,” is a wonderful trail in Borgholm on central Öland in a varied environment. It runs through a nature reserve at Borgholm Castle. The trail is 4 km long. “Borg till borg” (“Castle to Castle”) is an approximately 16 km long footpath that runs between two ancient forts, Gråborg and Ismantorp, that are located in the middle of the island. Mörbylånga path is about 77 km long and runs through unique natural and cultural environments from Träffpunkt Öland tourist office at the bridge abutment to Ottenby Youth Hostel at the southern cape.
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Böda Ecopark

Böda Ecopark

Böda ecopark is a singularly inviting landscape on Öland’s most northerly point. It offers everything from barren sand-dunes and storm-tossed pine trees, to calcareous pine forests interspersed with meadowland containing a diverse range of orchids and lush groves of deciduous trees including giant oaks. Böda does not just have a fascinating natural environment to offer – the cultural heritage is also very much in evidence. The large number of well-preserved ancient monuments is unique in northern Europe. Almost entirely intact villages with foundations of buildings, stone walls and grave-fields tell of the lives of the former inhabitants of Öland.
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Borgholm Castle

Borgholm Castle

Borgholm Castle, “the finest ruin in the Nordic region,” is a structure that it is hard to imagine leaves any visitor unmoved. Its size is overwhelming and its setting is fascinating. Wander through the Castle’s state apartments and feel the echoes of history. Ascend one floor and enjoy the fantastic view over the castle’s bare limestone soil and Kalmar Sound. During June - August, Borgholm Castle offers numerous activities for children, including guided tours for children and families and castle workshops.
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Solliden Palace

Solliden Palace

Solliden is the summer residence of the Swedish royal family, which they visit several times a year. Commissioned by Queen Victoria, on the advice of her doctor Axel Munthe, and with Mediterranean influences, the palace was completed in 1906. Munthe was of the opinion that Öland’s abundant sunshine and oxygen-rich air would improve her health, and to this day the royals are happy to enjoy Öland’s sun! Solliden Palace is open to visitors throughout the summer months. Visitors have free access to most of the parks. Café, shop and a pavilion with exhibitions.
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Vida Museum & Art Gallery

Vida Museum & Art Gallery

VIDA Museum & Art Gallery, is built in a fantastically beautiful setting, at the top of the hillside sloping down towards Kalmar Sound at Halltorp, approx. 9 km south of Borgholm. The newly built VIDA Museum and Art Gallery was opened in June 2001, featuring an art gallery and two wings devoted respectively to Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien. The most important initial works from the early 1960s up to their very latest works in glass, ceramics, sculpture and painting are on display here. In 2003, VIDA was extended with an additional gallery, the North Gallery, to house the Rasjö collection, a large private art collection focusing on contemporary Swedish painting. Constantly changing exhibitions of paintings from the Rasjö collection are on display at VIDA. Another gallery, the Trotzig Gallery, was opened in 2005 to coincide with Ulf Trotzig’s 80th birthday. This gallery shows a range of exhibitions of Trotzig’s painting spanning the 50 years of his art.
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Öland Zoo & Amusement Park

Öland Zoo & Amusement Park

A complete experience for the whole family. An international zoo with 1,650 animals from 160 species from throughout the world. The park is also engaged in worldwide conservation projects, school teaching and research at university level. Waterland, with Pirate Island, has a water area of 15,000 sqm. There is a full amusement park here with fantastic roundabouts, rollercoasters, children’s attractions including gentle rides for the youngest, etc. A circus for part of the season, Dinopark, playground and exhibitions.
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Stora Alvaret

Stora Alvaret

Stora Alvaret is a 37 kilometre long and 15 kilometre wide area of barren limestone plain covering the southern parts of Öland. The area comprises a quarter of the island’s total area. Alvaret’s principal distinguishing feature is treeless moorland with the bedrock consisting of Ordovician limestone, often exposed or only covered with a thin layer of earth. There are smaller areas of bare limestone plain in other parts of Öland and in some places in Västergötland, including Kinnekulle. With a special flora and a large number of unique species, the area has been used historically as pastureland. The grazing is necessary to prevent the area becoming overgrown. Along with southern Öland’s cultural landscape, Stora Alvaret has been designated a world heritage site by the UN agency, UNESCO.
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Ottenby Bird Sanctuary Långe Jan Lighthouse & Naturum Centre

