Fredriksdal museums and gardens turn 100 years old!

Fredriksdal museums and gardens turn 100 years old!

Fredriksdal and its gardens is a green cultural oasis in the middle of Helsingborg, which has attracted visitors for 100 years. Friluftsteatern with Nils Poppe and Eva Rydberg has entertained the whole of Sweden, but perhaps it is the gardens that have given the most lasting memories to so many.

Fredriksdal. Photo taken in 1929 by Torsren Mårtensson

Fredriksdal was saved for posterity by a visionary woman. In 1918, Gisela Trapp donated the family's property to the city of Helsingborg. As the city has developed and green areas have been exploited, Fredriksdal's buildings and parks have been preserved. 100 years later, the site is Sweden's only combined open-air museum and botanical garden.

Gisela and Oskar Trapp in the library at Fredriksdals manor approx. 1910

Today, Fredriksdal houses much more, such as Kulturmagasinet with Helsingborgs museums' collection of objects, a theater, educational activities that play a crucial role in the preservation of the living cultural heritage. This cultural treasure and tradition bearer will now be celebrated with extra anniversary festivities, activities and exhibitions throughout the year.

Entrance to the rose garden in Fredriksdal.

The large rose garden offers hundreds of rose varieties, both old and new varieties. The old varieties are something of living antiques. Fredriksdal has both a French stylized park, and a wilder English park, which are nice to walk around in.

Hiking in Fredrikdal's parks and gardens.

An herb garden leads to the huge kitchen garden, with its many neighborhoods. The kitchen garden has been recreated after the 1850s style, which has its roots in the Renaissance. They wanted to show the diversity of cultivated plants that were grown and provided everyone who lived on the farm during the 19th century with food.

The kitchen garden that is grown organically and traditionally in the 19th century spirit.

Of course, it is a perfect place to study organic farming, as you still use the methods and tools from the time when it went. In the assortment of fruit trees and useful plants, there are fruit trees that were planted as early as 1845!

Fredriksdal is so much more than open-air theater and museums. What a treasure for garden lovers!

Here you can botanize in Skåne's wild flora. The landscape botanical garden at Fredriksdal is the only one of its kind in all of northern Europe, with its 40 different plant environments from all over Skåne.

Meet old landraces of horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens.

How should the anniversary year be celebrated?

- The crown of the 100th anniversary celebration will clearly be Fredriksdal's combined anniversary party and national day celebration. On National Day on June 6, there is free admission for all and we hope for a full house. And radiant sunshine! It is an anniversary year for everyone in Helsingborg! This is home ground for the people of Helsingborg and we will offer a lot of pleasant experiences in 2018. The anniversary year is a guarantee for a good year in Fredriksdal. In addition to the regular program, our visitors can expect festive activities, events and interesting exhibitions on the theme of 100 years, says project manager Maria Axelsson.

Already on March 17, there will be an open house and exhibition of "Fredriksdal 100 years today" at Kulturmagasinet.

Short film about Fredriksdal and its gardens.

Photo: Ralf Ekvall, Helsingborg Museums

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and El Sistema run together on National Day

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra moves outdoors to Fredriksdal's museums on National Day on 6 June. Together with The System in Helsingborg there will be a symphonic party concert. Some national romantic music is on the program (August Söderman, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Guiseppe Verdi, Hugo Alfvén, Franz Berwald) Together with the El Sistema musicians, there will also be an orchestral arrangement of a Laleh song, A while on earth.

And to further strengthen the national day party is coming Helsingborg Concert Hall Choir, so that there will be real pressure in, among other things, You old, you free.

Conductor at the party concert is Eugene Tzigane (who, among other things, studied conducting for Jorma Panula at the Royal Academy of Music).

Fredriksdal museums and gardens (open-air museum and botanical garden) turns 100 years old this year and Fredriksdal's anniversary party will be held this 6 June. The national day speech will be held Jan Boris Möller, food engineer he is called.

At the end of the concert it will be Letter pigeon release Helsingborgs Gamla Brevduveförening fix this!

