Guided Tours

The best way to experience the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station is to come along on a guided tour. Our guides tell about the radio station’s history, what happens on the site today and why the site is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

When the site is open, it is always possible to partaicipate in the guided tour The Day shift (ca 40 min), which is included in the entrance fee to the radio station. During the tour, the guide tells the listeners about the radio station’s history, what happens on the site today and why the site is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

During the summer, additional guided tours are scheduled, such as The The Technical Shift (90 min) and Transmitter start-up (90 min). In The Technical Shift (main language English) the long wave transmitter is in focus from a more technical perspective and during Transmitter start-up, the visitors are guided through a real long wave transmitter is start-up process. real.

 

Read more about the guided tours below. It is also possible to book a private guided tour.

The Day Shift

It is early morning and the workers gather at the radio station. Some of them patiently await their designated task for the day. The engineers and the transmitter operators that are working during the day shift step directly in to the transmitting hall to relieve their colleagues just finishing the night shift. They all know the routine well; supervising the massive longwave transmitter, constantly sending telegrams such as private messages, business telegrams and diplomatic matters form Sweden to New York

Throughout the years the workers have been taken good care of the radio station in Grimeton and today it is the only one remaining of its kind. Thanks to them, the site today can present a unique technical heritage, which is still in working condition. Entering the transmitting hall, the heart of the radio station, is like taking a step back in time and witness state of the art of the 1920s.

The guided tour The Daily Shift is available in English during during the site’s opening hours.

Online pre-sale
Adults: 135 SEK/person (On site: 140 SEK/person)
Children and youth 6-15 years: 65 SEK/person (On site: 70 SEK/person)

World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station is open all year for pre-booked groups. Please contact us for more information regarding a visit and guided tour.

 

Price Weekdays 8 AM to 5 PM

Up to 10 participants 1400 SEK/group
From 11 participants 140 SEK/person

 

Prices above are valid for weekdays in the period 1/9 – 31/5. For group visits outside of these hours a guide fee on 1800 SEK/ group is added to the admission price.

The Technical Shift

There is anticipation in the air when the workers set to start Ernst Alexanderson’s longwave transmitter on the 1th of December 1924. On air for the first time, the signals composing the premier telegram from Grimeton Radio Station, with call sing SAQ, are transmitted and will soon be received at Rocky Point, Long Island, New York. It does not take long before workers present in the transmitting hall in Grimeton start cheering, as they were soon reached by the news that the signal had been received correctly in USA. The station was up and running! From that moment Grimeton, Varberg and Sweden, were part of a network composed of a total of nine radio station holding the identical machinery, constructed of the Swedish-American engineer Ernst F.W. Alexanderson.

Internationally, the longwave transmitter SAQ in Grimeton and its multiple tuned antenna transmits on 17,2 kHz with a output of 200 kW, is the only one of its kind still remaining in the world. As a symbol for the period predating the invention of radio coils for high efficiency the unique longwave transmitter forms an outstanding technical heritage still in working condition.

The guided tour, The Technical Shift presents the history of the radio station and its importance as a World Heritage site today followed by technical focus on the functions of the machinery and antenna system. The Technical Shift is scheduled at 3 PM on Thursdays from 4th July to 15th August.

 

The Technical Shift is held with English as main language. Take the opportunity to combine The Technical Shift with the guided tour Transmitter Start-up at 4.30 on Thursdays from 4th  July to 15th August.

 

Places are limited, and pre-booking is recommended.

 

Online pre-sale
Adults: 235 SEK/person (On site 240 SEK/person)
Children and youth 6-15 years: 65 SEK/person (On site 70 SEK/person)

World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station is open all year for pre-booked groups. Please contact us for more information regarding a visit and guided tour.

 

Price Weekdays 8 AM to 5 PM

Up to 10 participants 2400 SEK/group
From 11 participants 240 SEK/person

 

Prices above are valid for weekdays in the period 1/9 – 31/5. For group visits outside of these hours a guide fee on 1800 SEK/ group is added to the admission price.

Transmitter start-up

During seven summer Thursdays, the Society Alexander GVV is arranging their guided tour, Transmitter Start-up, during which visitors are guided through the start-up-process of the Ernst Alexanderson long wave transmitter. The same deafening roar, that used to the daily working environment for the machine operators, is promised, with the difference of available hearing protection equipment. During the tour, the guide speaks in a microphone which can be heard in the earmuffs.

The guided tour Transmitter start-up, is available on Thursdays from 4th  July to 15th August. Take the opportunity and combine Transmitter Start-up with The Technical Shift (above).

The Technical Shift begins at 3 PM. Transmitter Start-up begins at 4.30 PM.

It is possible to book an exclusive transmitter start-up and part of a visit at the radio station. World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station is open all year for pre-booked groups. Please contact us for more information regarding a visit and guided tour.

 

Price Weekdays 8 AM to 5 PM

Up to 10 participants 4500 SEK/group
From 11 participants 300 SEK/person

 

Prices above are valid for weekdays in the period 1/9 – 31/5. For group visits outside of these hours a guide fee on 1800 SEK/ group is added to the admission price.