Älvsborg Fortress

Take a trip to the Fort

Book a boat tour to New Älvsborg Fortress in Gothenburg!

You can visit Älvsborg Fortress during Summer time. It's a lovely trip by boat for about 40 minutes from the dock at Lilla bommen. During the tour you will see Gothenburg from another direction - water. You go slowly through the harbor where you pass Barken Viking, Gothenburg Opera, Stenpiren, Frihamnen, Lindholmen, Stenaterminalen, Klippan, Eriksberg and then under the Älvsborg Bridge and out to New Älvsborg Fortress.

You get lovely views of Gothenburg on the way out to the fortress. Onboard you can either sit inside or outside. We cooperate with Strömma with tickets for boat tour to Älvsborgs Fästning.

Book at trip to Älvsborgs Fortress in Gothenburg

Boat to Älvsborgs Fortress

In summer you can go out to New Älvsborg Fortress and spend a day there. A nice summer day, it is really nice to go out to the Island. The boat departs from Lilla Bommen and the trip out takes about 40 minutes. You get to see much of the Gothenburg harbor. On the fortress island is also a cafe. Otherwise, you can bring your own picnic basket and sit on the blanket on a cozy place and just enjoy the summer.

Digital guidance is included. The trip out to New Älvsborg Fortress is very popular so it's best to book your tickets online in advance. Ticket queues can be bery long a nice summer day and then it's nice to already have their ticket fixed.

Season: May 18 - Sept 15, 2024
Departs: Lilla Bommen Time to destination: 40 min

Älvsborgs Fortress

War with Denmark and what happened next? New Älvsborg Fortress was attacked several times by the Danish fleet, between 1717-1719, but it was never entered. Fortunately it was, because what would Gothenburg have been today otherwise ... Danish maybe? Even today, you can still see the cannon balls sitting in the fortress church. Lucky the walls were so thick!

New Älvsborg Fortress (Nya Elfsborg) began in 1653 after a fortification plan of the general Johan Wärnschiöld and was not finished until 1677. Between 1653 and 1677 a civil war broke out in 1657 and then the work temporarily was stopped.

Before Älvsborg was built was the first fort on the mainland that we today call the Old Älvsborg Fortress. Old Älvsborg is documented in old documents already in 1366. In 1563 and 1612, the fortress was conquered by the Danish. Swedes had to pat ransom each time to recover the fortress.

The ruins of the Old Älvsborg located next to the Rock (Mr. Svante Street). Take a ride to this place and walk around the ruins and imagine how it could have been here in the old days .....

1719 - Danish fleet strikes!
For a few days in 1719, the fortress was attacked by the Danes under the command of the sea hero Tordenskiöld. At this time, Johan Abraham Lillie was the deputy commander at New Elfsborg. Today we can thank you that Johan Abraham Lillie did not capitulate when Tordenskiöld sent his envoys to the Fortress. Twice Tordenskiöld sent a messenger and each time Johan said "we will not surrender". The battle went on for four days and Johan Abraham Lillie also finally got help from Colonel Georg Bogislaus Staël von Holstein who fired the Danes from Hising side.

Älvsborgs Fortress. Sourch: Youtube.

Some fun facts
When the "Old Älvsborg Fortress" imposed as a defense facility in 1660 a lot of stone is taken from the fortress to use the be used in the construction of the New Älvsborg Fortress.

From the late 1700s to 1866 the forttress was a prison. In 1868 ended Älvsborg Fortress as a defense facility. After the peace with Denmark in 1720 the fortress started to become more and more a ruin.

Some Commandants on the Iland?
1814-1843 appointed Major Krook as commandant of the Elfsborg fortress. At this time, there were several prisoners on the island. After Major Krook took Colonel Carl Gustav Qyanten over 1843. He was amoung others known for his violent temper. He put people in jail on the island if they didn´t "fell" to his liking ....

Älvsborgs Fortress
Address: Departs: Lilla Bommen (in front of Skanskaskrapan, Lipstick)

Boat trip to New Älvsborg Fortress
May 18 - Sept 15, 2024
Lilla Bommen Gothenburg
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