Opening hours

The Folk Museum and café:

22 June-18 August: Every day 11.00-17.00

“Tant Vanjas textilmuseum”:

22 June – 18 August:  Every day 11.00 – 17.00

Örtagården and selling of plants open :

May to September: Everyday round the clock.

The Studio, the Shop and the Second-hand bookshop:

22 June-18 August:  Every day 11.00 – 17.00 I have only fixed opening times in the Summer.

The rest of the year I have open most of the time as I live and work in the studio.
To be safe please telephone before you visit.

The Station House:

The key can be borrowed from the local grocery shop for 40 kr. The shop is situated on Brunnsvägen and is open every day 10.00-19.00

 

More to see in Dals Rostock

Bertil Larsson’s Garden

In central Rostock there is a really outstanding private garden. Bertil has collected thousands of different plants. High and low there is hardly a spot to place your foot.

If you would like to visit the garden Bertil can be contacted on:

Telephone: 0046-(0)530 2049 6

Mobile : 0046-(0)70 295 29 96

Bertil Larsson, Dals Rostock
Bertil Larsson.

Peony in Bertil Larsson's garden, Dals Rostock.

Peony in Bertil Larsson’s garden, Dals Rostock.

“Tant Vanjas textilmuseum”

Opposite my studio there is a cosy little textile museum. Kerstin Lindeberg has for many years collected textiles, tools and many other things connected to the production of old textiles. She has named the museum after her mother in law “Vanja” and the aim is to gather together old knowledge and skills which are about to be forgotten and to pass them on to the new generation. If you are interested, you can try carding, spinning, weaving, lacemaking, knitting or something else that has to do with the old techniques.

Tant Vanjas textilmuseum

“Tant Vanjas textilmuseum”.

 

Hiking routes and swimming

Around Dals Rostock there are several paths and forest walks to choose from. Many of them start from the “OK stugan” the local orienteering clubs headquarters.

Karl the Xll’s way is a hiking route which runs across Kroppefjäll between Dals Rostock and Järbo.

Doctor Saedén’s Runda dating from the time of the Sanatorium is also available to visitors and Kroppefjäll’s walking group arrange local walks every Thursday evening in the summer. There is the possibility of local guiding available!

For those who want to go for a swim there are many different lakes and tarns near by.

Bergklovet vid Brattås, Dals Rostock.
Brattås, Dals Rostock.

 

Ekholmens Säteri

A little way outside Dals Rostock next to Gunnarsnäs Church is Ekholmen’s Säteri. The big house dates from 1799 and is completely roofed in slate. The walls are also clad in the local slate. Inside there are three well preserved rooms that Karl the XlV Johan stayed in. In the courtyard is a smaller house dated from 1785 which is today a small interior design shop and cafe’.

The slate house at Ekholmen.
Ekholmen’s Säteri.

 

Rooms

The large hall

In the large hall is my studio, workshop, and shop. Here I also run courses in calligraphy, paper art and much more. Most of my furniture I have hand painted using the older painting techniques such as, veining, graining and marbling.

Pappslöjdskurs i Kerstin Ljungqvists ateljé, Dals Rostock.
Some participants in a paper art course.

The library

In my library I have books for my work, they are not for sale or to borrow. With most of the things I do, I make no clear division between my work and private life.

Kerstin Ljungqvists bibliotek.
The library.

The kitchen

When I renovated the kitchen I decorated it as a replica of how an 18th century pharmacy would have looked. The contents of the cupboards and tins are all labelled in Latin.

 

History

In 2008 the old church hall in Dals Rostock was about to be demolished as it was no longer in use. The plan was to use the space for parking. By a thread I was able to save it and after a couple of years to buy it from the church. Now I have converted it into a multi-functional space consisting of, studio, shop, sufficient space to run my courses, a library and my living accommodation. In the library I have my office and book collection consisting mainly of botanical, natural and cultural history, painting, calligraphy and many different craft techniques.

 

The studio

My studio is also a shop where I sell my own merchandise and other interesting items. Apart from my books (only available in Swedish) I also sell postcards, stationary, pictures, posters, gifts and beautiful handicraft items made of ceramics, glass, and metal. I also sell hand painted plant signs of metal and slate for the garden.

A small selection of what is available in the shop can be viewed on my homepage under “Butiken”. Please pop in when it is open or contact me directly to place your order.

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History
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Rooms

Rooms
The large hall In the large hall is my studio,...

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The orangery gallery

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The railway station

Fun for all ages

Large sized model (1/2 scale) of Dals Rostock’s old railway station. The original station was situated in the same place between 1908 and 1941. The old route of the Dalslandsbanan is today the route between Oslo and Gothenburg and the track runs close by. The scale model was built in the year 2000. It recreates the period of the 1920’s and 30’s. You can walk inside (height 1.44m) and see the waiting room, ticket office and the station master’s accommodation together with 1/2 scale furniture, replica wood burning stoves and a kitchen range. The entrance key can be borrowed from Byxfickans grocery shop for SEK 30. The shop is nearby and open every day 10.00 –19.00. A guided tour can be organised.

