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History, beaches and criminal drama in Swedish Ystad

Enjoy a small 13th century costal town in southern Sweden, world famous as the home of detective Kurt Wallander.

Ystad is a picturesque medieval town with a rich cultural heritage and over 300 half-timbered houses and other well preserved late medieval and renaissance buildings. Visit an array of cultural landmarks and enjoy fantastic scenery by the sea and in the wide open landscape of southern Sweden.

Ystad is one of Sweden's southernmost towns, and it has a long history. The construction of the oldest building in town, St Maria Church, was begun around 1200, and it remains today as an impressive example of baroque architecture. The Ystad Convent, which contains Ystad's Museum of Cultural History, was founded in 1267 and is one of the best preserved convents in Sweden. Feel the tranquillity and the history surround you as you enter the convent through the rose and herb garden, and visit the café and the fascinating exhibitions.

Ystad was made world famous by Henning Mankell’s crime novels and their film adaptations. Follow in detective Wallander’s footsteps along the charming streets Mariagatan and Lilla Norregatan and visit other locations from the films. Find more information about these on the Ystad tourism office website. If the crime walk doesn’t spoil your appetite, enjoy some fine dining in the prestigious Hotel Continental, which is said to be the country's oldest hotel.

Osterlen is a beautiful stretch of coast just outside Ystad, which offers great opportunities for swimming, hiking and golf. The Ystad coast is almost 50 km long, so wherever you book your accommodation you will always be close to one of the many beautiful beaches of Skane in southern Sweden.

Drive 20 km east of Ystad to find the village Kaseberga and Ale’s Stones, Sweden’s largest megalithic ship, dated between year 500 and 1000 A.D. This unique landmark consists of 50 boulders, each weighing around five tonnes, and from here you can enjoy panoramic views over the steep coast.

Get to Ystad by train, car or bus from Malmo Airport, which is located around 40 km (25 miles) from the town. Rent a bicycle and make your way around Ystad and the surrounding areas along the many cycle friendly roads and tracks.


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Anno 1793 Sekelgården Hotel

Anno 1793 Sekelgården Hotel

Långgatan 18, Ystad
4.1
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ystad, this hotel is steps from Ystad Theatre, St Maria Kyrka, and Stortorget. Saint Mary's Church and Klostret i Ystad are also within 10 minutes.

£144
Continental du Sud

Continental du Sud

Hamngatan 13, Ystad
4.2
of 5, from 12 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ystad, this boutique hotel is steps from Charlotte Berlins Museum and Stortorget. Ystad Theatre and Saint Mary's Church are also within 5 minutes.

£110
Hotell Mossbylund

Hotell Mossbylund

Mossbystrand Abbekaas, Skivarp
4.6
of 5, from 11 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Skivarp hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mossbystrand Beach and Abbekas Golf Club. Abbekas Harbor is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

£78
Skivarps Gästgivargård - Guest House

Skivarps Gästgivargård - Guest House

Landsvägen 32, Skivarp
3.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Abbekas Golf Club and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Abbekas Harbor. Svaneholm Castle and Mossbystrand Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£67
Stationen Bed & Breakfast

Stationen Bed & Breakfast

Hamntorget 1 A, Ystad
4.1
of 5, from 17 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ystad, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charlotte Berlins Museum, Ystad Theatre, and Stortorget. Saint Mary's Church and St Maria Kyrka are also within 10 minutes.

Our House Bed & Breakfast

Our House Bed & Breakfast

Eliassonsväg 8, Ystad
4.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ystad Zoo, Charlotte Berlins Museum, and Ystad Theatre. Stortorget and Saint Mary's Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£310
Ystad Saltsjöbad

Ystad Saltsjöbad

Saltsjobadsvagen 15, Ystad
4.1
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ystad, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ystad Zoo and Charlotte Berlins Museum. Ystad Theatre and Stortorget are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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