Landskrona past and present

You’ll find Landskrona museum(city museum) in an 18th century former military barracks in the middle of town at Kasernplan. Admission is free, but a visit to the toilet isn’t, so bring a 5 kr coin with you (or several if you’re bringing the kids). It would be worth paying to see the exhibits in this small museum, which is no Louvre, but then again we’re not in Paris. The exhibitions are in Swedish, so pick up a guide book in English on your way in.

So, what’s to see and do?
The permanent exhibitions tell the story of Landskrona and some of the local luminaries, including Swedish aircraft pioneer Enoch Thulin. At the museum you can see one of the early aeroplanes that he flew, along with several propellers and engines.

Do visit.

Literally around the corner from the museum lies Citadellet, or Landskrona Citadel. This one you cannot miss. And you can’t - it’s absolutely huge.

The moated fortress was built between1549-1559 and down the centuries has been fought over by the Danes and Swedes, been besieged by both and it has been used as a prison for ‘fallen women’ and POWs. Nowadays, the activities in and around the fortress are thankfully more peaceable. They include put and take fishing, a museum exhibition and café, along with guided tours in the summertime. Otherwise, the area is fantastic for walks, especially since Sweden’s oldest allotment gardens adjoin the fortress and you can visit Sweden’s only allotment garden museum at Rothoffska.

Art in the park
Just around the corner from the Landskrona Citadel is the Landskrona Konsthall och Skulpturpark (art gallery and sculpture park). It shares the same grounds in fact. And that’s one of the great things about Landskrona, everything you would want to do is ‘just around the corner’ as it is a small, compact town and fantastic for walks. Anyway, this art gallery was built in1963 to celebrate the 550th anniversary of Landskrona becoming a town and it puts on temporary art exhibitions throughout the year. Natural daylight streams through the gallery’s glass walls on all sides and is a perfect setting for viewing the works on display. Do remember that it is only open for exhibitions, so check the web site for details. The park surrounding the art gallery, Kaptensgårdens Skulpturparkis open year-round with some 20 exhibits by 19 artists. Great for walks, great for art talks and inspiration and round your trip off with a visit to the art gallery café.

Culture old and new
Just a couple of kilometres up the coast from Landskrona lies the mostly intact fishing village of Borstahusen that was built in the 1770s. Go here to see the original fisherman’s cottages and head for the harbour and Pumphuset, a cultural centre with art gallery, museum and restaurant. In summertime bring your swimsuit and sun brolly for a day on the beach.

Back in town head for Galleri Gamla Staden private art gallery for contemporary art and viewings, or visit two-towered Sofia Albertina Kyrka(church) from the late 18th century. You’ll find it just across the square from the equally impressive Rådhuset, or town hall, from 1884. Or why not pay a visit to the Kvarntorget (square) area of town, built for the working classes back in the 19th century and Stubbamöllan Mill (windmill), built in the late 18th century.

These are just a few of the cultural, art and architectural gems Landskrona has to offer. Welcome!

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