Sofiero Castle Lock
This impressive castle is located just north of Helsingborg city. In 2010, the garden at Sofiero Castle was named the most beautiful park in Europe. Beautiful lawns, green trees and beautiful flower fields. This is the place where you can curl up with a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy the thousands of rhododendron forests that surround you. Stop by the café or have your lunch in one of the local Swedish restaurants.
This castle was built in Dutch Renaissance style in 1864 and was the summer residence of the Danish Queen Ingrid. In 1907, King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and his wife Princess Margarete planted the very first rhododendron in the garden of Sofiero Palace. The couple apparently had green fingers. Now there are more than 10,000 plants in the garden in early summer in as many as 500 different varieties. The castle has the largest collection of rhododendrons in Europe. Gustav Adolf and Margarete thus created a meeting place for garden lovers. Hosts, lilies and roses bloom in the princess’ flower beds. The royal couple also planted rare trees, ornamental shrubs and perennial flowers. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come every year to admire the park in all its splendor. One of the largest collections of rhododendrons in Europe! There are also shops where you can buy plants and garden equipment.
Glassblowing in the Kingdom
Krystalriget is a geographical area that today contains a total of 14 glassworks in southeastern Småland. Each glassblower is a little different with its own specialties. Kosta Glasværk is a glassworks that has been in operation since 1742. The unique glass produced here is world famous and can be found in many Swedish households. Here you will meet the artists and craftsmen who make it all possible. You can also try blowing glass yourself! And of course there is plenty of opportunity to acquire a glass artwork yourself, often at more favorable prices than at a Dutch studio or glass shop.
Photo: Glasriket Sm-oneland – Lars Nilsson
Karlskrona, the maritime city
Striking parade streets, impressive fortifications and beautiful churches. Karlskrona was founded in 1680, when Sweden was an important and powerful country in Europe. King Charles XI had big plans for Karlskrona. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where history, present and future go hand in hand. Karskrona is an excellent example of a European naval city from the late 17th century. The original design and many of the buildings have remained intact, along with systems illustrating its further development to the present day.
Karlskrona naval port complex served as a model for several similar projects in Europe. Visit, among other places, Kungsholms Fort, the Marine Museum and idyllic Brändaholm. You will also find a special car museum and porcelain museum in Karlskrona. But there is also plenty to discover in the nearby towns of Karlshamn, Ronneby and Sölvesborg!
Photo: UNESCO Karlskrona, Kungsholms Fort Blekinge – Joakim Johansson
Visit Ystad, Wallander’s hometown
Do you know the popular Swedish TV detective Wallander? This series takes place mainly in Ystad. The town is as attractive as one can see in the series, with a medieval town center full of pastel-colored wooden houses and cobbled streets. Due to Wallander’s great international success, Ystad is now a popular destination for curious fans. The city has a fascinating history, top museums and art galleries, 40 kilometers of sandy beaches and the beautiful hilly surroundings are also fun to explore.
If you take one of the Wallander hikes, you will see most of the city and most of its historic attractions. Route brochures are available at Ystad Studios Visitor Center and Tourist Center.
These include Skt. Knuts Plads, the 12th century Gray Monastery and St. Peter’s Church and Museum. There are many fine cafes and restaurants and no … you do not have to live on pizza and burgers as Inspector Wallander!
The phenomenon ‘Flea market’
If you come across a sign with ‘Flea Market’ along the way, there is a flea market nearby. Flea market is an abbreviation for flea market; a ‘flea’ is a flea and ‘market’ is a market, then a flea market. If you follow such a sign, you will come across one or more private individuals who sell things from their backyard, garage or parking lot to the local supermarket. It often pays to stop and sniff!
The best and most interesting Swedish museums
One of Sweden’s most famous museums is located in Älmhult: the IKEA Museum. Here you will visit IKEA past and present, with exhibitions about the history and design of the famous IKEA furniture. Fun for young and old.
One of the most striking places in Malmö is the Museum of Technology and Shipping. A true paradise filled with discoveries for fans of old-fashioned and modern technology. There are many antique cars and motor vehicles on display, as well as steam trains, a steamboat, airplanes and even a real U3 submarine. There is also a child-oriented laboratory where they can experiment with light, sound, speed and movement.
Malmøhuset is a large castle, built in 1434 by order of King Erik the Seventh. Located on the other side of the street opposite the House of Technology and Shipping, it has stood the test of time well. The walls are still standing and the grounds are open to visitors. Today, Slotsøen also houses the Malmö Art Museum, the city museum, a natural history museum and the Aquarium & Tropicarium. In the vicinity of the castle are also the Commandant’s House (Kommendantshuset, a former arsenal) and Slotsmøllen. In short, another place with a lot to do!
Modern Museum is one of the largest museums in Europe for contemporary art and modern art, with a very wide collection. The main museum is located in Stockholm, but since 2009 there is also a branch with many unique works in Malmö.
Photo: IKEA Museum – Inter IKEA Systems BV2021
There is also a lot of cultural entertainment outside Malmö. In Lund, about 15 minutes northeast of Malmö, you will find, for example, the remarkable Museum of Sketches, an art museum at Lund University with a rich collection of comics, cartoons and sketches of modern artifacts: frescoes, sculptures and reliefs. The museum houses a total of about 25,000 objects, including works by renowned Swedish artists from the 20th century.
In northeastern Scania you will find the city of Kristianstad. The Regional Museum (Regional Museum) has followed how life in the city has changed over the years in exhibitions with different themes.
Would you like to know more about the culture and history of southern Sweden? Check out www.visitskane.se and www.visitsmaland.se.