Expectation in the air

The concert hall's producer Erik Berquist thinks the event is perfect:

- We were of course very happy when we received the request. Especially as we have long had discussions with Fredriksdal about a joint celebration of the national day. Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra has for several years had a concert on Sundstorget this day. Now we can with a joint event give the citizens of Helsingborg a memorable national day and a nice 100th anniversary of Fredriksdal.

Project manager and singing teacher for El Sistema Helsingborg, Lisa Dunsö, is also expectant:

- We have a really powerful performance in front of us as the children will get to sing and play together with the symphony orchestra itself. It means a lot to us and the children that we together with HSO will be able to embrace Fredriksdal on this occasion, we are honored. We will participate with 70 children from Dalhemsskolan who are fully recovering now.

Fredriksdal museums and gardens

Fredriksdal museums and gardens in Helsingborg - Perfect excursion destination for families. From the outside, it may look like a park, but thousands of people have stepped into Fredriksdal and discovered an entire landscape. A miniature Skåne that contains several parks, gardens, nature areas, farms, a mansion, a district and farms with animals. A place where culture and nature are in constant change, in phase with the seasons. Fredriksdal is both a landscape botanical garden and an open-air museum, and we are the only ones in the Nordic region to do so.

In Fredriksdal, children are important! Here are many exciting activities where all curious and inquisitive children with running legs can play and learn about nature and history. In Trollskogen, which is a nature playground built in only natural materials, you can get around by jumping, crawling and climbing. Welcome to Fredriksdal!

Fredriksdal museums and gardens

Opening hours

Opening hours September 2016 - 12 April 2017:


From 13 April 2017: adult: SEK 70, children and young people up to and including 18 years: free admission.



  • Age: 0-99 years
  • Skötrum: YES
  • Stroller friendly: YES
  • Café: JA
  • Restaurant: NO

About the Restaurant / Café

During the summer, you can settle down in the old stable for riding horses. Here is today Fredriksdal's garden café, conveniently located in the middle of the facility. Good coffee, cakes and light lunches are served there.

Find Fredriksdal's museums and gardens

Public transport

Outside Helsingborg Central Station (Knutpunkten), buses number 1, 7 and 22 go north - that is, towards the City Hall. Get on the bus at Seven Eleven. The journey takes about seven minutes. Get off the bus at Juelsgatan (Fredriksdalsentré). Walk past Tropikariet to Hävertgatan. Cross Hävertgatan onto Gisela Trapps väg. After 250 meters you come to Fredriksdal's main entrance.


Fredriksdal is located 2 km northeast of Helsingborg's city center. By car from the north: Follow the E4 / E6 towards the center of Helsingborg. Follow brown signs "Fredriksdals friluftsmuseum" or "Fredriksdal and" kringla ". From the South: The first roundabout turn right, follow signs for Fredriksdal.

Three gardens - Sweden's most beautiful garden corner

In the corner of northwestern Skåne are three unique gardens on a total of 66 hectares with a maximum distance of 40 minutes by car. Everyone has their very own character and personality at the same time as much unites. Everyone is welcome here, young and old. The interests are cultivated and born at the same time as the knowledge about both flora and history is nurtured and the visitor is richly inspired.

The three gardens all rest on a common ground. All are a product of devoted men and women who invested their soul in their facilities when it went. Sofiero manages the legacy Gustav VI Adolf and the royal family left behind. Fredriksdal protects Gisela Trapp's donation and the founders Rudolf Abelin's visions rest deep in the earth in Norrviken's gardens. The heritage of all gardens is tenderly managed while at the same time moving the respective facility into the future with a steady hand in order to constantly be able to offer its guests new discoveries with each visit. Dear reunions in the gardens are interspersed with new experiences. A visit awakens more taste and the desire to return. Nothing is left to chance. Take time to enjoy these unique gardens, all unique in their kind with something for everyone.

Fredriksdal - a place for the whole family and the eternally curious
"Scent through one of Sweden's foremost rosaries, walk through the foliage that forms a cooling roof of several hundred-year-old hornbeams up to the historic, splendid kitchen garden."
Maria Axelsson, Project Manager at Fredriksdal's museums and gardens.

Fredriksdal is well nestled in greenery. An oasis and lung in the middle of Helsingborg with a rich selection for all generations. Enjoy wild nature in solitude or stroll around in one of the gardens. Discover the botanical garden and get to know parts of Skåne's unique plant world.

