Founded in 1516 by King Christian II of Denmark, Ängelholm is located on the River Rönneå near where it flows into the bay of Skälderviken. It served as a garrison town until 1883 and is renowned for its production of clay cuckoos, with the world’s only clay cuckoo orchestra based in the city.
Things to do in Ängelholm
Located near Ängelholm’s railway station is the Järnvägens Museum, which occupies a locomotive shed dating from 1898. It showcases the history of the Swedish railway through replica scenes and vintage artefacts and features both small and large-scale model railways. Steam train trips are offered on select days and there’s a simulator where you can experience the difference between riding behind a steam locomotive and a modern high-speed train.
In the north of Ängelholm is the Ängelholms Hembygdspark, a leafy park dotted with historic landmarks and cultural museums. Browse the machines, weapons and uniforms from Ängelholm’s hussars at the Leather Museum and admire the 19th-century Grönvallska farmhouse. Also within the park is an outdoor stage where open-air concerts are held in the summer months and a small zoo home to deer, goats and pheasants.
Sprawling west of Ängelholm is the Kronoskogen, a forested nature reserve traversed by several hiking trails. One of the area’s most unique attractions is the UFO-Memorial Ängelholm, which is dedicated to a supposed UFO landing that was sighted in Kronoskogen in 1946.
Getting around Ängelholm
Ängelholm is around 30 minutes’ drive from Helsingborg and one hour from Malmö. Malmö Airport is 1.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from numerous Swedish cities to the Ängelholm railway station and buses travel throughout Ängelholm.