Famous History

Look back at the glory days 1860 - 1930

The iron rich well at Ronneby Brunn was discovered in the 17:th century and it became a registered health resort 1705. It became hight fashion among the upper classes to go for a couple of weeks to Ronneby Brunn in order to live a healthy life. Ronneby Brunn became the largest health resort in Sweden and royals, nobilities and well off people came from all over northern Europe to drink from the water, socialize, walk in the park, take a bath and to eat according to the doctors instruction.

 

To take a bath in cold sea water became very popular in the second half of the 19:th century. 1870 the sea bathhouse was built on the south side of Karö island, where the water was clean. People were transported by steamship from the city center and Ronneby Brunn to Karön.

 

Normally guests would take the boat after breakfast and would return at lunch meaning a lot of people for the first half of the day only.

 

To be able to use the full day for bathing and walking the “Swisserie” was constructed on the north side of the island 1877. The name Swisserie stands for a small inn with the right to serve alcohol. The idea was originally brought in by Swiss immigrants coming to Sweden at the time. Ever since this day the restaurant on Karö island has been open for business every summer making it the oldest restaurant in Blekinge county. The bathhouse was taken away 1931 when it became fashion to swim directly into the sea and women and men were allowed to take a bath together.

 

Famous History

Get back to the glory days 1860 - 1930

The iron rich well at Ronneby Brunn was discovered in the 17:th century and it became a registered health resort 1705. It became hight fashion among the upper classes to go for a couple of weeks to Ronneby Brunn in order to live a healthy life. Ronneby Brunn became the largest health resort in Sweden and royals, nobilities and well off people came from all over northern Europe to drink from the water, socialize, walk in the park, take a bath and to eat according to the doctors instruction.

To take a bath in cold sea water became very popular in the second half of the 19:th century. 1870 the sea bathhouse was built on the south side of Karö island, where the water was clean. People were transported by steamship from the city center and Ronneby Brunn to Karön. Normally guests would take the boat after breakfast and would return at lunch meaning a lot of people for the first half of the day only.

To be able to use the full day for bathing and walking the “Swisserie” was constructed on the north side of the island 1877. The name Swisserie stands for a small inn with the right to serve alcohol. The idea was originally brought in by Swiss immigrants coming to Sweden at the time. Ever since this day the restaurant on Karö island has been open for business every summer making it the oldest restaurant in Blekinge county. The bathhouse was taken down 1931 when it became fashion to swim directly into the sea and women and men were allowed to take a bath together.

The SWisserie estd 1877

 

The Swisserie was constructed 1877 to enable the guests to stay all day at Karö island.

Sailing tradition

Boats and sailors for rent

In addition to taking baths and eating healthy doctors normally ordered long walks in the park and boat tours in order to get some fresh sea air.

In the straight between Karön and Ekenäs sailors and boats could be rented for an hour or two. This was a very popular work for people normally living as fishermen or who used to onload/offload ships in the harbour.

These Karö sailors were famous among rich people coming to Ronneby. Most of them were fully booked long time in advance. The last Karö sailor was Karl Svensson – Kalle Aborre (Kalle Perch) – who also was the skipper on Karöline for over 30 years.

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