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Discover Helsingborg, Sweden – The places to visit

Helsingborg is a coastal town in southern Sweden known for its old town, where the medieval Kärnan tower is housed.

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Helsingborg is a coastal town in southern Sweden, opposite Denmark’s Øresund Strait, to the west. It is known for its old town, where the medieval Kärnan tower, the only surviving castle element, is housed. Nearby is the Gothic Church of Agia Maria, dating from 1300. The Neo-Gothic Town Hall, with its tall clock tower, has stained glass windows depicting important episodes in the city’s history.

1. Kärnan


Kärnan is a medieval tower in Helsingborg, Scania, in southern Sweden. It is the only part remaining of a larger Danish fortress which, along with the fortress Kronborg on the opposite of Øresund, controlled the entranceway between Kattegat and Øresund and further south the Baltic Sea.

2. Sofiero Palace

Sofiero Palace

Sofiero Palace or just Sofiero in Helsingborg Municipality, Scania was one of the Swedish royal family’s country mansions, located 5 kilometers north of Helsingborg. It was originally a Scanian farm called Skabelycke, bought in 1864 by Prince Oscar of Sweden and his wife Sophia of Nassau. The first one-story palace was completed in 1865. It was expanded to its current size between 1874 and 1876 after Prince Oscar had been crowned King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway.

3. Gröningen, Helsingborg

Gröningen, Helsingborg
Gröningen, Helsingborg

Gröningen is a park in central Helsingborg that spreads out several hundred meters along the beach. Here you can take a dip in the sea, enjoy the weather and the view, play miniature golf, challenge the gang on basketball or bus in the playground with the pirate themes.

4. St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary's Church in Helsingborg
St. Mary’s Church in Helsingborg

Maria (St. Mary’s) Church is one of the oldest buildings in Helsingborg. The construction of the church started at the beginning of the 14th century and finished some hundred years later. The place, where the Maria church is standing today, has though been holy ever since people inhabited the area. At the end of the 12th century, a little stone church was build in a Romance style, in the place were Maria church stands today. The exterior of Maria’s church is a good example of the Danish Brick Gothic style, which is characteristic of the Scandinavian buildings of the 14th century. The church has a form of three naves basil, though the high mid nave misses the characteristic flow of light.

5. Pålsjö Forest

Pålsjö Forest
Pålsjö Forest

Pålsjö Forest is a deciduous forest and a popular hiking area in the northern part of Helsingborg. Since 2016 it is also a nature reserve. The forest makes up part of Landborgspromenaden (a 13 km hiking route through Helsingborg) and also therefore of Skåneleden. Through the forest, two streams run down towards the Öresund in ravines. These then join together at the foot of the ravine to the west, where water gathers in a pond by the Pålsjö Mölla water mill. The ravine also accompanies the forest down to the foot of Landborgen next to the beach and Pålsjöbaden. In the middle of the forest is Skogspaviljongen, a pavilion built in 1914 based on drawings by Sigurd Lewerentz and Torsten Stubelius.