The Karlsborg Fortress


The Karlsborg Fortress

With a circumference measuring all of 5 km, this fortress is one of Europe's largest built structures.

Karlsborg Fortress

Karlsborg Fortress has given the town its name and is now a monument to a bygone era.

It was built as a central defence in the country, intended to house the Swedish Parliament, the royal family, the crown jewels and the nation’s gold reserves in the event of war.

With a circumference of five kilometres, the Karlsborg Fortress is one of Europe’s largest constructions.

Tourists come in droves each year to experience the fortress adventure and feel the wings of history within its thick stone walls.

The adventure tour

Come along on a unique guided tour through the Karlsborg Fortress. The tour starts with a film on life in the fortress circa 1865. Then the guide takes you down into the underground passages. History and modern technology are cleverly combined in an adventure you just can’t miss.

Price information

The adventure tour

Adult: 130 SEK  
Child 7-15 year 110 SEK 
Child 0-6 years free accompanied by an adult 

Family ticket:

Max 2 adults 
3 pers - 350 SEK 
4 pers - 450 SEK 
5 pers - 550 SEK 
6 pers - 650 SEK 
7 pers -750 SEK 
The Family ticket can not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Groups - booking year around!

Groups up to 20 pers: minimum 2300 SEK 
(max 40 pers / group). 
Between 21 - 40 pers: 115 SEK / adult, 90 SEK / child (7-15 years). 

Guided tour for bus tour passengers 

1900 SEK/bus, Taxes included.

There is no entrance fee to just visit the fortress area.

We can arrange guided tours in English and German.
+46 (0)505-17350

Public transportation


From Gothenburg: take the E20 to Skara (via Lerum, Alingsås, Vårgårda and Vara). From Skara, take road 49 to Karlsborg (via Skövde and Tibro). In Karlsborg, drive straight through the first roundabout, then follow signs for the Fortress (Fästningen). (Appr. 200 km)

From Stockholm. Take the E20 to Örebro, south of Örebro choose road 50 towards Jönköping and Motala. After Askersund, take road 49 towards Karlsborg. In Karlsborg follow signs for the Fortress (Fästningen) and park outside the walls. (Appr. 300 km)

Ticket can be purchased at the box office on Befälsgatan 6 just outside the fortress.