February 16, 2004
Going around the fortress feels like walking back in time - everything is so old, so much older than anything I was used to at home. It was amazing to be able to walk around and touch something so old.
Originally built in 1308 by the Norwegians, but it was blown up in 1789 and eventually used as a stone quarry in later years. Today it is a rather well-preserved tourist attraction, for something that was once blown to kingdom come!! This is because of the restoration work, started in 1898, which continues to this day.
After paying for entry, you can get a map of the fortress for a self-guided tour, which we took. Some of the more interesting parts of the fortress were the very black underground dungeon (Droppstensgrottan, the "Stalactite Cave" - it was pitch black in there in the middle of the day!), the well built in 1616 (Slottsbrunnen), and the cannonball that is still stuck in one of the fortress walls!
The restoration work is so good that you can walk around the wall tops of the fortress. The views of the countryside are magnificent!
April: Sat-Sun 11am-5pm (including Easter)
May-August: daily 10am-7pm
6/25 (Midsummer Eve) - Closed
September: daily 11am-5pm
Last entrance ½ hour before closing time
From journal A Wedding in Gothenburg