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  • Fridolfs konditori

    Wallander’s favourite café. This is where Wallander likes to eat a snack and take a cup of coffee, sometimes this stretches to a herring sandwich and a beer. Fridolfs is also well known for its police blue Wallander pastry.

  • Mariagatan

    There are few streets in Sweden that have awakened as much interest as Mariagatan in Ystad – and even fewer that have been made famous by a fictitious character. It is on this street that Inspector Kurt Wallander lives. The suffixes ‘gatan’ and ‘vägen’ translate to road or street,...

  • Kåseberga and Ales stenar

    The magnificent megalithic ship above the small fishing village of Kåseberga is one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions. It is also a favourite spot for Wallander. In the book Before the Frost Linda also chooses Ales Stenar as a place to contemplate Anna’s disappearance and in...

  • Ystad Saltsjöbad

    The trail after the killer in the film The Photographer (Sw film)leads Wallander the hotel. Skilful editing meant that the hotel’s spa, the restaurant Vendel Ales Stenar in Kåseberga and a residential area in Ystad could be used to portray the exclusive and luxurious houses of Soldala in the...

  • Mossbystrand

    ‘He had never imagined that Linda would want to follow in his footsteps, and it was hard for him to come to terms with what he had heard.’ When Linda was a child Wallander would take her to the beach at Mossbystrand, and it is on this ‘special’ beach in Firewall (Sw film) that Linda...

  • Café Bäckahästen

    Having tried to arrange a first meeting at the Soft Social Club on Stora Östergatan, Wallander eventually gets to meet Ella at Café Bäckahästen in the film Firewall. Wallander has fallen in love but Ella has other plans – her intention is to acquire secret information from the police. Ella...

  • Löderup

    ‘Then he confidently daubed a hint of pale red on the grouse’s plumage’. Wallander’s father lives on the outskirts of the village of Löderup in a whitewashed cottage. It is in the outhouse that he has his studio where he paints his landscapes, both with and without the great wood...

  • Stationen (The Station)

    The train station building has been used as the police station in both the Swedish and the BBC Wallander productions. During filming, it was also the command centre for actors and film crew. The old train station is also a bed and breakfast, called Stationen B & B.

  • Nybrostrand

    Stefan Lindman lives in a whitewashed, thatched cottage on the beach at Nybrostrand adjacent to the scout hut. Wallander’s daughter Linda sometimes lives there too. The beach is also the place where some of Wallander’s police colleagues enjoy their annual crayfish party and it is on this...

  • Brösarps backar

    ‘Fog. A silent stealthy beast of prey’. It was nine in the evening when the lawyer Gustav Torstensson drove home from the fictitious manor house Farnholm in southeast Skåne in The Man Who Smiled. It was cold and misty. On the hills at Brösarp he comes across a chair with a doll on it in...

  • Hammars Backar

    In the film Before the Frost (Sw film) Linda and her friend Anna enjoy a picnic on the Hammars Backar hills, the outing ends in disagreement. And in the film Firewall, the peaceful hills offer a powerful contrast to the violent murder of a taxi driver who is stabbed to death in his car. The...

  • Fritidsbaren

    The café by the sea. Wallander and Anja take a break here during their brief affair in The Tricksters (Sw film). Here at the café that is only open in the summer season the orders are called out using a megaphone – “Hello! Hello! Danish and coffee for Kurt!” The menu also includes classic...

  • Cineteket

    Cineteket is an interactive film museum, centre and gallery. Here you can see how a film is made, from the script to special effects, including blue-screen technology and animation. Guided tours of Cineteket available in Swedish and English. During low season, only open for groups with advance...

  • Ystad Sandskog

    Gustaf Wetterstedt, the former minister of justice, has a house in Sandskogen and is murdered on one of his evening strolls along the beach in the book Sidetracked. The murderer has scalped his victim. In the film Sidetracked, Stefan Fredman lives in Lövsångarestigen, while the same character...

  • Marsvinsholm

    ‘Paralysed, he watched her lurch around the field as the fire sizzled and blazed over her body.’ The rape field in Sidetracked where Dolores is burned to death is not far from Marsvinsholm manor house. Wallander discovers that Dolores was one of many young women who have been duped by an...

  • Dag Hammarskjöld’s Backåkra

    ‘There was a stone circle there. A stone circle of contemplation, erected some years earlier. It was an invitation to solitude and peace of mind. He sat down on a stone and looked out to the sea.’ In the book Faceless Killers Wallander takes a break to compose himself before facing his...

