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Ales stenar, Österlen

Sweden’s best-preserved ship tumulus, made up of 59 standing stones, is located high up above the village of Kåseberga in Österlen. Who erected this megalithic monument around 1,400 years ago, and why? In between the sky and the sea in the hills above Kåseberga, just east of Ystad, you'll find one of Sweden's most enigmatic sights; Ale Stones. Some believe that the 59 stones is a burial monument. Others claim that the stones has served as an ancient astronomical clock , as they are positioned so that the sun goes down at the northwestern stone in summer and rises exactly at the opposite stone in winter. However, there is consensus that the stone ship is the largest and best preserved in Sweden. The 59 stones are placed with the formation of a ship and is 67 meters long and 19 meters wide at its widest point. The monument is believed to be originated from the early Iron Age (500-1000 AD) . One thing is for sure: You can not help but feel the history when you are standing on the hill 37 meters above the roaring Baltic Sea, looking out over the 59 stones. The historical uncertainty invites you to make up your own story about why these stones were placed here over 1,000 years ago. Gaze out over the beautiful rolling landscape and the blue Baltic Sea, or look up at the sky , which is often full of paragliders, who benefit from the lift of the wind through the steep hills. End your day at Ale Stones by going down to the harbor in Kåseberga and taste the local herring from one of the many smokehouses.
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Lund Cathedral, Lund

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. The echoing acoustics provide soothing music but also the occasional hushing from a teacher or parent trying to silence a child or a school class. You can light a candle here, attend church services or just enjoy the oldest Metropolitan Church in the Nordic region, with construction being commenced back in 1085 under the leadership of German and Italian stonemasons. The oldest surviving parts date back as far as the 1100s. Large sections of the crypt, which is the oldest part and is largely intact from 1123, reveal influences from Normandy and southern England. Down here you will find the biggest tourist attraction, a pillar embraced by the giant Finn, who, according to legend, built the church, but was then outraged at not being paid and wanted to destroy it. Instead he was tricked, shrunk and turned to stone. And to this day, he stands embracing his column. Other interpretations maintain that the stone figure may represent the Biblical character Samson destroying the temple in Jerusalem. Don't miss the great astronomical clock dating from around 1425 showing signs of the zodiac and the phases of the moon, and which chimes twice a day while the three wise men and their servants pass and bow before the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. The carved oak choir stalls from the mid 1300s and the 3.5-metre tall seven-branch candelabra from the late 15th century are other reasons to visit.
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Uppdrag Skåne - Del 6: Nordöstra Skåne SWE

I det sista avsnittet av Uppdrag Skåne åker semestertestaren Valle Westesson till dom nordöstra delarna av Skåne dar han upplever Kristianstad vattenrike, äter en ordentlig burgare på ett 50-tals diner i Bromölla, åker på fossilsafari vid Skånes största sjö och sist men absolut inte minst gör ett besök i den 20.000 kvm stora Tykarpsgrottan (dar for övrigt delar av Ronja Rövardotter spelades in).

Uppdrag Skåne - Del 4: Nordvästra Skåne SWE

Semestertestaren Valle Westesson ar i nordvästra Skåne och upplever den dramatiska naturen kring Kullaberg och konstverket eller "världens bästa lekland", Nimis. Han hinner även med att klättra ner i Lahibiagrottan, äta en god kakbuffé på Albertsgården, besöka järnvägsmuseet i Ängelholm och självklart Europas vackraste park, Sofiero slottspark.

Turning Torso, Malmö

Malmö's newest landmark is also Sweden's tallest and most spectacular apartment block. A twisted creation by architect Santiago Calatrava, who gave the city a new visitor destination. Don't miss architect Santiago Calatrava's spectacular apartment building in the Western Harbour depicting a human body in a turning motion! It was completed in autumn 2005 and boasts a height of 190 metres, the inspiration for the building coming from a sculpture “Twisting Torso” created by Calatrava himself. Turning Torso consists of nine cubes with five floors each. Including intermediate floors, there is a total of 54 floors, while the twist from base to tip is 90°. The first sod was cut on 14 February 2001, and on 1 November 2005, this twisted tower was ready for occupation. Although the tower is not open to visitors, many people want to see the Turning Torso for themselves.
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Historic destinations

