Section: 6 Domsten-Helsingborg

A coastal and city walk along the cliffs of Landborgen, which gets your pulse racing and into a historic city centre. Splendid fortresses and manor houses, including Europe’s most beautiful park. Water that changes, feeds, tempts and carries.

View over Skåneleden from one of the wooden piers along the coast outside of Laröd.<br />
                                    Photo: Sofie NorrbyView point Thalassa, Pålsjö skog.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarThe trail passes Sofiero castle and gardens, well worth a visit.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarHiking along Kulla Gunnarstorp nature reserve.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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A coastal and city walk along the cliffs of Landborgen, which gets your pulse racing and into a historic city centre. Splendid fortresses and manor houses, including Europe’s most beautiful park. Water that changes, feeds, tempts and carries.

Nature

This section is also a part of Kullaleden.

Along virtually the whole section, you walk alongside the extensive cliff known as Landborgen. It extends from and through Helsingborg. From Sofiero and southwards you walk up onto the plateau and in between times have a good view out over the Öresund strait. Landborgen consists of solid rock and the virtually vertical cliff was chiselled out by the salty waves and currents of an ancient sea. The sea level at that time, 4000-7000 years ago, was 6-7 metres higher. The transversal ravines you pass were already in existence at that time.
By Kulla Gunnarstorp you walk alongside a shoreline which has attracted attention - clearly unusually beautiful and created soon after the last Ice Age. At Hälsovägen you pass Sofiakällan, the only spring in Sweden with salty water. The salt comes from a salty crust which originates from the Triassic period, when the desert climate caused the water to evaporate from the ground.
Species rich woodland areas can be found at Kulla Gunnarstorp and Pålsjö.

Cultural History

This section contains manor houses in a class of their own. Sofiero is open to visitors and has an impressive park with some 10 000 rhododendron plants. It was built in the 1860s as a summer manor house for King Oscar II and his wife Sofia.
South of the manor of Kulla Gunnarstorp there is an associated water mill, one of the largest and oldest of the Dutch type in Skåne.
In the bedrock around Helsingborg there is coal and clay, which were used historically for different purposes. At Pålsjö, coal was mined as early as the 1500s and the discovery of clay which could be fired contributed to the development of the first porcelain factory in southern Sweden around 1770, Pålsjö fajansfabrik.
The town of Helsingborg is situated at Öresund's "helsing" or throat and originates from the Viking period. The strategic position meant that the town became one of the most important strongholds in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages.
Several springs gush out from the cliffs of Landborg and a few of them have attracted people to travel long distance for a few drops. The oldest known spring was a sacrificial well closer to the coast; St George's spring. Further up the slope, you can find the salty Sofiakällan (Sofia's Spring), the iron-rich Hälsan and Ramlösa with its unusual mineral content.

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