288 Route 44. GOTA CANAL.
the Hot. Kinnekulle (R. from l!/2 kr., good; 5 min. from the station)
and Baron Klingspor's estate of Rabdck, with its charming park, to
which visitors are kindly admitted. Pleasant walk of l/4 hr. to the
Mbrkeklef. The ascent of the Hbgkulle (1007 ft.; or 863 ft. above
the lake), the highest point of the Kinnekulle, takes l-iy4hr.;
the top commands an extensive view. Belvedere (59 ft. high; adm.
25 6.), with a few beds for travellers who wish to see the sunrise.
Those who spend some days in this region should visit Medelplana. Vesttr-
plana (272 hrs. from stat. Blomberg, p. 297), and Husaby (about 11 Kil. S.
of Raback), all three with old churches. That of Husaby dates from
the early 11th cent. Olaf Eriksson, the first Christian king of Sweden, is
said to have been baptized in a spring at Husaby. — From the Hogkulle
to Gossater (p. 283) about 1 hr.; rail from Gossater by (2 Kil.) Forshem
to Moholm, see p. 287; by Skara to Gotenburg, see p. 283.
In 2 hrs. from Hellekis the Steamer reaches Mariestad (Stads-
Hot. ; Hot. Lindblom), seat of the Landshofding of Skaraborgs-Lan,
a town of 4200 inhab., founded by Charles IX. at the mouth of the
Tida about 1600, and named in honour of his queen, a princess of
the Palatinate. It was rebuilt after a great fire in 1895. (Station
on the line from Gossater by Forshem to Moholm, p. 287.)
Passing the island of Thorsb, we steam in ll/2 hr. more to
Sjbtorp (Hot.), where the W. branch of the Gota Canal begins.
The depression of the earth's surface in S. Sweden, between the Skager-
Rack and the Baltic, of which the great lakes form a relic, naturally sug¬
gested the idea of connecting the two seas by a canal. The proporal
was first made by Bishop Brask of Linkoping (1516), and afterwards by