The estate of Alster is mentioned for the first time in a document from 1397. It once belonged to King Gustav Vasa (1496 – 1560) and then to his son Charles (1550 – 1611), who founded the city of Karlstad in 1584 and was King of Sweden from 1604 to 1611 as Charles IX of Sweden.
A fire destroyed the estate in 1760 and the present manor house was rebuilt in 1772. The grandfather of the well-known poet Gustaf Fröding (1860 – 1911) bought the estate in 1837 and had the manor house rebuilt to its present appearance. Alsters Herrgård is now known as the birthplace of Gustaf Fröding, has been a listed building since 1968 and has been a memorial for the poet since 1976.
Exhibitions at Alsters Herrgård
The manor house contains a museum about the life and work of Gustaf Fröding, as well as smaller art exhibitions. The Fröding Museum exhibition on the upper floor of the manor house can only be visited on a guided tour. At the estate you will also find a café and restaurant with Swedish home cooking and homemade baked goods.
In the wing buildings of the farm you will also find small shops with literature by Gustaf Fröding as well as regional handicrafts and souvenirs. In summer, various events such as theatre or readings take place at the estate, and in winter you will find a popular Christmas market here.
Around Alsters Herrgård you will find a park with playground and various hiking trails of different lengths. These allow you to explore the nature around the estate and the banks of the river Alsterälven. The buildings have barrier-free access, toilets and a lift takes you up to the upper floor of the manor house.
Alsters Herrgård: Opening hours
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Last update: 07/2021 | Errors and omissions excepted.