Bomarsund - Prästö

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Russians, Muslims, Jews Åland the stage of world history
On the island of Prästö you can acquaint yourself with some of the people who came to Åland during the time when the Bomarsund fortress was being built. Russian soldiers and civilians from the garrison town that grew on the back of the enormous building project and many nameless prisoners-of-war from distant climes rest in the Greek-Orthodox, Muslim, Lutheran, Catholic and Jewish cemeteries. Most of the monuments were made out of wood and have long since disappeared, but about 50 gravestones can still be seen. The trail passes by the site of the old garrison hospital. Most of those who remained in Prästö succumbed to one of the many epidemics that ravaged the garrison. You will also pass by the Russian telegraph station and the adjoining Doniken, where the telegraphists lived, two of only a handful of buildings from the Russian period that still remain in Åland. The Prästö hiking trail mainly follows narrow gravel roads and footpaths which wind their way through a beautiful landscape that bears the traces of centuries of human habitation. Because of two short rocky passages, the trail is classed as “easy” rather than “pram-friendly.”

Location: 28 km north-east of Mariehamn (J7)
Start: Lotsstugan (museum), east of the bridge
Signposts: Yes
Length: 5.5 km (2-3 hours)
Grade: easy

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Nearby accommodations

Hotels

Sandösund Resort: Hotelrooms

Distance: 10.4 km
Sandösund offers comfortable accomodation all year around in a wonderful enviroment close to the sea. The area is of great natural beauty and there is also a bathing beach. Sandösund is located at Vårdö, on the eastern part of Åland.
Apartment

Bomans gästhem

Distance: 8.8 km
Bomans Gästhem is a guesthouse with four annexes located right next to the old mail route through Vårdö and 4 km from Sandösund Camping & Resort and their beach. At Bomans Gästhem you can relax in peace and quiet and enjoy the nature and serenity.
Cottages

Sandösund Resort: Hermit cottage on island Gyllenklobb

Distance: 10.4 km
Sandösund offers comfortable accomodation all year around in a wonderful enviroment close to the sea. The area is of great natural beauty and there is also a bathing beach. Sandösund is located at Vårdö, on the eastern part of Åland.