|This region includes
the 9 provinces of Värmland, Dalsland and
Västergötland in the west, Dalarna, Närke and Västmanland
in the north, and Östergötland, Södermanland and
Uppland to the east.
These provinces form a large part of Sweden with
a mixture of vast lakes, open water, plains and meadows and large
areas of wild natural scenery. The provinces in the west are dominated
by Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake, while
in the north and east are the lakes of Hjälmaren, Vättern,
Mälaren and Siljan as well as the Baltic Sea.
The whole region is considered to be the cradle of Swedish
culture, and it is here that the majority of Swedes live.
There is a wide variety of hotels, campsites and country inns for
the castle of Läckö, the Trollhättan hydro electric
waterfalls, fishing and canoe trips. Närke
contains the Stjerhov Manor, and a 17th century inn can be visited
at Grythyttan, which is in Västmanland.
Visitors can meet Father Christmas at the Santaworld theme park
in Dalarna, on the island of Sollerön
there are Viking graves and in Kolmården
there is a zoo and safari park.
Gripsholm Castle is in Södermanland, and the
university city of Uppsala swanks Scandinavia’s largest Cathedral
and the Baroque Castle of Skokloster, with a vintage car museum.