Skövde - Do & See

Billingens fritidsområde – Recreation area

Billingen is an official Vasalopp center for MTB, running and cross country skiing. In the recreational area you find unique training opportunities with close accomodation at a hotel, holiday cottages or youth hostel. Use the jogging tracks, go fishing in the little lake or go ice skating in the rink during the winter months. In the summertime you can use the nearby outdoor pool for swim training. At Billingen you have the perfect conditions to train for the classic's all branches - all year round!
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Ryttmästarbostället - Major's official residence

At the shores of the small lake Simsjön on top of the mountain Billingen you find this old cavalry captain homestead. Here you can look into the lives of the cavalry captains from the 17th and 19th century. You get a good picture of how the simple soldiers as well as the privileged nobles lived during this time. Audio guides are available but as a group you can also book guided tours. Catering is also available if you want to use the homestead as a party venue.
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Helénsparken

Helénsstugan (Heléns Cottage) is the only building in Skövde that’s left from the time before the big city fire in 1759. It is probably built in the early 18th century. Together with several other old buildings it creates the Helénsparken. In the park you find a cozy outdoor café in the summer as well as a playground. Every year an event is hosted with a market full of arts, crafts and entertainment. All year round there is a café, design shop and a fairtrade shop etc.
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Vallevägen - the most beautiful road in the world

In this beautiful landscape with small lakes, flowing fields of gold, pasture land and hardwood forests you can drive around, hike or rent a bike and experience the six nature reserves. You can visit artists and craftsmen along the way, or why not stay overnight at one of the cozy accommodations in the area? Below you find a few tips on what to see and do. The Silver Fall The beautiful waterfalls the Silver fall is situated in the middle of the area. It is most popular during the spring, but is beautiful all year round with a unique fauna and nice walking tracks and picnic spots. Öglunda cave and Jättadalen After a steep walk you reach the top of this special nature, with lime stone pillars. The view is breathtaking, and is best in the sunset. Hiking in Valle In the area there are a lot of walking tracks that take you around and in between the many small lakes. The map is available at Skövde Tourist office.
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Geocaching

Try a treasure hunt with GPS and discover the beautiful nature around the mountain Billingen. In Ljungstorp the project “The treasures of Billingen” has made a geocach tour that suits children at the ages 5-12. Every cache has an animal or nature question that gives you a number for each correct answer. These numbers you will need to find the treasure chest at the goal, and in there you will find a surprise! In addition to this there are several regular geocaches in the area.
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Vallby Sörgården - Cultural Reserve

Vallby Sörgården is the first Cultural Reserve in Skaraborg. Located outside Tidan you find this well preserved farm from the 1800s. In the reserve you can enjoy the old recidence building, the agricultural landscape, farm buildings and a cultural walk. The style of the farm is typical for this area. At this interesting sight nothing has been changed since 1910 when the last renovation of the buildings took place. The furniture is still the same - nothing has been added or taken away! The association Vallby Sörgården makes sure that the farm stays alive by organizing activities with connection to the life of the farmers. During spring, summer and autumn you can join in on activities such as threshing, guided tours and mowing the crops. When you walk the cultural track you will experience the ancient cultural landscape, see the only runestone in Skövde and walk through the Iron Age grave field.
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