Ystad is now famous around the world because of fictional inspector Wallander.
Ystad really is as attractive as it is portrayed in the films and television series, with its medieval, pastel-coloured half-timbered houses on cobblestone streets and sun-dappled squares.
If you pay the local Tourist Information Office in Ystad a visit, and we suggest you do, they will be delighted to tell you about the ‘In the footsteps of Wallander tour’ and conceptual guide tours where you can try to solve some Wallander murder mysteries. Or they might even tell you about the Wallander- related smart phone apps you can download. And they might just tell you about the ‘Wallander package’ deals you can book through them.
The town also has a fascinating history, top-class museums and art galleries, 40 km of sandy beaches and gorgeous rolling Skåne countryside on its doorstep. Some seaside towns have it all.
If you take one of the Wallander guided tours you get to see most of the town and its mostly historic attractions. If you don’t, the big ones are St Knut’s square, the 12th century Grey Friar’s monastery and adjacent Saint Petri church and museum. There are lots of good cafés and restaurants in Ystad and no, you don’t have to live on pizza and hamburgers, like inspector Wallander does.
Ystad is part of the beautiful region of Skåne in southern Sweden and a terrific base from which to discover its culture, traditions, historic sites and vibrant towns, cities and nature.