Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Summer in Skane

Long summer days bring fun in the sun to southern Sweden

The relaxed region of Skåne at Sweden’s southern tip has become world-renowned as the home turf of mystery writer Henning Mankell’s moody Inspector Wallander, who’s based in the city of Ystad. But Skåne has a vibrant, bright side as well, especially during the summer.

Sofiero in Bloom
Once the centerpiece of a royal summer retreat, the splendid gardens of Sofiero Palace in the graceful coastal town of Helsingborg were voted the most beautiful park in Europe in 2010. This year’s special programs at Sofiero include an exhibition highlighting the life of Queen Ingrid of Denmark, who spent her childhood summers at the palace. Her father, King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, made the home into a showplace and created Sofiero’s world-famous rhododendron gardens more than 100 years ago. Today they contain some 10,000 rhododendron plants including species from as far away as China. http://www.sofiero.se/topmenyn/in-english/

Manor House Accommodations
Häckeberga Slott, just 30km east of Malmö, is a favorite spot for a weekend away. Situated in an expansive parkland, this former historic home dating back to 1872 is now a relaxed retreat where guests come to hike, bike, fish, go horseback riding, or simply unwind in serene surroundings. Summer packages include 4-course dinners, champagne or whiskey tastings, or golf at one of the many courses nearby. http://en.hackebergaslott.sk-3.se/

Military Music in Ystad
The biannual Ystad International Military Tattoo brings together some of the world’s finest military musical ensembles, from fife and drum corps to full marching bands complete with drill teams, for a spectacle that’s not to be missed. Performances take place nightly at 8 pm, August 17-20, on the parade grounds of the former Ystad Barracks. http://www.ystadtattoo.se/index.asp?lang=en

World Scout Jamboree Comes to Sweden
Nearly 40,000 scouts from 150 countries around the world will gather in Rinkaby near Kristianstad for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, July 27-August 7. For two weeks, the teens will populate a vast tent city in the countryside, sleeping under the stars, cooking over campfires, participating in outdoor activities and connecting with young people from other countries and cultures. This major event in the scouting community takes place only once every four years. http://scout.skane.com/en


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