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Helsingborg, Sweden

Although Helsingborg appears small and quaint, it actually has a rich history and emerges for the first time in 10th century sagas. Since then it has been the site of many battles between Denmark and Sweden. Incorporated into Sweden in 1658 it was totally destroyed by the Danes in 1710. After the city was rebuilt, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, the founder of the Swedish royal dynasty, landed here in 1810. The town's attractions include the surviving center tower (the Keep) of Helsingborg Castle and the Town Hall, which has a small museum featuring exhibits about the city and the region. The Grand Hotel, one of Sweden's oldest hotels, is known for its excellent dining room. A stroll along the pedestrian mall is a delightful way to pass some time. Please be aware that most shops are normally closed on Sunday.