Today we visited the nearby town of Varberg on a beautiful sunny day.
We first explored the town which had been a popular 19th century bathing resort and then made our way to the sea front which is dominated by a 13th century moated fortress. The fortress is set on a rocky promontory and due to the continuing wars between Denmark and Sweden the town of Verberg and the castle changed hand no less than eight times during the period 1305-1365. From 1265 for over 300 years Denmark ruled Varberg and during that time the fortifications around the castle were fortified. The main instigated once again was King Christian IV of Denmark who seemed to be responsible for building the major castles in Denmark.
In 1645 Varberg became part of Sweden. The fortress became military barracks and then a prison. Today it is now a museum.
We enjoyed exploring the seafront and the castle with its wonderful views along the coast. The main exhibit in the museum was the Bocksten Man. In 1936 the remains of a man killed in the mid 14th to 15th century were found in a local bog. Because of the acidity of the bog the body and his clothing were well preserved. The clothing is considered the most complete medieval costume found. As a result of forensic tests it is estimated that the man was in his mid thirties and he was a member of the more prosperous classes and so was either a tax collector, soldier recruiter or part of the clergy. He was brutally murdered and then three stakes with thrust through his body, in the belief this would stop his spirit seeking out his murderers. With modern day technology a reconstruction has been made of what the man looked like. Looking at his remains and the reconstructed figure it was quite eerie. No photos were allowed in the museum.
We finished our day by wandering around the harbour.