Located in the southernmost part of Sweden, Skåne consists mainly of the large peninsula that form the southern tip of the country. With its convenient location, its fertile soil and surrounding waters rich in herring, Skåne has been a very attractive area and the centre of disputes and wars been Sweden and Denmark for large parts of its history as the region has alternately belonged to both countries. The region has a rich agricultural tradition and the small, whitewashed farms that are so characteristic for this part of the country lay scattered all over Skåne. Some of these farms have been preserved or restored and stepping over their thresholds is like stepping through the gates of time. These open air museums are like theatrical incarnations of what life once used to be like in Skåne, and often the experience is enhanced by the staff dressing and acting in accordance with the era represented. Skåne, just like the rest of Sweden, was also once home to the notorious Vikings, and in several locations this part of history is reenacted in ambitious projects such as actual townships, complete with small businesses, cattle and inhabitants dressed in viking gear. An event that attracts a lot of visitors who are interested in medieval history is the yearly tournaments held every summer, where knight 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!

Wanås

Wanås © Tannus

Wanås

Entering the art park of Wanås is a bit like leaving the ordinary world and its restrictions behind. You’ll find yourself in a different, fairy-tale universe where anything is possible and where art is everywhere. Wanås consists of an organic farm, beautiful hotel, a big art park full of sculptures and an art gallery housing a unique collection of contemporary art from renowned international artists. For children the park is a mind-boggling adventure containing over 50 permanent works of art as well as temporary exhibitions. Kids can write a wish on paper and hang it in Yoko Ono’s wishing tree, run through the forest and play on the swings that are works of art in themselves. The on-site shop sells organic toys and you can order organic ice cream and pastries at the cafeteria.

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Kulturen in Lund – entertainment for the youngest

Kulturen

Kulturen in Lund – entertainment for the youngest

Kulturen in central Lund is one of the world’s best open-air museums. There are up to twenty different exhibitions, highlighting everything from art, design, culture and history. The children’s playground features a small water system with an old-fashioned, manual pump that keeps young ones entertained for hours. There are often temporary exhibitions especially for kids. If you get hungry, drop into the restaurant and café, or enjoy a picnic on the well-kept lawns.

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Fredriksdal - an open air museum with animals

Fredriksdal © Mickael Tannus

Fredriksdal - an open air museum with animals

At Fredriksdal museums and gardens you can stroll around the old, preserved farmsteads and see how people used to live in Skåne. Meet all the animals that people kept, such as goats, geese, cats, dogs, sheep, cows and horses. There are plenty of activities here for the whole family and every Friday kids are invited to help the farmer feed the animals.

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Foteviken

Foteviken © Frits Meyst / MeystPhoto.com

Foteviken

Foteviken is a reconstruction of a large Viking Age settlement on the Höllviken peninsula in southern Skåne. It’s a city of inhabitable houses, creating a strong sense of authenticity. A full-scale recreation of a Viking ship found off the coastline is on display. The week following Midsummer the museum arranges the annual Foteviken Viking Market, that draws hundreds of merchants, craftsmen and Viking warriors from all around the world.

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Trelleborgen viking fort 


Vikings © Peter Löfqvist
Vikings © Joachim Orrenius
Vikings © Ingrid Wall
Trelleborgen Viking fort © Trelleborgen
Snowy Trelleborgen Viking fort © Krister Parmstrand

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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