  • Svarte

    Wallander has moved to this little village by the sea in the film The Revenge (Sw film). The new public prosecutor from Stockholm, Katarina Ahlsell also moves here with her children. They are attracted to one another. Katarina is played by Lena Endre. What was once a small fishing hamlet is...

  • Hotell Continental

    Sweden’s oldest hotel, it opened in 1829. One of Wallander's favourite restaurants is in the hotel and it is here that he takes his daughter Linda when he wants to celebrate. The hotel also features in One Step Behind (Sw film) and The African (Sw film). In the former Wallander plans to arrest...

  • Simrishamn

    All though the town is frequently mentioned in the books and films it is only on rare occasions that Wallander has to cross into the adjoining police district of Simrishamn. In The Faceless Killers Wallander meets a colleague from Karlstad in Hotell Svea. And in Sidetracked, he enjoys a dinner at...

  • Hagestad Nature Reserve

    In the book One Step Behind, three youths dressed in 18th century clothes are murdered as they celebrate Midsummer. The murderer buries the bodies in the woods only to exhume them later. When the partly decomposed bodies are found the murderer has replaced the bodies on the picnic rug. In the...

  • Krageholmssjön

    ‘In their agony, their wings on fire, they tried to fly away over the lake, but one by one plunged into the water like fireballs.’ Henning Mankell likes to use real places in his books and in Before the Frost (Sw film) the burning swans seek the fictitious waters of Marebo Lake...

  • Ystad Police Station

    In the film Skytten (The Shooter), Sofia is shot to death in front of Wallander just outside the Police Station in Ystad.

  • Ystad Marina, the harbour

    In the film The Joker (Sw film) a woman is executed in front of her daughter outside her restaurant Chez moi, in reality Marinan\\\'s Restaurang and Café. In the Firewall the restaurant changes name to Vyström\\\'s Bar. Hackern Modin, who is brought in to help the Ystad police, picks Wallander...

  • Baldringe church

    In the BBC dramatization of the film One Step Behind the film team managed to capture the special light of the district of Österlen. The Norman church dates from the 12th century and it is here that Wallander’s colleague Svedberg is buried. *

  • Skarviken

    '...and every time I paint the same thing. The landscape.' In a small cove surrounded by coastal pastures the BBC’s film team have brilliantly captured the idyllic Swedish summer scene. Wallander’s father and Gertrud, the maid whom he married when he grew old, live in this beautiful cove...

  • Brantevik

    ‘It looked like she was sleeping, but he knew at once that she was dead’. Despite the fact that he is with her on the island of Barnsö Wallander failed to protect Isa Edengren. The serial killer who has murdered Isa’s friend during the Midsummer festivities has managed to track her and...

  • Lilla Norregatan

    It is on this street that Svedberg, Wallander’s colleague, is murdered in his home in One Step Behind (Sw film). Not far from here are the offices of the local newspaper, Ystads Allehanda. The newspaper has a double role, one fiction and the other as a real newspaper covering the making of the...

  • Västra Vemmenhög

    The exciting end to the story in The Courier (Sw film) comes to a climax in Västra Vemmenhög church. The church, which is known for its granite tower, was built in 1868 to replace its 13th century predecessor.

  • Hotell Anno 1793 Sekelgården

    Bo Runfelt, a witness in The Fifth Woman, and Birgitta Törn from the Foreign Office in The Dogs of Riga, stay in this hotel as do Ludwigsson and Hamrén, two policemen assigned to help the Ystad police in the book Sidetracked. Why not round off your Wallander day by renting the Wallander Suite?

  • Öja krog

    The castle ruins that house the restaurant Öja krog are the location for the fictitious Rölleka Convent; it is here that illegal refugees are hidden in Under Cover. Wallander occasionally visits the convent to talk to the nuns and is often faced with the question as to what is legally right and...

  • Ingelstorp Restaurang and Pensionat

    Wallander and his Danish colleague Lone Kjaer apprehend a man who calls himself Louise at Copenhagen Bar in the film One Step Behind. The exterior of the bar was filmed on location in Copenhagen but it was the interior of the Ingelstorp Restaurang and Pensionat that was used as the location for...

  • Restaurang and Bar King’s Head

    Robert Thuresson, the main suspect in The Photographer (Sw film) gets into a fight here with constable Stefan Lindman as they try to arrest him. You too can enjoy Wallander’s favourite whiskey at the King’s Head.

