Skåne County, sometimes referred to as Scania County in English, is the southernmost county or län, of Sweden, basically corresponding to the traditional province Skåne.
The castle is one of the key sights in Malmö, though it is not a traditional European castle as you might see in France or Italy (Castello di Fenis). Set near a park, and still surrounded by a moat the castle still has something of a factory vibe to it.
Inside the castle is the Malmö museum. The museum is quite unusual as it is a pre-history museum. an aquarium, an art museum and the Malmö city museum. It takes longer to view than you expect, and with the variety there is something for everyone, but it is not going to take the place of museums dedicated to their speciality.
Facing the castle is the Kings Park, a lovely green space to relax during the weekend.
There are a number of excellent places to eat in Malmö, but Bastard is one of the best.
The town seems much larger than it is when you first start looking around, partly because it is so tourist focused and so there are a lot of bars, restaurants and cafes squeezed into a few blocks by the ferry terminal, and partly because everything in the town is centred around the ferry.
Helsingborg has wide open streets with cafes and bars spilling out onto the pavements. There is a more visible drinking culture that other Swedish towns. Throughout the town, there are numerous old buildings in very good repair, the city having been there since 1085.
Currently under reconstruction, the church is in the center of a public square, surrounded by restaurants. It has a very Amsterdam vibe because of this mixed usage space.
Not quite the Spanish steps of Barcelona, they are none the less impressive and lead you up to Kärnan and the park. At the top there is an overlook back to he water and city.
A single tall tower is all that remains of the historic structure. Opened as a viewing platform and a museum, you can, for a small fee, climb up the various levels, learning about the local history before you reach the rooftop, where you have fantastic views over the city.
A statue and square before the Terrasstrapporna and Kärnan, the green bronze statue is distinctive.
Strangely surrounded by shops and chain stores, this historic building, in a vibrant red, stands out as something special. Used as a conference center and wedding venue, it lends itself to photography.
The viewpoint over the Øresund gives a view of the city of Helsingør, four kilometres away, that makes up Helsingborg’s larger sibling. Flags fly here for all of the Nordic countries.
Just down from Låsta Kärlekar is a white sand beach, with a few dwarf palm trees and a deliberately rickety Jamaican style bar blasting tunes, due to its location its likely to be either busy or deserted depending on the weather. The all electric ferries have do doubt made the beach-front a much more appealing place to be.
A large building on the main road, it is most noticeable for the crazy bells inside, the players trying and failing to find a tune they can agree on every hour.
A well constructed statue of Magnus Stenbocks, sat facing the City Hall.
Towards the east end of town, this large manor house with gardens is every visible. It won my approval by the small wooden ramp to allow dogs to easily drink water from its decorative pond.
A large art space offering permanent and temporary exhibits. The most striking when I was there being The Thin Line by photographer Björn Persson, a striking photo journal capturing endangered species, particularly in Africa. It is an ongoing reminder of the fragility of our planet.
The city park near to the Comfort Hotel surrounds the city library and a large fountain. It gives a good green space to the area and offers a children’s activity center as well.
A good sized park around Kärnan, in the centre of town. It seems to be a very popular place for games of Kubb.
With a certain dark Swedish humour, the graveyard sits next to the retirement home, and is on a hill above the old graveyard. In both spaces there is some impressive architecture to be seen, and the eerie quiet you find in a graveyard.
A manor house set in expansive gardens, some maintained and some wild, its a good place for an afternoons walk. The house is relatively modern and houses a shop and restaurant, behind it, a sharp hill drops down into more wild gardens along with various art emplacements reminiscent of Viking standing stones.
I stopped in here to hide from the rain that suddenly came down. They’re very hot on stopping under-aged drinking, a clear issue with the number of tourists using Helsingborg as a brief base. It is not quite sure what it is as a cafe, fast food, coffee culture, beers or something else giving it a bit of a strange vibe. It was extremely busy, partly due to how many businesses were closed for the Midsummer break.
A basic pub offering food on the main road. Burger was fine, and unlike most other venues it was open.
As a Micro-Nation, Ladonia is not actually part of Skåne and so read more about this remarkable county on its own page. Royal Republic of Ladonia
A small homestead, with a cafe (closed at midsommar) of traditionally built buildings marks the start of the trail proper to Ladonia.
I found this vineyard after taking a random turn following a sign for food on my way to Ladonia. It is a charming hotel, vineyard and restaurant offering locally produced and sourced food. I had the cheese and meat plate, which was excellent as was the service. Sat on an outdoor patio facing the vines, it was a lovely place for a meal.