There is something for everybody in Mariestad Municipality, including the Göta Canal and several charming villages in the area. It’s situated on Lake Vänern (the third largest lake in Europe) and is visited by many tourists each summer – some in their boats touring the lake and canal, others enjoying the many fine camp grounds or other accommodations. Here you will find annual festivals, Circuses, exhibitions, concerts, and activities.

Mariestad’s annual Flea Market:
Once a year they invite everyone to visit the town flea market where you can get rid of your unused items or maybe find a treasure at a bargain price. I was there, with my Nokia mobile phone at hand, and gladly invite you along for the fun:

Mariestad Flea Market #1

Flea Market at Mariestad’s Traffic free shopping street.

Mariestad Flea Market #2
Get rid of your shoes or find a bargain :-)
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Lyrestad Summer Fair:
Lyrestad is one of several small charming villages in the area around our vacation home. It includes one of the locks of Göta Canal and therefore attracts a lot of boat tourists in the summer time. Once a year they hold a Summer Fair with an auction, lotteries, concert with local musicians and various stands. Lets have a look at this charming place first, then go to the concert and finally, check out the various attractions and stands:
Lyrestad Summer Fair #1
The village of Lyrestad on a Göta Canal lock.


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Concert by the mini golf course.

Lyrestad Summer Fair #5
Bouncing on the moonwalk for the kids.


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Throw to win a Troll – or – Darts to defend your honour!

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Blacksmith with nice handcrafts – or – Apple cider, honey and jelly from a local preserver.


It’s nice to go there and experience the event, to mingle and talk with the locals in a friendly, summer atmosphere and relaxing adventure. To me it’s recreational and helps me forget all the stress from work and our daily urban lives. Are you with me – do you get the feeling – or is there something else that gets you into the summer vacation mood?