Carlsten Fort on Marstrand Island

Marstrand, Kungälv

Marstrand Island is a west coast idyll of pastel blue, yellow, green and dazzling white wooden buildings that wrap around the town up towards Carlsten Fort. Marstrand is the go-to spot for world-class, summertime sailing events.

Carlsten Fort was built in the 1700s to protect the island from invaders. Now, in more peace loving times, it is Marstand’s biggest attraction – literally – and is a draw for its guided tours, themed dinners (Viking, medieval and Bohuslän cuisine etc), historical re-enactments and views of the town and archipelago. Atop its tower is one of the best spots to see the action in the world-class sailing events and regattas that take place here during the summer.


Here is your chance to spend the night at Carlsten Fort in Donjonen, the former living quarters of the soldiers here in the mid 19th century. The recently renovated rooms are sized to accommodate thirty guests in double rooms, and up to one hundred guests with more beds.

Meals and celebrations

Ever been to a Viking feast? At Carlsten Fort you can enjoy a four-course dinner fit for a Viking, eating from wooden plates and drinking from bullhorns. If the mid 16th century is more your thing, we have recipes dating back more than three hundred years that we cook up for you, or if you’d like to be in the company of chivalrous knights we also arrange a medieval-themed banquet for our guests. We also serve a delicious and traditional Bohuslän cuisine three-course meal.
For companies, clubs and organisations, we would be delighted to arrange an entire event and provide the entertainment of your choice here at Carlsten Fort. We can also help with your transport arrangements, by bus in 45 minutes, or two hours by ferry from Gothenburg, and we can arrange the ferry tickets.

See you at Carlsten Fort!

Contact information

Restaurang 1860 AB
44030 Marstrand
Phone: +46-30360265
Mobile: +46-709995070
Booking: +46-709995074
Fax: +46-30361457


Opening hours

1st of June – 24th of June; Daily 11.00 – 16.00
25th of June – 6th of August; Daily 10.30 – 18.30
7th of August – 31st of August; Daily 11.00 – 17.00
1st of September - 31st of October Saturday-Sunday 11.00 -15.00

During the period 1st of November to 31st of December Open for groups on request.

Please call +46 303-611 67 for more information.
Large groups must always book in advance, as do groups that want to take the standard guided tour.
Multi-language information leaflets are available at the fort.

Price information

1st June – 31st August; SEK 85
Other periods: SEK 80

Adults in group (minimum of 25)
1st June – 31st August; SEK 85
Other periods: SEK 75

7-15 YOA: SEK 40
School children: SEK 40
Under 7 YOA, accompanied by guardian: free

Admission, paid by invoice
Adult: SEK 85
Adult in group (minimum of 25): SEK 80
Extra guide
Daytime: SEK 995 + admission
Evenings (after 17.00): SEK 1195 + admission
Period dress: SEK 1395 +admission

Public transportation




From Gothenburg: Take the E6 towards Oslo. At Kungälv (around 20 km) take the exit for road 168 (signposted ‘Marstrand') and follow the road for 25 km to Marstrand-Koön.

After the five-minute ferry crossing, take a right and follow the street to Kunsgatan. Just follow the street until you arrive at Carlsten Fort.


Outdoor seating
Pets allowed
Conference facilities
Fully-licensed restaurant