The construction of the fortress at Vaxholm let its name to the fishing village adjacent. King Gustav Vasa bought some farm land to establish a small town to support the fortress and the small town has remained this small till this day. Vaxholm went through a number of iterations, as a naval supplies base followed by a summer retreat and then later a summer retreat.
Its role hasn’t changed much since. It’s a retreat for Stockholmers from the city.
Now, its all about art galleries,
and cafes to shoot the breeze with.
It’s a beautiful little town without loud music but with gentle waves that makes for an idyllic weekend. The quiet scene is dotted with the occasional pastel-painted wooden houses that gives the whole town a fairy-tale feel.
Sight-seeing is free, the only thing that truly costs money is your time (and maybe a cup of coffee if you so desire). Its a low-cost way to recharge.
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