  • Stortorget

    The main square is, as the name suggests, an important centre. Here you will find the Bookshop where Wallander is a loyal customer and Lotta's Restaurant where Wallander treats Nyberg to dinner in One Step Behind (Sw film) only to find that he has no money with him and Nyberg ends up paying. The...

  • Pilgränd

    Despite 24-hour police protection, Wester, the controversial politician, is shot and killed in Pilgrändshuset. Pilgrändshuset, not pictured, is one of Ystad’s oldest and best preserved half-timbered houses; it was built in the 16th century. The house backs on to the pedestrian street Stora...

  • Ystads Teater

    The Cellist (Sw film) is a film about a ruthless Russian Mafia feud. Following a concert in the old theatre an attempt is made to kill a Russian concert cellist with a bomb in the car park outside the theatre and the Ystad police find themselves deeply involved in the struggle. Ystad theatre was...

  • Ystad Tourist Office

    In The White Lioness, the tourist office staff help the conspirator Rykoff rent a house in which he wants to hide the assassin Victor Mabasha’s successor.

  • Österportstorg

    The villain dies horribly in The Brothers (Sw film) when he throws himself in front of an armoured vehicle during a military parade on Österportstorg square. In The Darkness (Sw film), it becomes apparent that all the victims have a connection with Österport School, and in both fiction and...

  • Klostret i Ystad

    The monastery in Ystad dates from 1267 and is the oldest and best kept monastery in Sweden, it was dedicated to St. Francis and is also known as the Grey Friars’ Monastery; today it houses Ystad Museum. In the film The Cellist (Sw film) it was used as the location for the Russian Orthodox...

  • Valleberga church

    The church was built of limestone in the middle of the 12th century. It is the only remaining round church in Skåne and was inspired by a temple on the Danish island of Bornholm. In the film Before the Frost (Sw film) a van loaded with explosives is driven up to the church, the attack is...

  • Kivik

    With its 1000 + stalls and funfair Kiviks marknad is the largest of its kind in Sweden. Over 100 000 people enjoy the 3-day event every July. Henning Mankell chose the market as the backdrop for a scene in The Faceless Killers. After a wild chase through the busy market, Wallander and Martinson...

  • Fyledalen

    ‘The spearlike tips of the stakes had pierced the body in several places.’ The bird watcher Holger Eriksson lives in Seclusion, a lonely farmhouse in the Fyledalen valley, in The Fifth Woman. Every evening he walks to his hide nearby, a practice that leads to his death. The murderer has...

  • S:ta Maria church

    Kurt Wallander married Mona, his ex, here in 1970; the wedding was conducted by Mona's confirmation priest and in the book One Step Behind the funeral for Wallander's murdered police colleague Svedberg was held here. The church dates from the 13th century.

  • Snårestad

    The hostel in Snårestad is the location of a crime of passion in The Priest (Sw film). A priest is found shot outside the hostel in what appears to be an unexplainable execution, but as he fights for his life in Ystad Hospital his extra-marital love affair comes to light.

  • Restaurant Café Helsa På

    In the film Skytten (The Shooter), Pontus and his son are having lunch with Pontus’ father and his father’s new girlfriend at the restaurant. The lunch ends with spiteful words and Pontus hastily leaves the café/restaurant. In daily life, the buildings in which the restaurant/café is...

  • Night club, Bar á Bar at the shopping street

    Pontus and Isabelle are out partying, and Isabelle tells Pontus that she wants to leave and travel the world for a while.

  • Ystad Konstmuseum

    The hospital scene where Erika Carlman is taken after a suicide attempt in the Swedish film Sidetracked was shot in the Ystad Art Gallery auditorium.

  • Kadesjö

    ‘They walked through the forest, on a path leading to the strange metal statue erected to the memory of a visit the warrior King Charles XII was rumoured to have made to Kade Lake.’ It is here in these peaceful woods near a farm in Kadesjö that Wallander reveals a secret to his daughter...

  • Ystad court house

    The court proceedings in the film Cellisten (The Cellist) and Prästen (The Priest) take place here.

  • Restaurant Store Thor

    In the BBC version of Mördare utan ansikte (Faceless Killers), Kurt, Linda and her new boyfriend, Jamal, are seen having dinner at the Store Thor restaurant. Jamal is giving Kurt some advice on Kurt’s newly diagnosed diabetes. The dinner conversation is abruptly interrupted by Kurt’s phone...

