Halmstad Travel Guide

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Halmstad Highlights

  • Pro
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    Sjalen says…

     lively, friendly, great beach, good food, easy to reach 

  • Con
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    Calcio says…

     The winter games 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great trip 

Halmstad Things to Do

  • Say hello to 91

    Mandel Karlsson, or 91:an Karlssson is a comic soldier born in Swedish literature. I read nothing about it and were surprise by my friends familiarity with him (I think they were confusing him with Schveik, from Prague). Anyway, 91 didn't bother, and accepted the company of the portuguese ladies in a couple of familiar photographs. I noticed that...

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  • Stora Torg

    The heart of Halmstad is this large square, dominated by its central fountain and flanked by two buildings with signs of medieval times - St Nicholas church and the restaurant "Three hearts", the former hospital.

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  • Halmstads Slott

    An impression of the courtyard of Halmstads Slott, a 17th century castle that was built under the auspices of the Danish king when this part of Sweden was a Danish province. The style is said to be 'Christian IV Renaissance'.

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  • Saint Nikolai Church

    What about a medieval church with nowadays stained glass windows? Looks crazy? No! It's only a matter of taste and quality.The only unusual event was, when entering, being invited to Camile's wedding. Sorry, Camile, we were only passing by, not conveniently dressed, and couldn't accept. But, of course, we thank you, and wish you the best luck and...

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  • Picasso Park

    By the river there's a park called Picasso park, where I guessed that would be something from the artist. Well, there is at least one statue, but we didn't have time to find it. The park seems to be a good relaxing area, in the rare days of warm weather.

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  • Europa and the bull

    Europa and the Bull is a famous statue in the fountain in Halmstad’s main square, Stora Torg. The sculpture was created in 1926, in a competiton won by the sculptor Carl Milles, using Greek mythology.

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Halmstad Restaurants

  • Try homemade cakes !

    During a summer, we're passing by Halmstad few times and every time we spent a wonderful time in Cafe Lugnet. Located 50 m from the sea and 100 m from a main road (direction: Tylesand, look for the signs near to big funfair called Aventyrsland) in a antique villa, is a must- be place for everyone looking for good food in unforgetable places. All...

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  • the burger at Harry's pub och restaurant

    This is a very atmospheric diner/American/steakhouse which is also a pub in Halmstad. Halmstad which is a very 'trevlig' town (especially in the summertime) has some restaurants on the main street (Storgatan) and "Harry's Pub och Restaurant" in Storgatan. What we liked about the place was the selection on the menu card that carried a wide selection...

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  • Visit Harrys

    We had some very good pasta here and tea and coffee - 29 June 2008. Our first and, up till now, only visit to a restaurant in Sweden. We had pasta Jocke for lunch, plus some tea and coffee. Friendly service. We paid a total of 302 Kronor.

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  • Best beer and whisky assortment

    Adjacent to the Hotel Mårtensson this pub still has people from all over Halmstad flocking here because of the good beer and whisky selection and the nice atmosphere. Sure, it lacks that pure British pub feeling which Swedes instead imitate as best they can, but here they've done a good job of it with a stage section for a small band, a library...

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  • Halmstad's best!

    Regarded as Halmstad's finest restaurant in its guides and in Swedish food guides, I got curious and went to study the menu. Sadly, I was too full to justify paying those prices for a meal right then, but oh how I long to go back and experience this place - the menu looked fantastic. What was so special was that it wasn't over the top but quite a...

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  • Italian buffet

    I've never eaten here due to time limitations but I peaked my head in and decided to do so next time. The place is nicely decorated with old boxes and things and they sell Mediterranean delicatessen so it is open at business hours rather than evenings. Apart from the shop there is also a restaurant part where lunch is when they lay out their buffet...

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Halmstad Nightlife

  • Tylösand beach party

    I honestly cannot think of a better nightlife spot in Sweden. The famous Tylösand Hotel is these days co-owned by Roxette's Per Gessle which means it's all about fun and music during the long summer nights. On top of that, the hotel is right next to the beach and so, you can find your own sand dune for that flirt, or go for a swim with your friends...

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  • Summer in the city

    Halmstad city centre is one big nighlife spot during summer when it comes alive, and even in winter there is enough to keep you busy for a weekend as long as you don't plan on Sunday night being included. Storgatan and Lilla Torg are the centres for all action, with loads of pubs and nightclubs. Having a university college, there are also students...

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Halmstad Transportation

  • By bike

    Halmstad has been selected Cycle City of the Year in Sweden in 2004, and everyone seems to bike here. For a start, you can arrive here throgh "Ginstleden", a cycle path through Halland. But if not, you can just rent a bike here and make your way to the beach 9 kilometres away, or bike along the disused railway line towards Simlångsdalen.

