Vaxholm Fortress Museum

Vaxholm Fortress Museum (Kastellet, Vaxholm) – this fortress has seen its share of drama.  Built in the 16th century, it repelled a Danish attack in 1612, and in 1719 the Russians were prevented from reaching Stockholm. In the 1870s, the defensive emphasis shifted from Vaxholm Fortress to the strait Oxdjupet. In 1876, Oxdjupet was opened to traffic and a new fort – Oscar-Fredriksborg – was built.  Since the turn of the century, the forces defending the archipelago have moved their positions outwards, ultimately reaching the outermost perimeter of the islands.


Midway in the the 20th century, the fortress became a museum, going through restorations in 2003.  The museum’s indoor department occupies thirty beautiful rooms and halls on both floors of the west section. Visitors see the fortress as it was in 1854, and can enter one of the Citadel’s bombproof vaults and see how things were during the Crimean War. In other settings you can call in on the Commandant, follow the issuing of orders ain a mine battery or visit the World War II coastal defence artillery post.

Here you can watch a movie about Vaxholm Fortress Museum and Vaxholm Citadel.

Admission:  SEK60.  Free admission for children up to 19 years.  Hours vary according to month.  Check the Museum’s website for an updated schedule: