Wämöparken is set in beautiful Swedish nature on the outskirts of Karlskrona, in Blekinge county in southern Sweden. There is so much to see and do there, at your own pace, or doing a little bit over a few visits. This is a place to dwell, not rush, and if you do not get to experience everything on one day, then it is the perfect excuse to return to Wämöparken. We decided one cold (-8 degrees) snowy, February day to visit, so we are definitely going to head back in the warmer months to experience another season in Wämöparken.
Although Wämöparken was once the site of a cemetery for victims of the plague, and also the site where executions were carried out for those who were sentenced to death, it now has an altogether much nicer purpose, allowing people to relax enjoying the outdoors as well as experiencing a little bit of Swedish history. So what does the park have to offer?
Wämöparken Hiking Trails
The hiking trails around the area can be tailor-made to be longer or shorter for those less able to walk as far, but still wanting to get out into nature. The trail marked with wooden poles with orange tips is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair users. We enjoyed using this trail at first, before heading in our own direction a little, using the smaller paths through the woods. Although there are several fire pit points along the main trail, we opted for a quieter spot where the children could play in amongst the trees and on the rocks, and we used our hobo stove. We had a lovely sausage hotpot followed by Nutella s’mores….yummy!!!
Wämöparken Historical Buildings
The park has several old buildings erected as examples of what they used to be. At each one there is a sign detailing what type of person would have lived in it, the purpose of the building, and how it would have been built. We definitely need to come back as these are open to view inside, but only over the summer season, which I knew, but we enjoyed looking around the outside of them anyway. My trio liked thinking about the sort of people who would have lived in them and the stories behind them.
Wämöparken Animal Park
There is a small collection of some lovely animals to have a wander around. We saw goats, pigs, hens, rabbits, and ducks. Whilst it is not a big collection or area, it is fun for the children to see and look at the animals, something that is always a hit with my trio.
Wämöparken Play Park
In the same area as the animals you can find a play park. My three really enjoyed this space. The see-saw was the biggest hit with them, and they were on it for ages!! I always visit things like this at the end of a hike if they are around. My trio knew it was there so it gave them a little something to look forward to, but then also, when they get totally absorbed in it I am not trying to cajole them into another mission.
If after a hike round the trails, a campfire meal, investigating the old buildings, pottering around visiting the animals, and a play in the park, you are in need of further refreshment, there is a cafe set in a beautiful old building. You can get hot and cold drinks, waffles and cakes, or a warm meal. We sampled their homemade cakes with some ginger beer and fruit juices. Perfect after a play in the play park. Outside the cafe there are also supersized board games on the patio. Due to the cold these were not out for us to use, nor could we even see the boards on the ground due to the snow….so no photos of these I am afraid!!
Wämöparken Dog Agility Course
The final facility at this lovely place, is a dog agility course. It is set in a large field and you can just turn up and use it. You need to show consideration for dogs and their owners already using it by getting their attention before you enter in order to prevent any unfriendly mishaps between canines. But as long as you respect others and clean up after you four legged friend, this is an amazing space for you to be able to enjoy with your fur baby. I know my border collie would have loved this space had he still been alive.
So, there you have the details about this amazing space called Wämöparken that we went and explored and thoroughly enjoyed. I can recommend enjoying either a whole day here in any season, as there is more than enough to keep you busy during the winter months too, or dipping in and out of the area for a few hours. It is most definitely a beautiful outdoor space that we will be returning too again and again.