South Sweden for Beginners – Do: Hiking, fitness and travel

A few hours of ferry travel and you will have reached the south of Sweden. Skåne, with its sandy beaches, rapeseed fields and beech forests, is a typical starting point for those new to Sweden. But it doesn’t always have to be the ferry. Here are some tips for getting here and having a great family time in Skåne.

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1. Arrival by car: Many families choose to travel by car when on vacation in Sweden. Sure, that gives you flexibility, especially if you want to explore more remote corners.

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Car travelers now have a variety of options. In addition to ferry connections, for example from Sassnitz on Rügen, Lübeck or Rostock, you can also reach southern Sweden overland via Denmark and the Öresund Bridge. The bottom line is that gasoline and bridge tolls are usually cheaper than ferry tickets.

Visit Sweden has summarized all the common car arrival options online, including lesser-known routes, for example the ferry from Świnoujście in Poland to Ystad.

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2. By plane: An alternative is to fly to Copenhagen-Kastrup. From there, take the train to Malmö C (Central Station) over the Oresund Bridge and rent a car at Malmö Central Station. The train ride takes 24 minutes.

At Copenhagen airport, the guides at the vending machines often help you choose the cheapest ticket. There is a 20 percent discount (“Tillsamman discount”) on the full price of cross-border tickets for two or more people.

And why rent a car in Malmö and not at Copenhagen airport? This has two advantages: with rental cars, crossing the border, in this case from Denmark to Sweden, often costs more. Second, the ticket to cross the Oresund Bridge costs another 55 euros each way and double that if you have to come back.

If you also want to explore Malmö with your family, you don’t need a car for the first few days in the city and save money here. So the tip: place Malmö, the provincial capital, at the beginning or end of your trip to Skåne.

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3. Arrival at slopes: Of course you can also travel by train to Malmö, Helsingborg or Trelleborg. The journey from Hamburg to Malmö takes six hours. There is now a night train service from Berlin to Malmö and Stockholm.

Traveling without cars in Skåne is now possible. “We have a growing demand for sustainable travel options, that is, without cars or planes,” says Viveca Burkhardt. The Swede has lived in Germany for 28 years and works in Hamburg for the Visit Sweden tourist agency.

Public transport is particularly well developed in Skåne, says Burkhardt. His advice is: if you often travel by bus and train with Skånetrafiken in Skåne, you can book your tickets more easily using the app. Good to know: The website of the region’s transport company contains Google translate at the top right. Simply click on “Översätt” (German: translate) and select your language.

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4. Motor rail train: A variant worth considering for Swedish travelers from the extreme south-west of Germany and Switzerland is the car passenger train from Lörrach to Hamburg. The advantages: you travel overnight in a couchette or sleeping car, you have your own car with you, so you don’t have to rent one locally, you don’t have to travel so many kilometers to southern Sweden, and you save gas.

Disadvantage: For a car that includes a sleeper for four people in July and August, families should calculate between 700 and 750 euros each way. Prices vary according to supply and demand. The car train runs from May to October.

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5. Accommodation: A holiday home by the sea is of course the best for a holiday in southern Sweden in summer. However, you can usually only book them from Saturday to Saturday on a weekly basis. Also, the great locations quickly disappear in summer.

A good alternative is camping accommodation. They can be booked more flexibly. Disadvantage: The houses are usually smaller, they are closer to each other. Kitchens are not as well equipped as in a luxury vacation home. In other words, a dishwasher is more the exception than the rule.

Another option for families are youth hostels. At the Smygehuk Lighthouse Hostel between Trelleborg and Ystad, for example, families stay right next to a lighthouse near the sea. There is almost an African atmosphere at the Wild Lodge inland. In cities like Malmö and Helsingborg, you can easily find cheap accommodation through the online portal “Airbnb”.

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6. Cities: Exploring Skåne’s coastal towns is also great for families with children, especially in summer, because the water is never far away. If the nuisance factor gets too high, he quickly takes a shower break. In Malmö, for example, with a sauna in the Art Nouveau Ribersborgs kallbadhus pool (admission: 75 SEK, about 7.20 euros; up to seven years: free) or bravely jumping off the elegant wooden terraces in the western port of Malmö (free entry).