Be inspired by the historic kitchen garden and make a culinary journey back in time to the middle of the 19th century. Here you will find vegetables, berries and fruits of all the colors, shapes and flavors that existed before. Enjoy, learn and be inspired. In the unique rosary consisting of hundreds of rose varieties and wild species, the visitor can enjoy flowering from May until well into autumn. A place to be captivated by and at the same time increase knowledge about both modern varieties and truly historical, such as the over 2000 year old "Mummy Rose".

A unique place that protects the past, our Swedish crafts, Scanian flora and endangered landrace animals. Let the children understand how the cycle thinking works. How is the little newborn lamb connected to the knitted wool socks? A natural circle that creates an understanding of everyone's importance in the chain. The land is managed in a historically ecological way. Houses in cities and in the countryside tell about people in southern Sweden and times who fled. Take a closer look at Skåne's animals and nature. History, stories and a glimpse of the future you get from just the speed.

Norrviken's gardens - the world in a garden
Enjoy the beauty of the park, fresh air and the light in the late afternoon over Spegeldammen. Our exhibitions, the acquaintance with Rudolf Abelin, plant passion in Erikshus by Hannu Sarenström, the icon Audrey Hepburn in Villa Abelin. The feeling is framed by the finale in Svansjön with ballet, surrounded by Renaissance painting in the Baroque Garden. A magical year! ”
Lotte Karlefors development manager at Norrviken's gardens.

A showy oasis with inspiration taken from different parts of the world captured in a park. A unique garden in constant change, located on the slope of Hallandsåsen with a view of the sea.
This year, Norrviken's gardens celebrate 100 years as a public park. It is celebrated in the sign of the Renaissance in the manner of Norrviken when you let the richness of ideas of the era and open mind permeate the gardens, art, music, food and experiences.

In the Baroque Garden, the visitor passes through the Gallery on his way to Villa Abelin. Here, in a natural setting, famous works by the great masters of the Renaissance such as Botticielli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo are presented. Norrviken's visionary founder Rudolf Abelin's ambition was to reflect the world in Norrviken and created a number of style gardens: the Baroque Garden, the Water Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Renaissance Garden and the North German Plantation, the Eastern Terrace and the Romantic Garden. All with their personal character that both impresses and inspires. It becomes like a garden trip to move between the different parts. The Japanese ranks with vibrant colors and intense greenery. The water garden seduces and enchants and the Renaissance garden moves one to the Italian palace feeling.

Enjoy Norrviken's gardens with the family. Here you can unite over generations and discover beautiful stretches in both the forest area and style gardens, visit the Beekeeping or fool around in Hasse's happy garden, a listening, learning and playground for small curious gardeners.

Sofiero - a beloved park with endless inspiration
“With us, there is always something new to discover. The rose walk, the jungle-like rhododendron ravines, the primula sink, the summer flowers in July and for all in the world do not miss all the dahlias in August!
Garden designer Sara Bratt.

Dating back to the 1860s, Sofiero has evolved from one loved summer palace in royal ownership to one beloved park with experiences for the whole family. A castle park located by the Sound in constant change that never ceases to surprise. The most famous parts are the spectacular ravines with all its rhododendrons and azaleas as well as Margareta's flower beds. Incredible scents are spread and the jungle-like environment takes the breath away from the visitor. The flowering period for rhododendrons is most intense during the early summer, but some species last into August and the beauty lasts all year. A dramatic and astonishing environment with gnarled trees that whisper in their places about a 200-year history and small, rippling watercourses show the way out to the strait. An environment that arouses the desire to discover for both young and old.

At Sofiero, the visitor meets new experiences every season. The fantastic discounts all have different themes that create a wonderful variety and offer endless inspiration. In this year's summer flora, you meet exotic plants of a little more odd kind such as banana plants, cannor and an exciting tufted lily. In other flowerbeds, you meet cool blue tones or a color scheme in pastel with sweet apricot thimble flowers. The visitor should discover something new around every corner. An intense summer flora that the visitor can enjoy all summer. At the end of the season, you can enjoy an abundant flowering of all the dahlias that give flower happiness well into September.

