Forces from Sweden, Denmark and Norway have unsuccessfully besieged Bohus fortress 14 times. During more than 700 years kings, queens, witches and saints have put their mark on the history of the site in Kungälv in southern Bohuslän, just north of Gothenburg.
Prisoners have suffered hellish torment in its dark dungeons, and in the courtyard there is still a well, built by the toil of condemned prisoners.
The fortress has been a ruin for the past two centuries, ensuring that its violent past is but a memory. Today the site is a popular destination for excursions from Gothenburg, far from gun smoke, witchcraft commissions and corporal punishment.
Be a part of the Nordic history
Bohus fortress is an unprecedented Nordic heritage. Foreign visitors are more than welcome inside its walls, where peace now reigns most of the time. If you make a visit to the Bohus fortress, you can be a part of the Nordic history.
A perfect stop on the way
Day trip, rest stop along the E6 motorway or full-day visit with overnight stay – few sites can offer so simple and varied opportunities.
Bohus fortress is a perfect stop on the way to or from Bohuslän and the Göta älv (river) valley. The centre of Gothenburg is only twenty minutes away. The fortress is easily reached by bus, and you can even dock your own boat.
Within walking distance from the little island of Fästningsholmen, where the fortress is situated, you can find Kungsälv’s beautiful old market square and the picturesque Västra Gatan with beautiful wooden buildings. You can turn into little boutiques. There are also several cafés and restaurants to be found in Kungälv.
Latest addition to Kungälv is the Kongahälla Shopping Center (address: Älvebacken 1, 44248 Kungälv).
Hotels in Gothenburg
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If you want to stay closer to the fortress, there are a few Hotels, hostels, B&Bs in Kungälv available.
Source and photos: Bohus fortress (except featured image – that’s our own)