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!
To travel on Ven
Vens landscape is crossed by dirt roads and bike paths that lead down to the idyllic harbours. The ways to get around on Ven are many. Most visitors uses bikes to get around but it is also possible to travel by bus, tractor and cart, horse and carriage, or why not take a walk in the quiet pace.
When you are visiting Ven, do not miss all the food and drink that is produced here, served on many of the island's fine restaurants. Thanks to Ven’s weather-wise favourable position, Ven offers Europe’s northernmost crops of durum wheat which become pastries, venpasta and more. Goat cheese, canola oil and ice cream are other products manufactured locally on the island. Ven is also the "whisky Mecca" of southern Sweden with a small and unique distillery. If you have any interest in whisky we can highly recommend you to take part in one of the distilleries guided tours.
Arts and Crafts
You will also find several artists who are inspired by the beauty of the light and the environment. There are numerous studios and galleries on the island.
Ven also has many other activities to offer its visitors. As an example, there is a beautiful 9-hole golf course and a football golf course. To learn more about Ven's story, visit the beautiful Nämndemansgården where Hembygdsföreningen has several historical exhibitions, including one about Ven’s brickwork era.