Welcome to Ystad


Ystad was Sweden’s window to Europe from the 17th to the mid-19th century, with new ideas and inventions – including cars, banks and hotels – arriving here first. Now a terminal for ferries to Poland and the Danish island of Bornholm, the port area's transitory feel thankfully doesn’t spread to the rest of the city. Once you start to explore you might find the place will work its magic and you'll want to linger longer.


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$176.46 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ales Stenar, the Rock art site in Järrestad and Kiviksgraven

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Kivik grave, Kivik, Skane CountyThe national monument also known as Kiviksgraven. 3 500 years old and 75 meters in diameter it hides a cist in the center. The cist is covered with petroglyphs. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Rock carving Jarrestad, Simrishamn, Skane CountyThe Rock of the dancer. With 1300 petroglyphs located in a wounderful landscape this is one of south Scandinavias most spectacular Rock art site.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ales Stenar, Ystad, Skane CountyAles stenar is one of the largest standing stone ship in Scandinavia. On the edge of a high cliff, in the old fishing village Kåsebergit has a stunning view over the Baltic sea. This is a must-see site. Duration: 2 hours

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Vikings to Wallander - 2500 Years of Swedish History

We leave Copenhagen and travel across the impressive Øresund Bridge to Sweden,where we drive down the old main road to Ystad, passing through beautiful countryside. Along the way we will see some old small towns and visit some churches, which have been built near Rune Stones. The Rune Stones date back to the time of the Vikings and have Runes, the old Nordic alphabet, written on them. Then we come to the historic town of Ystad, which dates back to the 1200s. Its where the Wallander films have been shot, which feature Kurt Wallander, Ystad's famous detective, created by the writer, Henning Mankell. After Ystad, we travell on to the fishing village of Kåsaberga, where you can see the Sunship, a ring of 59 prehistoric stones, that we think were used as a calendar. On the return to Copenhagen, we stop off at Svaneholm Castle, where you can see a display of fashion and furniture or walk in the castle grounds. Finally, we return to Copenhagen via the motorway and the Øresund Bridge.