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Welcome to Bohus Fortress!

ANNO 1308

One of Västra Götaland’s seven wonders and a popular destination, Bohus Fortress not only offers a unique history with magnificent architecture, here, you can also play, learn, eat and socialise in a genuine and culturally rich environment.

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Through our new guide, you can now go back in time in both Swedish and English.
We recommend using headphones for the most optimal experience. Pleasurable indeed!

To access the guide, visit this page on your mobile phone.

700 years
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At the Peace Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Bohuslän became a part of Sweden, but Bohus Fortress has had a far from peaceful existence. Since its founding in 1308, the fortress has suffered 14 sieges, but has never been captured. After the Swedes became the rulers of Bohus, it was became the Danes and Norwegians who besieged the fortress, but without success.

The worst siege to ever took place was in the summer of 1678, when 15,000 Danes and Norwegians subjected the 800 Swedish and Finnish defenders to a massive bombardment that lasted  for two months.

Read more about the 700 years of war, marriages and finally, peace.

Barnen på Bohus Fortress

Jump in the bouncy castle, try archery or ride our turner horse on rails. Challenge each other to a tug of war, or discover the horrific dungeons. At Bohus Fortress there is something for everyone. Discover, play and socialise in one of the country’s most educational environments.

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Crime & Punishment

1693 – 1771

While studying in Lund, Thomas was arrested for his pietistic confession and after a trial in which he boldly confessed his faith, he was sentenced to prison. He was only 35 years old.

He was then imprisoned for his faith. The first 7 years were  spent at Bohus Fortress, thereafter a little over 5 years at Kalmar Fortress. Another 5 years was spent at Danviken Hospital and finally an additional 25 years at Bohus making him the longest surviving prisoner in Bohus’ history.

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Queen Blanka of Namur

1320 – 1362

Blanka of Namur was born in 1320 and was a countess of what is now a province in Belgium. Through her marriage to King Magnus Eriksson, in 1335 she became a Swedish, Norwegian and Scanian queen. The wedding took place at Bohus Fortress where the celebration lasted for several days. Bohus became a residence of royalty for many years to come.

Together they had two sons, Erik and Håkan, and three daughters. Håkan Magnusson was appointed King of Norway in 1343 by the Norwegian nobles.

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Thomas Leopold

1693 – 1771

While studying in Lund, Thomas was arrested for his pietistic confession and after a trial in which he boldly confessed his faith, he was sentenced to prison. He was only 35 years old.

He was thereby imprisoned for his faith. The first 7 years were at Bohus Fortress, thereafter a little over 5 years at Kalmar Fortress. After that he served 5 years at Danviken Hospital and finally another 25 years at Bohus making him the longest surviving prisoner in Bohus’ history.