Varberg Fortress

Southwestern Sweden

Varberg's star attraction is this imposing medieval prison fortress overlooking the sea. Its museum is home to the 14th-century Bocksten Man, a garrotted, impaled and drowned murder victim, dug out of a peat bog at Åkulle in 1936. His 14th-century costume is the most perfectly preserved medieval clothing in Europe and his full head of red-blond hair is intact. You can also delve into the still-unsolved mystery of King Karl XII's murder.

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