Sölvesborg's city center lets you be charmed, it is an old Danish architecture that comes in vanilla, mild yellow, apricot, brick red and pink. Bearing loop, more precisely. The color is named after Jan Lagerås, highly regarded city architect in Sölvesborg for 30 years, and it is well known among the country's architects. The soft color palette holds the buildings in the city center together. Around the square, the medieval street network has been preserved and a short distance away is the city's oldest building - St. Nicolai's church, which was built around the turn of the century in 1300. At that time, Sölvesborg Castle was already in place to protect Denmark's interests. Today, the castle ruins and the lovely castle park are well worth a visit and a walk!
Lister Härads Courthouse
- drawn by Gunnar Asplund
One of Sölvesborg's biggest celebrities is actually a building; Lister Härad's Courthouse, which was designed by the master architect Gunnar Asplund and built between 1917 and 1921. The house, which today is a building monument, is considered one of Sweden's foremost buildings in the Nordic classicism style. It is a grand building that is mentioned in several international compilations of 20th century architecture. Until 2001, district court proceedings were held here. Today, the most valuable parts of the building's cultural history have been restored back to their original design. And now the doors have been opened to the public, whoever is going to get married, christen their child or just have a meeting in style, can rent the newly restored building.
About the architect Gunnar Asplund
Born 1885, died 1940, was a Swedish architect with international attention and professor of architecture at KTH. Some of his major works include Skogskyrkogården (together with Sigurd Lewerntz), Stockholm's city library, the exhibition pavilions at the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930, the extension to Gothenburg's town hall and Stockholm's city archives.
Sölvesborg's art gallery and museum is located on Skeppsbrogatan (between Stortorget and Fyra Årstiders park). The museum and the art gallery are housed in the city's old grain and brandy warehouses. The museum shows exhibitions on archeology at Lister and on the history of the city. In the museum grounds, there are try-on activities for children and curious adults. The fishing museum in Hällevik is the district's oldest fishing village. In 1972, the first culture day was organized, a living outdoor museum. The municipality had bought a demolition property right by the sea, next to the cottages, with the associated saltery. Hembygd- och Studieföreningen Facklan had its first exhibition in this building. The joy was great when Sweden's first fishing museum was inaugurated in 1976.
The city of Sölvesborg has grown up on the slope between Ryssberget in the west and the fjord in the east. The city center itself with its square, streets and blocks still reflects the structure and dimensions of the medieval market town. Around the year 1800, part of the settlement extended beyond the city's customs, but it was not until the 1870s that the city more definitively broke its time-honored boundaries. The "modern" Sölvesborg slowly but surely began to find its own identity and its present form. Feel free to accompany someone on the many guided tours and hikes that are organized around the municipality.