The Wallander crime novels by Henning Mankell have become bestsellers not only in Sweden but in Germany and the Netherlands amongst others and are found on Amazon UK too. Now you can follow in Wallander's footsteps with the help of a map from the tourist office. They can also offer you a package stay, including lunch at Wallander's local pizza place! :-)
Ale Stenar is a magical place in Kåseberga, south east of Ystad itself. It is a large ship setting but no one knows what it was built for as the stones were in a bad condition when found and have had to be carefully restored. It looks like an astronomical setting since the whole monument is on a cliff by the sea, well placed for sun rises and settings and one stone is thought to have been a sort of altar.
The church can be seen all over town and is famous for the old tradition of sounding the horn in the tower every night from 21.15 and then every fifteen minutes until 03.00 to tell the citizens that all is well :-)
During your ordinary town walk, you will see wonderful buildings all around you. Scandinavia's oldest remaining half timbered house can be found in the pedestrian shopping street and "Änglahuset" (Angel's House) is another well known beauty, unfortunately spoiled by housing a tobacconist...
Ales stenar can be found in the south of Sweden, near the town of Kåseberga, east of Ystad.
You can park your car in the little harbour of Kåseberga.
This megalithic monument consist of 59 standing stones, and the monument is in total 70 meters long.
Ales Stenar is called after king Ales, who is burried there, according to the legend
Inspector Kurt Wallander of the Ystad police is the main character in a series of detective novels by Henning Mankell.
The tourist office has a brochure where you can find the most places named in the books of Henning Mankell.
Kurt Wallander lives in Mariagatan.
A lot of hotel rooms and vacation homes are equipped with maps and brochures that point out all places that play a role in the movies.
You can go visit Wallander’s house in the Mariagatan, the train station that serves as his office building.
Or drink coffee in the “Hotell Continental” where Wallander takes his coffee, or even go to the beaches in the “Hagestad Naturreservat” east of Ystad where Wallander retreats to to think about his current cases.
Visit Nybrostrand where Stefan Lindman lives in a whitewashed, thatched cottage
on the beach at Nybrostrand adjacent to the scout hut.
Wallander’s daughter Linda sometimes lives there too.
Long and fine sand beach situated to the east of the harbor. Convenient if you do not want to travel out to the beaches on Osterlen.
The beach is within walking distance of the town. There is also parking in the pine forest surrounding the beach. Shallow water so it is quite child safe and good for windsurfing. Can be a bit crowded in the summer weekends.
There is a camping site and a youth hostel in the pine forest just north of the road. There is also a recently renovated and quite nice hotel on the western end of the beach.
They have a horn in the church that blows from 9:15 pm to 3 in the morning to tell the town that all is well. I figure that all is well if horns aren't going off in the night.
The prehistoric stone circle as featured on my homepage is truly magnificent. You need to climb a steep path to get there.
Coming from Holland i like this grand views on the nearby surroundings.
Today the town museum with local history and a herb garden. The abbey is the oldest intact one in Sweden together with the one in Vadstena.
The Franciscan Monastery in Ystad is from about 1267. There is also a beautiful garden and a herb garden near it.
The coast of Scania esp. nearby Ales Stenar is very good for paragliding.
The uprising winds create thermal winds needed for paragliding