Fornborg i Blaxhult 2017
Fornborg i Blaxhult 2017 | Photo: GuidebookSweden (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Fornborg i Blaxhult

Iron Age castle ruins near Blaxhult

The ruin of the Iron Age refurge castle Fornborg i Blaxhult is located on a small steep hill near the hamlet Blaxhult, about 16 kilometers east of Hultsfred.

Measured by the remnants of the two opposing stone walls on the hilltop, the refuge castle once had a size of about 250x200 meters. The ramparts are located on the less steep sides of the approximately 40-meter-high hill and protected the two natural accesses to the castle. The other sides were protected only by palisades, because these sides are too steep for a direct attack.

The access routes to the hilltop still follow the old paths today. The shortest path leads from the clearing on the northwest side over steep steps, which were carved into the rock. The slightly easier, but somewhat longer path snakes up the south side of the hill to the former entrance on the southeast side.

However, in order to recognize a structure from the boulders and rubble lying on top of the hill, you have to take a closer look and try your imagination, which makes the place no less interesting. The mountain also offers beautiful views of the surrounding area from several spots.

Another ancient relic of human settlement is located less than 300 meters west of the hill. There, on a flat hill next to the road, is a small burial ground with a stone setting and a Neolithic grave chamber.

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