Skåne was Danish up until 1658, when it became part of Sweden after a long and bloody war. The dead were buried in mass graves outside Lund and Helsingborg. The best locations for guerrilla warfare against the Swedish conquerors were the wooded areas… Kulturen i Lund offers the opportunity to shudder at the sight of the scaffold and executioner’s axe in the Mediaeval House, be impressed by the refined wealth of the Noble House, or creep in through the low doorway of the tenement soldier’s cottage. Both buildings date from the 19th century. Fredriksdal in Helsingborg features locations from bygone days. This is also an open-air museum with a park, theatre stage and botanical gardens – something for everyone! Skåne was the province of the wealthy Danish nobility, and many castles were built here. Around 150 of them remain to this day. Many of them were ruthlessly rebuilt and converted, but some of them still give a good impression of the time when they were built. Several of these castles are open to visitors, and offer horticultural experiences (Sofiero), art (Wanås), food and – of course – history. At some, you can even stay overnight (Kronovall, Häckeberga, Bäckaskog). Glimmingehus was built between 1499 and 1505, and is the Nordic region’s best-preserved fortification. Its well-preserved state is thanks to the fact that it was too uncomfortable to live in for later generations with their more refined tastes, and too solid to be demolished. Now it is a living museum, where you can hear ghost stories during the summer months. Ales Stenar in Kåseberga is Sweden’s largest ship tumulus, and was built around 1,400 years ago. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Skåne. You’ll also find craftsmen, souvenir shops, restaurants and even a smokehouse here. Kivik Grave is Sweden’s biggest barrow, and was discovered in 1748. During the summer you can join one of the daily guided tours and find out about the history of Kivik Grave. The Uppåkra Excavations can be found at the Iron Age settlement near Lund, which has been described as even more significant than the Viking settlement of Birka. Tours are given during the summer. The Järrestad rock carvings, on a south-sloping rock in Österlen, are among Skåne’s finest carvings. There are cup marks, riders, snakes and pictures of weapons, as well as carvings of footprints. There is also the dancing bird man, an unusual human-like figure. North of the rock carvings are three tumuli dating from the same period, the Bronze Age. The Agricultural Labour Museum in Torup (in swedish) Near the beech forest between Torup Castle and Bara in Svedala Municipality. This is a living museum that depicts the lives of agricultural labourers in an authentic setting. There are also recreated settings, houses and gardens, as well as exhibitions, animals, a museum shop and a café serving home-baked bread.
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Bicycle on Ven!

The small island between Landskrona andDenmarkis said to have been created when a giant dropped a clod of earth into the sea. The island is incredibly beautiful, with cliffs that drop straight into the sea, beaches, quaint cottages, cosy cafés and fun hills for cycling down. If you arrive by boat from Landskrona, follow the stream of people up the hill to get to the bike hire facilities. You'll see lots of yellow bikes. Rent a tandem, a bike with a trailer, a bike with a baby basket or an ordinary two-wheeler. On the other side of the cycle path is Ven's ice cream factory, where you can cool off before continuing along the gravel road to Gamlegård, football golf and fun adventures. Further down the same road you will come to Ven's attractive cliffs. Cycle back the same way and take the only tarmac road that crosses the island and start your sweaty journey upwards, past the Tycho Brahe Museum, observatory and gardens, cafés, restaurants and the church. Then you have a glorious descent with a steep slope and thrills all the way down to the harbour. Here you will find a fish smokehouse, beach and restaurant for those wanting to stop and rest a while. Why not pop into the old church at the top and look out over the beautiful view? Continue around the island or head for the centre and discover Ven goat's cheese, galleries and Backafallsbyn, where they make their own gin. Winding paths, birdsong, fields that shine bright green and shimmering gold surround you before you arrive at new beaches and a campsite – you can then cycle alongside the sea before arriving back where you started and can return your bike. Ven has cabins, a campsite and guest houses for visitors.
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Appleparadise Skåne

