Historic sights and monuments in Skåne 

Skåne, the southern-most region in Sweden, has a fascinating history with archaeological finds dating back 80 million years. 

The area has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage, and many castles and mansions from the time of the Danish occupation. Around 150 of them are still occupied and some of them open to the public.

The most popular historical and archaeological tourist attractions are listed here.

Ale's Stones

Ale's Stones

Built somewhere in the early Iron Age, between 500-1,000 AD, “Sweden’s Stonehenge” consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in the 67 metre-long outline of a ship. Ale’s Stones are 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. Tip. End your visit to Ale’s Stones at Kåseberga harbour and taste the local herring from one of the smoke houses.

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Lund cathedral

Lund cathedral

Lund Cathedral is an imposing Roman cathedral building with twin spires that tower above the roofs of central Lund. It is one of the most visited sites in Skåne. Join over 700,000 visitors and 85,000 worshippers each year who come to see the altar that dates back to 1398. One of the main attractions is the Astrological Clock built around AD 1380. Two knights mark the hours on top of the clock. The upper board of the clock is the astronomical clock. It shows the different phases of the Moon and where the Sun sets.

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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 in Lund is one of the world’s best open-air museums comprising two blocks of historical buildings and gardens. The houses are surrounded by cobblestone streets and beautiful gardens. Kulturen is built according to the pavilion system that inspired different world exhibitions of the nineteenth century. There are up to twenty different exhibitions, highlighting everything from art, design, culture and history, and temporary exhibitions especially for children.

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The King’s Grave in Kivik

The King’s Grave in Kivik

Few burial monuments in Scandinavia have been as well studied as this Bronze Age cairn. Dated from 1600 BC, the site measures 75 meters in diameter, making it the largest mound of its type in Sweden. 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 Scandinavian rock carving traditions, 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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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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