Misi goes sightseeing: Falkenberg

2011-04-03. Published in Language & Culture
by Sera

Falkenberg is a nice and cosy town at the West Coast of Sweden, about one hour from Gothenburg. It is famous for its beaches, the department store Ullared, beer companies and its open-air theatre performances during summer. If you want to get to know a small and calm Swedish town which is not too far from Gbg, this is the right place to go.

If you take the train to Falkenberg, you will arrive a bit outside the city centre. Take the bus number 10 to “Stortorget” (Market Square) and then you are just arriving in Falkenberg downtown. In its town centre you will find a lot of small and unique boutiques. There are no big shopping centres in the town itself. Here you not only find some well-known department stores like Lindex, JC and Intersport but also some nice interior and crafts shops. You can even visit TörngrensKrukmakeri, a local craft studio which is said to be one of the oldest in Europe. In the town centre you have, of course, the possibility to take a fika at some traditional bageri (bakery)!

Beside the cosy town centre you can relax at one of the many beaches. The biggest and most famous beach is Skrea Strand. You can go there by taking bus number 501 (in the direction of “Boberg”) from “Stortorget” and get off at the stop “Skrea Strand”. It only takes about 5 minutes.
In case that the sea is too cold, you can take a swim in Klitterbadet, an indoor swimming pool with saltwater pools and steam bath. Right outside Klitterbadet there is a minigolf playground.

If you are culturally interested you can visit some museums in town, like the Falkenbergs Museum about the town’s history, the Photography Museum or the Homestead Museum.
But you can also take it easy in Falkenberg, take a walk at the big park Vallarna and enjoy the beautiful nature. Inside the park there are open-air theatre performances in summer. In 2011 they will perform “Pang påpensionatet” at Vallarnas Friluftsteater.

Another very special and outstanding attraction in Falkenberg are the sculptures all over town. In 1997 and 2002 there was a sculpture exhibition with works which were presented at public places. Some of them are still there. When you take your walk you can keep an eye on them.

The Ekomuseum is special in many ways. It is not a classical museum because it is spread over a huge area and contains about 80 particular attractions. The Ekomuseum’s goal is to present different aspects of contemporary life in that area but also to show important historic venues. There is a map and description of all the attraction on their website (unfortunately only in Swedish). It is easiest to visit the attractions by car because most of them are on the countryside and difficult to reach by public transport (well, that is Sweden).

Some facts about Falkenberg

  • Sweden’s most visited shopping centre GekåsUllared is situated in Falkenberg’s community

  • Sia glass ice-cream company is from this community, you can buy your storage of ice-cream for a lower price at their factory

  • Famous for fishing (salmon)

  • More than 13 km of sandy beaches

  • The award-winning films “FärvälFalkenberg” and “Man tanker sitt” were shot in Falkenberg

  • Both Carlsberg and Falken are located in Falkenberg – Carlsberg even has an annual parade through the town (I am not sure if you can taste some of their products under that occasion)

How to get to Falkenberg?
By train: You can take the “Västkustbanan” (West coast train) that runs from Gothenburg to Copenhagen and stop at Falkenberg. Tickets can be bought at SJ
By car: Just take E6/E20 to the direction of Malmö.

Falkenberg’s Tourist Information
Local Public Transport

/Sera, misi.se team 2011