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* TT-Line[http://www.ttline.com/en-gb/United-Kingdom/] runs services to [[Travemünde]] and [[Rostock]] (Germany) daily.  
 
* TT-Line[http://www.ttline.com/en-gb/United-Kingdom/] runs services to [[Travemünde]] and [[Rostock]] (Germany) daily.  
 
* Scandlines [http://www.scandlines.com] runs daily services to [[Sassnitz]] and [[Rostock]] (Germany).
 
* Scandlines [http://www.scandlines.com] runs daily services to [[Sassnitz]] and [[Rostock]] (Germany).
* Scandlines [http://www.scandlines.com] and HH-Ferries [http://www.hhferries.se/?AreaID=5] runs daily services to [[Elsinore]] (Denmark). The trip takes about 20 minutes and the ships run at least every hour 24/7. Daytime there is a departure every 15 minutes.  
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* Scandlines [http://www.scandlines.com] and HH-Ferries [http://www.hhferries.se/?AreaID=5] runs 24 hour services to [[Elsinore]] (Denmark). The trip takes about 20 minutes and the ships run at least every hour 24/7. Daytime there is a departure every 15 minutes.  
 
* Unity Line [http://www.unityline.pl/en/] and Polferries [http://www.polferries.se/en/ferry] run daily services to [[Swinoujscie]] (Poland).
 
* Unity Line [http://www.unityline.pl/en/] and Polferries [http://www.polferries.se/en/ferry] run daily services to [[Swinoujscie]] (Poland).
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===By train===
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National trains (SJ) from Stockholm and Gothenburg should be booked 30+ days in advance for best prices. Regional trains (Öresundståg) from the Danish east coast (Elsinore, Copenhagen and Kastrup airport) cross the Öresunds bridge to Malmö and continue either up the Swedish west coast (via [[Lund]], [[Landskrona]], [[Helsingborg]], [[Ängelholm]], [[Halmstad]]) and terminating in [[Gothenburg]], or to the east coast (via Lund, [[Hässleholm]], [[Växjö]]) terminating in [[Kalmar]].
  
 
== Get around ==
 
== Get around ==

Revision as of 16:46, 29 March 2013

ScaniaMap.png
Skåne landscape outside Helsingborg.
Western harbour, Malmö, with Santiago Calatrava's Turning Torso to the right.

Scania (Swedish: Skåne, [1]) is the southernmost province in Sweden, and part of the Götaland region. It is known for its rich agricultural fields, its old history, long beaches, Danish heritage and a remarkable local accent.

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Major cities

  • Malmö is Skåne's largest city, and the regional center, connected to Copenhagen by the Öresund bridge.
  • Helsingborg is at the narrow Öresund strait, with a short ferry route to Helsingör, Denmark
  • Kristianstad dominates northern Skåne.
  • Lund is a medieval university town with a cathedral.
  • Simrishamn
  • Trelleborg is Sweden's southernmost town, with ferry lines to Germany and Poland
  • Ystad is the home of fictional detective Kurt Wallander, created by Henning Mankell
  • Ängelholm - Known for its 6km long beach and for clay pigeons - a kind of ocarina

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

If you're a beginner Swedish speaker and don't speak it really well, do not by any means practice your Swedish here, since the local accent is very hard to understand, particularly outside of the larger cities, often even for native Swedish speakers. This accent, characterized by its numerous diphtongs, can be traced back to the ancient local language Scanian, which has largely been replaced by Standard Swedish with the accent, albeit with some old Scanian words still in use. If you do try to speak Swedish anyway, ask them to write the answer, as the written language is the same.

The good news is that English is spoken by nearly everyone, including most of the elderly.

Get in

Øresundsbron bridge connecting Denmark and Skåne.

By plane

  • Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) [2] (IATA: CPH) in Denmark, is the main international airport of the area, located just across the Øresundsbron bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. A 20 minute trip by train, bus or car takes you from Copenhagen Airport to Skåne. Skånetrafiken [3] trains run from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö and Skåne every 20 minutes, a one way ticket costs around 100 SEK (10 Euro).
  • Malmö Airport (Sturup) [4], located 25 kilometres east of Malmö, has air traffic from Stockholm, Hungary, Poland amongst others. There are Flygbussarna airport coaches [5] connections to the cities of Malmö and Lund.

By boat

Scania is connected to Germany, Denmark and Poland by car ferry.

  • TT-Line[6] runs services to Travemünde and Rostock (Germany) daily.
  • Scandlines [7] runs daily services to Sassnitz and Rostock (Germany).
  • Scandlines [8] and HH-Ferries [9] runs 24 hour services to Elsinore (Denmark). The trip takes about 20 minutes and the ships run at least every hour 24/7. Daytime there is a departure every 15 minutes.
  • Unity Line [10] and Polferries [11] run daily services to Swinoujscie (Poland).

By train

National trains (SJ) from Stockholm and Gothenburg should be booked 30+ days in advance for best prices. Regional trains (Öresundståg) from the Danish east coast (Elsinore, Copenhagen and Kastrup airport) cross the Öresunds bridge to Malmö and continue either up the Swedish west coast (via Lund, Landskrona, Helsingborg, Ängelholm, Halmstad) and terminating in Gothenburg, or to the east coast (via Lund, Hässleholm, Växjö) terminating in Kalmar.

Get around

Skånetrafiken [12] provides comprehensive rail and bus service in the region. During Summer Skånetrafiken offer a special Summer travel card ("Sommarkortet") for limitless travel on all Skånetrafiken buses and trains in Scania (June 15-August 15th). The price for this card, 595 SEK (available at customer centres) has increased quite a bit over the last two Summers, but is still a good deal if you plan on traveling the region for a while. One card lets you bring one child under age 7, and two cards allow five people (maximum two over 20 years), so extra good value for families.

The flat terrain and limited distance allow Skåne to be explored on bicycle.

See

Sofiero palace & gardens
  • Sofiero [13] - a palace and gardens just north of Helsingborg, a former royal summer residence and renowned as one of Europe's largest collections of rhododendrons, more than 10,000 plants with 500 different varieties.
  • Lund's Cathedral [14]- the foremost Romanesque cathedral in the Nordic Region. Awarded three stars in the Michelin tourist guide.
  • Glimmingehus [15] - the best-preserved medieval castle in the Nordic region.
  • Skåne Zoo [16] - the only Scandinavian zoo with Scandinavian animals only

Itineraries

Do

  • Hike on Skåneleden.
  • Golf. From the centre of Skåne you can reach around 70 golf courses in 50 minutes. Choose from European Tour favourites and tranquil, friendly golf clubs. Barsebäck [17], host of the Solheim Cup 2003, is classed as the best golf course in Sweden. PGA of Sweden National Golf Resort [18] close to Malmö is considered one of the best golfing centres of northern Europe.

Eat

In all of Sweden Scania is most known for the culinary arts. Malmö offers a wide selection of restaurants and Helsingborg is widely considered the culinary capital of Sweden, while the region of Österlen has alot to offer in the way of food. A local southern specialty is Spettekaka, a dry egg and sugar based dessert that is a must try for anyone visiting the region.

Drink

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