"Capital of Halland" Halmstad by Sjalen

Halmstad Travel Guide: 56 reviews and 95 photos

Halmstad is one of those places I wonder why it does not get more international tourists as it is easily one of my favourite Swedish cities. Sure, us Swedes come here in droves for the wonderful and famous Tylösand beach, but foreigners just seem to whizz by or make a short stop on their way to the archipelago around Gothenburg even if it is starting to change and you hear a lot more foreign languages in its streets these days. Some are golfers as it is a well known golf area. In fact, there's not much the town is not suitable for, with locals like Per Gessle of Roxette fame and footballer Fredrik Ljungberg testifying to the fact that both sports and music are really big here.

Founded in the 1307, the city is probably older but that is when it got its priviliges by the Danish king, since Halland was then under Danish rule. The city turned Swedish in 1645 when it was first given to Sweden for 30 years as a sort of deposit for good Danish behaviour, and then finally ended up with Sweden after all at the Treaty of Roskilde before the 30 years had passed. Halmstad is a city that somehow mixes the best of Sweden and Denmark in a way that few other former Danish cities do, with great summertime nightlife and half timbered houses combined with a distinct Swedishness these days. The architecture is a mix after a few city fires, notably in the 17th and 19th centuries, but there is still a Danish legacy which you shall see if you read on.

Set by the River Nissan, one of the major rivers in the south of Sweden, Halmstad was originally built a bit further upstream at a place called Slottskällan and near where there is today an old church ruin on the outskirts of the city. Then the castle was built further downstream and Halmstad grew within its fortifications. Today the town has just under 60 000 inhabitants and the whole municipality has just under 90 000 which currently makes it 19th in size amongst Swedish cities. There is a definate small town feel to the architecture of the place, yet it feels like any bigger city in summer when the main streets are full of restaurants.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lively, friendly, great beach, good food, easy to reach
  • Cons:a tad expensive even for being Sweden
  • In a nutshell:Fun, sun and food
  • Last visit to Halmstad: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Your tips have attracted my attention, thanks! Where do you live in Sweden?

  • egonwegh's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    Great tips! Turns out there's a lot more to discover in Halmstad than the sights we found during our short visit.

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2007 at 5:45 AM

    I expect few tourists would ever consider "Sweden" and "Beach" in the same sentence. :-) Excellent page -- I especially liked the pub with all the beer and whisky... 8) Cheers, Mark


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