Historical sites in Halland

Halland is full of historical locations – from battlefields and memorial stones to churches and ancient monuments. You’ll find tips here on places to visit, some of them more famous than others.

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  • Minnessten över stenarbetare

    Memorial stone commemorating the quarrymen at Söndrum quarry, inaugurated in 1973. Stone began to be mined in Söndrum in the mi...

     
  • Alebo hälsokälla

    This mineral spring can be found in Unnaryd by the Alebo Pensionat hotel and restaurant, a listed building. People have known o...

     
  • Halmstads Slott

    Beautiful castle from the 1610s built by Danish king Christian IV. The south wing served as the royal residence, and the castle...

     
  • Sankt Sigfrids källa

    Strange, triangular formation in a granite slab immediately west of the road between Femsjö and Simlångsdalen. Spring water run...

     
  • Lugnarohögen

    Lugnarohögen is a unique Bronze Age grave that is around 3,000 years old. It is an 8 metre-long underground stone ship. Excavat...

     
  • Knäred mill

    The mill at Knäred is said to date back to the seventeenth century but is thought to be even older. It is located on the Krokån...

     
  • S:t Clemens kyrka

    This church was built in 1225 and dedicated to St Clemens, the patron saint of mariners and merchants. It has four chancel wind...

     
  • Norre Port

    Norre Port was built in 1601 and is the only remaining town gate of the four that existed in Halmstad. What was formerly known ...

     
  • Ruin efter Sjöboholms sätesgård

    In 1574 Sjöboholm became the manor house of a noble family and was used for this purpose for 250 years. The manor was abandoned...

     
  • Steninge kyrka

    Medieval church that was given a tower in 1806. The church was extended in 1826; since that time, its exterior has not changed ...

     
  • Breareds kyrka

    Breareds kyrka is a church with medieval origins, maybe stretching back as far as the 1200s. It was built from plastered granit...

     
  • Bexells talande stenar

    In the middle of the woods are inscriptions on boulders and flat rocks; Proverbs, quotas and names of famous men, or names of m...

     
  • Bedjarör gravfält

    Bedjarör is a grave field with unique graves, located at the site of an Early Iron Age farm. The field is 55 mm long and 40 m w...

     
  • The cottage Vippentorpet

    Vippentorpet is a cottage dating to the 1700s. The living space is a log cabin. The house has no real windows; instead, light c...

     
  • Axtornastenen

    Axtorna The Battle of Axtorna was one of the greatest in Nordic history. 20,000 men fought; 3000 succumbed. The surroundings of...

     
  • Abilds kyrka

    Abilds kyrka is one of Halland's most attractive medieval churches. It was built in the late 1100s and dedicated to John the Ba...

     
  • Veinge kyrka

    Originally from the 1100s, this church in Romanesque style had a Gothic stone arch added to it. The tower was built around 1800...

     
  • Lagaholms fästning

    Defences originating in the 1200s, built to control traffic crossing the River Lagan. King Christian IV had Lagaholm modernised...

     
  • Olof von Dalins minnessten

    This memorial stone was erected in 1957 to commemorate Halland's greatest author. Dalin was born at Vinbergs Prästgård vicarage...

     
  • Askome kyrka

    In the 1500s the medieval church burned down and was replaced by a new, which was too small by the end of the 1700s. A new ston...

     
  • Vessige gravhög

    Large barrow in the northern part of Veinge. It contains an early passage grave from the Stone Age that was converted into a st...

     
  • The burial mounds in Tönnersa

    The Bronze Age is the name given to the first prehistoric period (in Scandinavia c. 1800-500 BC) when bronze was the predominan...

     
  • Nissaryds Skans

    Nissaryds skans is a relic from a time when Sweden and Denmark were constantly at war with one another. King Gustav Vasa gave t...

     
  • Varbergs Fästning

    The first fort in Varberg was built between 1287 and 1300 on a beacon hill. It was extended during the late 1500s and until 161...

     
  • Kungsbacka kyrka

    At Stortorget in Kungsbacka, you can see traces of the town's first three church buildings. The original stave church was repla...

     
  • Våxtorps kyrka

    This roughcast stone church is the only church in Halland in the stepped-gable style that characterises the Danish influence. T...

     
  • S:t Nikolai kyrka

    This church takes its name from the patron saint of seafarers and was first mentioned in 1432. A great fire broke out in Halmst...

     
  • Påarps järnåldersgravfält

    This grave field – Halland's biggest, with around 220 graves – is almost 2,000 years old. In the Iron Age, people used material...

     
  • Sallebergets gravfält

    In 1911 the archaeologist JF Eneström excavated one of the barrows in this grave field and found a stone cist. The excavation r...

