About forty kilometers south-east of Lund the Svaneholm Castle is located. It is one of Skåne's most remarkable renaissance castles, dating back to the time when Skåne was a part of Denmark (the long standing dispute was finally settled in 1658). It was built by the chancellor Mourids Jepsen Sparre in the year 1530.
The castle is a first-class sight for people interested in cultural history, as well as the casual tourist. The castle's interesting history is best signified by its list of owners, which incorporates many names of famous families from Denmark's heydays. One of the more colourful owners during Swedish times was baron Rutger Macklean (1742-1816), a rather radical reformer of both society and agriculture.
The four floors of the castle houses one of Swedens most prominent rural museums. It comprises sections on upper class and commoner memorabilia together with special environments, e.g., the Macklean Room, the Erhensvärd Suite, a section on rural history, an old rural store, and a school museum. The museum also displays fabrics, clothings, tools, toys, art, weapons, coins, and other artifacts.
The beautiful surroundings, which ranges from fertile plains to undulating beech forest landscapes, makes Svaneholm into an excellent target for an outing. The attractions include rowing and fishing trips on the Svaneholm lake, a walk in the park, or a stroll along "Svaneholmsrundan", an old hunting trail that encircles the lake.
Svaneholm Castle's Inn keeps Skåne's culinary traditions in high esteem. All year round they serve traditional dishes from Skåne according to current seasonal biddings. During springtime the Inn's speciality, honey glaced duckling, is served. When autumn comes, the traditional eel banquet is held in the old garrison basement. The eel is followed by game of various kind, e.g., wild duck, pheasant, deer, roe deer, or hare.
In the lowest recesses of the castle a wine cellar is housed with many a fine vintage wines. There will be an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine in the cellar before dinner. If pre-arranged, a tasting session hosted by a knowledgeable guide is also possible.