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This old fortress was a major part of Swedish defense system and now its history. Too bad it took... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
JohanStahl
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Ulricehamn, Sweden
Historic place with treasure hunt for children

The Karlsborg fortress is a historic landmark for Sweden. The place where built to hide away the... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
MarieJK
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Bergen, Norway
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The big adventure at the Fortress of Karlsborg Exciting effects, cannons, gun shots, smoke and enemy attacks... A guided tour to remember! The Adventure Tour at Karlsborg Fortress Exciting effects, cannon bursts, gunshots, smoke and enemy attacks... The adventure tour at the fortress is like nothing else - more like an action film than a regular guided tour. The guided tour begins with a film about life at the fortress in the middle of the 19th century. Suddenly viewers are drawn into the exciting film and led through dark vaults and twisting passageways into the old fortress on a guided tour with plenty of adventure and special effects. The moat caponniere has an interesting exhibit with authentic settings from the 1860s. See the commander's home, with a cannon in the parlour, the secret restaurant and the vault of the National Bank, filled with hundreds of gold bars. You can also have a closer look at the commander's office, Bulta-Majas restaurant, and part of the armour. The adventure tour at the Karlsborg Fortress lasts about one hour and 45 minutes. Ticket sales and start for guided tours: The shop Fastningsboden at the fortress market square. Parking: lots outside the fortress, please follow road signs.
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4 weeks ago
“Wow!”
Feb 4, 2017
“Historic place with treasure hunt for children”
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Befalsgatan 7, Karlsborg 546 30, Sweden
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+46 505 173 50
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This old fortress was a major part of Swedish defense system and now its history. Too bad it took too long to construct. It came out to be old fashioned the same day it was ready a few 100 years ago. Lucky Sweden Russia never...More

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Frida M, Informationsansvarig at Karlsborgs Fastning, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Johan! Thank you for your review. Hope you´ll come back soon. Have a nice day! Best regards, Frida

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Reviewed 4 February 2017

The Karlsborg fortress is a historic landmark for Sweden. The place where built to hide away the national treasure in case of war. They have created two really nice treasure hunts for the children. The first one is based on a map and you get...More

Thank MarieJK
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

They have a combi-ticket for the guided tour and the museum = this is 160 SEK. You have to join the guided tour!! It's very interesting and at some part of the tour you're under attack and have to go thru the fortress to look...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Enormous fortress that had no use except burning tax payers' money, due to technical progress overtaking slow construction of the limestone building. About 400 soldiers are still on duty in the fortress. Several parts of the fortifications are used for the museum (open 10 am)...More

Thank Peter D
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

Built after the Napoleon war it served as a shelter for king, government, and gold. Today you can walk nearly everywhere in the fortified town. Museum, church, cafes, and a fine setting.

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Reviewed 20 September 2015

Tha castle is not very old and built as a fortress to harbor the royal Swedish family and government in case of war. As an attraction they simulate a war situation during the excursion in the fortress. (Just remember that SWEDEN has NOT experienced war...More

1  Thank Jan K
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

I can very much recommend a drive around the fort and a visit to the museum. The restaurant and cafe in the middle are great for a cheap meal and a coffee. There is a military outfitters next to the cafe which has hardcore outdoor...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Although outdated when finished in the beginning of previous century, now open for public a miniature city where supposedly the government should move in case of Russian invasion. Also includes a spy museum from the cold war. Parts of the fortress is still in use...More

Thank Magnus O
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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

This is an extraordinary place with a special story. A threatened Sweden built this for 90 years - a in real life equivalent of the Hornburg in Helm's Deep of JRR Tolkien. Behind enourmous walls a small capital in reserve was build. Luckily it was...More

Thank Rudbeckius
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