Photo: Sven Persson/swelo.se
Photo: Hanna Holster
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Photo: Johan Funke
Photo: Johan Funke
Hässleholm´s municipality in northern part of Skåne is an important crossroads and attractive meeting place in southern Sweden and the Öresund region. You will find a multitude of unique nature and culture experiences here. Hovdala Hiking Centre offers exciting hiking trails but also shorter walks. In Hässleholm area you will find lots of popular and attractive tourist sights and events.
Hässleholm has a long tradition as a railway crossroads has developed into a creative meeting place in the middle of the Öresund region that provides all the conveniences of a small town. It is easy to get to Hässleholm from both the continent as well as the metropolitan areas like Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Hässleholm offers you daring initiatives in art, culture and nature. The inspiring architecture in Hässleholm Kulturhus gives space to music, theatre and exhibitions in all different genres. Another exclusive meeting place is Hovdala Treehouse that floats amongst the treetops close to the Finjasjön lake in the middle of Hovdala nature reserve and hiking centre. Next to the Treehouse you find the unique and architecht designed wind shelters at the new campsite "Between Dusk and Dawn".
In both Hässleholm and the villages in the municipality there are many popular events arranged that yearly attracts visitors from near and far. In combination with destinations suitable for the whole family, nice local shops, comfortable accommodation and relaxing spa-treatments it is possible for you to discover several parts of the good life during your visit here.
Hässleholm began life in 1860 as a railway station on the main north-south line with just a few houses on a heather-covered heath. The town of Hässleholm was built around the railway, which has played an obvious role in the town´s development for a long time and is still an important part of the city´s future today.
Hässleholmsgården, dating back to the Middle Ages, and located a few kilometres from the centre of town, gave Hässleholm its name. Hässleholm awarded city status in 1914.
Several hundred years ago the Swedish-Danish border district of north-eastern Skåne, Göinge, was the scene of relentless battles for domination and freedom. The neighbouring countries, Sweden and Denmark, had been in a long-standing state of feud with each other, and thousands of people died in the struggle for ascendancy over the Baltic. In the wars with Denmark, the snapp-hane rebels fought for what they believed in – protecting their homeland, their farm and their family. Skåne became Swedish in 1658, and for many people in Skåne this meant poverty, higher taxes and a loss of former freedoms. The snapphanes believed that the King of Denmark could best preserve their rights, and so they took up arms against the Swedes.
Opinions are divided about why these partisans were called ”snapphanar”. Some claim that there is a direct link to the flintlock of the guns that were used at the time. In other words, a ”snapphane” was a person who was quick (swed. snabb) at cocking the spring-loaded hammer (hane) before firing the gun. A similar gun is on display at Hovdala Castle and the story is that it once belonged to the ”snapphane chief” Lille-Matts.
Other sources claim that ”snapphane” originates from the German word ”schnappen” which means to rob, plunder or ”highwayman”. Why the German language should have anything to do with these battles is however unclear. By calling somebody a ”snapphane” the Swedes were perhaps trying to show that they did not consider the Scanian opponents to be proper soldiers,
but rather as robbers, troublemakers or traitors.
In these beautiful former borderlands, you can still hear the echoes of history in legends and tales that are documented in fortifications, castles, churches and homesteads.
Welcome to discover your favourites in Hässleholm!