Halland Museum of Cultural History
Welcome to Varberg Fortress
The oldest parts of the fortress date from the 13th century and were built by count Jacob Nielsen. Today there are several different activities on the fortress. The remains of the Bocksten Man and his unique dress from the 14th century, as well as the Kulknappen – the shot that is assumed to have killed Carl XII – can be viewed here.
The museum also consists of Bexellska stugan (Bexell Cottage), Båtmuseet i Galtabäcks hamn (Galtabäck boat museum) and Fågelboet i Vessigebro (home of the author August Bondeson).
Varberg as a historic health resort
Watch this film to learn more about the tradition and present day practices in Varberg – Sweden’s health spa town.
Behind closed doors – Varberg fortress as prison
From the Middle Ages onward, Varberg fortress were used for holding prisoners. In 1931 the remaining prisoners were transferred to the prison in Halmstad, and thereby the prison era at Varberg fortress was over. This short film gives an introduction to this period of time, and presents connected items from the museum’s collections.