 

Stationshuset i Dals Rostock.

The herb garden

Örtagården Dals Rostock 1917.
The herb garden 1917.
Johannes Henriksson is in the middle of the picture.

History

The herb garden (Örtagården) is dedicated to the memory of Johannes Henriksson (1853 – 1935). He was in his time famous throughout Sweden for his pioneering work in growing medicinal herbs for the use of pharmacists and chemists. People came to Dals Rostock from the whole of Sweden and even Norway to learn everything about the medicinal plants including how to grow and collect them. He gave lectures, wrote newspaper articles and books on the subject. His books have been re-printed by Kroppefjälls Hembygdsförening. You can read the whole story in my book “Nyttans Växter.” This is also an encyclopaedia where I describe the use and history of over 1000 plants.

The herb garden today

Örtagården is a part of Brunnsparken, beside the Folk Museum and the site of the old spa. Here you will find approximately 300 plants all with informative signs describing their history and use. Next to Örtagården is a pond with two streams and a marsh.

"Örtagården", the herb garden, in Dals Rostock.
“Örtagården”, the herb garden, in Dals Rostock.

Geologisk avdelning i Brunnsparken, Dals Rostock.
The geological section, where you can read more about Dalsland’s different rock types.

Geological selection

There is also a geological section with examples of different types of rocks from Dalsland and other regions. The biggest focus is an exhibit on slate which has been quarried locally in vast quantities in the past.

The beehive exhibit

At the beehive exhibit you can study how the bees live and work. The information panel displays models of the bees and their various activities.

Information om bin, Brunnsparken, Dals Rostock.
Visitors reading about bees.

 

 

Dals Rostock

Dals Rostock lies in the middle of Dalsland, in Melleruds commune, approximately 7 kilometres West of the town Mellerud. The district has roughly 800 inhabitants and clings to the steep side of Kroppefjäll’s slope, exactly where the forest and the farmland meet. From many places one has magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Dals Rostock is an old health resort with a very exceptional and interesting history.
The three main activities have all been about health and care. They are : Rostock’s Spa, Kroppefjäll’s sanatorium and large plantations with medicinal plants for pharmacists.

"Örtagården", the herb garden, in Dals Rostock.
“Örtagården”, the herb garden, in Dals Rostock.
The name Rostock

The name Rostock

The name “Rostock” is most likely to have come from the words stockbro or råstocken, which was a wooden beam placed across a stream which was the border between two large farms. Rå is an old word for the division between two large farms.

Later when the spelling became Rostock they had to add the word Dals in front of Rostock in order to avoid confusion with the German town of Rostock. Dalsland had earlier been called Dal.

Wilderness around the corner
Forest in the surroundings of Dals Rostock.
Forest in the surroundings of Dals Rostock.

Wilderness around the corner

In Dals Rostock you are close to the vast unspoilt national park of Kroppefjäll. The word “fjäll” means mountain, it is not a mountain as such but a high, densely forested plateau.

Kroppefjäll is roughly 10km wide and 27km long and extends in a North to South direction. It is roughly 200m above sea level. The nature is varied with interesting minerals, many small lakes and tarns and rich in plant and animal life.

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Welcome to rostock.se! Here you can read about the village Dals Rostock and the Swedish artist Kerstin Ljungqvist.

Dals Rostock

Dals Rostock
Dals Rostock lies in the middle of Dalsland, in Melleruds...

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About Kerstin

About Kerstin
My name is Kerstin Ljungqvist and I live and work...

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More to see in Dals Rostock

More to see in Dals Rostock
Bertil Larsson’s Garden In central Rostock there is a really...

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The herb garden

The herb garden
The herb garden 1917.Johannes Henriksson is in the middle of...

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The studio

The studio
My studio is also a shop where I sell my...

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The sanatorium

The sanatorium
Kroppefjälls Sanatorium was built as a hospital for patients with...

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The railway station

The railway station
Fun for all ages Large sized model (1/2 scale) of...

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Contact

Contact
Feel free to contact me! Calluna c/o Kerstin Ljungqvist Brunnsvägen...

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Opening hours

Opening hours
The Folk Museum and café: 22 June-18 August: Every day...

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Rent a cottage

Rent a cottage
Låttsbyn The cottage lies in a peaceful spot, it has...

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About Kerstin

My name is Kerstin Ljungqvist and I live and work in Dals Rostock. I am particularly interested in the nature, art and culture. I:

  • paint in water colour and oils.
  • specialise in botanical illustrations as well as selling pictures, reproductions, postcards, books etc.
  • also paint furniture using the old decorative techniques as well as working in calligraphy, sewing, sign writing and paper art.
  • give guided tours of the herb garden (Örtagården) which I also run. As well as organising many courses I grow and sell plants.
  • have written the book ” Nyttans Växter”, an encyclopaedia on plants and their use in Sweden.
  • was the driving force behind the campaign to build the 1/2 scale station house in Dals Rostock.

Please contact me if you wish to know more!

Kerstin Ljungqvist och boken Nyttans växter.