Sofiero welcomes all generations and calls for shared experiences. Large, green areas, exciting, winding corridors, dramatic topography and endless inspiration create opportunities for shared experiences that unite young and old.

Food & beverage, shops, picnics and exhibitions
All three gardens offer a rich selection of coffee and dining places. It is also possible to enjoy your own coffee basket on a picnic blanket. Everyone does what suits them best. Should you feel like a little shopping, there are also shops with carefully selected items in all places and a large selection of plants in connection with both Sofiero and Fredriksdal.

Throughout the summer, fine and interesting exhibitions are also offered. All with their themes and special character. Visit each garden to see the current program.

Fredriksdal museums and gardens turn 100 years old! - garden

This is how Fredriksdal saves our endangered plants

What do a buttercup from Fleninge, a carnation from Ystad and a weed from Sjöbo have in common? Everyone has been saved from extinction thanks to Fredriksdal's work. "Ultimately, it's about our own survival," says ecologist Jakob Sandberg.

Ecologist Jakob Sandberg collects wild plants and grows them in Fredriksdal museums and gardens. Photo: David Lundin

It looked pretty run down for the field grass barley. From having been in 100 places in the 1970s, the rapeseed relative decreased sharply to disappear completely from Scania in 2016.

- But in 2017 it reappeared in two places because seeds had survived in the soil. I made sure that the farmers did not harvest the grain before it was ripe. We got some seeds and this year we have grown two plants. We do not know if the plant remains in the wild anymore, but it will definitely go out there again, says Jakob Sandberg, ecologist at Fredriksdal museums and gardens.

Today, barley, field anemone and other endangered wild plants in Fredriksdal are recovering, waiting to be strengthened to return to nature. The hope is that the plants will multiply, be viewed by visitors to Fredriksdal and then spread in the wild.

- What we do here should be a complement to conservation in nature. You can never completely preserve nature in cultivation, but we can have a backup of species that have become really rare, says Jakob Sandberg.

The beautiful blue protected bell gentian (left) is the plant of the nutrient-poor and moist pastures and meadows. When those environments change, the plant also becomes rare. Gentianan is a host plant for the small butterfly Alcon Bluebird, which only lives in two places in Skåne. The field grass barley (to the right) is close to extinction in Scania, but is now preserved in cultivation. Photo: Anna Bank

The magnificent carnation is another highly endangered species that is now grown at the open-air museum, which can also be called a botanical garden.

- It should be planted out at the roadside by the mill. It seems to be a good growing place where it can also be seen by our visitors. Showing the plants so that more people know them is an important part of conservation, says Jakob Sandberg.

The protected and red-listed magnificent carnation is grown in Fredriksdal from 2018. Naturally, it occurs in Skåne and along the coast of Norrbotten in only about 20 places. Photo: David Lundin

Wild plants grow best in the conditions they are adapted to in nature.

- Say that a rare plant is only found in three places in Skåne. Over time, there may have been bad places for the plant as a whole. When we have grown the plant here, we can put them out in different environments here in Fredriksdal and learn more about where it thrives best. And in the next step, when we spread the plant out into nature, we can choose more suitable places, says Jakob Sandberg.

During the last 100 years, Scanian agriculture has changed fundamentally. Today, much of the animals' feed is imported and our own food and the remaining agriculture is compressed on the most nutritious soils. In the past, cattle were allowed to graze on lean land such as in the forests. The hay consisted of the meadows' diversity of wild plants and when it was transported on horse and cart, meadow seeds fell off and were scattered by the wind. The hundreds of wild plant species that flourished under these conditions soon risk becoming just a memory, unless society tries to reverse the trend.

- The impact of humans has over the years increased natural values. Nature actually gets worse if we just leave it now, says Jakob Sandberg.

Meadowsweet is a wild so-called dye plant, which was used to dye textiles. In the municipality of Helsingborg, it is only left in one place in Fleninge. Photo: Anna Bank

Those who visit Fredriksdal get to see landraces such as linden red pigs and friend cows, but also the small-scale agriculture that was conducted in Skåne for many hundreds of years. It was in this era that the endangered plants flourished and now it is hoped that they will thrive in Fredriksdal.