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  • Getting around

    Getting around Halmstad is easy by local bus. Surprisingly enough, the railway station only has one short bus line passing it, but then again it is easy to walk to the centre still. There are buses in all directions, including to countryside villages, and a particularly frequent service to Tylösand beach. The main bus station is at the eastern side...

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  • By train

    All trains between Malmö and Gothenburg stop at Halmstad so there are frequent connections. If you catch a Malmö train to Halmstad, chances are that it actually started its journey in Copenhagen and in that case also stopped at Copenhagen airport so Halmstad has good connections with the World as long as the trains are on time.

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Halmstad Shopping

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    by Sjalen Written Jul 5, 2007

    The market in the main square on Saturdays is a good place for stocking up on fruit and veg for your picnic on the beach. Apart from that, you can buy all sorts of things you didn't know you needed such as alternative jewellery, local honey, a Halland flag, fake football clothes, sunglasses...

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Halmstad Local Customs

  • 91:an

    Halmstad is a garrison town and has a history of army presence (there is even an army museum at the barracks north of the city centre but I have not been there myself). This is why in 1932, Rudolf Petersson founded the cartoon about recruit number 91 Karlsson, better known just as 91:an all over Sweden. He based the cartoon on people he had met...

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  • Danish-Swedish

    Outside the modern town hall there is a sculpture of the meeting between the Danish king Christian IV and the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf. They met in Halmstad in 1619 when Sweden was paying off a debt to Denmark. Apparently the partied as befitted royalty but relations must still have been frosty underneath and of course the wars raged on for...

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  • Picassoparken

    Bring some food, drinks and mybe your Nargile? Go to the Picasso park located along the Nissan river. This is the place where students and other people hang around during the summer and warmer days.

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Halmstad Tourist Traps

  • by catbert Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I think that the only tourist trap that you can fall into is the nightlife in Halmstad. The people in Halmstad is not so open minded as you could wish for.

    You don´t have to tip 10-15% at the restaurants. A regular tip is about 10%.

    Go to Tylösand to take a swim. Go to Frösakull insted.

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Halmstad Off The Beaten Path

  • Old coastal road

    Again, I have no pictures but I promise you that the old main road north to Falkenberg is very scenic with seaside, manor houses and rolling countryside along with a little plane and car museum in the middle of it all just as you've crossed the Falkenberg border.

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  • Simlångsdalen

    I have no photos to convince you with since I haven't passed here since becoming a VT member, but this was my usual way between granny's cottage and my home in Gothenburg when I grew up and I always looked forward to getting to beautiful Simlångsdalen where the road runs right across the lake. A peaceful place where you can just rest, fish and walk...

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Halmstad Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf

    Halmstad is perhaps THE golf city in Sweden with more than ten courses within its municipality borders. Tylösand is the most famous one and very scenic - a course so good it gets to host the Solheim Cup and such. This is why I have linked to that one below, and as you can see it also has information in English. I have also linked to Halmstad...

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  • Fishing

    The River Nissan is one of the most famous salmon rivers of south Sweden and has been ever since the 17th century, even if it had a crisis between the 1920s-1970s before it recovered again, Fishing is allowed almost everywhere along the river as long as you have a valid fishing license for the part of the river that you want to fish in (they are...

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  • Halmstad BK.

    Well, Halmstad BK is a very good football club and they hae made many start and the last for the moment is Fredrik Ljungberg. Niclas Alexandersson has also plaed here, but he finished his career in IFK Göteborg this season (2008). Nothing.

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Halmstad Favorites

  • From this city comes Gyllene Tider.

    One thing with halmstad is that this music group with Per Gessle and some other band memeber. They had a group called Gyllene Tider. They played some kind of music pop I guess. But their songs about the Swedish summer and the girls from my great country, then you feel the real summer feeling if you are in bar in a tourist destination on the west...

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  • Norre Katt Park

    The Norre Katt Park just behind the Norre Port gate, along the river, is a great place to spend an hour strolling amongst the ducks and just soaking up the remaining atmosphere of what was once a fantastic park with a sort of bowling alley and a gorgeous wooden restaurant where the whole town seems to have met in its heydays but which was sadly...

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  • - Not get stuckt in the...

    - Not get stuckt in the city!Go to the tourist office and ask them to help you find the following places: (Then pack your bag with coffe, té, sandwiches, vine etc etc and enjoy Halmstad on off beaten path).1- 'Prins Bertils led' A easy track by the sea. 2- 'Grötvik' A litle harbour by the sea.3- 'Sandhamn' a little harbour by the sea, if you have...

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