In the southern Swedish province of Scania (Skåne), the coastal city of Helsingborg is famous for being one of the country’s main ports as well as a gateway towards the European mainland, sharing an underground road tunnel with the Danish town of Helsingor. Today, Helsingborg is known as a major sporting city, with football, ice hockey and athletics all popular here. The city is home to the headquarters of Ikea, while other major businesses in Sweden also have bases there. As for tourists, they can expect to see a range of buildings constructed in a gothic-era style. Meanwhile, Helsingborg is popular with visitors because of the views of the sea to the west and the Scania countryside to the east and north.
The city has a compact centre, which means that a smaller car in the vein of a supermini is the best thing to get around most parts of Helsingborg in. Be sure to fit winter tyres though.
Driving in Helsingborg
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Important things to note
The E47 road tunnel connecting Helsingborg with Helsingor to the west in Denmark is often clogged with traffic despite the opening of a bridge connecting the mainland to Copenhagen.
Curiously, the E4 ends in the south of the city before beginning again in the north on the Halsovagen.
If travelling to Malmö from Helsingborg, be sure to take the E6, as it’s the simplest route to follow, especially in winter.
Highlights and Hotspots
Ramlösa Brunnspark, a municipal park opened in the 18th century, is famous for its mineral water spring. The spring is said to have restorative qualities and is at its best during the summer, when it’s less prone to freezing.
If coming here with family, a visit to Dunkers Kulturhus in the city centre is essential. Although it may seem like just a museum, it actually has a range of interactive exhibitions which will certainly intrigue young visitors. It also hosts live concerts.
Situated on the coast, The Tivoli is Helsingborg’s most famous music venue. Here, national and international artists perform before crowds almost every week. Be sure to check the programme to see who is playing.
Helsingborgs IF is the city’s main football team, having won the Swedish Allsvenskan league seven times. They play at the Olympia Stadium, which holds just over 17,000 spectators and hosts the best teams in Sweden and, on occasion, the rest of Europe.
Helsingborgs' nearest major airport is Malmö Airport, which is 26 miles south southeast of the city centre. Copenhagen Airport is across the sea in Denmark, although travel is more complicated to there from the city.
To get to Malmö Airport, take the E6 to Malmö. Then, turn left onto the E65, which takes you eastbound to a link road connected to the airport itself.