21 may 1085 is counted as the official birthday of Helsingborg. That was when the city first was mentioned in a deed of gift from the Danish king, Knut the Holy. Throughout the Middle Ages, Helsingborg was an important city in the Danish kingdom, with its strategic place at the narrowest part of the Öresund Sound. It was not only a military base, but also used as an administrative centre for the whole of northern Scania. But the town's era of success was not long-lasting, throughout the 17th century Denmark and Sweden was often at war, and Helsingborg suffered considerably. Scania became finally Swedish in 1658.
Nowadays, 110 000 people has settled down here, which means that Helsingborg is the 7th biggest town in Sweden. Many people also come here in the summers, to experience what many people calls "the perfect summer-city".
Here are lots of different attractions, for example Helsingborg´s most famous landmark, the Kärnan Tower. It is 35 metres high and those who manage to walk up the whole spiral staircase can enjoy the panoramic view from the top across the Sound.
The Town Hall is located at Stortorget, built in neo-Gothic style, with towers, pinnacles and a 65 metre high bell tower.
The Mariakyrkan church took 100 years to build, starting at the beginning of 14th century. It is a beautiful example of Danish Gothic.
On an inaccessible beach to the north of Kullaberg, about 45 minutes away from the city of Helsingborg, the artist Lars Wilk has built a construction of towers from driftwood. Over time, it has become an impressive creation, 150 metres long and weighing 70 tonnes. Helsingborg is a "green town", as you, wherever you are, are surrounded by parks or woods. For example the Sofiero Park, which is most beautiful in May and June, when the rhododendron is in full bloom.
You can do almost everything in this town; explore the biggest shoppingcentre of Scandinavia (VÄLA), walk in the parks, go swimming or sailing, enjoy nightlife and much, much more.