Bomarsund Fortress

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Bomarsund Fortress
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Anna R
3 contributions
Nature and history in the same place
Jul 2021 • Family
Bomarsund is a very good place to visit if you are interested in history and/or wandering in the nature. In my opinion this is not a place for small children because you have to walk quite alot. The main attraction are the ruins of the fortress (small children are perhaps not so interested in). There is also a cafe and camping area at Bomarsund. Overall a lovely place to visit!
Written 19 July 2021
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niinan2
Nurmijarvi, Finland1,423 contributions
Nice piece of history
Jul 2020
The Bomarsund Fortress was a huge fortress and unfortunately only the ruins are all thats left of it. There is a nice path on top of the ruins and it goes all around the ruins, both sizes of the road that runs trough the ruins. Nice views to the sea and to the bridge and old pilot house near by. Remember also to visit the Notvik tower; I missed it :(
There is a cafe/restaurant next to the fortress.
Written 31 July 2020
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Carpediemkath
Tucson, Arizona93 contributions
Unique architecture unlike anything else on Åland.
Jun 2019
I saw the ruins without first knowing its history and was quite surprised by the structure's polygonal segments which are found nowhere else on Åland. Thankfully there are well-written signs explaining the history of the Russian fortress in Swedish, Finnish, and English. The ruins are located amongst beautiful rolling hills above the bay. Totally worth a visit.
Written 15 November 2019
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Patrick D
Aland Island, Finland67 contributions
Insight into historical events
Aug 2019
The fortress was built in the first half of the 19th century (when Finland had become an autonomous Grand Duchy under the Russian empire. The fortress was not fully completed by the Crimean War (1853-1856). After coming under siege by Brittish and French naval vessels and troops in August 1854 the Russian forces surrendered. The French and Brits demolished the fortresses and in the eventual peace treaty (1856) the Aland Islands were demilitarised - the islands retain this status to this day. A couple of the side towers have been partly rebuilt and there are very good information boards.
I knew all this, but I had not visited the site for about 30 years and was positively surprised by how well things were presented - well worth a visit.
This is an open air site (good weather is to be preferred) - no fee is charged.
Written 4 September 2019
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Butterflies22
Northern Norway, Norway1,095 contributions
Good place to learn more about the history and wars of Åland
Aug 2019
The Russians started to build this coastal fortress in 1830 - in 1854 it was blown up by British and French troops.

The ruins of Bomarsund fortress is located in a beautiful area by the sea, it is a nice place to stop, hike around the area and learn about the history of the Fortress and Åland

"The mighty walls of Bomarsund once represented Russia's military authority on Åland. Today, it's ruins symbolise the opposite, the demilitarised and autonomous Åland Islands..
Written 21 August 2019
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teadrinker7
Stockholm, Sweden68 contributions
Hiking with 3 gorgeous views
Jul 2019 • Friends
The ruin it’s nice in itself, but we took a hike with 3 beautiful views. It’s about 10 km all in all and some steep hills.
First we went to prästön, and prästtornet (priest tower), from there you get a really nice view of the ruin and the inlet.
Then the 8 km hike described on the map by the ruin. From the ruin the view is nice, but it’s well worth climbing to the top of djävulsberget (devil mountain) where you get a scenic view of the whole area.
Written 14 July 2019
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,411 contributions
beautiful masonry
Jul 2018
Most impressive are the beautiful polygonal walls that are left - often unconnected - of the once great plan of a gigantic fortress town. When after 1809 the Aland's became suddenly Russia's western frontier there were quickly plans to build an enormous defensive base. It had been meant for about 2500 people and work began soon afterwards. But before this whole project could be finished, an Anglo-French war fleet passed by here in summer 1854 during the Crimean War. And that was the end of this grandiose Russian plan. Now all that's left are some impressive ruins - and if one reads about it - an interesting history.
Written 6 December 2018
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Ricardo B
Miami, FL2,968 contributions
The best of the ruins are the surroundings
Sep 2018 • Friends
If these ruins from a 19th century fortress were located in another place, probably it would not be a remarkable place, but as the ruins are by the sea, it is a great stroll and experience to walk around and visit the surroundings
Written 10 September 2018
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michael c
Ahus, Sweden1,015 contributions
amazing
Sep 2018 • Friends
a must on any tour around the Island. I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing place which I had never heard of before.
Written 2 September 2018
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Lisa Bolin
Mariehamn, Finland39 contributions
Amazing piece of history!
Aug 2018
On a lovely day, this is a must visit place on Åland. The history is so interesting, with all signs having English information as well as Swedish and Finnish. The ruins show evidence of cannonball fire, the interesting octagonal stonework on the outside - you can picture the French and British ships out on the bay! A great place for the kids to run around (if you have kids).
Written 28 August 2018
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