Helsingborg is a town in South Sweden, 20 km off the coast of Denmark. The town has been around for more than a thousand years and its location has proven a blessing and a curse at the same time. Established, conquered, re-conquered, set on fire, the town has seen it all. It has changed hands from Denmark to Sweden several times and the town has the flavour of both cultures. Helsingborg could be the start of an interesting road trip all the way to Stockholm, just by following the E4 highway/freeway.
The harbour offers short trips to the town of Helsingör, Denmark either by a small boat or a ferry. This enables the visitor to see two countries and two cities in one day, even less. The town’s most famous landmark is the tower that still stands after hundreds of years, Kärnan (the core).
Helsingborg has several attractions and it’s proximity to several natural reserves makes it a start point for hiking trips. Sofiero palace, a former residence of the Swedish Royal family and Kärnan, the tower overlooking the city are a photographer’s delight. The town’s main church St. Mary dates from the 12th century
Being by the sea, enables the town to own a few beaches and when the weather is right, it may feel like an exotic vacation somewhere way south. There’s a natural mineral water source in the city which is bottled and sold all around the world, Ramlösa.
Have you ever visited Helsingborg? What do you think about it? Did you find anything overrated?