Dalarö Fortress

Dalarö, Sweden

Dalarö fortress was built by Charles X Gustav of Sweden in 1656. It replaced an old structure from 1623. In 1683 the fortress was renovated by Erik Dahlbergh and the renovations were completed in 1698. The fortress has never been under siege and therefore well-preserved. It was decommissioned by the military in 1854. Today the building is a museum and it contains a restaurant.

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Fåglarö 4, Dalarö, Sweden
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Founded: 1656
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Björne Nyström (4 months ago)
Under bart ställe med mycket historia. Kan rekommendera o kolla stället om ni funderar på giftermål o fest för större grupper.
Cristina Salomão (6 months ago)
Local interessante, poderia ter uma manutenção melhor, bom para eventos
Niclas Kjäll (9 months ago)
Kanon!
Nicholas Lindblom (12 months ago)
Vacker fin (statligt ägd) ö som ligger ett stenkast från Dalarö hamn.
Tomas Johansson (14 months ago)
En fin & välbevarad gammal fästning på en liten egen ö. Tyvärr är inte själva huvudbyggnaden öppen för allmänheten utan man kan bara se utsidan. Helt klart värt ett besök men man måste ju ta en båt över från fastlandet & sen dröjer det runt 2 timmar innan man kan åka tebax så gäller att va beredd på det. Finns en restaurang men den verkar bara va öppen för bokade event & så. Men mysig plats för picknick & lite bad under sommaren.
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