Fjällbacka offers picturesque scenery, brutal murders and old Hollywood glamour. This is a Swedish destination you certainly don’t want to miss.
Fjällbacka is a coastal gem located in Bohuslän, West-Sweden, in close proximity to Gothenburg and Strömstad. The town makes for a perfect weekend getaway for both couples, solo adventurers and families alike. The beautiful scenery will take your breath away; the seafood will be so fresh you can hardly believe it, and the hotels are cute, filled with history and quintessentially Scandinavian.
Fjällbacka undoubtedly offers something for everyone.
Fjällbacka rose to fame already in the 1950s, when Swedish Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman fell in love with the picturesque coastal town. Indeed, Bergman liked it so much that she even bought her own summer house there, and she often referred to it as her very own “paradise”. More recently, Fjällbacka received lots of attention (and visitors!) for providing the backdrop and location for Camilla Läckberg’s popular and dark crime fiction – the book series even got its name after the town, Fjällbackamorden (The Fjällbacka Murders).
During the summer months, the streets of Fjällbacka are packed with Scandi families and couples on holiday, so if you prefer a quiet weekend getaway you should come back in mid-September. The rest of us, however, will find that the streets, restaurants and bars are filled with buzzing life and laughter during the brief, but sweet Scandi summer.
In this article, I have gathered up everything you need to know in order to have a perfect weekend getaway in beautiful Fjällbacka – whether you are here for the sightseeing, the delicious food, or simply just to relax and unwind. All the best things to do and see will be listed under Culture Vulture, the best things to eat and drink will be listed under a Culinary Feast, and the best places to rest your head – with options for every budget – can be found under Spending the Night.
For the Culture Vulture
You cannot visit Fjällbacka, without climbing up all the way to the infamous Kungsklyftan that rather dramatically divides Vetteberget in two. This is also where a few of the scenes in the Swedish film classic Ronja Rövardotter was originally filmed. Despite not being familiar with the film, you can still reward yourself with the magnificent view at the top of Vetterberget. Rather close by, you will find Nestorgården local history museum. This is a residential building from 1849 where you can learn more about historical agriculture and the history of the local area.
A trip to Fjällbacka would be a waste if you don’t walk in the footsteps of the famous crime writer Camilla Läckberg. Originally from Fjällbacka, Läckberg is a bestselling Scandinavian crime writer, and most of her brutal murders take place in the quaint streets of Fjällbacka. During the weekends, you can even join a Murder Walking Tour. Here, a local guide will show you all the hidden gems of the village – and also take you to all the dark and brutal crime scenes of Läckberg’s fictional world.
If you prefer the scent of fresh sea to that of blood and revenge, you could instead jump on a boat to the absolutely gorgeous Weather Islands. Here you can swim, take awesome photos and admire the beautiful scenery and the wild sea. If you like to stay closer to shore, you can cruise around Bohuslän with Kulturbåtarna, they will take you on trips around the many coastal communities that you can find between Fjällbacka and Gothenburg.
So you think culture is “cool and all that”, but you prefer shopping? Well, you can always blow your entire budget on Scandi interior design at Home & Garden and Tång . I bought excessive amounts of scented candles here, so be aware…
A Culinary Feast
Luckily, Fjällbacka offers good food all year round. And I can promise you, each season has its charm here. I recommend for you to take advantage of the magnificent panoramic view at Restaurant Bryggan: during autumn and winter, the stormy sea will make you wrap up in your woolen blanket while admiring the crashing waves; during the summer months, the beautiful blue sea and the stunning sunset might inspire you to stay out for “just one more glass”.
At Café Skafferiet, you will find a killer tapas plate and a fresh, delicious house white. Rumour has it that their fish soup is world-class as well, so this is something you should definitely try if you are into seafood. Anyway, this is the perfect place for people watching – and it is often less crowded than the before-mentioned Restaurant Bryggan (but you still get a brilliant sea view!).
So tapas and fish are not your thing, I take it? Don’t worry, at the local tavern Little Berith you will find delicious wood-fired pizzas – Italian style, of course. The pizzas are best enjoyed with a glass of Italian red. Or perhaps even with a glass or two of Prosecco?
But how about breakfast food, Christina? Oh no need to worry, I have of course saved the best for last. During the summer months, there is only one thing to do: buy fresh shrimps from one of the boats in the Harbour and pick up newly-baked bread from the local supermarket. Find yourself a seat in the harbour or on the grass, and dig in! Unsure about how to eat shrimps Scandi-style? Read this article first.
Spending the Night
There are plenty of places to rest your head in Fjällbacka, and you will certainly find something for every budget. Remember that it gets super busy during the summer months, so be sure to book a few months ahead. You have no idea just how quickly the accommodation fills up around here.
If money is tight (or you just like living a simple lifestyle), you should head to Fjällbacka Vandrarhem. The rooms are quite basic, but they come with a great location and a cozy atmosphere. And they are a very social option as well – perfect for all you solo travellers!
Do you want something cozy and quintessentially Swedish? Then Villa Evalotta is without a doubt the perfect place for you. Built at the beginning of the 1900s, the beautiful and elegant villa has been in Evalotta’s family for four generations. Most of the rooms offer a killer view, and you can also gain access to a stunning balcony.
Did someone say Sundowners? Count me in!
One of the coolest places to spend the night is Stora Hotellet Bryggan. The boutique hotel, located right in the town square, is famous for what they refer to as their Storytelling-rooms. The design of the hotel is based on the life of Captain Klassen, a Swedish explorer and sea captain. Each room reflects a port or a city he once visited, women he fell in love with, and other memorable experiences from his journeys. Want a taste of Havana? Or perhaps Casablanca? Then this is the place for you.
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