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German favourite Helsingborg beckons with palace, gardens, seascapes

Sofiero Palace, Helsingborg
Sofiero Palace and Gardens - Helsinborg's signature attraction PHOTO: Michelle Winny
Sweden’s Helsingborg expects five cruise calls this year with three from Phoenix Reisen. First up is the 1,188-passenger Artania, due June 22, then 800-passenger Albatros on Aug. 8 and Aug 15. Oceania Cruises' 684-passenger Nautica will drop anchor Aug. 1, and Fred. Olsen’s 1,360-passenger Balmoral is expected Sept 11.

Helsingborg highlights

The final day of the recent Cruise Baltic familiarization trip attendees took a whistle-stop tour of several sights. On the Kulla Peninsula the first stop was Flickorna Lundgren Café, a quintessential garden café catering to large groups that serves tea, coffee, refreshments and homemade Swedish cakes.

Next stop: Kulla Peninsula Lighthouse, with its sweeping seascape views. One double hotel room in the lighthouse is available for an exclusive stay.

The top draw

Sofiero Palace and Gardens, one of the Swedish royal family's country estates, is the city’s signature attraction, with its cultivated gardens with some 500 species of rhododendrons and a range of dishes made from local produce in the garden café. Guided group tours of the house and gardens are available on request.

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