Large parts of Sweden munch on apples grown in the orchards of Skåne. But naturally they taste better here where they are grown. Sink your teeth into a large yellow-green, crunchy 'Signe Tillish'. Or experience the delicious aftertaste of Skåne's provincial apple, 'Aroma'. The flavour of different apple varieties differs markedly. Some are best to eat as they are, others are best suited for making apple juice and cider. You might prefer to make jam, marmalade or apple pie to accompany afternoon coffee. The apple is one of Skåne's real gastronomic cornerstones. Kivik in Österlen holds its the famous and popular Apple Market in late September each year. A true popular festival where you are treated to the world's largest apple picture, tastings and variety judging, factory tours of Äppelriket Österlen and Kiviks Musteri, singing and music. At Äpplets Hus adjacent to Kiviks musteri there are information displays for both adults and children. There is also a show garden with many different apple varieties to study. Around Skåne at the various harvest markets, the apple is one of the main attractions – for example, don't miss the Michaelmas market at Fredriksdal in Helsingborg. Experience the authentic old world atmosphere of market crowds, with pranks, music, traditional handicrafts and the food traditions of Skåne. A few favourite varieties: Kim: fairly new Swedish apple with dull, red skin. Firm and juicy flesh, great for salads, baked or in casseroles. Winter apple. Gravensteiner: large, elongated apple with greenish yellow, greasy skin that smells wonderful. Crunchy, delicious taste, goes with everything, especially in pies. Winter apple. Katja: medium-sized, bright red and greasy skin with good aroma. Good eating apple, tart with a nice sweetness. Late autumn apple. Rubinola: relatively new apple from the Czech Republic, very attractive, shiny yellow-red skin. High sweetness and acidity, very good to eat and for apple juice. Autumn apple. Aroma: medium to large apple with beautiful, pink red, matt skin. Juicy and moderately soft flesh with a wonderful aroma, good to eat and for cooking. Late autumn apple. Signe Tillish: large, yellow-green apple that is sometimes slightly red. Exquisitely good eating apple, also suitable for pies. Autumn apple that keeps until Christmas. Cox Orange: small apple with yellow-green skin that is sometimes slightly red. Yellow, tasty flesh with a distinctive flavour of nuts and pears. Winter apple.
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VISIT EUROPE´S MOST BEAUTIFUL PARK AT SOFIERO CASTLE!

Few castles in Sweden can boast more beautiful location. Above the rhododendron ravine, overlooking the Öresund Sound and Denmark, sits Sofiero Castle surrounded by velvety lawns, lush green trees and dazzling flower beds. With its exhibitions, activities and events, Sofiero Castle & Grounds is a popular destination. The beautiful park was named Europe's best and most beautiful park in 2010 and is ideal for strolling. Northwestern Skåne's newspapers and the readers of Skånska Dagbladet voted Sofiero the best castle in Skåne! Open daily 10-18, with a few exceptions. The most popular flower beds in the castle grounds include Kronprinsessan Margaretas Blomstergata (flowers), Rosengången (roses), Victorianska köksträdgården (vegetable garden), viewing points and panoramic views over the Öresund Sound, as well as generous lawns for picnicking. The park's crowning glory grows in the two ravines that surround the castle: a large collection of 10,000 rhododendrons. Café, plant shop, castle restaurant and shop with beautiful items for the home and garden.
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Must-see Skåne