  • Harmonigatan

    With a touch or irony, Henning Mankell placed the murderer’s home in a pretty cottage on ‘Harmony Street’ in One Step Behind.

  • The bar, Bryggeriet

    In the film Skytten (The Shooter), Pontus and Isabelle grab a beer in the bar - filmed at the brewery in Ystad. Isabelle and Pontus talk about their family.

  • Sjömansgatan

    In The Man Who Smiled, Sten and Gustaf Torstensson, a firm of solicitors, have their offices in a yellow building on this street. It was at the time when Wallander was contemplating leaving the police that his divorce lawyer Sten Torstensson was fatally wounded by three shots in his office – a...

  • Nya Vattentornen

    This water tower is guarded by the army in the film The Revenge (Sw film). While Wallander looks out over the town from the water tower he gets the first clue that leads to solving the case. What he doesn’t see is the connection to the man standing beside him.

  • The Pub

    In the film Faceless Killers, Kurt and Nyberg are having dinner together at the pub. Nyberg has forgotten his wallet and Kurt’s credit card is not working - they are left without the means to pay for their food. The pub location is filmed around the dance floor at Beddingestrands Camping.

  • Lasarettet

    Kurt Wallander is an outpatient at Ystad Hospital (Lasarettet) where they treat him for diabetes and stress. It is also here that his colleague Svedberg’s cousin Ylva Brink works as a midwife. Mrs Brink is a key witness in The Fifth Woman. In the film The Darkness (Swe film) young girls are...

  • The Oeresund bridge

    In the film Kuriren (The Courier), a drug courier speeds onto the bridge.

  • The train station in Ystad

    Kurt, waiting at the station to pick up his daughter, Linda, is surprised when he sees her travel companion - Inger, his ex-wife. Together, they drive to the church for Povel’s funeral.

  • Boxing and gym

    In the film Skytten (The Shooter), Wallander and Pontus want to ask a colleague from the Malmö police service, Björn Holmström, a few questions - but Björn is off duty, so they meet up with him during a boxing session. Even in real life, boxing goes on in the facilities. This is actually...

  • The swimming hall

    Pontus, police officer trainee, is on the look-out for the presumed shooter. He sees the shooter, a young man, entering the swimming hall and follows. The shooter gets away by fleeing to the car park close to the swimming hall.

  • The beach by the river mouth of Nybroån

    Lars and Erika reach the shore by rubber raft, as Lars attempts to get away - but Pontus and Isabelle are already there, ready to intervene. Isabelle gets shot at, but is saved by her body armour.

  • Car park Ziska

    After the pursuit of the shooter, who fled to the Ziska car park, there is gunfire between Pontus and the shooter. Because of this, Kurt does not think Pontus is suited to be a police officer. It is also in this car park that Fabian meets the men he owes money to in the film Indrivaren (The...

  • Hejdegatan

    Linda Wallander moves to terraced house on this street following her break up with her police colleague Stefan Lindman. In the film The Secret (Sw film), Stefan’s past catches up with him and he goes home to Linda for solace drunk and shot with his dark secret.

  • The Chinese restaurant

    Kurt and Elin are having dinner at the restaurant after her lecture in the town hall - at the beginning of their meeting, Elin doesn’t really believe Kurt is a police inspector because he does not have his badge with him. Elin’s car explodes just outside the restaurant and Elin is killed in...

  • Skivarp motocross

    Katarina’s son, Elias, is a talented motocross rider. In the film Kuriren (The Courier), Elias is participating in a competition and Katarina and Kurt are there to watch the race. Elias wins the race - cheered on by Katarina and Kurt.

  • Pizzerian

    The restaurant Bröderna M is on this site and is another favourite haunt of Wallander’s. He goes here to voice his thoughts with Istvan, the restaurant owner. In Firewall (Sw film) two young girls order a taxi from the pizzeria - a journey that ends in murder.

  • Fotboll field at Sandskogens Idrottsplats

    The bodies of both Magdalena (Olle’s wife) and Jarek are found here during a football match in the film Tjuven (The Thief). It is when Elias’s team is playing, with Kurt in the crowd, that he suddenly thinks of the potential hiding place - under the artificial grass! The game is interrupted...

  • Car park near by the Norreport kiosk

    The first murder in the film Skytten (The Shooter), in which Kai Vredman is shot to death in a red car in the car park, proves to have been at the hands of a sharp-shooter. The police officers are standing on the roof of the hospital nearby and are able to establish the method: Pontus discovers...

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