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, hence Maria Street.
• Mariagatan 10
Parked on the road outside his house, a pale yellow street lamp casts a light over Wallander’s blue Peugeot and the music from an opera seeps through his apartment windows and drifts away on the night air.
• Mariagatan 11 C
The first thirteen Wallander films, staring Krister Henriksson, were filmed on Mariagatan, just as described in the books, but for technical reasons the façade of a house on the opposite side of the road was used. The interior of the house and Wallander’s apartment were built as a set at Ystad Studios, which you can read more about in ‘Ystad Studios’.