This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Falköping.
Falköping is an old town in Västra Götaland County, western Sweden. Its land was inhabited well before the birth of the town; in fact, ancient artifacts and ruins from the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages have been found there. Falköping was founded around the year 1200. Even though this medieval village was set on fire by the Danes during the sixteenth century, it survived the trauma and was rebuilt. Today, a twelfth century building, the Sankt Olofs Kyrka (Saint Olaf Church), still stands in in the town.
Visitors can reach Falköping by train. Upon arrival, tourists should make sure to secure their accommodations. There are a handful of hostels, or “Vandrarhem,” within town. Guest feedback indicates that these hostels are relatively economical, clean, and tend to include a kitchen area, lounge, as well as television. One draw-back might be potential cigarette smoke within the establishment. There may be opportunities for camping which would resolve any indoor pollution concerns.
Once the visitor has reserved a hostel bed, it is time to begin sightseeing within Falköping. One fun option is to stop by Mösseberg Park, an outdoor recreation area filled with many different activity centers. Kids can enjoy climbing and running around the playground or meeting rabbits, goats, horses and deer at the petting zoo. Guests can swim in the outdoors. Skiing is another option. Fitness buffs can walk or run along the many tracks. After all that physical activity, an onsite restaurant provides delicious food and drinks to refuel the body.
Afterwards, a rest stop at Mösseberg Spa would be ideal, where visitors can take advantage of the naturally mineral-rich waters of Saint Eric’s Spring by enjoying a dip in the swimming pool or jacuzzi. A sauna will get rid of any lingering cold. There is a gym for anyone who likes to stay in shape during vacation. Other guests might prefer to indulge in a pampering massage or facial treatment.
Another worthwhile stop for sightseers would be the Ekehagen Ancient Village, an outdoor museum providing hands-on learning about Falköping’s history. Guests can participate in daily activities of the early inhabitants, view a farm from the Iron Age, a field from the Bronze Age, and even spend a night in a hut from the Stone Age. The museum is open between the end of June to mid-August, so visitors should inquire about open hours before their visits.
Written by local enthusiast for Falköping hostelsJakob Lombardi