Filipstad

Filipstad is the place to visit for memorable experiences relating to the iron and mining industry! You can also experience nature here, with hiking, cycling, canoeing and fishing. Take the chance to explore the culinary and cultural offerings, too.

Welcome to Filipstad, a city rich in rewarding experiences, and easily reachable at just an hour’s drive from Karlstad, Örebro, and Karlskoga. You’ll find calmness and peace here and you’ll experience the joy of discovering your own secret hideaway. 

Restaurants and activities in Filipstad

If you want to combine historical dining experience with a visit to a stately home, here it is!

Saxå brukis run by Carl Jan Granqvist and offers unique culinary experiences with accommodation in a historic, cultural environment. Next to the mill, you’ll find Saxå golf club, where you can play a round on one of Sweden’s most beautiful courses. You can also see Saxåhyttan, the oldest hut shelter habitat in Värmland’s Bergslagen region.  

You’ll find a combination of nature, food, and relaxation at Hennickehammars herrgård. The mansion, situated right next to Hemtjärn, is a popular and natural choice for weddings, conferences and dinner parties. They offer culinary experiences for both young and old. 

Big Hill Lodgeat Storhöjden, just north-east of Filipstad, offers incredible views over the city. If you take the stairs up to the top of the viewing tower,you can see the whole local region. At Big Hill Lodge, there are home-baked cakes and buns as well as waffles and an a la carte menu. You can also stay in one of their cosy cabins, too.  

Around the municipality, you can pay a visit to several cafes such as the summer cafe in BrattforsCafé Stationshusetin Lesjöfors, or Café Husetin Filipstad.

Filipstad’s local region is filled with experiences to be had in nature. You can spend time fishing with friends and family by a pond, river or lake with put and take, for example. Go hiking in Brattforshedenor go exploring, down in Tilas Stoll’sdeep mine at Högbergsfältet.

If you prefer to practice more high-tempo activities, there are plenty of alternatives. At Bergslagskanalen, you can row boats, kayaks or canoes through lakes and locks, all the way down to Kristinehamn. The sport and leisure arena,Kalhyttan, has exercise trails on different types of terrain, mountain bike trails, and in the winter months, fabulous cross-country ski tracks. 

If you’re traveling with children, there are fun activities at the silvermine, Hornkullens Silvergruva, in Nykroppa, at Långban Gruv- och Kulturbywith its mining and cultural activities, and Trollstigen’smagical path in Lesjöfors.

History and culture

The iron and mining industry has influenced Filipstad’s local region for centuries, and even to this day, chalk and minerals are mined here. It was this industry that caused the population growth in the area from the 1300’s onwards and which led, among other things, to Filipstad being given city privileges. The city was named after Karl Filip, the son of King Karl IX, in 1611. Today, the city’s approximately 11,000 inhabitants are the driving force that makes your visit into a brand new experience, every time. You’ll meet most of the locals in the urban areas of Filipstad, Lesjöfors, Nykroppa and Persberg, but also in Brattfors, Långban, Nordmark, and Rämmen. 

If you want to know more about the iron and mining industries, pay a visit to Långbans gruv- och Kulturby and Nordmarks Gruvmuseum. Långban is also known as being the second most rich place in the world for different types of minerals. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Ericsson brothers? John Ericsson, inventor of the propellor and the submarine, and his brother, Nils Ericsson, the engineer who laid the foundations for Sweden’s railways and canals, grew up here. Another well-known person from the area was the poet and bard, Nils Ferlin. Museet Kvarnen, also known as the Ferlin Museum, has a permanent exhibition about the poet’s life.

Lesjöfors Museum, offers nostalgia as well as novelty, reflecting the history of the mill and of the Lesjöfors region’s history. You can see for yourself how much both bandy (ice hockey with a ball) and the mill have meant to the local people here. 

A large number of well preserved hut dwellings, remnants of the iron and mining industries, make up a major part of the Filipstad region’s cultural and historical architecture. Storbrohyttanis one of the most imposing huts in the Bergslagen area and was built in the late 1500’s. During the summer months, you can have a guided tour from the countryside association in Munkebergwhere you can discover all kinds of things. 

Barilla, where Wasabrödis made, is Europe’s largest producer of crispbread. Filipstad produces 60,000 tons of crispbread every year and you can visit their local factory shop, find out more about their history, and buy products to take home with you.

Accommodation and Camping

You can find all kinds of peaceful and beautiful places to stay here. Hotell Hertig Karl, in central Filipstad, is a hotel with an intimate ambience, homely atmosphere and great hospitality. The hotel is named after the founder of Filipstad, Karl IX. For those looking for something different, there’s Asphyttan Metta House, a B&B with a yoga centre. They often have retreats, where you can take time for yourself and bring new energy to your life. If you’re visiting by caravan or mobile home, you can find places to pitch at Kyrkvikenand Kalhyttan, for example. Munkebergs Camping, situated next to Lersjön, has a good range of services available and is suitable for quickly pitching your caravan and heading out for a dip in the lake.

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