An open air museum is like theatrical incarnation of what life once used to be like, and often the experience is enhanced by the staff dressing and acting in accordance with the era represented. Since Skåne, just like the rest of Sweden, was once home to the notorious Vikings, there are several locations where part of history is re-enacted in ambitious projects such as actual townships, complete with small businesses, cattle and inhabitants dressed in viking gear. If you’re more interested in the medieval times, there are castles and strongholds where knights dressed in medieval attire compete in tournament games and skills of arms. So if you have a flair for the past, just enter the Scanian time machine and buckle up - you are in for a memorable ride!

Kulturen in Lund

Kulturen in Lund

Kulturen is one of the world’s best open air museum in central Lund, the picturesque university town of Skåne. It comprises two blocks of historical buildings and gardens.
Walk in the beautiful park among ancient preserved or recreated buildings gathered from around the country, some of which stand on the site where they were once built. The houses are surrounded by cobblestone streets settings and beautiful gardens.
Kulturen is built according to the pavilion system that has inspired different world exhibitions of the nineteenth century. There are up to twenty different exhibitions, highlighting everything from art, design, culture and history.
The playground features a small water system with an old-fashioned, manual pump that keeps the youngest ones entertained for hours. There are often temporary exhibitions aimed especially at kids. If you get hungry, drop into the restaurant and café, or enjoy a picnic on the well-kept lawns.

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Foteviken - an authentic Viking settlement

Foteviken - an authentic Viking settlement

Love medieval history and fascinated by tales of murderous Vikings? Foteviken gives you a glimpse of what everyday life was like for this aggressive, horn-clad bunch.
Foteviken is a reconstruction of a large Viking Age settlement on the Höllviken peninsula in southern Skåne where you can re-enact history.
This is an entire Viking Age town reconstructed using materials and techniques of the time. It’s no fake movie backdrop, but a city of real inhabitable houses, creating a strong sense of authenticity.
Domestic animals and cattle were very important to the Vikings and owning animals was considered a sign of wealth. Meet sheep, poultry and horses, often wandering freely in the village, just like they once did.
In the early 1980s, five sunken Viking ships were discovered in the waters just north of where the Viking town now lies. One of them has been recovered and a full-scale recreation of the ship is on display at the museum.
The week following Midsummer, the museum arranges the annual Foteviken Viking Market, an international fair that draws hundreds of merchants, craftsmen and ”Viking warriors” from across Europe as well as thousands of regular visitors.

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Glimmingehus

Glimmingehus

Are you up for a trip back to the Middle Ages? Glimmingehus, located in eastern Skåne near the small city of Simrishamn, 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 that time was like. The old castle was built to be prepared for battle and features a lot of unique defense elements, such as gaps through which hot tar could be poured over intruders, drawbridges, trenches and other deadly traps. The staff takes ambitious part in making the history come alive - here you can listen to ghost stories in the summertime, you can try your hand at Middle Age-chores, join one of the guided tours or simply relax in the beautiful herb garden.

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Fredriksdals museer & trädgårdar

Fredriksdals museer & trädgårdar

Fredriksdal, located in the city of Helsingborg, is one of the largest open-air museums in Sweden, and is almost like a historical version of Skåne in miniature. Famous for its vast and diverse gardens, Fredriksdal features everything from botanical gardens with flowers and plants from the region to historical vegetable and herb gardens. Here you will also find historic buildings and whole preserved town quarters complete with cobble stones and old houses. The surrounding meadows and pastures are beautiful with grazing animals of ancient farm breed typical for this region, such as cows, sheep, goats and horses. Permanent as well as temporary exhibitions showcase life and culture through the ages and the old houses present an interesting journey through the different building techniques of history. The crown jewel of Fredriksdal is the ancient rose garden with its spectacular collection. Here you can decant thousands of fragrant beauties, the oldest one having been cultivated as far back as 2000 years ago.

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The steam train in Österlen

The steam train in Österlen

In the small village of Brösarp in east Skåne you can catch a preserved steam train. The train is a favourite among train enthusiasts of all ages, and traveling through the beautiful landscape with its forests and meadows feels like traveling through time.
The trip gives the atmosphere of a steam-operated railway in the 50s, with steam pumping from the chimney and the characteristic steam whistle sound.
The staff are dressed in time appropriate uniforms, making the whole experience feel like you are in a movie. There are four stations along the way; Brösarp, Ravlundabro, Vitaby and S:t Olof, all of which are picturesque and quaint little villages, perfect for a pause and an ice cream.
If you catch the train on a Sunday you can book a table in the restaurant car and enjoy a delicious meal en-route.

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