Is it so dangerous if a weed disappears?

- The endangered plant species constitute habitats and sometimes also food for insects and many other animals. The wild bees are dependent on flowering wild plants. Studies show that bees produce a third of our food. Ultimately, it's about our own survival. In addition, the ecological functions of many species in nature are still quite unknown, says Jakob Sandberg.

A species-rich nature is also said to be better at dealing with possible future major changes in the environment, such as climate change.

- A species-rich nature has more adaptability. It is important to have both a diversity in the number of species and with diversity within a species, says Jakob Sandberg.

The meadow lily grows only naturally in a single place throughout Sweden. Photo: Anna Bank

When Jakob Sandberg is to collect a rare plant species, he, colleagues at Lund's Botanical Garden and at the County Administrative Board in Skåne first take a stand on how vulnerable the plant is. The collection must not knock out the plant. If the plant is protected, he applies for a dispensation for the collection.

A plant sown in the wild is the field grass field buttercup, an annual small buttercup.

- We sowed it at an organic farmer outside Lund. Two years later, it is still there, so it is promising, says Jakob Sandberg.

The endangered field grass field buttercup grows on Öland and Gotland and in a couple of places in Skåne. In one of the places it has been sown with seeds from Fredriksdal. Photo: Anna Bank

When he plants plants, it takes place in dialogue with the county administrative board.

- I also register it in Artportalen so that people do not think that someone spilled some flower seeds on the site. It is also so that authorities and researchers in the future will know what we have done, says Jakob Sandberg.

The species portal is a database where anyone who wants can log in and report observations of plants, fungi and animals.

Despite the fact that many plant species are threatened by humans, Jakob Sandberg is hopeful for the future.

- I think we can find a way to combine today's agriculture with the conservation of the wild plants. It is not about us leaving nature or leaving it alone. Nature can be used if it is used in the right way, says Jakob Sandberg, ecologist at Fredriksdal.

Projects where several people collaborate

  • The project to save endangered plant species in Skåne is a collaboration between Fredriksdal museums and gardens, the County Administrative Board of Skåne, the Botanical Garden at Lund University and Lund Botanical Society.
  • If a plant remains in two places in the wild, individuals from one plant site in Fredriksdal and individuals from the other plant site in Lund are grown. In this way, more of the plant species' variation can be preserved.
  • Skåne is Sweden's most species-rich landscape and also has the most unique species. But Skåne also has the most red-listed species. The Red List is published every five years and is an assessment of how great a risk Sweden's species have of becoming extinct. Threatened species can be red-listed as "near endangered", "vulnerable", "highly endangered" or "acutely endangered" depending on how critical the situation is.

Participate in the preparations for this year's biggest party

Press release • May 31, 2018 & nbsp 09:23 & nbsp CEST

Few have missed that Fredriksdal turns 100 in 2018. The celebration has intensified since the opening in March and on the national day itself we meet in a big anniversary party. The preparations are massive and you as a journalist are invited to help June 4 at 11:00.

If you sign up for [email protected] the following happens:

- 11.00 We meet at the veteran bus at Fredriksdalsparkeringen. A guide talks about the party area and project manager Maria Axelsson talks about the party's structure.

- On a tour you get to meet the staff who decorate the area, build stages and market stalls.

- Meet the painting conservator in the gazebo who is preparing for the exhibition 6 June.

- Borrow a net and see if you can find additional party participants in the ponds and hear about the children's activities during the national day.

- Meet the café chef and get a preview of the smorgasbord table and the anniversary menu.

The press screening will give you a good insight into the celebration, the music, the craftsmanship, the locations, the planning and the anticipation. Welcome to participate in the preparations for this year's largest party in Helsingborg.

What traditions do you celebrate in Fredriksdal?

Every year, National Day is celebrated as one of many traditions in Fredriksdal. Believe it or not, there is actually a connection between Fredriksdal and our Swedish flag.

Mikaeli market

• Tradition comes from the Latin tradi`tio which means "that which is handed down".

Mikaeli market got its name from the church festival Mickelmäss, which was important in the farming community. The tradition was dedicated to the archangel St. Michael, who with his sword was considered able to kill dragons and with his wave weigh souls.

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