VEN, THE PERFECT TOURIST ATTRACTION
Ven is the perfect tourist attraction as it is easily accessible and has many attractions to offer its visitors which you can read more about under the headings Eating and Overnight Stays, Getting about on Ven, Seeing and Doing, Products from Ven and Art, Handicraft and Shops. On the Ven notice board, you can see which activities are open on the specific days you intend to visit Ven.
If you want to have further ideas, you can even turn to VisitHven which is a portal for the whole of Ven.
Ven’s nature reserve
Large parts of the coastline of Ven make up a nature reserve because of the rich variety of animal and plant species to be found here. Rare plants are abundant which are uncommon on the mainland. Even Ven’s bird fauna is very rich and swallows which nest in the naked erosion slopes are particularly characteristic of the fauna here. Ven’s insect fauna also contains many threatened species.
Each year, Ven has a considerable number of visitors as well as to its nature reserves. This is how we want it to be, that everyone can take advantage of Ven’s beautiful and unique nature. Therefore, it is also important that everyone respects the rules which apply within the nature reserve. So that there can be no misunderstanding about the rules which apply, you will find these with a map onboard the Ventrafiken ferries, outside the terminal in Landskrona as well as you can open then as a pdf here.
You can read more about Ven’s nature reserve and its fauna on the County Administration homepage.
Nature and History
The grassy slopes, better known as Backafallen, is dramatic and lifts Ven out of the sea, which gives the island the peculiar shape of a plateau. Thanks to this design, Ven functions as a wonderful viewpoint for the visitors, and the magnificent view of the Swedish and Danish coasts that extends all the way to the Öresund Bridge.
Due to Backafallens special values they are protected as nature reserves. The beautiful mallow flower is growing on the slopes, and in some places even higher up on the island. Backafallen are special and worth protecting. The dramatic Backafallen also offers soft and inviting beaches. Get down to the beach if you want to go for a nice swim!
Ven has a very special history. 8-10 000 years ago a land bridge joined Zealand and Skåne and its highest point became Ven. This might also explain why Ven today is so rich of archaeological findings.
During the 16th century’s second part Tycho Brahe made his presence on Ven and his scientific achievements have made Ven known far beyond Sweden's borders.
Tycho Brahe was born in 1546 in Knutstorp’s castle in Skåne which at that time was a Danish province. After studying around at different places in Europe, Tycho Brahe made the discovery that would become the starting point for his further career - he discovered a new star which led the Danish king to realize Tycho Brahe's scientific literacy. The king therefore gave Ven as a gift to the young nobleman Tycho Brahe.
On Ven Tycho Brahe created what today is considered as one of the most important places in the history of science. In the middle of the island, Tycho Brahe and his assistants pursued diligent research into subjects such as astronomy, meteorology and cartography. As a result of this, Tycho Brahe is reckoned as one of the five scientists who laid the foundation for today's modern world. His castle Uraniborg was during two intense decades a meeting place for scientists and royals from all over Europe. The castle was demolished in the 17th century and today only the underground part of his observatory Stjerneborg remains. In the middle of Ven in the former All Saints Church accommodated since 2005 contemporary Tycho Brahe Museum surrounded by a beautiful Renaissance garden. So if you want to know more about the exciting Tycho Brahe, his scientific achievements and life of Ven you must not miss to stop by!