Skansen Kronan, Gothenburg

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Skansen Kronan (Swedish: [ˈskǎnːsɛn ˈkrûːnan]; "Crown Sconce") is a redoubt in the district of Haga of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Skansen Kronan was built in the later half of the 17th century according to the plans of Erik Dahlbergh. Skansen Kronan was introduced in 1698 and was fitted with 23 guns. The roof was not completed until 1700. Skansen has 4-5 metre thick walls made of granite, gneiss and diabase. Skansen Kronan was never attacked and the cannons on the inside have never been used.
The fortress and the twin counterpart, Skansen Lejonet, were built as part of the defenses against possible Danish attack on Gothenburg from the south, and thus had a similar purpose as the Älvsborg fortress.

The fortress — originally built outside the city walls — is today situated in the city centre of Gothenburg on a hill in the city district of Haga. It was used as a military museum until 2004. Today Skansen Kronan is a private facility for conferences and private parties.

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  • Nice walk (steepish for flatlanders, but plenty of resting places on the way up) basically behind Haga. Historically important as part of the earlier defensive works of the city, and being on a steep....  more »
  • As others have mentioned, getting to the top by taking the stairs is not that easy but once you are there, it is worth it. You get rewarded by the fantastic views of the surroundings as well as the...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this place. Unfortunately you can't go inside. However, beautiful views of the city. Nice walk up to the it we had to take a few breaks but worth it once you reach the top ! It's kept in really nice condition. Was looking forward to a coffee when we got to the top, unfortunately the cafe was just closing. Amazing views ! Worth it if in the area !
  • Spectacular viewpoint, from here you can have a great view over at least parts of northern and eastern Gothenburg. Accessible both by walking steep stairs, less inclined up hill walkway or even by car. There's a small cottage that servers waffles during summers 10-17.

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