Must see attractions in Southern Sweden

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lund

    Lunds domkyrka

    Lund’s twin-towered Romanesque cathedral is magnificent. Try to pop in at noon or 3pm (1pm and 3pm on Sunday) when the marvellous astronomical clock strikes up In Dulci Jubilo (a traditional Christmas carol) and the wooden figures at the top whirr into action. Within the crypt, you’ll find Finn, the mythological giant who helped construct the cathedral, and a 16th-century well, carved with comical scenes.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Fotevikens Museum

    If you mourn the passing of big hairy men in longboats, find solace at the fascinating Foteviken Viking Reserve, an evocative ‘living’ reconstruction of a late–Viking Age village. Around 22 authentic reconstructions of houses with reed or turf roofs have been built, near the site of the Battle of Foteviken (1134). Amazingly, the reserve’s residents live as the Vikings did, eschewing most modern conveniences and adhering to old traditions, laws and religions – even after the last tourist has left. The houses you see belong to various tradespeople, like the town’s jarl (commander of the armed forces), juror and scribe; and the chieftain, whose home has wooden floorboards, fleeces and a Battle of Foteviken tapestry. There’s even a shield-lined great hall (the Thinghöll), a lethally powerful war catapult, and nifty Viking-made handicrafts to buy. Viking Week is usually held in late June, and culminates in a Viking market, complete with agile warriors in training. The Viking Reserve is located about 700m north of Höllviken.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Malmö

    Malmö Museer

    Located within the rambling Malmöhus Slott, operating under the broad banner (and one low admission fee) of the Malmö Museer, are three main museums within a museum: the Malmö Konstmuseum, Stadsmuseum and a large, unexpected Aquarium that's popular with younger visitors. Top billing goes to the Malmö Konstmuseum, which features a superb collection of Swedish furniture and handicrafts, plus a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century Nordic art. There's a cafe and decent museum gift shop too. The excellent Teknikens och sjöfartens hus is part of the collection but not located within the castle walls: it's about 300m to the west.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Ales Stenar

    One of Skåne's most intriguing and remote attractions, this place has all the mystery of England's Stonehenge without the commercialism. It's Sweden's largest stone-ship setting, gorgeously located on a grassy knoll by the sea, 19km east of Ystad. Guided tours can be arranged through Ystad's tourist office. To get here, take bus 392 from Ystad (three times daily from June to August). At other times, take bus 570 from Ystad to Valleberga kyrka, and then walk 5km south to Kåseberga. 'Stone ships' are ancient burial sites found predominantly in Scandinavia and the northern Baltic states, dating to between 500 and 1000BC (approximately). Huge stones were placed around the grave-site in the shape of a ship; it is thought to best equip the wayfarer/s for the journey into the afterlife.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Malmö

    Västra Hamnen

    Located about 2.5km northwest of the Old Town, buzzing, bayside Västra Hamnen represents the modern face of Malmö. It's a popular spot to stroll, sip coffee and browse boutiques, but mostly people come to marvel at the Öresund bridge and ogle the Turning Torso twisting its way skyward: it's beautiful and an engineering marvel, but one can't help feel it's out of place here. Follow the seafront in a southerly direction for 2km and you'll come to Ribersborgs Kallbadhus and its eponymous beach; both are local institutions.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Krapperups Slott

    While you'd never guess from its name, Krapperups Slott is one of Sweden’s oldest and loveliest estates located 5km south of Mölle. The manor has an exterior inlaid with giant white stars representing the coat of arms of the Gyllenstierna family, who lived here for centuries. It is also home to an exquisite garden. Hour tours of the building (100kr) can be arranged in advance. The grounds also house an art gallery and local museum, a cafe and a small gift shop. The converted stables play host to the annual Musik i Kullabygden, a week-long music festival spanning folk, jazz, classical and opera.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Trelleborgen

    Trelleborgen is a 9th-century Viking ring fortress, discovered in 1988 off Bryggaregatan (just west of the town centre). A quarter of the palisaded fort and a wooden gateway have been recreated, as has a Viking farmhouse and a medieval house built within the walls. A small museum showcases finds from the archaeological digs, including Viking jewellery, grooming implements and a 10th-century skull illustrating the ancient trend of teeth filing. The fortress is built to the same pattern as Danish fortresses of the same era, showing the centralised power of Harald Bluetooth at work.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Kiviks Musteri

    This is a large-scale commercial operation encompassing a small museum, a vast shop selling everything from apple mustard to apple cake, an apple orchard with numerous varieties of (labelled) trees, and a restaurant and cafe (try the baked apple cobbler with custard). You can taste cider from 11am to 3pm daily (no reservations necessary) for 40kr to 70kr depending on whether calvados (apple brandy) is on your tipple list. Or splash out on an evening tasting with snacks (395kr).

