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Gamla Älvsborgs Slottsruin, Gothenburg

Gamla Älvsborgs Slottsruin - Gothenburg, Sweden
Gamla Älvsborgs Slottsruin
Klippan, Gothenburg, Sweden 414 51Map
+46 31 368 4000(Tourist Information)
Neighborhood: Majorna/ West

The old fortress Elfsborg's ruins are located in Klippans Kulturreservat cultural reserve. The fortress was conquered by the Danes twice, in 1563 and 1612; it was only returned to Sweden once a large ransom had been paid. The first time the Danes attacked Elfsborg was in 1502. Nya Älvsborgs Fästning (the New Älvsborg Fortress) was built in the harbor entrance in 1660, and the old fortress was blown up. Elfsborg was then used as a quarry for the construction of Gothenburg's fortifications. There isn't much left of the fortress, but high up on the right-hand side of the hotel there are a few remains left. The easiest way to get to Elfsborg is to take ferry Älvsnabben to Klippan.

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