Welcome to Älmhult
Our municipality is home to 17,000 inhabitants and offers plenty of options for visitors, all year round. You can easily get here – to the very south of Småland County – by train (around two hours from Copenhagen) or by car (on the E4 highway and road 23).
In Älmhult you can experience the small shops in the town centre with their unique range of products; IKEA, past and present; traditional and innovative handicrafts; outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, cycling or disc golf; Carl von Linné’s roots; lakes offering good fishing opportunities in both summer and winter; art exhibitions, swimming baths and plenty of restaurants. And then there’s the IKEA store, with the biggest range of IKEA products in the world.
Eat and sleep well and enjoy your stay in Älmhult municipality.
Carl von Linné’s roots
Carl von Linné was born in 1707 in the rectory in Råshult, about 10 km north of Älmhult. He grew up in the middle of the Småland countryside and came to be one of Sweden’s most famous scientists. Visit his birthplace, with its fields, meadows, gardens, a museum and an organic garden café, where you can enjoy a coffee and a cake or a delicious lunch under the apple tree.
Älmhult – the heart of IKEA
In 1958 Ingvar Kamprad opened the world’s first IKEA store. The present store saw its grand opening in 2012 and has the biggest range of IKEA products in the world. Just next door is an IKEA bargain store, which is unique worldwide. There is also an IKEA Museum in Älmhult.
IKEA has over 4,000 employees in Älmhult and is the biggest employer in the municipality. The entire chain, from production development to suppliers, warehousing, communication, catalogue production, sales and customer service, is located here.
There are a total of around 2,000 companies in the municipality and more than 50,000 people come here every year on business. Thousands commute to the municipality daily for work.
Nature and adventures
The Helge Å canoe trail
The canoe trail is around 100 km long and passes through both the river system and large and small lakes. Along the trail there are rest areas for which you can buy vouchers to stay overnight.
For those wanting to go fishing, there are plenty of lakes where you can catch pike, zander and perch. A fishing permit is required.
Hiking and cycling
Hikers have several signposted trails of 2–5 km to choose between, both close to the urban area and out in the nature reserve. There are many kilometres of small roads all around the municipality for those who prefer to cycle. Around Lake Römningen is a signposted cycle trail.
In central Älmhult there are two outdoor gyms close to the jogging tracks. In the municipality there are also two disc golf courses.
Älmhult golf course with its 18 holes is on the eastern edge of the urban area.
The good life
The municipality has one White Guide-featured restaurant: Brasserie Goaroije in the town centre. In addition to this there are a number of restaurants and eateries offering different types of cuisine.
For those in need of pampering, there are plenty of masseurs and hairdressers, along with a chance to work out at the Friskis&Svettis gym complex, for example
Enjoy beautiful gardens in Linné’s Råshult and at the Orangery in Möckelsnäs.
Culture and design
There are plenty of artists, potters, fashion designers, craftsfolk and designers here. In the local shops, both large and small, you can find interiors products, ceramics, art, glass, handicrafts, woodcrafts and much more. One example is Funkisfabriken in Diö.
Fun for all the family
Go-karting, disc golf, watching the cows being let out to pasture in spring, mini golf, swimming baths, ice rink, riding, library, exciting places featured in legends, and playgrounds – these are just some of the activities and amenities on offer for families. For those wanting to see elk (moose), there are several elk parks in neighbouring municipalities.
In Delary children aged 7 and upwards are allowed to drive on a go-kart track, and there are electric cars for the little ones. In the same area you can go on a voyage of discovery through Småland’s military history collections. Sagobygden (Land of Legends) offers many exciting places with scary stories all around the municipality.
Shopping and antiques
With shops in the town centre and in the new retail centre beside IKEA, you’ll find a wide range of shopping options in Älmhult. You can take a free bus between the town centre and the retail centre, with several departures per hour. There are also charming little shops dotted around the countryside and in the surrounding villages.
“Det lokala skafferiet” market is held on the square in Älmhult on the last Saturday of each month during the summer season. There, you can sample and buy locally sourced produce.
Those looking for flea markets and antique shops offering second-hand and vintage items will find them in central Älmhult and in the surrounding countryside.
The entire municipality is positively seething with activity. Midsummer celebrations, church concerts, Christmas markets, cinema, theatre, lectures, visits from authors, storytelling programme, local history open days and much more.
Stenbrohult’s music week featuring world-famous performers will be held the week after Midsummer, and at the end of August it’s time for the Family Festival in central Älmhult, with festivities and popular performances in the town centre and in the Haganäs district.
The municipality offers a wide range of accommodation: from guest houses, campsites and private cabins to hotels.