What to do and see in Marstrand, Sweden: The Best Places and Tips

October 5, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Marstrand is a seaside locality situated in Kungälv Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 1,319 inhabitants in 2010. The town got its name from its location on the island Marstrandsön. Marstrand is, despite its small population, for historical reasons often still referred to as a city (today however, Statistics Sweden, only counts localities with more than 10,000 inhabitants as cities). Recently the town has expanded to the neighbouring island Koön, which has bridge access to the mainland.
Restaurants in Marstrand

Drottninggatan, Marstrand, Sweden
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Marstrand

Reviewed By FyFazan - Oslo, Norway

A very nice island with several walking trails around the castle - a great place for walking or jogging in the morning hours. The small city centrum is cozy as well - with colourful small houses, flowers and some huge trees.
You´ll get a nice breakfast, tasty bread and pastry, from the old bakery "Bergs Konditori" att the harbour. There is also a small store, a fishing boat with fresh shrimps and also a stand with fresh fruits and greens.

2. Carlstens Fastning

Marstrand, Sweden +46 303 602 65
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Carlstens Fastning

Reviewed By King L - Manchester, United Kingdom

The Carlsten fortress is quite a spacious area, and is definitely much more larger than the New Alvsborgs fortress at Gothenburg. The picture I uploaded pretty much already tells you that it is the "must-see" on the island. The upper courtyard area on the castle presents some panoramic views, while the other parts of the castle give some interesting areas to explore. The shortcoming is that, there doesn't seem to be any guide book or audioguide to rent, so you pretty much won't get to know more about the history of the castle without first doing some research prior to your visit.

3. Pater Noster Lighthouse

Marstrand, Sweden
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Pater Noster Lighthouse

Reviewed By wilhelmm-norway - Oslo, Norway

Pater Noster is as far out in the ocean as you get from Marstrand. The boat trip there takes you through a beautiful seascape and treacherous waters. From top of the Pater Noster lighthouse you realize where the name comes from. Any ship trying to make it to land where truly in the hands of the Allmighty to make it through these waters! Next time, we will book rooms to stay over at the lighthouse

4. Vandringsleden runt Marstrandson

Marstrand, Marstrand, Sweden
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5 based on 4 reviews

Vandringsleden runt Marstrandson

Reviewed By PAMM67 - Gothenburg, Sweden

Gå runt Marstrand, gör det! Inte svårt och det är ganska enkelt om man inte är handikappad.
Du ser både havet, klippor och kusten in mot fastlandet.
Allt tydligt uppmärkt och enkelt att följa.
Är det sommar så stannar du och badar, en, två eller tre gånger ...

5. Elin af Marstrand

19 C Hamngatan, Marstrand 442 67, Sweden
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5 based on 4 reviews

Elin af Marstrand

Reviewed By TomOgilvy - Greater London, United Kingdom

It took approximately 30 seconds for me to be utterly convinced Knut was one of life's genuinely lovely people. At amazingly short notice he agreed to take my fiancée and I, along with a couple of our friends, out on his beautiful boat on a trip around the Islands that surround Marstrand.
Having met us at the jetty with a smile and enthusiasm that can only come from taking great pleasure in what he does, he welcomed us aboard his wonderfully comfortable boat; quickly providing us with delicious nibbles and drinks while he made the necessary preparations for us to launch.
Thanks to his wonderfully high tech boat, Knut was able to join us on deck to admire the gorgeous Sunshine while giving us a detailed talk about the history of Marstrand and how the island has developed from a fearsome military fort and work camp for prisoners, to the stunning pleasure isle it is today.
Knut's local knowledge was invaluable as we sped off in search of the local wildlife which included some wonderfully relaxed and friendly seals. Knut was also wonderfully tolerant as we took a brief, but deliciously refreshing dip in the sea, made all the more possible by his fabulous boat's landing area and ladders. Once safely on board yet more nibbles and drinks were provided to raise our body temperatures as we sank in to the opulent and seemingly never ending supply of cushions as we casually made our way back to town.
An absolutely wonderful way to spend the afternoon, and a welcome break for a couple of Londoners attempting to experience all Gothenburg and Sweden could offer in 48 hrs.
Thanks Knut for making us feel so welcome aboard. We hope to see you again soon!

6. 59.335893,18.059265

56 Hamngatan, Marstrand 442 67, Sweden +46 303 108 00
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4 based on 8 reviews

59.335893,18.059265

Reviewed By Hiker420 - Mississauga, Canada

small island to stroll and relax, Most of the time no vehicles are allowed except Delivery vehicles. Cobble stone roads are a challenge if one has to drag heavy luggage fro the ferry port to the hotel. No taxis on the island.

7. Fiskahummer.nu

Sodra Strandgatan 26, Marstrand 442 67, Sweden
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5 based on 1 reviews

Fiskahummer.nu

Reviewed By resvan2 - Grabo, Sweden

Proffsig, kunnig och rutinerad kapten. Givande för första gångs fiskaren likväl som den erfarne sportfiskaren. Praktiskt hummerfiske blandas med inspirerande berättande om havets svarta guld och miljö. Kan varmt rekommenderas.

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