Varberg’s premier visitor attraction, the County Museum, is situated at the very top of Varberg Fortress. It is a historical and cultural museum that collects and exhibits documents and objects from Halland, and also arranges markets, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and guided tours.
The house is located in the city centre, housing the City Library, City Art Gallery, Varberg Theatre & Tovedals café. This is the place to borrow books, surf on the internet, look at interesting art, listen to lectures or attend performances and concerts.
In the centré of Varberg, in the harbor, you find Hamnmagasinet. The house was built around 1874 and has been renovated since. Today it is a centre for art with exhibitions throughout the year in the art gallery, a silverforge, a smelter where they make glass and another where they make ceramics.
The radio station in Grimeton was opened in 1925 for wireless radio links and as such represents a unique technological heritage. In 2004 it was included on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites and today the facility, with its six accompanying aerial towers, is the last remaining example of what was once a worldwide network of long wave stations. Guided tours of the radio station are available as well as a visitor and information centre with a café and a shop.
In the middle of the beech forest is Öströö sheep farm, with one of Sweden's largest stocks of Gotlandish sheep. There is also a great stock of Highland Cattle cows, and a few pigs. At the farm there is a handicraft shop where they sell sheep skin products and straw work. There is also a butcher's where they sell their ecological produccts, including tasty lamb and other delicacies. You can also go on an exciting lamb safari on Öströö's beutiful premises to see the lively lambs and furry cows.
From the beginning, Ästad Vineyard was a traditional farm, but is now winning prizes as the area's most inspiring environment for meetings and activities. You can enjoy activities at the farm, the food at the restaurant and interaction with nature in the spa. Ästads activities are constantly evolving - the popular "Prisoners on the farm" has been with them a long time and is still the most popular activity, closely followed by their high rope course with ziplines, wine tastings, and of course, the farm's Senses Spa with the world's only underwater sauna. In the spring of 2011 Ästad Vineyard planted 15,000 logs of the grape Solaris and the first wine was served to guests in 2015. You can try vineyard hikes and tastings, where the vineyards sommeliers and winemakers share their knowledge of Swedish wines.
The area has been designated a “Tourist Area” as it is considered to be of particularly great interest to tourists. These incredibly beautiful beech forests are situated some 25 km east of Varberg, with superb viewing points, numerous lakes, long-distance footpaths and unique sights.
Getteröns Naturum is a house adjoining the famous bird sanctuary. The house is at the edge of the sanctuary and blends in well in the landscape with its unique thatched roof. Inside is an exhibition describing the area, its history and all the bird species found in the region. There is also a café with a fantastic view over the sanctuary, a shop and conference room.
Varberg has been characterised by surfing since time immemorial, and there is a constantly expanding surf culture. With a modern surf centre, Varberg has consolidated itself as the premier surfing town in the Nordic region. There are a number of businesses that offer courses, rentals and shops. These include a centre in Apelviken that has become a natural meeting place for pros, beginners and everyone who wants to take part in the surfing life.
Strandpromenaden, the seafront promenade, was built in 1912, and is a popular walking area for both visitors and Varbergers. In any weather, people can be seen walking from Kallbadhuset in the north to Apelviken in the south. Here one can meet both joggers and cyclists. Enjoy the fresh scent from the sea, salt and sea weed as you walk along the promenade, passing cliffs, beaches and the famous nudist beaches. Sheltered from the wind in Kärleksparken is a beach café which serves snacks, daily specials and coffee.
Kattegattleden – Sweden’s first national bicycle route – is a 370 km long bicycle route with a unique, oceanside location. Follow the red and white signs marked number 1 and you will find many memorable experiences along the way. The bicycle route runs between Helsingborg in the south and Gothenburg in the north, all the way through Halland. It doesn’t matter where you begin your adventure, because the path is easily accessible via good transport links.
Sunshine or rain, Varberg has something for all children and young people. If the sun shines, why not take a race on our Go-Kart track, go on a lamb safari or visit the playground Spökitetsparken. You can also go fishing, surfing or visit the “simstadion”, an outdoor pool that offers swimming pools for everyone. If the weather turns out to be bad, you find the Cinema in the city centre, you can go bowling or visit the playland for the youngest. Just outside Varberg you can also visit the trampoline park bounce-camp to jump, do flips and other tricks. In the city centre, below the fortress is the "Children's beach" - a shallow beach with nice views towards the fortress and the promenade. Take a walk up to the museum for a beautiful view over the ocean and city, inside the museum you can buy snacks and candy. During the school holidays the museum has a packed program of workshops, quizzes and crafts.
This unique, tiled palace is made up of an entire range of large and small rooms, with the replica of the Lenin baths at the centre. Besides the relaxing treatment areas, the Lenin Baths consists of a pool, a cold bath, a steam bath and a foot bath. In the original bath in St Petersburg, Lenin was often seen as a guest. His seat was always the same, in the back left corner of the bubble bath, and nobody else was allowed to sit there. In this replica of the Lenin Baths, you are, however, allowed to sit anywhere you like.
First, the underwater sauna. Afterwards, a dip in the bubbling spring water. At Sinnenas Spa everything is entirely sensual, natural and real. The environment is magnificent and you can choose from many different types of hot or refreshing baths, Nordic dry or tropical steamy sauna. Sinnenas Spa is framed by a natural garden with ponds and the ability to swim in a lake of bubbling spring water is pure magic.
“A slice of Japan, please.” Nami is a genuine Japanese restaurant when it comes to food, atmosphere and interior design. The menu offers the best of traditional Japanese cuisine. In addition to sushi, they offer meat courses, salads, fish, seafood and much more. Simple, clean and relaxed. A real izakaya!
You will find this restaurant at Comwell Varbergs Kurort, 3 km south of Varberg’s city centre. Outside the hotel are long beaches, windy promenades, magnificent sunsets and fresh, salty breezes. With awards such as “spa-kitchen of the year” you can be sure to get an extraordinary food experience. They a buffet with fish, meat or vegetarian options, as well as a starter buffet, and of course, desserts. In the lobby you have a nice view over the sea and can enjoy lighter dishes.
Grappa is located in Brunnsparken, right in the center of Varberg. In the lounge you can get cocktails, a glass of wine or beer and light dishes. If you are more interested in eating dinner you will be seated in the dining room. During summer the outdoor seating is a popular meeting point.
Johns Place offers excellent food right by the sea. “Cold beer, good-looking bartender, open all year. Without a doubt the fastest way to get to the continent.” Johns Place is located by the beach in Apelviken, and the menu with char-grilled meat and fish is well renowned. Be sure to make your reservation in time.
Varbergs Stadshotell is located just by the square and has an award-winning restaurant, which has, among other things, been awarded with a membership in Sweden’s best table. They find inspiration from all over the world, but the products are always locally produced and adjusted to the season. Here you will have a complete experience where well composed dishes and beverages interact in a unique environment.
Strawberries have a special place at Vareborg. All the delights in the cafe are homemade. Here you will find strawberry biscuits, classic strawberry cake, ice cream with strawberries and more. The Café is open during the summer season, for more information and opening hours please visit www.vareborg.se
The two Harrys Pubs in Falkenberg and Varberg were the first to open in Sweden and after these successful ventures the concept was expanded and Harrys became a chain. Harrys Pub and restaurant is situated in Central Varberg on Kungsgatan, the “restaurant street”. Each Harrys pub is unique and in Varberg the restaurant was completely refurbished in 2010. You can enjoy a good value menu and a wide range of drinks in a congenial environment. Everything from simple pub grub to á la carte is served here. On Wednesdays you can take part in a pop quiz. After work is offered on Fridays. There is a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.