Drottningskärs Kastell

The Drottningskär Citadel is from the seventeenth century and is considered to be one of the most remarkable of Sweden’s historic fortifications.


Via the links below you will find more information about the citadel as well as transport links.

The citadel was completed in the last decades of the seventeenth century and this well-preserved fortification from the Great Power period is one of the foremost of Sweden’s historic military installations. A massive granite donjon houses the artillery, magazine and living quarters and the citadel’s four bastions, Maria, Christina, Hedvig and Ulrica are all named after Queens of Sweden. At various periods from 1710 until 1811 the citadel was on a war footing with, at its height, a 250-strong garrison. In 1865 Drottning-skär was taken off the active list when the new Ellenabben fortress was built on Aspö.

To visit Drottningskär Citadel take the ferry from Handelshamnen or go by archipelago boat during the summer.

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