Slottsrundan is your guide to six castles and a monastery in southeastern Skåne. Bike, hike, or follow the map by mc and car through a beautiful landscape where scenic roads take you to seven historic and fascinating venues!
A list over the castle:
Surrounded by lavish gardens with herbs and roses, the Greyfriars Abbey of Ystad is a soothing oasis in the middle of the city. But the monastery’s more than 750-year history contains a lot of drama. The pious franciscan monks, the Greyfriars, who founded the abbey in the middle of the 13th century, were driven away under violent circumstances during the Reformation.
The abbey in Ystad was saved and today it’s one of Sweden’s best preserved medieval monastic buildings. The Museum of the Cultural History of Ystad is located behind the thick red brick walls, built in the Baltic Brick Gothic style of architecture, common in the Baltic Sea area around 1260-1520. The museum’s cultural history exhibitions tell about and clarify the past – often with a focus on Ystad and Österlen, and from a topical day-to-day perspective.
Tuesday – Friday: 12.00-17.00
Beginning in October 1 – March 31 free admission for everyone on Fridays
The museum is closed:
Jan 1, May 1, Jun 19-20, Dec 24-25 and 31.
Glimmingehus is the best preserved medieval castle in the Nordic region. Construction of the castle was begun in 1499, while Skåne was still part of Denmark. At Glimmingehus medieval times come alive! Here you can meet guides in period clothing and participate in tours of the castle. The exciting exhibition “Borgfolk” tells you about the people who once lived at Glimmingehus.
The program activities include medieval days and tournaments as well as ghost walks. Glimmingehus has daily guided tours in English during the summer and in German during weekends in August. Glimmingehus offers a well-assorted museum shop and a coffee shop, Café Borggården. It’s open from April to October.
Kronovall’s castle is called the wine castle of south-east Skåne and offers a total experience of food, excellent wines and beautiful surroundings. The castle, which is built in the French Baroque style, lies on a islet surrounded by a moat. The unique baroque garden is adorned with the mythological yew tree and boxwood hedges.
At Kronovall you will find beauty both inside and out, the interior of the castle still looks like it did in the late 1800s and is the perfect setting for a castle experience out of the ordinary – maybe the one who spends the night here will meet the castle ghost, the unlucky noble girl who drowned in the moat when she secretly went to meet her beloved, the son of the forester.
Övedskloster is beautifully located in the flowing countryside of Lake Vombsjön. Colonel Hans Ramel, called “Bygge-Hans”, had the castle built in 1776. Together with courtyards, wings, avenues and park, the castle is today considered one of the most prominent rococo buildings in Sweden. Most things look the same today as they did at the time of Bygge-Hans!
The castle park is open daily to visitors. Here you will find beautiful old trees, of which several are unusual, an orangery from the 18th century and a number of fountains. The castle and courtyard are shown on request. In the summer, the castle café and shop are open. Don’t miss the unique nature around Övedskloster, which can be experienced from a network of hiking trails.
The Park and Courtyard
All days 9 am to 4 pm
The café is open in summer
Svaneholm Castle is beautifully located on an islet in Lake Svaneholm. The castle, built around 1530, is an impressive Renaissance castle erected around a well protected courtyard. If the enemy attacked, the residents could defend themselves through the casemates of the fortified walls.
Svaneholm’s most well-known owner was Baron Rutger Macklean. Macklean was a radical thinker and he reformed agriculture by introducing land reforms in the 1780s. The castle’s rich collections of furniture, textiles and art animate Svaneholm and the history of its people. The beautiful surroundings of Svaneholm offer great nature experiences and recreation.
Castles usually have a lord of the manor. But not so Christinehof Castle, which had an influential lady of the manor! The Golden Baroque Castle was erected in 1741 by Countess Christina Piper, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her time. In the vicinity of the castle is the Alum Works, which made Christina Piper one of Sweden’s richest women.
Christinehof is today a cultural palace run by the cultural association Christina’s Wänner. Featuring a rich selection of storytelling guided tours, exhibitions and lectures highlighting the creator of the castle and her exciting times, the ever-present 18th century. In the entrance to the castle is the charming café, decorated in the Neo-Gustavian style. Christinehof Castle is located in an Eco-park with both short and long hiking trails.
Opens in May 2020.
May 11 – June 23: Saturday-Sunday 11-16
June 25 – Aug 11: Tuesday-Sunday 11-16
Aug 13 – Sep 30: Saturday-Sunday 11-16
Bjärsjölagård’s castle has a long and exciting history. An early lord of the castle was the Danish king, Valdemar Atterdag, who conquered Skåne in 1360. The castle was stormed in the 16th century by dissatisfied peasants and part of the stones of the castle were used to build Svaneholm castle. The building of today, in rococo style, was completed in 1766.
Bjärsjölagård was developed into a successful estate with agriculture and the extraction of lime. Even today you can visit the two lime kilns Adam and Eve, located within walking distance of the castle. The limestone quarry, which is now water-filled, is scenic and also worth a visit.