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!
Do you throw yourself into the waves or do you prefer to be on land? Either way you are welcome to the coolest water park in Sweden – open every day, all year round. You can relax from the intense adventure park at Aqua Vitalis – the relaxation area where you can sit down with your friends and enjoy good food, hot pools and beauty treatments. At the arena you also find bowling, restaurant and a gym.
Interested in culture? Then you are in the right place! Skövde was the first town in Sweden to have a real Cultural Center that assembles a theatre, an art gallery, a museum of art, a library and a cinema. At the theatre you can see anything from local productions with high standard to beloved Swedish artists, comedians and international guests.
At the nature reserve Silverfallet Karlsfors an impressive waterfall pours down over the rocks. The falls are most popular in the spring when the water level is at its highest. The area is rich in rare flora and perfect for a Sunday outing. You can also see remains from the biggest alum operation in Skaraborg, which was abandoned in 1856.
When you arrive to Askeberga you arrive to a real mystery. 24 gigantic stones, each with a weight between 25 to 30 tons, are aligned in the second largest stone setting in the country. It is still unknown when and why the rocks were raised. Archeologists and geophysicists have recently started to show interest in the area. Around the settings there are several remains from the Iron Age and older medieval times.
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.
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.
Experiment and discover! At Balthazar the whole family gets to experience nature science and technology. You can try different interactive stations and experiments such as crawling into a heart, test your simultaneous capacity, or why not try on one of the cool spacesuits? You can also boost your creativity in the workshop. You can create, invent and build new things.
Vaholms Brohus is a covered bridge which leads over the river Tidan. Allegedly it was built in the 18th century and is probably the only covered bridge in the entire country. It was renovated in 1992 after being close to a collapse. The bridge is located on the lands of the old farm Vaholm that received its name in 1736.
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.
Lake Hornborga is one of Europe’s most important bird lakes and attracts large quantities of visitors, both birds and humans, every year. It is beautifully located at the foot of the mountain Billingen. In the spring you can see the famous crane dance, and during the rest of the year there are a lot of other unique bird species to watch. Make a trip to the Visitor Center and learn more about Lake Hornborga and wetlands in general.
South of the mountain Billingen you find the nature reserve Nohlmarken. Through clearing, mowing and animals grazing Nohlmarken has become very rich in flora. It is especially known for all the different kinds of orchids that grow there – for example marsh orchid, fragrant orchid and twayblade orchid. A third of all the kinds of orchids that grow in Sweden grow here!
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.
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.
A tasteful experience. Two days of exciting culinary experiences. The Church Park is transformed into a celebration of everything from local, traditional cooking to exotic international cuisine. The aroma of grilled, stir fried, smoked and fried spreading among hungry people of all ages. Festive - and extremely tasty! Food, food, food and more food ... Matfestivalen will take place the last weekend of August every year. Foto: Tuana Art
In the evening Scandic Billingen offers an evening buffet, tapas and á la carte. Sit down in the bar and enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktail. For the children there is a children’s menu composed by Jamie Oliver. When the little ones are tired of sitting still there is a play room with playstation and other activities. Lunch is served mon-fri, always two main dishes on buffet, today’s soup and a salad buffet.
At Bishop’s Arms you find the widest range of beer and single malt whiskey the city has to offer. You can sit down in the authentic English environment, built from material and props purchased in England and enjoy traditional pub dishes such as sirloin steak and homemade burgers.
Riviera Restaurant & Grill house is an Italian restaurant located in Skövde city. During the autumn in 2006 the restaurant was renovated and now they welcome their guests with an elegant interior and a cozy atmosphere. It is one of the few restaurants in Skövde that can offer their guests food made on a real charcoal grill.
The area is known for its amazing nature and exciting cultural history. The restaurant at Flämslätt has an amazing view over the lake Flämsjön. They serve regular lunches, but big wedding dinners can also be arranged. The restaurant can take a maximum of 150 people.
Nobody likes everything, but everyone likes something. Therefore, we at Pinchos created a menu with goodies from all over the world; everything from scrumptious burgers to dumplings, steaks and Belgian waffles. Pinchos is Sweden's first app-restaurant. Through the app, you can book a table and once you're at the restaurant you use the app to look at the menu and order. You don't have a smartphone? You can borrow one from us. To increase choice further, we serve our dishes in a convenient (and quite cute) tapas format. The goal is simply to offer everyone something and a little of everything, regardless of taste.
This café is located at a community center in a beautiful country side environment. Here you can enjoy berry pies, waffles, pain riche with filling, grilled sandwiches and different pastries. If you are allergic you can have gluten-, lactose- and sugar free pastries as well. Open from 1st May to 30th June during Sundays, and selected weekdays.
This traditional patisserie with a well thought out 1950’s theme is located in Tidan just outside Skövde. This unique place has guests from far away that come to enjoy the great cakes and cookies and to experience the atmosphere. You can also order cakes, pastries and the Swedish specialty “sandwich cake”.
In this café everything is made only with raw products that have the quality-mark KRAV – these products are ecological, developed with social responsibility and with respect for the animals. You can choose from cookies, cinnamon rolls, ecological candy and fruit. Why not have one of Klings delicious ice creams?
The Bishop’s Arms offer 20-25 kinds of beer on keg, 70-100 kinds of beer on bottle and up to 250 sorts of single malt whiskey. The Bishop’s Arms has an authentic English environment, built from material an props purchased in England. The interior is unique and an experience in itself!
Nobody likes everything, but everyone likes something. Therefore, we at Pinchos created a menu with goodies from all over the world; everything from scrumptious burgers to dumplings, steak and Belgian waffle. Pinchos is Sweden's first app-restaurant. Through the app, you can book a table and once at the restaurant, you use the app to look at the menu and order. You don't have a smartphone? You can borrow one from us. To increase choice further served our dishes in convenient (and quite cute) tapas format. The goal is simply to offer everyone something and a little of everything, regardless of taste.
In the middle of Skövde you find the biggest shopping center in the area. It has 45 stores under the same roof. At Commerce you find the most trendy retail chains, Systembolaget (the liquor store), restaurants and much more. Parkinglots: 500. Opening hours: weekdays 10-19, Saturdays 10-17, Sundays 12-17.
Five minutes by car from the city center you find Stallsiken shopping area with focus on home & leisure time. There is a big free parking lot and good bus communications. At Stallsiken you find 20 different operators; the big retail chains together with small unique local shops. Opening hours: weekdays 10-19*, Saturdays 10-17, Sundays 10-17. *Biltema opens 07.00 in weekdays.
You can easily get around Skövde with the public transport. There are a lot of city buses so that you easily can get between the different shopping areas and activities. For information about bus routes, visit the Tourism Center or railway station. Tickets -24 hours around the region: 265 Skr – Unlimited travel for 24 hours in Västra Götaland. -72 hours around the region: 530 Skr – Unlimited travel for 72 hours in Västra Götaland. -Single ticket – Purchase by sms (requires registration at vasttrafik.se), at one of Västtrafiks retailers (to see list, visit vasttrafik.se) or on the bus. Please note that the bus driver does not accept cash.