Stortorget Ystad centre

Ystad is a small but charming city in Scania, or Skåne, part of southern Sweden. It is situated on the south coast of Scania with good beaches west and east of the town, and as a harbour is a meeting place of ship, train and bus connections. It has a new marina and makes a great base for exploring the area, as well as Skåne.

The area was first settled in the 12th century, and the town has an attractive medieval centre, and its coastal position, facing Germany across the Baltic, means that it was closely associated with the Hanseatic League, which it joined in the 14th century. It has a medieval church and many half-timbered houses and pleasant pedestrian streets.

Ystad hosts a number of festivals and has a decent art museum, plus a number of other museums and attractions. It is known internationally as the setting for many of the novels of Henning Mankell, featuring fictional Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander. There are regular Wallander tours in several languages, and even free showings of films in the main square (Stortorget).

Tourist Office

Get in

By plane

Malmö (Sturup) airport (IATA: MMX) is a 30 minutes drive away. Copenhagen (Kastrup) airport (IATA: CPH) is a one hour drive.

By train

From elsewhere in Sweden, travel to Malmö and take a local train ("pågatåg") from there operated by Skånetrafiken. From Copenhagen there's a direct train (IC Bornholm) from Copenhagen, operated by DSB. Copenhagen also has rail connections from further south in Europe, even Cologne and Brussels.

By ferry

Ystad has ferry connections from Rønne, Bornholm by BornholmerFærgen. From Świnoujście, Poland Polferries and Unity Line operate ferries.

Get around

Walk. Everything is easily accessible on foot. There's also a little tourist street 'train'.


Biografteatern Scala





See Bryggeriet above, with its own brewery


www.stjarnegarden.se 850 - 1250 SEK.

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