Falkenberg is a small Swedish town on the banks of the Kattegat. At the beginning of the 13th century, when the territory of the modern province of Halland still belonged to Denmark, a fort was founded near the river Etran. Subsequently, Falkenberg (“falcon mountain” in Swedish) was built around it. The city changed owners several times until it finally came under the Swedish crown in 1658. But even in the Danish era, it became famous for its wonderful pottery workshops. In addition to the opportunity to touch the medieval past of Falkenberg, its guests will definitely catch the rhythm of a modern Swedish town with a traditionally developed infrastructure for adults and children.
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How to get to Falkenberg
Falkenberg stands on the old trade route, which is actively used to this day. Here, along the western coast of Sweden, there is the E6 highway and the railway line. Falkenberg is located 45 km northwest of Halmstad and 105 km south of Gothenburg. The best option to get to Falkenberg is to take a train from Copenhagen Airport (read how to get to this city here). The trains run every hour, the journey time is 2 hours 25 minutes, the ticket costs from 295 SEK.
You can also use the train from Malmö. Trains leave from there every hour. On the road – 2 hours, ticket price – from 75 SEK. Travel by bus will cost 36 SEK, the journey will take 2 hours and 20 minutes.
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What to try
In Falkenberg, it is worth taking the time to visit local restaurants and treat yourself. Most establishments specialize in preparing dishes and drinks from local products: salmon, ice cream from the famous SIA Glass brand in Sweden, Falcon beer. And if you order a pizza, it will almost certainly be made with Berte Qvarn Falkenberg flour.
Accommodation in Falkenberg
Falkenberg has a wide range of accommodation options. There are picturesque campsites, clean and tidy hostels, hospitable guesthouses and comfortable hotels. There are many apartments and cottages in the city and the surrounding area. The cost of living ranges from 620 to 2500 SEK.
What to see in Falkenberg
The inhabitants of Falkenberg treat the architectural heritage of their homeland with exceptional warmth. In its oldest quarters, there are buildings dating back to the 14th century to this day. Today, the owners keep their authentic appearance. One of the oldest Falkenberg sights is the Church of St. Lawrence, the construction of which ended in the 14th century. During one of the wars, the temple was completely burned down, but restored on the initiative of the city dwellers in 1668. A century later, the building was supplemented with a tower. From 1892 to 1928 The building was used for household needs. Today, the carefully restored church is functioning again. Inside it you can see frescoes from the 16th century and paintings from the 18th century.
Although the history of Falkenberg is not very different from the stories of dozens of other cities in Scania, it has its own peculiarities. So, he has always been famous for his artisans-potters. To this day, the 7th generation of potters is already working in the oldest (1789) manufactory on the continent – “Turngrens Crookmaker”. There is also a museum at the workshop.
The city also has its own Museum of Local Lore, which, despite its small size, has a very good collection. The Olympia Museum of Photography is popular: here you can get acquainted with the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day.
Another important historical place is located in the very center – this is the Paid Bridge, or Tullbron. It is considered the most beautiful stone bridge in the kingdom. And it is called so because until 1914 a fee was charged for its crossing. In 1825 it was 1 ore for pedestrians, 2 ore for small animals and 5 for horses. Only postmen, soldiers and prisoners were exempted from payment.
Things to do
For several centuries, Falkenberg has attracted fishing enthusiasts – salmon spawns in the Etran River and its tributaries. Since the 17th century, catching this valuable fish has been considered an important source of city income. And since the end of the 19th century, wealthy foreigners, primarily the British, Germans and Americans, have come here to go fishing.
Many people manage to catch a huge fish almost in the center of the city even today. Thanks to conservation and restoration measures, Falkenberg manages to preserve the fish population. The season opens April 1st and runs through September 30th. To go fishing, you need to buy a license.
Falkenberg is famous for its “Screa Stran” beaches. Despite the short season, in the summer the city becomes one of the largest seaside resorts in the country.
The climate is moderately warm. Throughout the year there are heavy rains, this applies even to the driest month of the year – July. Although the average annual rainfall is not particularly impressive: 700-800 mm. Winters are mild, snow cover is unstable. So you can come here at any time of the year, but the best option is the beginning of autumn.