Located in Skaraborg between Sweden’s two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern, Skövde is built partially on the slopes of the low mountain ridge Billingen and the town centre lies at the foot of the mesa. This recreation area is popular among locals as well as tourists. “We have plenty of things to do all year round,” says Charlotte Backman, marketing director of Next Skövde. “Actually, this is one of the main reasons for visitors to come to Skövde – sports and outdoor activities. And us locals, we really love our Billingen!” She highlights for instance cross-country skiing, iceskating, down-hill skiing with an adjacent fun park, and hiking.