On Saturday 9 September, The Crown Princess's walks through the provinces of Sweden began in Västergötland. Prince Daniel also took part in the walk, which followed the pilgrims' trail between Varnhem and Lake Hornborga.
The Crown Princess will take part in walks through all of Sweden's 25 provinces. She will spend a day visiting each province and will thereby experience different parts of Sweden over the course of the seasons, highlighting the treasures of the Swedish countryside for all to see.
The first walk took part in Västergötland, The Crown Princess's duchy. Prince Daniel is Duke of Västergötland, and also took part in the walk. The Crown Princess Couple's day began at Kata Church Estate.
I Västergötland inleddes idag Kronprinsessans vandring genom Sveriges landskap. Prins Daniel deltog också i turen som gick längs pilgrimsleden mellan Varnhem och Hornborgasjön. Kronprinsessan kommer att vandra genom Sveriges alla 25 landskap. Varje landskap besöks under en dag och Kronprinsessan vill på så sätt uppleva olika delar av Sverige under årstidernas lopp och därigenom synliggöra den skatt som svensk natur är för alla. 🎥:Kaffegruppen #kronprinsessanvictoria #landskapsvandring #västergötland
Kata Church Estate
During excavations of the hill behind the abbey ruins in Varnhem, archaeologists discovered finds that tell us about the location from the time before the arrival of the monks in the 12th century. The ruins here are from one of Sweden's oldest churches, a private church estate dating from the Viking period. It is surrounded by older Iron Age burial mounds, showing that the history of the estate dates back to ancient times. The area is called Kata Church Estate after the woman who oversaw the estate during the late Viking period.
The walk then followed the pilgrims' trail between Varnhem and Lake Hornborga, stopping off at locations including Heljes Farm.
Lake Hornborga is one of Europe's most important lakes for bird life, and is particularly famous for the annual dance of the cranes. Since 1999, the lake and the surrounding area have been designated a nature reserve.
The Lake Hornborga Visitor Centre on Fågeludden was opened in 1986 when restoration work began, marking the rebirth of the lake. In 2014, extensive internal rebuilding work was carried out at the visitor centre, including the creation of a new exhibition. On 21 March 2015, the building and the lake were reopened. An exhibition at Lake Hornborga Visitor Centre details the history of the lake and its bird life.