Fagranäs is a former fortress close to Hökerum in Ulricehamn Municipality. These lands were once a part of Södra Ving Parish here in western Sweden. Today there are just a few signs of the former fortress, but there is still an easily accessible and beautiful nature area to explore. Maybe it is time to dream back and imagine how it once might have looked.
A Short History of Fagranäs
Fagranäs was a medieval fortification that has been lost to history. Little is known about its actual location, but the remains found here near Hökerum and Lake Mogden are believed to be the right place. The fortification was of the kind known as a motte-and-bailey castle. This was a wooden or stone fortress situated on an area of artificially raised ground with the supporting building located on the lower ground around the raised mound. The medieval fortifications at Vädersholm did not coexist with Fagranäs, these are of a more recent origin.
Things to Do and See
Following the small forest road will eventually take you to a small parking lot and an enclosure. Within the enclosure is the mound that is believed to be the former fortification of Fagranäs. It is a nice walk and even though the trees interfere with the view towards Lake Mogden there is still nice scenery to enjoy. Some places require a quite vivid imagination to come back to life and this is for sure one of those places.
How to Get to Fagranäs
- Flights: The nearest airports are Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to the west and Jönköping Airport (JKG) to the east.
- Car: Fagranäs is located along countryside roads east of Hökerum.
- Bus: Buses from Västtrafik connect Fagranäs with the surrounding area with bus stops in nearby Hökerum.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 383 kilometers (4 h)
- Gothenburg – 91 kilometers (1 h)
- Malmö – 312 kilometers (3 h 20 min)
- Linköping – 188 kilometers (2 h)
- Kiruna – 1614 kilometers (16 h 40 min)