Visit Varberg – the small town by the sea

Varberg is an exciting and beautiful place to visit. The magnificent history and location by the sea with fantastic beaches and good opportunities for fishing and surfing characterize the city. In Varberg there are also several sights and experiences that are good reasons to visit the city. Below we suggest a part of the offer. At there is more to be inspired by.

Swimming, spa and surfing

In Varberg, people bathe all year round and the city as a long history as a health resort. Enjoy beautiful summer days by the sea with cooling salty dips. 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 is also the ancient Kallbadhuset. 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 or seafood cruise

The steady touring fishing boats take you out on the magnificent Kattegat and to the fishing banks Fladen and Middlegrund. An active day trip for the whole family. The fishing trio start from Varberg harbour, a stone’s trough from us at the fortress. Book your fishing trip at or

From Varberg harbour you can also take a day cruise and enjoy our beautiful coast together with good food and drink on board Stella Polaris. How about a seafood cruise, seal safari or champagne and oyster cruise. When the boat is in port the seafood restaurant and the rosé and champagne bar are open. Book your cruise at

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.