Laholm’s town is Halland County’s oldest (with town privileges from the 13th century), but the place has been inhabited since 10,000 years ago. Everywhere in the landscape you can see traces of Laholm’s early history. When you drive into the town centre via the old road, you must first cross Lagaholm’s Castle ruin. Already in the 13th century there was a royal estate here, belonging to the Danish king, but the site has been used long before. Two famous kings gathered in the castle in 1278: Erik Klipping, Dane and Slave King, issued a letter to Magnus Ladulås of Sweden, where they mutually promised each other not to support those who opposed any one. The castle burned down in 1637, but was rebuilt by Christian IV and was besieged by the Swedes during Gustav Horn, May 2–14, 1644. After this, the castle was provided with a bastioned five-hinged carriageway and a pair of exterior works, according to Örnehufwud’s dessein. A couple of bridge heads were built in 1652. In the 1930s, when they dug out the castle ruins, a lot of beautiful ceramics were found (at display at the Halland Cultural History Museum in Varberg) and a large amount of medieval skeletons from the cemetery below the fortress. Under the castle there were also fireplaces from the Stone Age.
Northwest of Lagaholm lies the village Köpinge, which was believed to be a trading place during the Iron Age, ie. Viking period. At the height just before Köpinge you’ll find “King Ise’s burial mound” (Kung Ises hög) – a 4.5 meter high burial mound from the Bronze Age, with a diameter of 34 meters. Given its magnitude, it is probably a powerful individual with high status that lies here. In the surrounding land they have found parts of a sword. Next to the pile stands a menhir which is risen later, probably during the Iron Age.
Gamleby is a picturesque part of Laholm’s town center, dating back to the 1400s. Here, in the oldest part of the town, you’ll find the old street grid and the irregular town planning from the Middle Ages. The houses are built in woodwork and brick, typical of southern Halland, and they reflect the appearance of the old towns that lived on trade, crafts and agriculture. Laholm is the northernmost outpost for this South-Scandinavian (Danish-German) building culture.
Below you will find some interesting historical places to visit!
Lugnarohögen is a burial mound dating to the late Bronze Age, (800-600 B.C.), that became a small sensation at the first examination in 1926. The grave is surrounded by stones laid in the shape of a ship – the first of its kind found in Sweden at the time. After extensive renovation, the grave has been reopened for visitors.
On site there is no parking available, but the mighty hill and the mythical stone are definitely worth a visit. Consider that this place once served as a big trading and meeting place for people from the near and far. Sporadic excavations have shown findings from both the Bronze and Iron age.
Although the ruins today mostly consist of a road and a power plant, it is nevertheless quite cool to walk around the walls and imagine the castle. Under the castle there are cellar spaces preserved, including an old prison cave.
On the rolling slopes of Hallandsås (Halland ridge) lies the Lassahus stone (Lassahusstenen), a stone block with carvings from the Bronze Age.
Follow the blue hiking trail in Osbeck’s forests, and find it!
The grave field is located on a narrow sand ridge, which must have offered a magnificent view of the sea two thousand years ago, when the landscape consisted mostly of undeveloped heath. The stones are from the Iron Age, today 36 remain. Nearby are also four burial mounds from the Bronze Age.
When road 115 below was built, archaeologists found the remains of a house from the Iron Age. Think of it when you pass the location in your car, that you’re driving straight through an old Viking farm.
Skottorp’s Castle (Skottorps slott) in Skottorp is one of Sweden’s best kept Empire-castles. King Karl XI and Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark got married here on May 6, 1680. The castle was built during the 1670s, by Frans Joel Örnestedt. Today the castle is a private residence.