Landskrona’s natural harbour made it an important and useful place both militarily and commercially–but nowadays, many visitors are interested in the legacy of fertiliser production in the area.

The little västkust port of Landskrona has a long history, traceable all the way back to the C15th; its natural harbour made it an important and useful place both militarily and commercially. It fell rather behind the pack in the early C20th, though, losing out to bigger ports at Malmö and Helsingborg.

The old and the even older in Landskrona. Image by Susanne Nilsson, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

However, the C21st has treated it a little better, with the increase in smaller cargo ships making it a valuable addition to Skåne’s logistical webwork. For visitors less interested in such commercial considerations, Landskrona still boasts a fine C19th castle surrounded by moated fortifications, a pair of water-towers (one old, one even older, both much loved by locals), and its harbour hosts the regular ferries to the charming little island of Ven just off shore to the northwest.

Also offshore is Gipsön (“Gypsum Island”), a formerly toxic site where the byproducts of fertiliser production were dumped. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound of much interest, well, you might find yourself in the minority: Gipsön—and the ecoart groups and ceremonies which have congregated there in recent years—are a pretty big draw, to the extent that if you decide to visit on a whim, the daily quota may already be full before you’re finished with breakfast. Never fear, though: you can always read our special report on the site and its ceremonies.

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