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Landskrona has many parks and gardens that dot the town in splashes of green and all of them are easy to get to – because they are within comfortable walking distance.
Karlsundsparken was originally created in the early 19th century with the planting of over 10,000 trees and down the years medicinal plants were grown here. Today the park is dominated by woodlands (those 10,000 trees they planted) and ash, hornbeam and oak are the major tree species. The park has a large, open lawn that is ideal for games and picnics. For runner, joggers, walkers and others there is a lit path around the park for, well…running, jogging….To the delight of children everywhere Karlsundsparken also has a small zoo with Swedish breeds of birds, goats, rabbits and cows etc.
It was on the site of where Stadsparken stands today that Landskrona’s first church, St John the Baptist church, was built in 1420. The church tower collapsed in 1752 and the rest of the church was demolished in 1780. For around a century the grounds became a graveyard and in 1869 the park was built here. Today you can see the original foundations of church and they provide a link between medieval and modern Landskrona slap bang in the middle of the town.
Slottsparken may just be the queen of parks in Landskrona. The stretch of the park that lines the seafront is the most popular walk in town, offering views of Ven island and Denmark’s coast. From the seafront there is an avenue of lime trees that leads up through the park to Slottscafeét (café) a perfect pit stop on your tour of Landskrona’s parks and gardens. If you fancy a bit of art and sculpture while you’re here, head for Landskrona konsthall och Skulpturpark (art gallery and sculpture park) that shares the space with the park.
The giant ramparts and moats of the Landskrona Citadel, built in the 16th century by Danish king Christian III, used to be used to fend off the enemy – Sweden. Because this part of the world was part of Denmark. Now Danes, Swedes and most nationalities you can think of, as well as the locals enjoy the area’s café, guided tours, put and take fishing and the wide grassy areas for games, lounging around and picnics.
Behind the fortress is a place that green-fingered gardeners and visitors love – the Citadel Allotment Gardens. The gardens are lovingly tended and nurtured by locals and sit on the ramparts around the fortress and are Sweden’s oldest allotment gardens. The range of plants, flower, trees etc on view is astonishing, as are the pretty, elaborately detailed cottages and sheds. While you’re here pay a visit to the Rothoffska allotment garden & museum. This might just be the cutest museum anywhere, set as it is in a 1903-built green cottage with beautifully carved, white-painted wood details and a garden to die for.
The allotment gardens and museum are well worth a visit and there are guided tours available upon request. The museum is open from May 1st to September15th.
Island renaissance garden
For our next garden you have to take a 30-minute ferry trip to the island of Ven and the Tycho Brahe Museum renaissance garden. It’s well worth the trip if you are an avid gardener and interested in horticultural history. And well worth the trip anyway for the fabulous museum about this 16th century astronomer and alchemist and the islands other attractions and countryside. The gardens you see today are a painstaking reconstruction of the original gardens and being replicated, literally plant-by-plant. For exhaustive information on the reconstruction of these historically unique and important gardens go here. If you are interested in gardening this is a must-do when you are in Landskrona. For more information on Ven go here. And for a ferry timetable and prices go here.
Gardeners everywhere should put this one in their diaries. The month of August sees Landskrona celebrate the Trädgårdsgillet gardeningfestival with floating raft garden competition, a bustling market, an allotmentgarden exhibition, workshops and music. It’s all held on the grassy ramparts of the Landskrona Citadel. It’s usually held in mid-August. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.
The best time to see and enjoy the parks and gardens of Landskrona are the spring and summer months. Enjoy.