Here is a list of the very cream of Skåne: unmissable experiences, places you simply must visit and views that have to be seen to be believed. How many can you tick off? Ales Stenar is one of Skåne’s most popular tourist attractions. The ancient monument rises up majestically on the ridge above the quaint fishing village of Kåseberga, and consists of 59 upright blocks of stone, positioned in the shape of an enormous ship. The Turning Torso is the Nordic region’s tallest skyscraper, and was designed and built by architect Santiago Calatrava. This striking building is Malmö’s new landmark, and has become a popular destination. The Öresund Bridge is a 16 kilometre long link between Malmö and Copenhagen, consisting of a motorway, a railway, a bridge and a tunnel. The bridge has become an important part of the Öresund region, and the bridge footings in Malmö are a popular spot for watching the sunset. Sofiero was named Europe’s most beautiful palace in 2010. The magnificent grounds and garden are popular with tourists and locals alike during the summer. Here you will find everything from a cascade of colourful flowers to summer concerts, a café and a restaurant. Bosjökloster is a beautiful castle with a delightfully fragrant rose garden. Here you will find art exhibitions, a 12th century church, a herb garden, dazzling floral gardens, a park with a grazing meadows and a thousand-year-old oak tree – said to be the oldest living oak in Skåne. Borrow a rowing boat for a trip on the lake. Bosjökloster has something for the whole family! Eat at the restaurant, or bring a picnic. Malmö Museums are located in the Nordic region’s oldest preserved renaissance castle, Malmöhus Castle. There’s also an aquarium and exhibitions about the history of the region, the diversity of nature and the geology of Skåne. Lund Cathedral is Sweden’s most visited church, drawing over 700,000 visitors and 85,000 worshippers every year. It was consecrated in 1145, and is regarded as one of the finest sights in the whole of Sweden. Sandhammaren’s long, fine-grained, white sandy beach has often been named Sweden’s best beach. This enormous sandpit is perfect for playing on the beach or in the water on hot summer days, or for fantastic walks. Wanås is where art, nature and history come together. Wanås consists of a castle, an organic farm, an art gallery and a sculpture park with a permanent collection of more than 50 works, as well as a shop and a café. Kivik Market takes place each July, attracting over 100,000 people. This hugely popular event includes the world’s largest work of apple art, tastings, variety identification and factory tours at Äppelriket. Hven is a small island between Landskrona and Denmark. According to legend, it was created when a giant threw a lump of earth into the sea. But the island is probably best known for its beauty. And beauty should be admired slowly, ideally at a cycling pace. Absolut Vodka Åhus, on the east coast of Skåne, is home to vodka producer Absolut. The company was founded in 1979, and has become one of Sweden’s best known brands. Here you can take a tour of the Absolut distillery and watch a unique show about this Swedish success story. The Brösarp hills are, for many people, the visual image of Österlen. With views of apple blossom and the Baltic Sea, as the steam train whistles its way past, it’s easy to imagine that you’re in another world. Ramlösa bottled mineral water originates from Ramlösa Spa Park. Wander around the walks, and sample the iron-rich water at the source. Hovs Hallar is the steepest coastal section of the Bjäre Peninsula, and has been described as a magical, almost otherworldly place. The shore is lined with fantastic rocky beaches and caves. Kullaberg is an area of northwest Skåne where you can wander among dramatic, unspoilt scenery. Kullaberg Nature Reserve is also ideal of fishing, bird-watching, diving and climbing. Smygehuk is the southernmost tip of Sweden, east of Trelleborg. This flat sandy spit of land is surrounded by stony beaches. This is the furthest south you can go without getting your feet wet. The Skåneleden Trail has five sections, giving you the opportunity to experience the varying scenery and rich cultural heritage of Skåne. Choose between 80 stages and explore the countryside of Skåne with a day’s hike or a longer expedition.
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Traditions and festivals in Skåne

