Comming by rail, Varberg is along the line between Gothenburg and Copenhagen via Malmö with plenty of departures, every hour during the day and more often during mornings and evenings. Travel time from Gothenburg is 40 minutes an three hours from Copenhagen. Connections is also avalible from Borås with six trains daily. There are no direct trains from the capital Stockholm, a change of trains in Gothenburg is necessary.
Kallbadhuset is a beautiful wooden bathhouse in the ocean near the city center open all year round (has saunas).
Varberg's Fortress (Varbergs fästning) is an old castle close to the city center. Parts of the castle are open 24/7 while one needs to be in a guided tour to reach other parts.
Getterön a former island (now connected to the mainland) 2km northwest of Varberg with a bird station and several nice beaches. There is also a beautiful area in the west part.
Get a spa at Apelviken or just walk around...
Varberg also has some of the best wind surfing in Sweden, with a surf centre located in Apelviken. The centre offers rental surf boards and it has a café that's open day time. Next to the center you find the restaurant "Majas vid Havet" [Majas by the Sea] which offers excellent food and wine. They're only open in july, and they put on concerts practically every night of the week.
Ullared (30km east of Varberg). Ullared is a small town original famous for a huge store called GeKås. Now days the whole town is a mega mall. Worth to experience!
Sea Angling - Varberg Sea-Angling Competition is in May. It is one of the largest competitions of its kind in the world.
Torpa - A rewarding side trip is to Torpa, to the north of Varberg, which has a medieval church with a 14th century font and 18th century ceiling paintings. The wooden tower points to the east.
Torstorp - Rock Carvings and Cemetery - To the east of Träslövsläge, at Torstorp (golf course), are modern rock carvings - some 130 proverbs cut from the rock in the early 19th century by a local landowner named Bexell.
Varberg has several different restaurants and bars serving food. It also has a fish shop in the harbour for those wanting to make their own meal.
Apelviken, a short taxi ride south of the city, offers a wide range of food, with 4 popular restaurants spread out along the sand strip. "Solviken" attracts mostly customers from the nearby camping. "John's Place" is famous for it's fantastic location - on the beach - and it has a good but pricey Bar-B-Q. "Majas vid Havet" is well known for it's concerts with major swedish pop groups, their good food and nice atmosphere. Be sure to order their tender ribs. The shooting star is "Olles", a small and very popular outdoor restaurant in the south part of the bay. They serve good food at great value.