Visit Varberg – the small town by the sea

Varberg is an exciting and beautiful place to visit. It is characterized by it’s history and magnificent location by the sea. Enjoy nice sandy beaches, surfing, sea fishing and hikes in beautiful beech forests. Varberg have several popular sights and experiences and below we suggest some of them. At there is more to be inspired by.

Swimming, spa and surfing

In Varberg, people bathe all year round and the city has a long history as a health resort. Enjoy beautiful summer days by the sea. Experience healthy cold baths with or without a sauna, or enjoy hot pools and treatments at one of the city’s spa facilities. Just below the fortress there are lovely baths in the sea from sandy beach and jetties and here you also find the ancient Cold bathhouse. A visit here is highly recommended and gives you an invigorating sauna and bathing experience.

Many people travel to Varberg to surf. In the south of Varberg you have surfers paradise Apelviken, which is an experience to visit. Here you can rent a board and go surfing in the waves, or you can just relax at the big sandy beach or chill out at some of the many beach restaurants. For the inveterate surfers there’s also a good surf spot just below the fortress.

Bike and hike

By bike you can see more of beautiful Varberg and you get wonderful nature experiences, excercise and a climate-smart traveler. Many of our guests come biking along the “Kattegattleden”, the seafront cycle path between Gothenburg and Helsingborg. In Varberg you can rent a bike a take a day trip along the beautiful coast.

Just below Varberg’s fortress the beach promenade starts and runs along the sea all the way south to Apelviken. It is beautiful and gives you a lot of energy to walk here, especially in the early morning or at sunset. Along the promenade there are many nice bathing places.

For an active day trip in the beautiful forests of Halland we recommend a trip to Åkulla beech forest, which are located about 25 kilometers from Varberg. Here are scenic hiking trails among the many lakes. Map of the trails you can find here.

Sea fishing trip

The steady touring fishing boats take you out to the sea fishing banks Fladen and Middlegrund. An active day trip for the whole family. The fishing trip starts from Varberg harbour, close nearby to the fortress. Book your fishing trip at or

Culture and history

Varberg fortress is one of Varberg’s most popular places to visit. Dating back to the middle ages and with a breathtaking view over the open horizon, the fortress is exciting to visit for everyone. Learn more about Varberg fortress and experience this mighty place when you visit us in Varberg.

At the top of Varberg fortress is the Halland Museum of Cultural History. At the museum you will meet northern Europe’s most spectacular medieval find – the Bocksten man, a well preserved moss corpse from the 14th century. The museum also arranges guided tours of both the fortress and the various exhibitions. When you stay with us during autumn and spring, free admission to the museum is included in your booking.