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Gothenburg, Sweden

Old Police Station at Slottsskogen

The charming storybook building now houses a small police museum. 

This charming building in Slottsskogen in Gothenburg, Sweden, may look like a children’s playhouse, or a quaint cabin plucked straight from the pages of a fairy tale. But in reality, it has a bit of a darker history.

Designed by Swedish architect Emil Billing, the adorable little building was actually the park police station. You might even say it was an effective deterrent against crime, since between 1905 and the late 1930s only two people were arrested and held there.

In truth, it appears to have mainly served as a picturesque drunk tank. The police who used the station spent their days patrolling Slottsskogen, which is the city’s largest park.

The station closed in 1966. These days, the building serves as a police museum, though its hours of operation are a bit of a mystery. If you do manage to pop in while it’s open, you’ll find a small selection of uniforms, caps, batons, handcuffs, whistles, and tiny toy police cars on display.

Know Before You Go

The old police station is located in northeastern part of Slottsskogen between Gräfsnäsgården and Smålandsstugan. Nearest tram and bus station is Göteborg Linnéplatsen.