Fårösund Fortress

Fårösund, Sweden

Fårösund is a decommissioned fortress, built from 1885 to 1886. Sweden's capacity to protect its neutrality was questioned after the Crimean War 1854–56. England and France persuaded Sweden to fortify the inlet at Fårö with artillery batteries and naval mines. The fortress consisted of three fixed batteries. At the turn of the century, the batteries were reconstructed. The batteries I and II were given modern quick-firing 57 mm guns, four per battery. In 1919 the fortress was closed down and all equipment removed. After the fortress was closed down and was taken over by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service in 1919, a penitential center was establishment. The fortress had been proposed as a detention center for social dangerous offenders, if and when legislation for such came about.

Today the fortress is a hotel and restaurant.



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Fårösund, Sweden
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Founded: 1885-1886
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Union with Norway and Modernization (Sweden)


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User Reviews

Per-erik Eriksson (20 months ago)
Trodde att man kunde gå runt och kika men inget att se.
Lina Custic (2 years ago)
En vällagad vackert serverad middag i en underbar miljö.
Sebastian (2 years ago)
Det positiva av min upplevelse är en bra parkering och att dom bjöd på kostnaden för det rum jag fick istället för sviten som jag hade bokat men som var dubbelbokad. Resten var under all kritik. Mängder av stora spindlar i korridoren utanför rummet (färre på rummet, men dom fanns). Efter att ha bett personalen ta hand om detta möttes vi av en otroligt nochalans. Man frågade arrogant om vi led av spindelskräck och försvarade sig med att vi är dom enda som klagat på detta och att det inte skulle städas undan. Snart förstod vi att det var ägarna vi pratade med. Efter att ha möts av höjda röster och pekande finger var vi nära att lämna stället men i brist på alternativ var vi tvungna att stanna över natten. Kan inte rekommendera någon att bo här med risk för att stöta på någon av spindlarna eller ännu värre deras ägare.
Britta Duve Hansen (2 years ago)
wonderful place - check it out!
Laurens Broekhof (3 years ago)
Wonderful hotel with a charming owner. Picturesque setting that manages to be peaceful and serene despite martial origins.
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