  • Top ChoiceSights in Malmö

    Moderna Museet Malmö

    Architects Tham & Videgård chose to make the most of the distinct 1901 Rooseum, once a power-generating turbine hall, by adding a contemporary annexe, complete with a bright, perforated orange-red facade. Venue aside, the museum's galleries are well worth visiting, with regularly updated exhibitions that often include works from the museum's own collection, which includes works by Dalí and Picasso.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Lund

    Kulturen

    Dating from 1892, this huge open-air museum spans two whole blocks. Its 30-odd buildings include everything from the meanest birch-bark hovel to grand 17th-century houses. Permanent displays encompass Lund in the Middle Ages, vintage toys, ceramics, silver and glass (among many others); ask about guided tours in English. The popular outdoor cafe flanks several rune stones.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Kullens Fyr

    It's worth a visit to what's arguably Scandinavia’s oldest lighthouse (there's been a light of some kind here for more than 1000 years) on the Kullaberg Peninsula, if only to appreciate its dramatic clifftop position. The lighthouse remains a crucial navigational beacon in heavily trafficked waters – its 1000-watt beam is visible for 27 nautical miles.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Malmö

    Gamla Staden

    Focusing on the area around Stortorget (the town square) and lively Lilla Torget (the little square) Malmö's Old Town is a gorgeous warren of cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses and bold facades that feel like they'd be more at home in Hamburg.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Trefaldighetskyrkan

    One of the finest Renaissance churches in Scandinavia, Trefaldighetskyrkan was completed in 1628 when Skåne was still under Danish control. The light-filled interior has many of its original fittings, including wonderfully carved oak pews and an ornate marble and alabaster pulpit.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Royal Republic of Ladonia

    In 1996 Swedish artist Lars Vilks built two sculptures, the driftwood Nimis and its younger concrete sibling Arx, on a beach in the Kullaberg National Park on the Kulla Peninsula’s northern side. Created without permission, their existence sparked several court cases between Vilks and the county council, not to mention the odd fire and chainsaw attack. Crafty Vilks founded Ladonia at the site, effectively turning his works into protected ‘national monuments’. Consult the website for the scoop. The best way to get here is by following the directions listed on the Ladonia website. In 2011 the coronation of Queen Carolyn I took place. If you are interested in applying for citizenship (as many have been!), check out the website.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Helsingborg

    Fredriksdal museer och trädgårdar

    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 the streets of central Helsingborg; they were moved here, brick by brick, in the 1960s. Thankfully, this is no contrived theme park; the whole place is charming and there's plenty of scope for souvenir shopping at the art and craft workshops. There are also herb, rose and vegetable gardens and blissfully leafy grounds. Local wildflowers grace the beautiful botanic gardens, and there’s a summer program of activities and performances in the French baroque open-air theatre. The museum entrance, located just off Hävertgatan, is an easy 250m walk south of the Zoégas bus stop on Ängelsholmsvägen.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Malmö

    Teknikens och sjöfartens hus

    A short distance to the west of Malmöhus Slott, the Technology and Maritime museum is home to aircraft, vehicles, a horse-drawn tram, steam engines, and the amazing ‘U3’ walk-in submarine, outside the main building. The submarine was launched in Karlskrona in 1943 and decommissioned in 1967. Upstairs, a superb hands-on experiment room will keep kids (of all ages) suitably engrossed. Admission includes access to all the museums of the Malmö Museer conglomeration.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Helsingborg

    Dunkers Kulturhus

    Just north of the transport terminal, the crisp white Dunkers Kulturhus encompasses an interesting town museum (free) and temporary exhibitions (admission varies), plus a concert hall, an urbane cafe and a design-savvy gift shop and school of the arts. The building’s creator, Danish architect Kim Utzon, is the son of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon. From here, saunter along Norra Hamnen (North Harbour), where apartments, restaurants and bars meet yachts and preened locals in one rather successful harbour-redevelopment project.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Skåne

    Cineteket

    Fans of crime thrillers most likely know the name Henning Mankell (1948-2015), author of the best-selling Inspector Wallander series. The books are set in the small, seemingly peaceful town of Ystad. The gloomy inspector paces its medieval streets, solving gruesome murders through his meticulous police work…but at a cost to his personal life, which is slowly and painfully disintegrating. Cineteket film museum runs guided tours (by appointment; adult/child 120/70kr) of the adjoining Ystad Studios, from May to September.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Malmö

    Kungsparken

    Since 1872, the 34,000-sq-metre King's Park in the shadow of Malmöhus Slott has been delighting Malmö's residents and visitors with its magnificent collection of more than 130 mature trees from around the world, as well as ponds, an organic vegetable garden and a fountain. It's a great spot for a picnic when the weather is fine. For those partial to a flutter, Malmö's only casino, the Cosmopol, is within the park bounds.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Blekinge

    Karlshamns Museum

    The ‘culture quarter’ museum has interesting information about Karlshamn’s history of producing tobacco and punsch ( strong alcoholic punch), as well as a replica of the city’s liquor factory ( Punchmuseet, admission 20kr), complete with barrels, bottles and machinery. Beautiful 18th-century houses include the manor and merchant house Skottsbergska Gården and Holländarhuset (Dutchman’s house).