Ystad Port Ferry Overview
Ystad is a locality and the seat of Ystad Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden. Some of the main industries of the town are trade, handicraft and tourism. It is considered one of the best preserved cities in the Scania province, and few cities in Sweden can measure up to its old picturesque houses and street network. The town has two large medieval churches: The Church of Saint Peter also known as Klostret and the Church of the Virgin Mary (Mariakyrkan), both highly influenced by the gothic Hansa architecture that can be seen in churches around the Baltic Sea, for instance in Helsingborg, Malmö and Rostock.
There are frequent ferries to Bornholm, Denmark and to Świnoujście in Poland operated by Bornholmstrafikken and Unity Line respectively. Ystad was mentioned for the first time in 1244. A Franciscan Convent, Gråbrödraklostret, was founded in 1267. Ystad joined the Hanseatic League in the 14th century. The charter of 1599 gave the town the right to export oxen. Ystad, together with all of Scania, was transferred from Denmark to Sweden, following the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658. At that time it had a population of about 1,600. In 1850 it had reached 5,000. By 1866 Ystad gained a railway connection, and it was established as a garrison town in the 1890s and the population exceeded 10,000. After World War II ferry lines to Poland and the Danish island Bornholm were opened.