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Varberg [4] is a city in Halland on Sweden's west coast approximately 70km south of Göteborg.

Get in[edit]

There is no airport in Varberg, except for a small landing strip used by private jets. The nearest international airport is in Gothenburg, which has flights from most airport hubs in Europe.

From Gothenburg airport a regular shuttle bus leaves for the central station, taking approximately 40 minutes from just outside the terminal. Transfer can then be made to the rail system, with Varberg being along the line between Gothenburg and Copenhagen via Malmö with plenty of departures, every hour during the day and more often during mornings and evenings. Travel time from Gothenburg is 40 minutes and three hours from Copenhagen.

Connections are also avalible from Borås with six trains daily. There are no direct trains from the capital Stockholm, and changing trains in Gothenburg is necessary.

European highways E6 and E20 passes by just outside the city, the road is in very good standard with speed limits of up to 130 km/h.

A twice-daily passanger ferry by Stena Line [5] connects Varberg with Grenå in Denmark.

Cycling is also a popular option with several bicycle paths passing through.

Get around[edit]

The city center is easily accesible by foot. Other options are bicycle and car. There is a public transportation net but not very good.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kallbadhuset is a beautiful wooden bathhouse in the ocean near the city center open all year round (has saunas).
  • Varberg's Fortress (Varbergs fästning) is an old castle close to the city center. Parts of the castle are open 24/7 while one needs to be in a guided tour to reach other parts.
  • Getterön a former island (now connected to the mainland) 2km northwest of Varberg with a bird station and several nice beaches. There is also a beautiful area in the west part.
  • Gamla Varberg is a very small nature reserve with only a very small parking lot but has a peculiar landscape that's worth a detour. It consists of a moraine hill just by the coast north of Varberg, topped by a burial mound. Where the water can collect, ponds and small swamps have formed, while the rest of the flora is dominated by heather and dry lichen clinging to the bare rock. A gentle slope leads to the coastline, where many waterbirds gather.

Do[edit][add listing]

Get a spa at Apelviken or just walk around... Varberg also has some of the best wind surfing in Sweden, with a surf centre located in Apelviken. The centre offers rental surf boards and it has a café that's open day time. Next to the center you find the restaurant "Majas vid Havet" [Majas by the Sea] which offers excellent food and wine. They're only open in july, and they put on concerts practically every night of the week.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Ullared Take the bus to Ullared(30km east of Varberg). Ullared is a small town original famous for a huge store called GeKås. Now days the whole town is a mega mall. Worth to experience!

Eat[edit][add listing]

Varberg has several different restaurants and bars serving food. It also has a fish shop in the harbour for those wanting to make their own meal. Apelviken, a short taxi ride south of the city, offers a wide range of food, with 4 popular restaurants spread out along the sand strip. "Solviken" attracts mostly customers from the nearby camping. "John's Place" is famous for it's fantastic location - on the beach - and it has a good but pricey Bar-B-Q. "Majas vid Havet" is well known for it's concerts with major swedish pop groups, their good food and nice atmosphere. Be sure to order their tender ribs. The shooting star is "Olles", a small and very popular outdoor restaurant in the south part of the bay. They serve good food at great value.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Varberg has several bars and a good nightlife in the summer. Most bars are open to 2am on the weekends.

  • Cafe Nyfiket, Kungsgatan 20, 0340-14714. Cafe and sports bar. Watch soccer while having a kanelbulle and a cup of coffee. Offers a cake buffet in the afternoon.  edit
  • Societén, Socitetsparken, 0340-676500. Bar, restaurant and during summer nightclub. Classic place to party in Varberg, been active since late 19th century. Located right next to the fortress in a nice little park.  edit
  • Oscars Niteclub, Norrgatan 16, 0340-676800. Regular smalltown nightclub, two floors, open most weekends all year and some weeknights.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Varbergs Stadshotell, Kungsgatan 24-26, +46(0)340-690100 (, fax: 46(0)340-690101), [1]. One of the finest hotels and spas in Sweden, proberly the most high-end you can get in town. Rooms starts at 1195 SEK per night.  edit
  • Hotell Gästis, Borgmästaregatan 1, +46(0)340–18050 (), [2]. A small family-run hotel located in the heart of Varberg, the basement houses the Lenin Baths, a spa establishment made as a replica of a bath in Saint Petersburg often used by Lenin. From 995 SEK per night.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Radio Station Grimeton, [3]. The only remaining radio station of the 1920s long wave network is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Situated 10 km east of the city.  edit

Grimeton largely attracts people with a high interest in electronics and thus good previous knowledge. Accordingly, the information material provided is rather detailed and scientific (though more general info is given, too). One can attend guided tours or just walk around by themselves with information material offered in Swedish, English or German. During summer, a guided tour is offered that includes watching the start-up process of the transmitter.

Routes through Varberg
GöteborgKungsbacka  N noframe S  FalkenbergMalmö
MalmöFalkenberg  W noframe E  KungsbackaGöteborg

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