Top Historic Sights in Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Explore the historic highlights of Skanör-Falsterbo

Falsterbo Lighthouse

Falsterbo Lighthouse lies on the place of the oldest known beacon in Scandinavia. The sea route past the Falsterbo Headland has always been dangerous, because of the moving sand banks hidden in the sea. The first beacon was lit by German monks already in the 13th century. By that time Falsterbo was an important trading centre in Denmark. The beacon was placed at the then outermost point. When the trading became less imp ...
Founded: 1793 | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Falsterbo Church

The oldest parts of St. Gertrude’s Church in Falsterbo were built in the 14th century. The tower and vaultings were added in the 15th century. The medieval porch and sacristy were demolished in 1800’s. There are several wooden scupltures in the church, made probably in the Northern Germany. The triptych is dated to 1400 and altar was made around 1500. The pulpit date also from the 16th century.
Founded: 14th century | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Falsterbohus Castle Ruins

Falsterbohus was the name of a number of historic castles made by Danish dating from the mid-1200s. The first castle was destroyed in 1311, when Hanseatic League attacked against Eric VI of Denmark. The second one was also destroyed in a battle only couple of years later, at this time by Swedish soldiers. The castle was rebuilt again in the late 14th century as the residence of king’s bailiff. The market of Scania was ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

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Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.

In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.

The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.

A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.