Ottenby Bird Sanctuary Långe Jan Lighthouse & Naturum Centre

Naturum is a visitor centre which portrays the rich flora, fauna, geology and cultural history of the world-famous Ottenby Nature Reserve. Its exhibits, films and multislide presentations will help you learn about the area and better prepare you to experience for yourself what the Reserve has to offer. Its staff are always ready to answer your questions, as well as to inform you about walking paths and special places to visit in the Reserve. Ottenby Nature Reserve carries on the legacy of the royal hunting park established in 1569 by King Johan III. The descendents of the English Fallow Deer he introduced can now be seen throughout the Reserve. In fact, human activity has strongly affected the entire Reserve since the first people occupied the area in the Stone Age about 6000 years ago. The Ottenby Bird Station has been operating since 1946, catching and ringing about 20,000 birds every year. Through this and other research studies, much has been learned about bird migration, which you too can learn about in Naturum. You can also climb the 197 steps of Sweden’s tallest lighthouse, called Långe Jan (Tall John), towering 42 meters above ground, as well as visit the lighthouse exhibition in the old lighthouse keeper’s station. Naturum and the Bird Station offer guided tours for you to learn more about birds and seals. Please see the website for more information.
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Öland’s Windmills

Öland’s Windmills

Proudly and beautifully marked by the wind, the windmills give the landscape of Öland its characteristic silhouette. During the mid-19th century, Öland had around 2,000 windmills and the number was largely unchanged at the turn of the century. By this time it was almost indispensable for every self-respecting farm to have its own windmill as animal farming was increasingly prevalent. Of the approximately 2,000 mills on the island during the 19th century, only about 355 remain today. During the early 20th century the number of mills was already decreasing. The new technology with efficient commercial mills now arrived, making the farmers’ mills redundant. Examples of famous windmills on Öland are the row of mills in Lerkaka, regarded by many as the most beautiful and best preserved on Öland. Störlinge, where the most common type of mills are to be found, the so-called post mill. Höghäll mill in the parish of Högsrum and the mills at Resmo rest area.
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Lådbilslandet (Cartie Country)

Lådbilslandet (Cartie Country)

Lådbilslandet (Cartie Country) is aimed at children between 2 and 10 years old. Located near Löttorp on the north of the island, Lådbilslandet is one of Öland's biggest tourist attractions. Children can drive their own "soap box cars" in a miniature town centered around a church, on roads that wind across the landscape. The cars have real engines and drive on tarmac roads, complete with bridges, roundabouts and crossings. You can even get the Cartie Country driving licence! Choose if you want to drive a regular car, bus, police car, truck or articulated lorry. Why not try them all? For those who like Formula 1 racing, there are two separate courses – one for small and one for bigger children. There is also a motocross track, where you can compete with your friends on our three-wheel motorcycles. If you like a more relaxed pace, you should try the Farming Country. Here you can drive miniature tractors with different types of farm machines. There is plenty of space, so if you are visiting Cartie Country for the first time and want to try out steering and stepping on the gas before you enter the traffic, we recommend you start your cartie experience here. If you still feel energetic or want to try some other fun in between, there is a small fun-fair with roundabouts, a bouncy castle and a playground. New this year is an obstacle course, which can be a challenge even for the fittest. After the hardships of the obstacle course, why not take a short rest? Rides on the miniature train or a rafting trip across the pond with friends are popular pleasures. Nor do you skip an icecream on a lovely summer's day like this! Five rides in different vehicles, tractors or on the motocross track are included in the entrance fee. Each ride takes about 8-10 minutes, depending on whether it is in Cartie Country, Farming Country or on the motocross track. According to the families who experienced Cartie Country, a visit may take between 3-5 hours. Additional rides may be purchased separately. Included is unlimited access to the playground, bouncy castle, roundabouts, miniature train, rafts and adventure course.
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Hiking in the World Heritage of Southern Öland

Hiking in the World Heritage of Southern Öland

In the unique world heritage there are a lot of hiking trails - longer ones and shorter ones. They are generally easily accessible and gives the opportunity to see unique views. There are a total of eleven trails in the World Heritage of Southern Öland. Below is a list of 11 hiking trails put out in the brochure "Hiking in the World Heritage of Southern Öland", which you can find in our Tourist offices and on our website, www.oland.se. 1. Mörbylångaleden 2. Stora alvarleden 3. Örnkullen 4. Bårby källa 5. Gösslundaleden 6. Gösslunda - Tingstad flisor 7. Tingstad flisor - Penåsa 8. Millersten 9. Nunnedalen 10. Bergstigen 11. Ottenby vandringsleder
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