Trelleborg

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Trelleborg  is a town in Scania, Sweden,

with 28,290 inhabitants in 2010. It is the southernmost town in Sweden located some 10-15 km west from the southernmost point of Sweden and the Scandinavian peninsula. It is one of the most important ferry towns in Scandinavia as well as around the Baltic Sea, and the main town of the Soderslatt agricultural areas.

History : The earliest written record of Trelleborg is from 1257, when Trelleborg was presented as a wedding gift from the Danish royal family to the Swedish Prince Valdemar. It was soon reconquered by the Danes, and it belonged to Denmark until 1658, when Scania was lost to Sweden by the Treaty of Roskilde.

In medieval times, Trelleborg had an important part in herring fishing. At that time, this was conducted along the entire coast line of what is now Sweden, as the herring shoals were of such great numbers that fishermen were said to have been able to stand on the shore and land fish with nets. Trelleborg became an important merchant city as merchants from Germany came to trade herring. In 1619 following a devastating fire, the Danish King decided that one merchant city on the coast was sufficient and revoked Trelleborg’s status as a merchant city in favour of Malmo.

Not until 1840 was Trelleborg allowed to become a merchant city, and not until 1867 did it regain its rights as a city of Sweden. Mostly this was thanks to the work of a few stubborn men, who had continuously been petitioning the Swedish Riksdag with these requests since 1658. The local government reform of 1971 made Trelleborg the seat of Trelleborg Municipality, covering both rural and urban areas.

Access : Coordinates: 55.366667, 13.166667 / By boat : Three different shipping companies run ferry lines to Trelleborg. They mainly target trucks and car drivers, but it is possible to book tickets for pedestrians or cyclists.

TT Line runs ferry lines from Rostock and Travemunde in northern Germany, and from Swinoujscie in northwestern Poland to Trelleborg. TT Line offers the cheapest fares when booking online. Bookings via phone, email and at the port counter has an additional charge of €14. There is an environmental protection surcharge of €2. The 09:00 and 13:45 departures from Rostock takes approximately six hours, an adult passenger fare one-way trip begin at €24 (incl. car €40). The 09:30 departure from Travemunde takes approximately ten hours, an adult passenger fare one-way trip begin at €34 (incl. car €106). The 07:30 and 16:00 departures from Swinoujscie takes between six and seven hours, an adult passenger fare one-way trip begin at €30 (incl. car €80). Weekend fares are normally at a higher price. It is possible to pay with credit cards and PayPal.

Stenaline runs ferry lines from Sassnitz on the island of Rugen and Rostock in northeastern Germany to Trelleborg. The 17:15 departure from Sassnitz takes 4 hr 15 min, an adult passenger economy fare one-way trip begin at €12 (incl. car €45). The 07:40 and 15:15 departures from Rostock takes 6 hr, an adult passenger economy fare one-way trip begin at €17 (incl. car €55).

Unity Line runs a ferry line from Swinoujscie in northwestern Poland to Trelleborg. The 10:30 and 16:00 departures from Swinoujscie takes approximately seven hours, an adult passenger fare one-way trip begin at 425 kr (including car 900 kr, additional passenger 215 kr). Bicycles can be taken on board for free. Unity Line deducts a 5% discount when booking online. It is possible to pay with credit cards, Swedish kronor (SEK) and Polish zloty (PLN) in cash.

By train : Skanetrafiken runs Pagatag commuter trains from Helsingborg via Malmo every 30 minutes. The railway station, 1 Trelleborg C is next to the port
By car : Trelleborg is about 30 km south of Malmo along the motorway E6/E22, and a little further west of Ystad along highway 9. The latter passes Smygehuk, the southernmost point in Sweden.

Trelleborg sits at the southern end of E6 through Sweden and Norway, 600 km from Oslo and 3120 km from Kirkenes.
Get around : Public transport : Skanetrafiken is responsible for public transport in Trelleborg and all of Scania. The green buses (stadsbuss) all have routes within Trelleborg, the yellow buses are regional buses to other cities in Scania.

It is not possible to use cash as payment in busses and trains. Tickets or cards must by purchased in advance, either in vending machines, at Skanetrafiken customer centers (kundcenter), at service partners (serviceombud or ombud) or via a smartphone app called Stadsbiljetten. Pre-paid JoJo-cards in denominations of 50 and 200 kr, in form of a contactless non personalised smart card, can be purchased at Pressbyran, 7-Eleven and Coop. JoJo-cards can be topped-up at the previous mentioned vendors, but also online at the Skanetrafiken website, where you need to register the JoJo-card. The smartphone app also supports an English language version.

Both the physical ticket (from vending machines) and the electronic ticket (JoJo-card and smartphone app) is valid for one hour as single fare (enkelbiljett), which begins immediately when the ticket is printed, scanned or activated. Transfer between rides is unlimited within this one hour.

Highlights :

  • Axel Ebbes art gallery (Axel Ebbes Konsthall). Small museum dedicated to sculptor Axel Ebbe who lived in Trelleborg. He is the artist behind several prominent and beloved sculptors in Scania.
  •  Trelleborgs museum, Stortorget 1,  +46 410-73 30 45. The city museum showcasing local history.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking

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