In 1660 a new fortress on Kyrkogardsholmen, at the mouth of the Gota Alv river, replaced the dilapidated, centrally located Alvsborg castle to defend Sweden’s precious gateway to the North Sea. It was besieged by the Danes in 1717 and 1719, but never captured. In the late 18th century it became a prison which closed in 1869.
Today the fortress is a popular tourist destination in summer; it even has a wedding chapel.
of dazzling flowers in late spring each year.
The Rock Garden, in a former quarry, contains 5,000 alpine plants from around the world. In early summer the Japanese Glade with its scented magnolias is a delight while autumn sees an oriental riot of colour.
Large greenhouses shelter the plants from the sometimes bitter climate. The controlled environments within recreate a variety of conditions from desert to steaming rain forest. In the tropical house, bamboo and banana plants stretch more than 10 m (33 ft) up to the ceiling and there are 1,500 orchids in the most amazing colours and shapes.
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