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Mariestad is a city located in Västra Götaland on the east side of Lake Vänern in Sweden. It has 15,591 inhabitants (2010).
Mariestad was named after the wife of Charles IX of Sweden, Maria of the Palatinate.Karl IX founded the city in 1583.
Mariestad surrounded by Sweden’s largest inland islands and is a popular place in the summer with fine beaches and marinas. Torsö och Brommö are the main islands of the archipelago. Old Town Mariestad has wooden houses from 1700 – and 1800. It is pleasant to walk around in the small streets between small shops, galleries and cafes. Mariestad theater is one of Sweden’s oldest and best-preserved theater from 1843.
There are several protected nature reserves in the area suitable for recreational activities such as fishing and cycling.There is a 65 km bicycle trail through the woods and along the lake from Mariestad to Linköping. In 2010 Vänernskjærgården on UNESCO World Heritage List.
Airports near the Trollhättan-Vänersborg Airport Located 109 km from the city center to the south.Örebro Airport is located 119 km north of Mariestad and Jönköping Airport is 126 km away.