Varberg Travel Guide

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Varberg Highlights

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     Interesting, Historical and calm Town 

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     Full of people in the summer, completely dead in the winter. 

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     It's tiny! And there's hedgehogs! 

Varberg Things to Do

  • The old bath

    For those who like to take refreshing baths, this is the place for you. This is one of the oldest "Cold Baths" in Scandinavia, it's built in 1864. The entire building is located in the water.I'm not much of fan, but it's very interesting to look at. It looks like big old "tree fortress". It's very beautiful buildt, and it's located at the harbor in...

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  • Lansmuseet (Regional Museum and...

    The museum website give a more complete description that I can: this museum is well worth the trip. There is the fortress, an art museum, a cultural exhibit - also on the grounds is a Cycling museum, restaurant as well as rotating exhibits. I recomend the audio tour ( which is free with admission) if you can't read Swedish.Here's a quote from the...

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  • BIRD WATCHING AND NATURE TRAIL

    Getterön Naturcentrum - Is such a beautiful place to see many types of birds, depending on the season. The new nature center building has a small cafe with tasty items, a gift shop with, very nice birding books, a nature center with several species of birds on display in natural looking environments, and a wonderful photo gallery with many photos...

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  • King Karl XII's button

    Another macabre exhibit in the Museum of Varberg is King Karl XII's button. This bronze button was not only found missing from the king's uniform, but was discovered to ideally correspond to the size of the hole in the king's skull when he had been mortally wounded in an attack on a Norwegian castle in 1718. Believing in the king's magical powers,...

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  • Kallbadhuset - the Varberg Bathhouse

    Varberg has been a well-known Swedish resort for over a century. The beautifully restored 19th century bathhouse still houses cold baths, where men and women can first bathe naked in separate rooms and then use the sauna. There is an elegant cafe in the building to let them take a rest after what for me would have been a very unpleasant experience....

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  • The Bocksten Man

    Seeing the tragic remains of the 'Bocksten Man' can cost you a sleepless night or at least bring on some reflections on the world's cruel ways. The man lived 600 years ago but that does not lessen the pain he must have felt, being garrotted, impaled and drowned - not necessarily in this order. His body was found by a farmer in a peat bog near...

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  • Varberg Fortress

    If you look at the place from the sea, you will know why foreign attackers have always considered this fortress unconquerable. High on a rocky cliff, with the sea on one side and a moat on the others, it could not have been an easy target for enemy. Once a residence of the Swedish king Magnus Eriksson, then for a time in Danish hands, in 1647 it...

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  • Museum at Varberg

    The Museum at Varberg houses a permanent exhibition of the history of Halland, including the history of fishing and farming, an exhibition of paintings by artists of the so-called Varberg school of painting and a number of temporary exhibitions. While we were there, there was an exhibition of barbering and hairdressing, quite interesting if you...

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  • The fortress

    You simply must tour this place. There's a museum that details the lifestyle of the area, from the early 1600's to the ancient date of 1989! ;)there is also a 'bog mummy', the corpse of a 13th-century man who died in the swamp and whose bones, organs, hair etc were well-preserved.

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  • The oldest sections

    The oldest sections of Varberg's Fortress date from the 13th Century, while the fortress walls were built in the 17th Century. The fortress has been Swedish property since the Danish occupiers left in 1645.

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  • The Fortress

    This is defenetly a must see when visiting here, a day was not enough for me the last time I was here. I have been here tons of times but mostly at a child, and unfortunately I was to small to appreciate it!I have spent most of my summers here in Varberg as a child and adult, it's only 60km from my place of birth. The FortressThe Fortress of...

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  • Cannon Holes

    There isn't only cannons at the Fortress Roof. They also made holes in the wall to be able to shoot at people with arrows and cannons. But the holes sometimes looks like they are made from cannonballs.. and some is. So look closely if you're unsure.

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  • Models of the Fortress

    Inside they have a models of the Fortress, what it looked like 600 years ago and today! It's very fun to see the development on the Fortress and how they manage to get to to stand!

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  • King Karl XII - The Warrior King

    Karl XII was born in 1682. He was the son of King Karl XI and Ulrika Eleonora. He became king when he was only 15 years old, because of the death of his father in 1697. He continued his father's concentration of power to the monarchy. This was the old struggle for power between the aristocracy and the king, and now the aristocrats were losing. When...

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  • The Most Famous attraction -...

