Swedens largest circular grave is located here at Kivik. It is impressive in size and for about 20 SEK you can go inside the grave chamber. Unfortunately the chamber is not in original shape, but the grave is worth the visit.Find current opening times on the page linked below...more
I would have put Rörum as off the beaten path, were it not for the fact that the road passes by just outside the village so it isn't that unknown. If you turn into the village itself, you will be met by a little place in a dip amongst the hils which gives a pretty setting. It also has some great Scanian houses to admire, including the old inn (now...more
Sten's Head, as the name would be in English, is the characteristic forested cliff that is easily recognisable for miles approaching from the south. One of Sweden's smallest national parks may not be as impressive as the wide highland parks but this is famous for completely different scenery and for the fact that it is based on human activities...more
North of Kivik near Haväng, there was a village called Knäbäck. Then came the cold war and the local shooting range had to expand. Something had to give and that was the local village. However, people thought it far too nice to just demolish, so instead the whole village was moved to just south of Stenshuvud and the area there is now known as...more
Set up by the Kivik juice and cider factory, the house of the apple tells you a lot about why Scandinavian apples are special (avoiding frost as they do because of their late bloom). You get to see how cider was made in the early days, how to spot different apple diseases, taste honey and see a part of the factory. A lot more interesting than it...more
The world's largest apple portrait is found in Kivik every last weekend of September. Made of 4 tons of apples (around 75000 or so of them) and as many nails, the motif differs every year. This was 2003's version and it is as impressive at a distance as close up. The apples - usually 7-10 varieties to give different colours - are fixed between the...more
In the House of the Apple you will find one of the better restaurants in Sk?ne. The menu is not that extensive but what is on it is superb and can be accompanied by the local cider! The place itself caters for everyone from the business man to the smallest child. Potato gratin and buttered beans and for only SEK 65!more
Buhre's is a Sk?ne institution. From the beginning, Mr Buhre was a fisherman whose wife pickled his herring but their pickled herring sold so well that he now buys fish from ex colleagues to be able to pickle and sell. In the shop, you can buy all sorts of pickled herring but his restaurant also sells herring burgers and many other fish...more
Best is if you have your own car as it is then a lot easier to visit the House of the Apple and surroundings. Having said this, it is easy enough to reach. Bus "Sk?neexpressen 3" from either Kristianstad or Simrishamn (which you reach by local train from Malm?) run frequently weekdays and at least 3 times a day on weekends.
Gunilla Mann has galleries not only in Rörum near Kivik but also in Stockholm and in the glass village of Kosta in Småland. In Rörum, you can wander through her gallery and buy coloruful and sort of naive paintings of easily recognisable Swedish cityscapes, Copenhagen and such, as well as things with her famous signature, the black cat. Nice coffee and cake is also served here but to a high price as there are few cafes around. Summer 2005 also saw the opening of the Swedish Circus Museum here. Something I have yet to visit.
There is no cash point in little Kivik! However, many places (hostel, restaurants etc.) therefore accept cards. It is also possible to make SEK 500 cash withdrawals without purchase at the ICA supermarket but of course you want cash if you've come for one of the markets.
Just be aware that if you bring children to the local beaches south of Kivik, there are strong currents so do not leave them out of sight in the water. There are even signs about it as you enter the beach area.
Seriously, the beach at Knäbäckshusen which stretches its way into Stenshuvud National Park looks just like a tropical beach. There are no palm trees and the water is a lot cooler but look at it! :) Great place for a lazy day with a picnic or for a quick dip after a day exploring in a warm car.
The last weekend in September always sees the apple market and I cannot think of a better time to be here. Whilst crowded and with traffic congestion, it is still more quiet than in July with the general market and beach season, and you get to see Kivik during its prime time - apple harvesting. The House of the Apple and Kiviks Musteri juice, wine and cider factory have loads of events going on and the harbour is full of life for two days.
Fondest memory: Well...not dressing up in this sexy outfit to visit the Kivik Musteri factory...haha...but seriously it was great fun and very educating! My fondest memory could actually be this...the smell of those tanks full of wine and cider!!! Worth the outfit...honest!!!