     
  • Holms kyrka

    Romanesque church from the 1100s. Features remaining from that period include the beautiful apse east of the chancel, plus the ...

     
  • Tolarpsgraven

    One of Halland's biggest and best-preserved passage graves can be found in Tolarp. It has existed for almost 4,000 years. The b...

     
  • Fjärås kyrka

    The oldest parts of the church go back to the 1100s; however, it has been extended in several stages. Large sections were demol...

     
  • Femsjö Kyrka

    Originally from the 1100s, this church was razed to the ground after the Nordic Seven Years' War of 1563–70. The church is dist...

     
  • Tullbron i Falkenberg

    This toll bridge is Falkenberg's most famous structure. It was designed by the architect Carl Hårleman, and Carl Cronstedt comp...

     
  • Karl XI:s brunn

    Old well beside the abandoned cemetery in the village of Knäred. According to legend, King Karl XI of Sweden rode past it in 16...

     
  • Tönnersjö kyrka

    This church was built in Romanesque style in the 1100s and was given a Gothic stone arch in the 1400s. In the mid-1800s, the ch...

     
  • Tannshults sawmill

    On the river in Tannshult are the ruins of a nineteenth-century sawmill with the remains of a mill higher up. The sawmill is on...

     
  • Kung Ises gravhög

    This grave is one of Halland's most magnificent Bronze Age barrows, with a view of the River Lagan. King Ise was probably the l...

     
  • Tånga flax house

    Tånga linbasta is a flax drying shed that can be found beside the Jälluntoftaleden hiking trail. The timber building was origin...

     
  • Getinge kyrka

    The oldest parts of this church are from the Middle Ages. The church underwent extensive renovation in 1776, with a new vaulted...

     
  • Broåsen and Slumme sten

    Broåsen is an ice ridge formation that was utilized as cemetery for a long period of time. Over sixty grave monuments from diff...

     
  • Minnessten över Elias Fries

    Memorial stone commemorating the famous botanist and fungi expert, along with members of his clerical family. The stone is situ...

     
  • Ivars kulle

    Halland's biggest Bronze Age barrow, 7 metres high and 50 metres in diameter. Three graves from the Early Bronze Age were found...

     
  • Gamla gravstenar på Förlanda kyrkogård

    In the Förlanda cemetery there are a number of graves known in Swedish as 'äktastäder'. These are not ordinary family graves, b...

     
  • Ebbaredsstugan

    Ebbaredstugan is a ryggåsstuga ("high loft" cottage) from 1824. The local museum is nearby, displaying ceramics and objects fro...

     
  • Rävinge kyrka

    This church is originally from the 1100s, with later extensions. A stone tower with a wooden upper section was added to the chu...

     
  • Nösslinge kyrka

    This church dates back to the Middle Ages but was renovated during the 1800s. It was restored to more or less its original appe...

     
  • Rosensparrestenen

    Memorial stone commemorating the Danish war commissar Sten Rosensparre, who was killed here at the Battle of Axtorna in 1565.

     
  • Särestads gravfält och Hagbards kulle

    At Särestads gravfält there are several prehistoric graves, including stone settings, a trident (three-sided stone setting), st...

     
  • Kvibille kyrka

    A Romanesque church from the early Middle Ages that has been renovated in stages. The ceiling features stunning paintings compl...

     
  • Kungastenen i Grötvik

    Memorial stone at Grötvik quarry with the inscriptions of three kings. The signatures of three kings from the Swedish House of ...

     
  • Kvibille avrättningsplats

    At the court in Kvibille, sentences including the death penalty were passed regarding more serious crimes. The executions that ...

     
  • Minnessten om slaget vid Halmstad 1676

    A memorial stone commemorating the Battle of Fyllebro on 17 August 1676, when the Swedes suppressed the Danish forces that were...

     
  • Falkenbergshus ruiner

    Ruins of a castle from the 1200s located where the River Ätran finally drops down into the North Sea. It was the northern outpo...

     
  • Skålgropar i Förlanda

    The small hollows in the flat rock in front of the sugar storehouse in Förlanda are known as cup marks. It is most likely that ...

     
  • Snöstorps Kyrka

    Architect Emil Langlet was influenced by the Roman round churches and Byzantine architecture, which explains why the church has...

     
  • Övregårds gravfält

    This Iron Age grave field at Övregård, one of the largest in Halland, has been cleared well and is well kept. There are around ...

     
  • Runstenen i Kvibille kyrka

    This runestone, built into the southern outer wall of the choir in the church in Kvibille, is from the Christian era and bears ...

     
  • Gravsten på Färgaryds kyrkogård

    At the cemetery in Färgaryd, there is a unique gravestone with three human heads carved into it. It was erected in memory of Ci...

