Ibb is an old Danish name meaning Jacob/James, since this was once a Danish island. This is the oldest church on the island and the one in use as a church today. It has a spectacular position high above Kyrkviken village and with views across to Sealand - in good weather lots of Copenhagen. The church was started in the 13th century but had parts...more
Nämndeman means Councillor and this was his farm, now the oldest farmstead on Ven. Today, it is run by the island's heritage association and is one of the top sights on Ven as it shows you what life here was like for most people, i.e. the farmers. It is a typical Scanian-Danish squared farm with an inner yard to protect its people from the ever...more
Tycho Brahe was a 16th century Danish nobleman who is now known the world over for his astronomical discoveries. He was going to leave Denmark when he became famous but then the Danish king gave him the island of Ven as his fiefdom to make him stay. He did, and as he was also give money regularly, he could build a magnificent Dutch-Italian style...more
Ven's second harbour, and the one that is most popular with yachts. Here it is seen from St Ibb Church and if you walk down the hill you will be rewarded with a pretty village with a good restaurant, a fish smokery, a harbour museum (summertime) and a beach. There is also a kiosk for those in need of budget food or just an ice cream and some...more
Backafallsbyn is a conference centre and hotel (see tip) but also has Sweden's Best Beer- and Whisky bar 2005 and if this doesn't impress the whisky lover, I don't know what will. Not only Scots but all sorts of whisky lovers make pilgrimages to this place as they have unusual bottles left of whiskies not even made anymore. That's apart from the...more
Ven ice cream belongs to the best I have tried in Sweden! It is nice and creamy and still full of flavour - and those are several: nougat, vanilla and other common ones but also unusual ones like brambles and saffron. The saffron one is also used widely in restaurants all over the island. It is located in a tiny kiosk in Bäckviken harbour and only...more
Mildahn's is a combined cafe and B&B in an old farm. This makes the B&B look marvellous but I haven't tested it. What I have however tested is the cafe with Swedish waffles and homemade jam and I have nothing to complain about. We were offered more coffee in already large mugs and had a generally snug time. If you like the jam, you can buy a jar to...more
Belonging to the hotel with the same name, the restaurant is open for lunch Saturdays and evening meals after 19.00 (they also have a bar and pizza corner opening at 18.00) and this turned out to be a great place. There is a big veranda outside (see second pic) with views across meadows full of hares and pheasants, for your pre-meal drink or even...more
The most upmarket place in little Kyrkbacken, the harbour inn serves just a set dish for lunch (but it is nice!), at least before high season, along with a childrens burger option. In the evening however, the a la carte comes out, including fish and other local specialities and an impressive wine list. All in a nice house by the harbour and in...more
Maybe it is a bit particular to a Swede but the Backafall song I mentioned in my intro has a finishing line along the lines of "all whilst the Moon keeps guard of Ven". I therefore became quite emotional when the Moon DID make an appearance in the countryside above me and with that orange glow you only see when it's rising (but no, I did not have a tripod so this pic is mostly for my own nostalgia even if you see a bit when clicking on it). This is what nights on Ven is about to me. It feels like you're left alone in the great outdoors by the sea, yet Copenhagen is visible in the morning haze that follows :)
But sure, I'm quite convinced that Turistgården, and especially Backafallsbyn can be quite lively in high season.
Well...it's an island. There are a couple of guest harbours but if you don't have your own boat, you have to rely on the little ferries that run all year round at decent frequency. Some are big enough to take a few cars and supply lorries but only the locals and permanent summer guests bring their own cars since they need to bring building material...more
OK, if you're not fit for a bike ride, nor happy about the bus, there are more options. Groups and others can be picked up by tractor as in the picture. Otherwise, Ivan's Wagon Trail is a company with ardenner horses who take tourists around the island in one of his carriages in high season and when not, you can also book horse trekking all over...more
Ven is known for its fields of durum wheat and this places makes things out of it. You can buy Ven pasta of several types, Ven bread or just plain Ven flour to bake something yourself with. The place opens already at 8.00 so you can go there for breakfast buns too if you have self catering accommodation.
What to buy: My own favourite is the great saffron biscuits...ooooh...:) Great for a cyclists picnic.
There are signs here and there to respect the fencing along the coast as here and there you see big signs of erosion and even where you don't you should be careful, especially with children! The backafalls are a wonderful sight but you don't want to fall down them...
We saw a lighthouse as we left Copenhagen and I couldn't find it on the Denmark list. It turned out that it was on the island of Ven (or Hven) which is an island in the Oresund, roughly 2 miles long and a mile and a quarter wide, about 2.5 miles off the Swedish coast. Although this island was formerly a part of Denmark, it has been Swedish since...more
There is no real "off the beaten path" place on little Ven but this forest in the distance is Ven's only real forest and not all tourists find their way here. There are other forested areas on the island today, but this bit is a remnant of old forests. As you see if you click on the picture, it has good views across to Helsingborg on the mainland...more
Now there's a surprise! Read all about it in my transport tip and then go out and enjoy Ven. No, you don't need a lot of time on this 7 kms long island but you will want to stop everywhere and take photos...Oh, and a special tip...the cycle path between the Homestead farm museum and the Brahe Museum should be started in the Brahe end to give more...more
Ven is a great place for seeing just how narrow the Öresund strait really is at the narrowest point. No matter how many times I've crossed the strait that way or looked at Kronborg Castle from the Swedish side, seeing it from Ven made it hit my brain somehow as you can see the distance :) Sweden and Denmark almost merged before my eyes. Imagine...more
It might be a bit morbid to recommend, but I just love the view from St Ibb cemetary. Imagine having this as your final resting place, high up on a cliff, overlooking the sea and Denmark...One of those favourite cemetaries of the world along with Pere Lachaise, odd as it may sound.more