Sights and Attractions in Småland:
- County of Kronoberg
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The Emigrant institute in Växjö is a perfect starting point for visitors
from other countries trying to trace their roots in Sweden. Among the million
Swedes who emigrated to North America between 1850-1925, almost a fifth
came from Småland. Apart from Europe's largest archive and library on emigration,
the Institute has a permanent exhibition "The Dream of America".
The glass museum of Sweden. 400 years history of glass in Sweden.
The Ox museum in Västorp
This museum is situated near Växjö and is the only one of its kind in
In the middle of Småland, in the forests between Nybro and Växjö, there
is an area which is still regarded as The Kingdom of Crystal, with about
fifteen world famous glassworks.
Open: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun,
12 noon to 4 p.m.. Most of the glassworks keep these hours, though there
may be some minor variations.
Glassblowing: You can see the blowers at work in most of the
glassworks' blowing-rooms on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.. During
the summer season, they also work on the weekends.
The history of the Cathedral in Växjö goes back one thousand years and
is Växjö's oldest building. During the 12th century a stone church was
built to honour Saint Sigfrid from York, who christianised the people.
His remains are buried under the floor in the cathedral. The building was
rebuilt many times after fires and today it has two towers. The cathedral
has two glass paintings by Erik Höglund, among other famous works of arts.
Beside the cathedral is the beautiful Caroline high school where Linné,
Per Henrik Ling (the Swedish gymnastic father) and Peter Wieselgren went
to school and where Esaias Tegnér (Bishop and author) held his famous speeches.
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Huseby Bruk is a huge farmer and forest property and this estate was
bequeathed to the nation by Miss Florence Stephens, who died in 1979. In
Huseby there are the castle, the ironworks museum, the farm labourers'
museum, the nature museum, the sawmill and the mill. The mill is the oldest
in Småland. The manor house, built in 1844, exhibits an impressive collection
of art objects and other things saved by the families of Hamilton and Stephens.
There are guided tours of the manor and the mill community.
You will also find ceramics, handicrafts, art, wrought iron and a province
In the middle of all this you have the idyllic restaurant "Värdshuset
Stallet" housed in an old stable-building from 1837. They have specialities
like "Huseby-eve" and a big barbecue-buffet in front of the blast-furnace.
You can also take the opportunity to enjoy a five-course royal-dinner at
the castle, a well-laid table with crystal from Orrefors. Oscar II was
a close friend to the family Stephens and often came to visit Huseby.
Huseby Tourist Office.
IKEA - (Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd Algunnaryd)
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It all started when Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA sold furniture
on a small scale. Now IKEA is spread all over the world.
The ruins of Kronoberg are situated 5 km north of Växjö, on an islet
in Lake Helgasjön. From the beginning, Kronoberg was the residence of the
Bishop of Växjö and was then State demesne. The revolt leader Nils Dacke
captured the castle and "drack jul" (drank Christmas) there in
1542, according to chronicles. In connection to the castle are the cavalry
captain garden and old officer's lodging.
Korpamoen is a little red cottage in Ljuder parish. The writer Vilhelm
Moberg wrote books about Swedish emigrants to North America. He thought
that the main characters Karl-Oskar and Kristina lived here, before they
emigrated to America. Inside the cottage there are one room and a kitchen.
Nine people lived here together. In the cow house there is room for one
cow and a pig. Korpamoen shows how our ancestors lived a little more than
hundred years ago.
In Sweden's only paperworks for handmade paper you can see skilled craftsmen
forming sheet after sheet of fine paper in the same manner as was done
300 years ago.There is also a shop.
In Råshult you can find Carl von Linne's birthplace. There are two little
houses. One of them are the living house and the other is a little museum
with tools, clothes and other things. In the garden there are some beds
of herbs and spices.
Vehicles, toys and self-playing instruments.