Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Y for Ystad (ABC Wednesday)

Photo from www.travelgatesweden.se

Ystad is a town in the province of Skåne, Sweden, with 18,350 inhabitants (2010). The settlement dates back to the 11th century. The town is a busy ferryport, a local administrative centre and quite a tourist attraction.

Promotion video for Ystad on You Tube.

Since the 1990s Ystad has become famous as the town in which Henning Mankell’s detective novels about Kurt Wallander are set.

Myself I haven’t been to Ystad since 1992.
Back then it seemed a rather peaceful little town!

I recall it as rather difficult finding my way in the old town when driving, though, because the narrow old streets were all one-way. (Probably nowadays one isn’t allowed to drive on some of those streets at all. I can’t say, since it was so long ago I was there.)


My own photo from the beach near Ystad in 1992. Some of you may recognize this photo. I used it for quite a while as header picture on my first blog.

ABC Wednesday - Y


  1. I believe I have some distant relatives in Skane.
    Now that both of my parents have passed I really don't have any one to ask.
    The town of Ystad looks lovely and quaint.
    Visited Stokholm in 1983. so I'm sure everything has changed greatly.

  2. it is a beautiful town and the first shot makes me want to go around that bend. i know it is not yours, just wanted to comment on it. a truly lovely town but then so is yours.

  3. such a lovely locale!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. The town is so quaint and beautiful!

  5. It's a beautiful place, and I imagine a good place to live, not too big and not too small. It must have been in 1981 or so that I have spent an hour or so in Ystad - I was 13 then, and my family were on our way to Bornholm which in those days meant a very long drive from our town near Stuttgart (south Germany) to Travemünde (north Germany), get on a large ferry that took almost 8 hours from Travemünde to Sweden (I have forgotten the name of the town), drive around the southern tip of Sweden to Ystad and there take another, much smaller ferry that took about 1-2 hours across to Roenne (sorry, can't do the o with the slash through it). My aunt lives on Bornholm and we spent a great family holiday there with her and my uncle.

  6. Wow now thats place I "Y"earn to visit !

    PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

  7. I agree with Jama - that's a quaint and beautiful, town. Almost too cute to be real. The sort of place you can't imagine anything awful happening - and yet they are the setting for those suspense novels?

  8. I can well see why it's a tourist town. And, yes, as soon as I scrolled down and saw the photo I recognised it from 'the early days'.

  9. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  10. A beautiful place.

    Y is for...
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  11. The street doesn't look as though it would take a car so I can imagine driving through would be tricky. From the Wallender series I had not realised the beaches were so close to the town. After the popularity of the tv series we all know some police procedural Swedish, I hope it never comes in useful:-)
    Joy - ABC Team

  12. What beautiful shots!


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