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Ales Stenar, Ystad
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See the colossal stones that form one of the most impressive monuments of ancient Nordic culture at Ales Stenar. Known as the Stonehenge of Sweden, the monument stands on the Skane coast in the south side of the country. The site features 59 large boulders arranged in a ship-like formation. The stones at the front and in the back are larger than the others, clearly representing the bow and stern of a ship. The monument dates back to the early Middle Ages, even before the time when Vikings ruled the waves of northern Europe. The tranquil fields, hiking trails, and sea views surrounding the monument offer a great setting for a day outdoors. The sight has its own parking area. Plan to visit Ales Stenar and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Ystad attractions using our Ystad vacation builder.
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  • The menhirs are up on the top of the hill overlooking the sea, this is a place where you feel the mystical importance the site has had for thousands of years. 
  • Ok so these stones are old, but how old and why were they built - and by whom. These and more questions will not be answered by visiting the stones, but you will be intrigued and stunned by the wildne...  more »
  • A short car trip from Ystad. Free parking. The entrance to the area. Because of the views it is worth to take this very tiring walk. Fantastic views.
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  • A very unique set of stones placed on a hill outside a small harbour in southern Sweden. The monument is formed as a ship pointing towards winter and summer solstice. The monument is about 15 minutes walk from the nearest parking lot.
  • Nice historical place. Nice view of Baltic
  • Nice area at the sea, the stones are ok, certainly not comparable with Hengestone ;) In any case, dont miss out to go to the harbour, there are a lots of fish restaurants!
  • Fantastic views and an equally fantastic stone ship. You can bring a picnic up here and stay a whole day. Spectacular sunsets.
  • Mini Stonehenge. Beautiful views