With mind-boggling history from notorious Viking invaders to Royal dynasties and imperial intrigue, one thing is certain; history lovers will never be bored in Skåne. On the contrary, there's so much to see and do, make sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy all the historic treasures. To make you’re pick easier, we’ve collected the 10 coolest historic sites in the region.

Ales stones


Ales stones


If you want to be awed by the aura of a mystical spot that dates back to the early Iron Age, visit Ales Stones. Built somewhere between 500-1,000 AD, “Sweden’s Stonehenge” consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in the 67 metre-long outline of a ship majestically located on the ridge above the fishing village of Kåseberga. Scholars can’t agree whether it’s a grave monument, astronomical clock or resting place of the mythical King Ale. But we think you’ll agree that this is a great place to visit.

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Lund Cathedral

Lund Cathedral

Lund Cathedral is one of the most visited sites in Skåne. You'll understand why when you stand in front of this imposing Roman cathedral, with its mighty twin towers above the roofs of central Lund. Join over 700,000 visitors and 85,000 worshippers each year and see the altar that dates back to 1398 at Sweden’s most visited church. The cathedral in Lund was consecrated in 1145 and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Nordics. The cathedral is right in the middle of Lund, close to lots of restaurants and cafés.

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Foteviken - an authentic Viking settlement


Foteviken - an authentic Viking settlement


Foteviken is an archaeological open-air museum that contains the reconstruction of a large Viking Age settlement where visitors are invited to participate in live re-enactments of history. The perfect place for those who are interested in medieval history and fascinated by the tales of the murderous Nordic Vikings. Get a glimpse of what everyday life was like for this notoriously aggressive and horn-clad bunch. In the Viking town you will even meet sheep, poultry and horses, wandering freely in the village, just like they once used to do.

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Glimmingehus castle

Glimmingehus castle

Glimmingehus is a stately fortress dating back to 1499 and is the best-preserved medieval manor in all of Scandinavia. A visit here will give you fascinating insights in how life in the middle was like. Built to be used in battle, the castle features a lot of unique defence elements, like gaps where hot tar could be poured over intruders, drawbridges, trenches and other deadly traps. Even the staff takes ambitious part in making history come alive so join one of the guided tours or simply explore the castle for yourself.

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Kulturen in Lund

Kulturen in Lund

Kulturen is a large open air museum in central Lund. Almost like a small world of its own, it comprises two whole blocks of historical buildings and gardens. Some of these houses are standing on the exact site where they were once built, and around the houses are cobble stone street settings and beautiful gardens. You will find up to twenty different exhibitions here, highlighting everything from art, design, culture and history. The playground features a small water system with an old-fashioned, manual pump that will keep the youngest ones entertained for hours, and there are usually temporary exhibitions aimed especially at kids here. If you get hungry there is a restaurant and a café, and the garden with their well kept lawns are perfect for picnics.

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Kiviksgraven - The King’s Grave in Kivik

Kiviksgraven - The King’s Grave in Kivik

Few burial monuments in Scandinavia have been as well studied as this Bronze Age cairn. Dated to 1600 BC, the site measures 75 meters in diameter, making it the largest mound of its type in Sweden. Systematically plundered in centuries past, a central stone chamber was found in 1748, containing a cist formed of 10 engraved upright stone slabs. The engravings are among the most notable works of art from the Bronze Age and a number of images are unique in the Scandinavian rock carving tradition, making the King's grave one of the most remarkable archaeological monuments in Sweden.

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Landskrona citadel

Landskrona citadel

The Citadel is one of the Nordic region’s best-preserved 16th century fortresses and was built sometime between 1549-1559 by the Danish King Christian III as a defence fortification. During the 19th century the Citadel was used as a prison, first for prisoners of war and subsequently for life-term prisoners and vagrants. Today, the citadel is a recreation area here a museum, exhibitions, a craft shop and a café. Guided tours are given in the summers, and at other times by prior arrangement.

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Malmöhus Castle

Malmöhus Castle

Malmöhus Castle is the Nordic region’s oldest preserved renaissance castle. Step back in time to see and hear the people who lived here and find out how this once grand castle came to be used as a prison. The castle was completed in the mid-16th century, and includes remains from Eric of Pomerania’s earlier 1434 citadel. The Danish kings once stayed here during their visits to Malmö and the fortress was used as a prison between 1828 and 1909. Today, Malmö Museums is the collective name for a number of different museums, most of which are housed at Malmöhus Castle.

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Skissernas Museum - The museum of sketches

Skissernas Museum - The museum of sketches

At Skissernas Museum, in the center of Lund, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and preparatory works for international and Swedish art. The museum focuses on artist’s creative process and you get to follow the creative process from an artist’s first idea until the final model or sketch. The museum was founded in1934 and consists of seven large galleries where you will find a variety of sketches and models, from small copper web models, the size of a fingernail, to large sculptures more than five meters tall.

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Trelleborgen viking fort 


Trelleborgen viking fort 


On the highest point in the town Trelleborg, the remnants of an old Viking castle - a so called “trelleborg” - was found in 1988. A trelleborg was the general term for the typical Viking Age type of ring fortresses built with so-called "trellers", the skewed cloven logs that support the structure, and the castle has very likely given name to the city of Trelleborg. Today, parts of the fort have been recreated. The on site museum shows an exhibition about Vikings and there is also a small museum shop and a café.

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