It’s always been hard for me to imagine distance and area. Quite naturally, it was hard for me to imagine how vast 137 hectares could be.
After the routine trips to Slottskogen I can guarantee you, 137 hectares is humongous!
First time when I landed up in Slottskogen, I mistook it to be one of the evening walk parks, of the same kind that we have in Bangalore but only scaled up. I was of course thrilled to be there, but did not realise until the third time that it was the one of the places I had read up on “the must see places in Gothenburg”.
Along with a friend of mine, I have not visited but ‘explored’ this macro-park, which aptly translates to “Castle Forest” in English.
Slottskogen is one of the major tourist attractions, and is located quite at the heart of Gothenburg. Lush green lawns, scattered water bodies, dense trees and ample track for running, skating and cycling – it is the ideal place to layback and relax (best when the Sun is around😛 )
Not just these. Because the park is like the city of Gothenburg, on a hilly region, there is a watch-tower on top of probably the highest point in Slottskogen. And maybe because this watch-tower is fortified it acquired the name of being a “Castle Forest”.
There is a zoo with many common animals – ranging from geese to native ponies, and few uncommon (at least to me) ones like seals and moose. There is a observatorium, a natural history museum, play area for children, cafe, restaurants, and frisbee golf playground.
When you are at Slottskogen, apart from the landscape that is already assuaging your senses, you get to peek into the social life of Gothenburg. People from all age groups are engaged in rigorous work-out, and another bunch savouring the Sun, camping under the trees with grills and baguette. If Slottskogen is to be taken as a representation of social life in Gothenburg, it clearly depicts the emphasis on family life, for you see plenty of couples spending time with their children.
During the last ten days or so, the plant life has been preparing to brace the winter, and the leaves are changing hues to the vibrant yellows, pale red and lifeless brown. The autumn foliage, when it does shed creates a carpet of dry leaves; This is a vista at par with the scenic beauty when greenery is thriving.
I live near Markslandsgatan, and reaching one of the edges of Slottskogen happens to be about 5 minutes from my apartment. As Slottskogen is also en route to Chalmers, I usually stroll back home through the serenity and beauty of Slottskogen. Sitting on one of the benches or on the lawn in Slottskogen, either reading, or contemplating all that needs contemplation is a blissful act.
Waiting to see how then green, now the yellow daughter of Mother Nature, this Slottskogen will be, when she turns white in winter.