In Helsingborg there are even three “cold bathhouses”. Kallbadhus Kallis also offers family time slots on Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Sundays (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

Important to know: In Sweden, men and women usually have separate saunas. In hot air baths, where people take a sauna together, for example at a camp, you leave your bathing suit on.

7. Museums: Sweden’s museums not only offer a lot of content for children, but the prices are often suitable for the whole family. For example, adults in Malmö can visit several very different museums for a day ticket of 40 kroons (about 3.80 euros), children do not cost anything.

These include the city museum with the history of the settlement, an art museum, the natural history museum which is popular with children and an aquarium, and an exciting technology and navigation museum. Inside there are huge rooms with aircraft and submarine cockpits to explore.

Also interesting for older children is the Disgusting Food Museum, which opened in 2018, that is, a museum for disgusting food. The “food” ranges from the Swedish specialty Surstrømming (“stinky herring”) to Sardinian cheese with worms Casu Marzu and grilled guinea pigs. Families keeping guinea pigs as pets are advised. The museum is suitable for children over ten years of age. Admission costs the equivalent of around €18 (185 kronor) for adults and around €4.80 (50 kronor) for children.

In Helsingborg, about an hour north of Malmö, a visit to the former royal summer residence Sofiero with a huge park and playgrounds can be combined with a visit to the open-air museum Fredriksdal and Kärnan, a medieval tower. In pre-pandemic times, families could dress up in medieval costumes and take fun photos there.

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8. Folkets Park in Malmo: Children can have fun in the two large playgrounds. There are snakes, lizards, turtles and mini monkeys to admire in a terrarium and there are free workshops, for example skateboarding. But you can also just eat your ice cream in peace, stroll through the markets and go to concerts. There is also a mini golf course and a children’s pool in the park. Admission is free.

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9. A Swedish specialty are those that are distributed throughout the country 33 visitor centers called Naturum. Admission is always free, you learn a lot about the area’s animals, plants, geology and cultural history, and there are often hands-on activities for the kids. In Skåne there are some particularly beautiful visitor centers such as Naturum in Strandhus on the Falsterbo peninsula, right on the fine sandy beach and only a few kilometers from Falsterbo Camping.

The Naturum on the Kullaberg north of Helsingborg in the Öresund is not only interesting, but like the Vattenriket (=water kingdom) in the interior of the country in Kristianstad, it is one of the most visited visitor centers in Sweden .

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10. Kullaberg Nature Reserve in northern Skåne is worth at least a day trip with or without family, because you can hike, swim in rocky coves, take part in guided cave walks (from the age of six) and take part in a Zodiac porpoise safari.

Tip: Quaint fishing villages like Arild, Mölle and Viken are ideal for coffee with a cinnamon roll (“Kanelbullar”) or smørrebrød, which is topped with more than just butter.

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11. Hiking It is not always one of the favorite pastimes of children. But maybe if they can follow in the footsteps of the Lionheart brothers. The film based on Astrid Lindgren’s classic The Lionheart Brothers was shot in 1977 in the hills of Brösarp in south-eastern Skåne. In this fairy-tale place, called “Nangiyala” in the book, the last fight with the evil dragon Katla took place.

A family walk leads from the seaside town of Kivik along the coast, but also inland through magnificent beech and fir forests, almost always along the Verkeån river. There is also a two-day tour with overnight accommodation for families with a passion for hiking.

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12. Finances: Sweden is now almost completely out of cash. You can pay even the smallest amounts at parking machines or kiosks by credit card. Many restaurants and stores no longer accept cash. Tip: always pay by credit card, not with the Maestro card. With the latter, you often have to pay flat rates of several euros per reservation. Specifically, this means that the ice cream does not cost the equivalent of 2.50 euros, but quickly 5.50 euros.

Contrary to popular belief, Sweden is not extremely expensive. The exception is of course alcohol, especially in the restaurant. Anyone who has the possibility of traveling with children in low season saves a lot of money. The ideal travel time is from mid-August, as this is when Swedish children have to go back to school, until mid-September. dop

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