Discover this little-known town full of European charm, nicknamed the Little Sweden of America

Welcome to this charming little-known town, nicknamed the Little Sweden of America. Follow me to discover its picturesque streets and its captivating European atmosphere. Prepare to be transported to a unique place that looks like an old continent, for an urban exploration full of surprises and beauty.

Lindsborg, Kansas: A Piece of Sweden in America

In the middle of the vast expanses of Kansas lies Lindsborg, a dazzling little town of colors and of Swedish traditions. Founded in 1869 by Swedish immigrants, this city still retains a strong imprint of its heritage today, as evidenced by its numerous cultural events such as the Svensk Hyllningsfest or even the Våffeldagen (International Waffle Day).

A true Swedish dining experience on Main Street

Lindsborg is no ordinary town. Six of the city’s eight Swedish restaurants are on Main Street. You can start your day with a Swedish breakfast at Dröm Sött, enjoy lunch at Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery and end your day with köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) Crown & Rye Restaurant.

Immerse yourself in Swedish culture and history

To better understand Lindsborg’s Swedish roots, a visit to Lindsborg Old Mill and at Swedish Heritage Museum is required. There you will discover fascinating exhibitions on the arrival of immigrants and their impact on the city.

For art lovers, the Red Barn Studio Museum and the Clara Hatton Center offer an unrivaled source of artistic inspiration.

Meet the famous horses of Dala

THE Dala horses are probably the most iconic objects of Swedish culture that you will find in Lindsborg. These charming wooden horses, dating from the 17th century, are painted in bright colors and are scattered throughout the city. You can try to spot the 31 big horses of Dala which make up the Wild Dala Herd.

Dala horse painter Shirley Malm even shared her stories about painting these colorful horses in Salina Journal.

A European-style castle not to be missed

A few kilometers north of Lindsborg stands the Coronado Heights Castle. Built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, this sandstone castle is reminiscent of medieval European fortifications. It is said that the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez of Coronado visited this place in the 16th century during his quest for Seven Cities of Gold. Although the gold was never found, the castle is now a popular tourist spot offering stunning views of the Smoky Hills.

Visitors can not only admire the scenery, but also enjoy many activities around the castle, such as picnics, hiking and cycling.