the door to the Göta canal


The rise of Karlsborg came in connection with the well-known fortress that was built at the beginning of the 19th century. The aim was that the city would act as Sweden's reserve capital in times of crisis and have space for both the parliament, the government and currency reserves. Today, as a visitor, you can be guided through the underground passages of Karlsborg Fortress and experience historical environments.

Unlike several other towns along the Göta Canal, there is no lock in Karlsborg. Here, however, is the opening to the western part of the canal from Lake Vättern at the city's port. The mix of cultural heritage, food experiences and natural environments make Karlsborg a must-see during the trip along the Göta Canal.


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Exciting fortress, lively harbor and lots of water

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