Fjällbacka church was completed in 1892. Its cemetery includes a gravestone from the First World War, erected there for the German soldiers who were washed ashore during and after the war. The gravestone has always fascinated Camilla, and it was this that fired her imagination and inspired her to write her fifth novel, The German Brat.
The church was designed by architect Adrian Peterson and built from the red granite that can only be found in Bohuslän. The stone was quarried on site, and the outer walls of the church pay witness to the exceptional skills of the masons.
Ingrid Bergman square
Ingrid Bergman loved Fjällbacka, and liked to call it her special place on Earth. She spent almost every summer from 1958 on Dannholmen, an island just outside Fjällbacka, until her death in 1982. It was here where her ashes were spread.
The locals of Fjällbacka chose to honour the great Swedish star’s memory with a statue in the square that bears her name. Ingrid Bergman square lies in the middle of Fjällbacka, down by the harbour.
The Preacher starts with the discovery of a woman’s body by a little boy who’s sneaked off to play in the Kungsklyftan gorge. Under the corpse, the police find not one, but two skeletons...
An impressive gorge runs through Veddeberget, the rocky outcrop that dominates Fjällbacka. In former times, it was called “Ramleklova”, after the boulders that had rolled down into it.
Astrid Lindgren’s book Ronia the Robber’s Daughter was filmed here, although in the story it was known as Hell’s Gap (where Birk fell down during a jumping contest with Ronia).
Kung Oscar II visited Fjällbacka in 1887. His name was chiselled into the rock face by a stonecutter at the northern entrance to the gorge facing the sea. Hence its current name, Kungsklyftan (King’s Gorge).