Sweden might be one of the world’s most modern nations, but Swedes love their traditions and food tends to be the most important element of Swedish festivities. Here in Skåne we share the same traditions as the rest of the country, but we also have a few additional traditions. New Year New Year is celebrated in Sweden on the night between 31 December and 1 January. New Year celebrations involve partying and fun, and many people get into the spirit by drinking sparkling wine and setting off fireworks. Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14 February, and is a commercial tradition that is growing in popularity. People normally give a card, a flower or some other trinket to a loved one. Shrove Tuesday Shrove Tuesday falls between 3 February and 9 March, and is the Tuesday after Quinquagesima. It is the last day before Lent, and it is traditionally on this day – and on this day only – that semla buns are eaten, also known as Lent buns or Shrove Tuesday buns. Waffle Day This is always celebrated on 25 March. The original name for this day, a holiday, was Lady Day. In recent years, this has been changed in popular parlance to Waffle Day, since the two names sound very similar in Swedish. Consequently, waffles are traditionally eaten on this day. Easter A moveable feast, falling between 22 March and 25 April. Easter is all about sweets, sweets and more sweets. And, of course, a lunchtime buffet. Lunch consists of boiled eggs, pickled herrings and dill-cured salmon, while the evening Easter dinner usually consists of grilled lamb and asparagus. Children receive Easter eggs filled with sweets, and dress up as Easter witches before knocking on their neighbour’s doors. Walpurgis Night Celebrated on 30 April. Historically, a bonfire was lit to ward off evil spirits. These days, however, it tends to be a festive way of burning garden waste. You can expect to see plenty of Swedish flags, as King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates his birthday on Walpurgis. May Day The first of May – May Day – has been celebrated by the labour movement since 1890, with demonstrations and speeches around the country. Originally, the aim of these demonstrations was to campaign for an eight-hour working day. In Sweden, May Day became a public holiday in 1939 – long after the eight-hour working day had been introduced. Midsummer Midsummer is celebrated on the Friday during the period 19-25 June. It is traditionally celebrated by erecting a maypole and dancing around it, while singing well-known songs. A garland of flowers is often worn in the hair, and according to folklore your future spouse will appear in your dreams if you pick seven different types of flowers and place them under your pillow on Midsummer Eve. Pickled herrings with potatoes, sour cream and chives, herring tart and strawberries with cream are traditionally eaten. Crayfish parties These are held in August and September. The crayfish party is said to be the most Swedish of all Swedish traditions, and involves eating while wearing colourful paper hats and bibs, and hanging coloured paper lanterns above the table. Schnapps is an important part of a crayfish party, and is rarely drunk without singing an accompanying drinking song. Eel parties Many eel fishers organise eel parties between mid-August and the end of November. An eel party is a Skåne celebration that involves eating various eel dishes. A true eel party consists of at least four types of eel, such as eel soup, smoked eel, fried eel, boiled eel and straw-smoked eel, all washed down with home-made spiced schnapps. Eel parties have been designated a World Class Event, and are visited by around fifty different nationalities every year. All Saints All Saints is celebrated on the first Saturday between 31 October and 6 November. For most people, this is a time to remember departed loved ones. Graves are decorated, and candle-lit lanterns flicker in all Swedish churchyards. In recent years the festival has become associated with Halloween, when children dress up and go trick or treating. St Martin’s Day The reason why St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on 10 November and not 11 November is that Swedes have a preference for celebrating on the evening before a holiday. A classic goose dinner begins with goose blood soup, followed by roasted goose, with apple cake for dessert. Advent Advent is the period between the fourth Sunday before Christmas up until Christmas Eve, and marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. This is one of many preparations leading up to Christmas, and electric Advent candles are traditionally placed in the windows with one candle being lit every Sunday until Christmas. Advent stars and Advent candles are placed in the window on the first day of Advent. Advent calendars are made or bought for children. Advent also involves counting down to Christmas Eve: buying Christmas presents, putting up decorations, serving Christmas buffets, hunting for presents, drinking mulled wine, Christmas parties and other festivities. Lucia For a truly enchanting experience, you should visit Sweden on 13 December when the 400-year-old tradition of St Lucia is celebrated with church concerts and processions. On this day, you will see many young girls dressed in flowing white dresses, each carrying a candle and wearing a wreath in her hair. Lucia processions make their way solemnly through the towns and churches, singing beautiful Lucia songs. The boys dress as gingerbread biscuits, brownies and star boys. Saffron buns and mulled wine are the order of the day. Christmas Christmas officially begins on Christmas Eve, 24 December. Here in Sweden, festive traditions include Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, advent candles, Lucia, presents, seasonal rhymes, Christmas carols, Advent calendars, Santa Claus, Christmas cards and, of course, Christmas food and sweets. Christmas preparations begin early, and are an important part of the celebrations. Christmas shopping traditionally begins on Shop Window Sunday, and Advent calendars and Advent candles then count down the days until Christmas Eve. The celebrations begin on Christmas Eve, perhaps by eating rice pudding, decorating the Christmas tree and preparing food for the main Christmas meal. Santa Claus comes in the afternoon or evening, and the family then eats the many dishes set out on the festive table. Donald Duck is shown on TV at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and this is a big tradition for many Swedes. Many go to midnight mass or Christmas morning services, even if they don’t usually go to church. The Christmas buffet consists of a Christmas ham, sausages, meatballs, spare ribs, herrings, brawn and bread to dip in the stock from the ham. Mulled wine is also drunk on the evening of Christmas Eve. The rest of Christmas is normally spent visiting relatives and eating. Above all, Christmas is a family time.
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