SURROUNDINGS OF HORNBORGA LAKE
The area around Hornborga lake is steeped in history and also offers stunning scenery, food and culture. Every year the area is host to many visitors who come here to enjoy all that it has to offer.It is often described as one of the most beautiful and well preserved cultural landscapes in Sweden. This can be seen in the fact that the number of visitors is steadily increasing and that Skaraborg, and in particular the area around Hornborga lake, is sometimes called the Tuscany of Sweden!
NATURE AND CRANES
Hornborga lake lies a stone’s throw from Nästegården. The lake is famous for the spectacle of the arrival of tens of thousands of migrating cranes that stop on the southern shore to perform their courting dance. Once they have found a partner they continue on their northward journey.
If you are traveling through the area in spring, do not miss this unique performance. We highly recommend a visit. Many are unaware that the cranes return in the autumn as they travel southwards. This too is a magniﬁcent spectacle.
Even when the cranes are not there the Hornborga lake attracts many visitors from the whole of Europe. The history of the lake is of great interest and it has a rich bird life. The Swedish Enviromental Protection Agency has invested large resources into restoring the lake resulting in the raising of the waterlevel. Outside Broddetorp The County Administra tive Board has a permanent exhbition with a cafe and a lookout tower, which are well worth a visit.
The area around Falbygden is well known as one of the areas in Sweden that contains most prehistoric monuments. The area has been inhabited for thousands of years.
Situated a stones throw from Nästegården is Ekornavallen, one of Västergötlands most remarkable burial grounds. It lies on a slope towards river Slafsan. The time span between the different graves tells of the importance of this area in prehistoric times. The oldest monuments are 5000 years old.
WALKING – PILGRIM ROUTE
It is possible to walk between the medieval monasteries of Gudhem and Varnhem. For those who have read the books written by Jan Guillou about the medieval knight Arn, the monasteries are already familiar as they play a central role in the stories. Walking has become a very popular way of experiencing the landscape around Hornborga lake. The route
along the eastern shores of the lake is 42 kilometers long. For walkers who want to take it slowly, we recommend an overnight break half way.
FOOD & ART
The light and scenery around Hornborga lake have for many years attracted artists in the same way as Skagen inspired famous artists in Denmark. Several of them have their own galleries, some of which also offer food. Sometimes the food actually competes with the art!
If you want to experience a well known local artist and also enjoy a ﬁrst class meal we recommend a visit to Göran and Linda Löfwing.
THE ART ROUND AND MEKELSMÄSS
Twice a year Art takes centre stage during two very popular events. At Easter there is the Art Round,a much anticipated event when the whole area is turned into an art happening as village halls and farms are transformed into temporary art galleries. In the autumn Mekelsmäss, the harvest feast, of which the Art Night is an important and intergral part.
Farms and village halls are transformed into art galleries for one magical night, art and crafts made by both amateur and professional artists are displayed side by side in a glori-
For those who are interested in life on a small farm by Hornborga lake 100 years ago, Skara museum runs an old farm on Bolums Lider, Heljesgården. The museum is open a few times during the year, when there is also an opportunity to try old harvesting techniques.
As a result of our own house restoration using old methods and traditional materials we have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that we are happy to share. Please follow the links below to some of the companies that supply traditional paints, wall paper,
hand wrought iron, door and window furniture and every other kind of spare part you might need when renovating a house in keeping with the ideals of the period in which the house was originally built. A time when windows were built to last for generations, not twenty years!
Paul & Matilda,