With buildings dating from as far back as the 11th century lay scattered all over the region, Skåne is the perfect place for historic castle hopping between grand castles and monasteries. From medieval death traps and haunted pavilions to gourmet dining and beautiful castle gardens - a tour around the most ancient castles of Skåne will offer you an enjoyable and memorable voyage through time.

Hovdala Castle - grassy hills and knights in shiny armor

Hovdala Castle - grassy hills and knights in shiny armor

What was once a very strategic location in the wars between Sweden and Denmark, is today a serene setting. Hovdala castle dates as far back as the 14th century, and the mighty tower still shows traces from the hard battles in the 15th century. If you are looking to really relive history, plan your visit during the medieval tournaments in the summer when the best knights of Sweden competes in classical tournament games, archery and skills at arms. The event is a fairytale like and exciting experience that gives you a sense of what a medieval market used to be like, complete with everything from magicians and musicians to knights and battle horses.

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Bosjökloster - family friendly monastery from the Middle Ages

Bosjökloster - family friendly monastery from the Middle Ages

Beautifully located at the banks of lake Ringsjön lies the whitewashed castle of Bosjökloster. Originally a medieval monastery, large parts of the grounds were reconstructed in the 17th century and only a few of the monastery buildings remain intact today, such as the church, dating from around 1100. Today, the castle is privately owned and since 1962 it is open for the public. Events and exhibitions are held throughout the year, and guided tour of the grounds is available during the summers. Parts of the castle and the park are open for visitors all year around and a small entrance fee is charged. The thousand-year-old tree, the café and rose garden are some of the highlights here.

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Glimmingehus - medieval death traps and ghost stories

Glimmingehus - medieval death traps and ghost stories

Glimmingehus, is the best-preserved medieval manor in all of Scandinavia. The origin of this stately fortress dates as far back as the year of 1499, and a visit here will give you fascinating insights in what life at a castle was like in the Middle Ages. The castle was built for battle and features a lot of unique defence mechanisms, such as gaps where hot tar could be poured over intruders, drawbridges, trenches and other deadly traps. The staff takes a great part in making history come alive - listen to ghost stories in the summers, try your hand at Middle Age-chores, join one of the guided tours or simply relax in the beautiful herb garden. A small fee of entrance is charged.

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Bäckaskog - a haunted manor from the Middle Ages

Bäckaskog - a haunted manor from the Middle Ages

Originally a monastery founded in the 11th century, Swedish King Karl XV spent every summer from 1845 until his death in here, and his horse is said to have been seen galloping through the grounds on several occasions, and from time to time a distorted woman’s face appears in the mirrors inside the castle. And who is it that keeps leaving an untidy bed every morning, even when the room is empty and locked? If you find these chilling tales intriguing, you might want to join one of the guided ghost walks that are arranged at the castle on a regular basis. Since ghost busting is hard work and tend to bring on an appetite, you might want to consider the package deal including ghost safari as well as dinner in the luxurious castle restaurant.

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Trollenäs Castle - werewolves and goblins

Trollenäs Castle - werewolves and goblins

Originally a castle from the early middle ages, the building was modernized and partly transformed into a renaissance castle in the 17th century. The interior was redone as well, and a guided tour of the magnificently decorated rooms is highly recommended. The tour guide will fill you in on all the historic details and curiosities of this enchanting place and tell you all the legends about great ancestors of the Trolle family, werewolf’s and other mythical inhabitants of Trollenäs. Oh and take the guided tour before heading down for pastries and coffee in the café that is situated in the old brewery in the castle park, just so you can be sure to watch out for a black dog with burning eyes…

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Skarhult’s castle - a renaissance castle

Skarhult’s castle - a renaissance castle

Skarhult is one of Sweden’s best preserved castles from the renaissance era, and was built under leadership of the chatelaine Mette Rosenkrantz in the 1560’s. Today the ancient buildings are used to tell the tale of what life through history has been like, with a specific focus on the women that lived at Skarhult, ruling the castle while their men were off in war. Take a guided tour and get a tour through the lives of five women from five different centuries, whose aspirations and destinies are retold and displayed up close. The castle also features yearly exhibitions with new and creative takes on history with a gender perspective.

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The Malmö Museums – renaissance history and submarines

The Malmö Museums – renaissance history and submarines

In central Malmö you will find Malmöhus Castle, housing the Malmö Museums. This is the oldest preserved renaissance castle in all of the northern countries and today it houses temporary exhibitions as well as and permanent ones about natural history and our environtmental challenges. Buying a ticket here will also give you access to the Technical and Nautical Museum just across the street - a Mecca for those who love ships and trains. Here you can actually enter a real submarine, admire real, fullsize steam engines and in the cellar there is a pirate ship-playground for the youngest.

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Landskrona Citadel – a prison with bars and dungeons


Landskrona Citadel – a prison with bars and dungeons


The Citadel in Landskrona is one of the Nordic region’s best preserved 16th century fortresses, and is Sweden’s only preserved earthwork fortress. It was built in 1549-1559 by the Danish King Christian III as a defence fortification but during the 19th century the Citadel was used as a prison, first for prisoners of war and subsequently for life-term prisoners and vagrants. Until 1940, the Citadel was a women’s prison. There is now a recreation area here with a put and take fishing lake, a museum exhibition, a craft shop and a café. Guided tours are also given in the summer, and at other times by prior arrangement.

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