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Vaxholm Fortress

Swedish: Vaxholms fästning

Visit to the tourist attraction of Sweden - Vaxholm Fortress: was buid in 1544 to defend Stockholm against shipborne attacks from the east, but most of the current structure dates from 1833–1863.

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In the beginning of the 16th century, the regent Svante Nilsson, therefore created a blockhouse at Vaxholm. At Västerås Parliament in 1544, the King Gustav Vasa conducted a nationwide defense plan. This included a permanent fortification at Vaxholm, to protect the inlet to Stockholm which is suitable for passing naval ships. Under the King John III reign was rebuild blockhouse into fortress with a round stone towers. 1604 added further enhancements and 1612, the same year the fortress stopped a Danish attack to Stockholm. During the Russian Pillage on the east coast in 1719, the fortress was attacked by russian galleys, which were met by a strong bombardment of the Vaxholm fortress and naval vessels that blocked the fairway to Stockholm.

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Admission fees

  • Adults: 80 SEK
  • Visitors under 18 years: free

Group Guided Tours

Weekdays: 900 SEK and plus admission fees 80 SEK per each visitor.

Aften - efter 17:00: 1200 SEK and plus admission fees 80 SEK per each visitor.

Saturday, Sunday, holiday: 1500 SEK and plus admission fees 80 SEK per each visitor.

Address & Geo coordinates

  • Visit to Vaxholm Fortress
  • Kastellet 1
  • SE-185 99
  • Vaxholm
  • Big Stockholm
  • Sweden

Latitude: 59.4030841

Longitude: 18.359164

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