Ven (Danish: Hven) is a small Swedish island which lies in the middle of Öresund Sound, between southern Sweden and Denmark. It is best known as the site of the renaissance-era astronomical observatory built by Tycho Brahe.

Ven countryside, with Elsinore visible across the sound


Ven is roughly 4.5 km by 2.5 km in size. It was part of the Kingdom of Denmark until 1658. The island is popular with hikers and cyclists and can get fairly crowded during weekends in the summer.

Get in

Ferries from the Swedish town of Landskrona run about every 90 minutes; the trip takes 30 minutes. In the summertime, there are also ferries from Copenhagen, Elsinore and the town of Råå, south of Helsingborg.

If you come in your own boat you can stay in Kyrkbacken on the west side or Bäckviken on the East side.

Kyrkbacken Harbour

Get around

By bus

An infrequent bus (matching the ferry timetable) runs between the two ends of the island. You can get on and off anywhere along the route.

By bicycle

By cart

For a leisurely, scenic view of the island, travel by tractor or horse-drawn cart.

By foot

Given its small size, much of the island can be covered by foot in a day.


Ven seen from Humlebæk
Ruins of observatory


Ven has a 9-hole golf course on the northern coast.

The island also has a whisky bar with the third largest selection in the world at Backafallsbyn.


Ven Silversmith

This is where the goat cheese come from



The island has numerous small restaurants and cafes.



Inns, rooms in private homes, and campgrounds are available. There is a hostel in Bäckviken and also on the mainland in Landskrona.

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