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Helsingborg featuring cruising, a city and a bay or harbour

Are you planning a trip to Helsingborg? You can look forward to a large dose of culture, nature and history in this gorgeous coastal city, where you will find a bit of everything.

A weekend trip to Helsingborg will offer a fascinating experience with culture, nature and history. Visit important historic buildings, go for a picnic in one of the city’s many public parks and soak up the sun on a lovely sandy beach.

Helsingborg is one of the oldest cities in the Nordic region. The name 'Helsingborg' is derived from an old word meaning 'neck', referring to the neck-like strait between the Danish town of Elsinore and Helsingborg. Don't miss going for a day trip to the charming town in Denmark. There is a regular ferry service from Helsingborg, and you cross the strait in about 20 minutes.

If history is your thing, don't miss the medieval watchtower Karnan, which has come to symbolise the city. Here you can take in an amazing view, and on a clear day you can even spot Malmo's Turning Torso and the Oresund Bridge. Make sure you stop by Sofiero castle to admire the marvellous surrounding garden, and Fredriksdal Museums and Gardens, where you can explore an open air museum and a historic town centre.

At the city's famous culture centre Dunkers Kulturhus you can always expect spectacular cultural events. The architecturally magnificent culture centre offer interesting art exhibitions all year round. If you're tempted by Swedish fashion and trends, you can do some shopping on the pedestrianised street Kullagatan. After a long day of sightseeing you can lean back and relax with a musical performance at Helsingborg's concert hall.

Helsingborg is easily accessible by car, bus, train and boat. There are direct trains that will take you from Copenhagen Airport to Helsingborg city centre in just an hour. Stretch your legs with a bike trip along Kattegattleden bike trail, which ends in Gothenburg. You won't need to venture that far to find lots to see, eat and experience, though.

The city has an astonishing selection of pubs and restaurants, so you are sure never to run out of new options during your stay in Helsingborg.

Where to stay in Helsingborg

Comfort Hotel Helsingborg
Comfort Hotel Helsingborg
3.5 out of 5
Gasverksgatan 11, Helsingborg
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £54 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Located in the heart of Helsingborg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gustav Adolf Church and Karnan. Lunds University Helsingborg and Ferry Terminal ...
4/5Very Good! (904 reviews)
"Overall a good stay!"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Comfort Hotel Helsingborg
Hotell Stadsparken
Hotell Stadsparken
4 out of 5
Bruksgatan 40, Helsingborg
The price is £80 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in the heart of Helsingborg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Maria Kyrka and Karnan. Ferry Terminal and Main Square are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (92 reviews)
4 star hotel experience not achieved.
"Photo of the room was not the same as the actual room, old wooden floor which for a 4 star hotel, expectation is at least to have a usual carpet on the floor, breakfast selction was limited, and no 24/7 reception. I would give a 2 star to this hotel but definitle not 3 or 4."

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Hotell Stadsparken
Clarion Hotel Sea U
Clarion Hotel Sea U
4 out of 5
Kungsgatan 1, Helsingborg
The price is £94 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
Located in the heart of Helsingborg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Helsingborg North Harbor, Ferry Terminal and Tropical Beach. Karnan and Pålsjöbaden ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Luftigt, snyggt. Obegripligt att det inte fanns bastu på hotellet."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Clarion Hotel Sea U
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Platypus Penthouse Honeymoon Suite
Platypus Penthouse Honeymoon Suite
3 out of 5
Inspektörsgatan 4, Helsingborg
Located in the heart of Helsingborg, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lunds University Helsingborg and Karnan. Gustav Adolf Church and Olympiastadion ...
4/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
"Inget hotell - borde inte vara en del av Knepigt med övre våningen i en privat bostad. Mycket tvär och svårforcerad trappa. När man väl är uppe fin och välutrustad lägenhet."

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2016

Platypus Penthouse Honeymoon Suite
Camp Ven
Camp Ven
2 out of 5
Husviksvägen, Sankt Ibb
Situated in Sankt Ibb, this campsite is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Ven Ferry Terminal and within 9 miles (15 km) of Landskrona Skeppsbron Ferry Terminal and Landskrona ...
3.6/5Good! (9 reviews)
6-manna stuga
"Fantastiskt läge precis vid havet och underbar utsikt. Bodde i en enkelt inredd campingstuga med 3 våningsängar. Saknade dock utsikt från stugan. Ingen toa, kök eller vatten på rummet. Trevlig restaurang och lekplats på området."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Camp Ven
4 bedroom accommodation in Helsingborg
4 bedroom accommodation in Helsingborg
Husensjövägen, Helsingborg, Skåne County
Situated in Helsingborg, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Olympiastadion and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Karnan. Idrottens Hus Stadium and Lunds University Helsingborg ...
4 bedroom accommodation in Helsingborg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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18 Jun 2019

The castle is really interesting and the port. Great shopping at vala

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