Must see attractions in Vaxholm

  • Sights in Vaxholm

    Vaxholm Fortress Museum

    While the current structure dates from 1833, the origins of Vaxholm Fortress lie in 1544, when King Gustav Vasa ordered its construction to protect the Swedish capital and mainland. It repelled an attack by the Danes in 1612 and the Russians in 1719, among others. Inside, exhibition rooms explore the history of the complex and, more interestingly, the military's defence of the archipelago. From Vaxholm harbour, ferries to the island fort depart every 15 minutes from 10am to 9.45pm (return adult/child 40kr/free).

  • Sights in Vaxholm


    The Hembygdsgård preserves the finest old houses in Norrhamn. The fiskarebostad is an excellent example of a late-19th-century fisherman’s house, complete with typical Swedish fireplace. Looking like a doll's house, the award-winning cafe is especially loved for its dessert table, laden with a cornucopia of freshly baked treats, from cheesecake and brownies to Swedish chocolate balls (cakes 15kr to 65kr, mains 145kr to 175kr).