     
  • Limmahögarna

    Two large barrows from the Bronze Age, 1500–500 BC. The largest is 15 metres in diameter and around 3 metres high. The barrows ...

     
  • Jälluntofta Church

    The church is beautifully situated by the Lake Jällunden and was built in 1860-62 on the foundation of the old medieval church ...

     
  • Vrenninge grave field

    Grave field from the Iron Age that has been used for a maximum of 400 years. It contains all three grave types from the Iron Ag...

     
  • Bockstensmosse

    The Bocksten's Find A well-tailored man was murdered 700 years ago and was buried in a peat bog close to the trail. The body wa...

     
  • Hunehals borgruin

    Ruins of the medieval castle Hunehals can be found on the peninsular of Hanhalsholme. Count Jacob Nielsen had it built in the l...

     
  • Kolerakyrkogården i Ugglarp

    In August 1853 cholera came to the village of Ugglarp. Seaman Henrik Svensson came home to Ugglarp and was ill when he arrived....

     
  • Vrangsrör

    Large Bronze Age cairn 17 m in diameter and 1.6 m high. There is a hollow in the centre of the cairn's flat slab. It is possibl...

     
  • Kolerakyrkogården på Fjärås Bräcka

    The residents of Fjärås that died during a cholera epidemic in 1834 were laid to rest in this cholera cemetery. Some of the gra...

     
  • S:t Laurentii kyrka

    The oldest parts of this church are probably from the 1300s, and it burned down during the war years in the 1500s but was built...

     
  • Skummeslövs kyrka

    One of Halland's oldest churches from the early 1100s, or possibly the latter years of the 1000s. The church features stunning ...

     
  • Axtorna skvaltkvarn

    Axtorna skvaltkvarn is a water mill built around 1800 and used until 1918. The mill has been carefully restored and was fitted ...

     
  • Knäred ruined church

    The history of Knäred church is an interesting one. The ruins of the medieval church, dating back to the thirteenth century are...

     
  • Vägvisaren

    This old signpost is from 1777 and has become a well-known Unnaryd symbol. It stands around two kilometres east of the church o...

     
  • Skottorps slott

    This castle, known as Skottorp, was originally built by Frans Joel Örnestedt in the 1670s based on drawings by architect Nicode...

     
  • Eldsberga kyrka

    Well-preserved church from the 1100s in Romanesque style. At the end of the 1600s, there was a wooden tower by the west gable, ...

     
  • Hällristning i Förlanda

    On the flat rock by the sugar storehouse in Förlanda is a rock carving – perhaps the only one in Halland. It is unknown what th...

     
  • Svartrå Church

    The church in Svartrå is worth seeing, not least for its strange ceiling paintings, painted in the 1700s against a blue backgro...

     
  • Brunnsbacka sågkvarn

    Restored saw, mill and stick plane from the 1700s and 1800s. The sawmill is the finest of its kind in Halland and became a list...

     
  • Asige kyrka

    Originally constructed in the Middle Ages, this church was rebuilt in 1847. It was then extended, with the huge west tower and ...

     
  • Li järnåldersgravfält

    This Iron Age grave field in Li on the outskirts of Fjärås Bräcka nature reserve is one of Sweden's largest Iron Age grave fiel...

     
  • Gränsstenen Knysta Hall

    In the centre of the village of Rydöbruk lies a 10 m-high erratic boulder. It has been known since ancient times as Knysta Hall...

     
  • The crypt of the Gathenhielms

    In this chapel, in the crypt of the east tower of the church in Onsala, lies the famous privateer, Captain Lars Gathenhielm, al...

     
  • Slaget vid Halmstad 1676

    From here, you have a view of the site where the Battle of Halmstad – also known as the Battle of Fyllebro – took place in 1676...

     
  • Tidemans holme

    There are remains here of a medieval fort with an 85 m-long rampart and a 65 m-long moat. Within the moat there is an almost sq...

     
  • Hökafältet

    Nature reserve with very high sand dunes on the approach to the beach. You can also go on a fantastic hike through the pine for...

     
  • Lützowska monumentet

    Memorial to Lützow, a German officer who served under the Danes. According to the inscription, he single-handedly mowed down 17...

     
  • Örelids gravfält

    During the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, the people of Örelid buried their dead in this grave field, located on a hill. There ...

     
  • Mårtagården

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  • Hagbards Galge

    Hagbards galge consists of four mysterious pairs of stones, made from different types of rock with rock carvings. Each stone we...

     
  • Onsala Kyrka

    Church with origins in the 1200s and rebuilt in the 1600s. The church has magnificent paintings from the 1700s and a remarkable...

     
  • Minnesstenen över freden i Knäred

    Sjöaredsstenen is a stone commemorating the 1613 Treaty of Knäred with Denmark. Until 1645, Knäred was on the border of Sweden ...

     

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