    The greatest attraction is the "Bockstensmannen"- the remains of a man who lived in the middel ages, complete with all his clothing, the only medieval costume in the world still preserved. He was born about 700 years ago and they think he was around 25 years when he died. He was probably also a priest.He was pierced by a pole made of oak. The man...

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  • "The *** hole" (Inside the fortress)...

    Well if they couldn't get through the Fortress by the moat. How should they do? At the Middle Ages there were no such things as sewers. The simply built small barracks in wood, and then the faeces fall down on the grass. According to some old books and stories, they went out at night, and brought a giant ladder that reached up to the toilet, the...

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  • Cannons

    Of course there are more numbers aiming at the sea, the attacks against the Fortress came from West. This particular cannon works, I couldn't resist adding it, I'm really a Cannon Lover. I didn't need visual aid, I could see the heavy battles that took place here several hundreds of years ago!

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  • How to get in? The moat

    The moat surrounds the fortress. And those who tried to get in were killed quite easily. They had small hole where they use arrows to kill those who tried to get in.The holes can still be spotted, but many birds use it as a nest so sometimes there are just grass. And lots of birdshit.If you be suprised by splashes from the water, it's Carp. A quite...

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  • The old Jail Pit

    Swedes and Danes were cruel. The most common punishment besides death for the prisoners was to loose their sight. The pits were located inside and under the fortress without any light. There were no windows or fresh air. Old books from the 16:th centure describes the smell down there. I've been on a guided tour there, and I almost could smell the...

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  • The Hole in the Roof

    The Hole was a death trap.People who was supposed to die, they often got deceived by the nobility. This was a trap who killed many. They poured hot tar from the hole when the victim were passing by. a horrible way to die, they set him on fire and he/she got an painful death...

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  • The courtyard

    The houses inside the oldest parts are mostly form the 17:th century. It's really great to see how well preserved it is. It makes me happy to know that people works here every year to make everything looks like it did in the past.The old well on the courtyard is even working.We had our final School ball here, everything was in Middle Ages theme and...

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  • Cannons

    Well you can't miss em. The Fortress has cannons all around it. The funniest more the most unbeleivable is that some of them is still sharp! On our national day we celebrate by fireing some of the cannons.It's also used sometimes when they have big events in Varberg.The cannons are aiming at each direction around the Fortress.

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  • The other Entrance

    The Second Entrance is located at the east part of the fortress. It's smaller and this also leads directly to the roof were all the cannons is located if you take the first stair to the left when passing it.There is also some dwelling houses to the right.

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  • Main entrance

    This is the main entrance, it's two entrances but this is the largest. This is the best preserved aswell. This is particulary large because they had to bring in horse and cart and all the deliveries that came to the Fortress. The door on the picture goes directly to an old food cellar.

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Varberg Restaurants

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    by dave_21 Written Jun 15, 2003

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    It's located very cosy inside the Fortress with great viewes on sea. Try not to miss this if you're a Ice Cream lover! I'm not a Ice Cream lover but it really was delicious!

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Varberg Local Customs

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    by Mayweed Written Jun 6, 2003

    It's quite difficult do drive around in the town, since most streets are one-way.. Miss a turn, and you'll end up driving around the entire town. MIght not matter much though, since it is rather tiny :D

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Varberg Off The Beaten Path

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    by Roxxi Updated Sep 9, 2006

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    My friend and I drove the local roads south of Ringhals (nuclear power plant)to Varberg. Exit Highway E20 and drive south through the small towns and housing communities. You will see wildlife and old boats, and interesting landscapes.

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Varberg Favorites

  • The City

    The Town of Varberg is quite small, there are 53000 inhabitants in the municipality, and 26000 in the town. It's mostly know as the "Town of Bicycles" and has an important harbor. Daily ferries to Denmark, and Cargo Services to The Netherlands, Iceland, England, Ireland, The Mediterranean and the Baltic States. A great map over Varberg is shared...

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  • Varberg Health Resort and Spa

    Varbergs Kurort Hotel & Spa is situated by Apelviken in Varberg. By a sea that can be calm and tranquil or rough and fierce. It lies next to the sea and a great beach for those who like to swim naked!! I have been here once getting a Swedish Massage, with sauna and aroma. It was a great day but it was...

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  • The Beaches

    Well I'm not exactly the guy who likes to lie on the beach all day, but if you enjoy it, I recommend going here. There are quite warm temps in the summers and the temps in the water can go above 20C, and that is much for us Swedes!! :-) I enjoy walking at these beaches, but I'm always here before and after the tourists season, it's more calmer and...

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