Dramatic steps and archways lead up from Stortorget to the square tower Kärnan (34m), all that remains of the medieval castle. The castle became Swedish property during the 17th-century Danish–Swedish War, and was mostly demolished once the fighting stopped. The tower was restored from its derelict state in 1894, and the view is regal indeed.

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1. Mariakyrkan

0.14 MILES

In the old town, the 15th-century Gothic brick Mariakyrkan has a magnificent interior, including a triptych dating from 1450 and an ornate Renaissance…

2. Toy World

0.14 MILES

We think you'll be hard pressed to find an adult who won't also enjoy this dinky collection of toys and games from around the world – there's something to…

3. Rådhuset

0.21 MILES

The mighty Rådhuset was completed in 1897 in neo-Gothic style and contains stained-glass scenes illustrating Helsingborg’s history. It still houses city…

4. Dunkers Kulturhus

0.33 MILES

Just north of the transport terminal, the crisp white Dunkers Kulturhus encompasses an interesting town museum (free) and temporary exhibitions (admission…

5. Tropikariet

0.78 MILES

Tropikariet is a semi-zoo, with a reptile house, an aquarium and exotic furry critters housed in faux-natural habitats. Many people think having an indoor…

6. Fredriksdal museer och trädgårdar

0.83 MILES

One of Sweden’s best open-air museums, based around an 18th-century manor house (not open to the public), the houses and shops you see here once graced…

7. Sofiero

2.75 MILES

About 5km north of Helsingborg, Sofiero is an impressive former royal summer residence and park with wonderful rhododendrons (best seen in full bloom in…

8. Kronborg Slot

2.99 MILES

Best known as the Elsinore Castle of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this Unesco World Heritage Site is a vast Renaissance masterpiece topped by baroque green…