"Pearl of Öresund Strait" Top 5 Page for this destination Helsingborg by Sjalen
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Helsingborg - the gateway to Sweden long before the Öresund Bridge was built further down in Malmö! This is where the Öresund Strait is at its narrowest and so, ideal for ferries across to Denmark. In medieval times, it even belonged to Denmark, as did the whole province of Skåne. Today, there is a peculiar link between Helsingborg and its sister town Helsingör (Elsinore) across the strait and ferries ply the strait every twenty minutes or so which makes it one of the most trafficked shipping lanes in the world. These days, a lot of transport goes through Malmö and the bridge but there is still enough to keep two shipping lines busy as people want the twenty minute rest that a crossing means. Some also cross just to have a day out and Swedes go for cheaper Danish beer and booze!
To me and many other Swedes, it is a slightly magical place since before the bridge, this is where we left Sweden to go abroad every time we went by land. Most exiting was to go by train and have your sleeper rolled across onto the ferry to the clanking of train signals in the night :-) The world, here we come!
Today, you can discover a city which is more than just an arrival point though. Beautiful gardens and seaside and a nice friendly atmosphere. On top of that, an interesting cultural centre with lots of exhibitions. I would definately call this one of the nicest cities in Sweden.
- Pros:nice setting, easy access
- Cons:not really
- In a nutshell:Gardens, ferries and an international atmosphere
The harbour piers at Helsingborg are very popular to fish from as the big ferries' movements drive up lots of fish. more travel advice
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