Sweden: WallanderYstad: Wallander's Hometown
Inspector Kurt Wallander loves opera, hates physical exercise and enjoys a drink or two. Swedish author Henning Mankell created an everyday hero that we all can relate to. And with more than 30 million books sold to date, Wallander is Sweden's most popular cop.
Wallander has been at the centre of 41 Swedish and 12 British TV films - all of which showcased his hometown of Ystad in Southern Sweden to a worldwide audience. Three different main actors have played Wallander over the years: Rolf Lassgård (Swedish production, 1994-2007), Krister Henriksson (Swedish production, 2005-2013) and Kenneth Branagh (BBC, 2008-2016).
Many a heated discussion has been held amongst fans as to who of the three actors best epitomizes the moody police inspector. It's a tough call, but we decided to follow Krister Henriksson's Wallander around Ystad. In an interesting side note, apparently Krister Henriksson initially refused to take on the role. Only a personal phone call from author Henning Mankell himself convinced him otherwise.
While there are literally hundreds of Wallander film locations in (and around) Ystad, we focused on the most iconic places and experiences associated with the films.
Mariagatan 10: Kurt's Apartment
In the novels, Kurt Wallander lives in an apartment at Mariagatan 10, a quiet street you'll find just east of the town centre.
Although the entrance to the house depicted in the first Krister Henriksson series is easily recognisable, this is not in fact Number 10 - rather it is 11c. If you're interested, you'll find Number 10 right across the road. It was deemed not photogenic enough by the filmmakers.
Ystad Police Station
Ystad's former train station was turned into the police headquarters and used for exterior and interior shots.
What cop doesn't literally inhale coffee? Kurt is certainly no exception. His favourite café is Fridolfs Konditori where he often sits over a brew and contemplates his latest case.
Allow yourself some time for a Swedish fika - a relaxing coffee and cake break.
Scene Hunting on Foot
The city of Ystad has created a dedicated online movie map to help visitors find many of the key locations in town...
Ystad Studios and Visitor Centre
In 2018, the Ystad Studios and Visitor Centre opened its doors to the fans. It showcases the interior of Wallander's apartment where visitors can sit in Kurt's chair and contemplate how lonely it can feel to be a cop.
Here, you can also book a one-hour long guided location tour around Ystad for groups of 10 or more.
A little taster of Krister Henriksson's performance:
The megalithic monument of Ales Stenar holds a special meaning for the people in the region. Whenever Kurt Wallander has to reflect on a particularly tough case, he hikes up the hill and sits between the ancient stones.
Our daughter loved it here.