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02.07.2020

Sofiero Palace

Sofiero Palace, or simply Sofiero in the municipality of Helsingborg, Scania was one of the Swedish royal country homesteads located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) north of Helsingborg. Originally a Swedish farm called Scablike, it was bought in 1864 by Swedish Prince Oscar and his wife Sofia Nassauka. The first one-storey palace was built in 1865. In 1874-1876 it was extended to its present size after Prince Oscar was crowned King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway.

In 1905 Oscar II's grandson Prince Gustav Adolf, future King Gustav VI Adolf and his wife Crown Princess Margarita received the palace as a wedding gift. They restored the palace and planted the large Rhododendron garden, for which the palace is still known today. Prince Gustav Adolf became King in 1950 and until 1973 Sofiero was his and his second wife, Lady Louise Mountbatten, the official summer residence. It was considered to be the king's favourite place and after his death in Helsingborg he left Sofiero in Helsingborg to be enjoyed by the general public as much as he did.

The bus service departs several times per hour during rush hours from Helsingborg. The main attraction today is the very large gardens with a wide range of local (and other) plant life stretching to the shore of Oresund. Especially noteworthy are the rhododendrons, which consist of almost 500 different varieties. There is also a small collection of modern art in the park.

In summer, large grasslands are sometimes used for large outdoor concerts with national as well as international stars such as Bob Dylan, Brian Adams, James Brown and Nora Jones.

The former royal palace itself is now used as a restaurant, cafe and sometimes gallery.

The beer brand owned by Kopparbergs Brewery is called "Sofiero".

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