Solve a murder mystery with Kurt Wallander

A self-guided audio walking tour through Ystad, based on a Henning Mankell detective story

2.3 km
Start location
Sankt Knuts square
End location
1.5 hour(s)
Age rating

99 kr

Read this in — Deutsch, Svenska

Join forces with Kurt Wallander in Ystad

Are you ready to step up to the plate and solve a murder? Head out on this Wallander-themed walking tour through Ystad to put your detective skills to the test! Experience this idyllic coastal town in a brand new way while you try to impress your police colleagues!

It is a chilly spring morning in 1988. Detective Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander is having breakfast at Fridolf’s cafe in Ystad when he is alerted by his colleague Martinsson that a local photographer has been found brutally murdered. The events of the murder are curious, and it becomes even more strange when Wallander finds a photo album that contains a grotesquely distorted image of himself at the crime scene.

A self-guided walking tour

This self guided audio walking tour has been created in cooperation with Leopard publishing. It is based on the short story “The Death of the Photographer”. It helps you trace the footsteps of Henning Mankell’s well known character Kurt Wallander through Ystad as he is trying to solve the murder of photographer Simon Lamberg. The tour starts at Sankt Knuts square and guides you to locations that are important in the Wallander universe, such as his favorite cafe and the apartment building where he lives. One of Wallander’s colleagues wants to test your police detective skills, and assigns you to solve the case. Maybe you have a future as a crime investigator ahead of you? It doesn’t matter if the Wallander novels are among your favorite stories or if you have never read them before. We promise, you’ll have an experience out of the ordinary either way!

The StoryTourist app will show you the way

To walk this tour you’ll download the user friendly StoryTourist app. The app is equipped with a map, GPS and a digital guide which will make sure you walk in the right direction. Once you have purchased the tour it is yours to keep. You can use it at any time and as many times as you wish.

Listen to Wallander’s story in the locations where it takes place, and take part of the investigation through the app. Collect evidence and look for clues in your surroundings to find out who the murderer is.

Join StoryTourist and step into the story!

Read this in — Deutsch, Svenska

How this tour works:

Your smartphone is your guide on this tour! Once you have purchased a tour, this is what you do:

  • Download the StoryTourist app from Apple App Store or Google Play, while connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Log into the app using the same email address you filled in when purchasing the tour. You will create your password the first time you log into the app. The tour you have purchased will be ready to download in the tour library once you have logged in. Make sure you are still connected to Wi-Fi while downloading the tour.
  • Go to the starting point of the tour, open the app, put your headphones on and head out on your StoryTour adventure!

Important information:

  • This is a location based experience. You have to be at the tour starting point in Ystad, Sweden to start this walking tour.
  • Once the tour is downloaded to your phone, you can use it offline.
  • There is a map, GPS and a digital guide in the app, making sure that you’ll walk the right way.
  • This tour is available in English, Swedish and German.
  • Once you have purchased the tour, it is your to keep. You can use it whenever you want and as many times as you would like. You can start, pause and end the tour whenever you would like.
  • This tour is pet friendly – feel free to bring your dog on this walk!
  • Public transport is available close to both the tour start point and end point.
  • This tour is accessible for wheelchair users, but please note that some parts of the tour route is cobblestone streets.
  • We recommend this tour from ages 12 and up, due to dark themes of the story.

What to bring:

  • Your smartphone, with the StoryTourist app and the tour you purchased already downloaded. 
  • Headphones, for the best possible listening experience
  • Make sure that your smartphone battery is fully charged. If you know that your phone has poor battery capacity, it can be a good idea to bring a powerbank as well.

Ystad Tourist Office at St Knut's square

The tour starts here

Fridolf's café

Wallander sits down with a colleague at his favorite café to discuss a murder case.

Ziska parking garage

Wallander meets a witness who hands over some potential evidence material. Help him take a look at it!

The Photography Studio

You visit the scene of the crime with Wallander, and look for clues.


Wallander is at home, reviewing the evidence found so far.


You follow up on an interesting lead that takes you to this address.

The Simovic family parking lot

Mrs. Simovic phones in and reports something mysterious that has happened outside her house in the middle of the night. You rush there to investigate.

Bäckahästen café

Wallander meets a witness here, who has some interesting information to share about the murder victim.


Here you'll have a go at handwriting analysis.


Wallander has a violent encounter with the murderer here. Will he be able the chase after them?

Greyfriars Abbey

Wallander confronts the culprit.

The Greyfriars Abbey pond

Wallander reflects upon the case.

Locations you'll visit on this tour:

  • Fridolf's café
  • Wallander's apartment building on Mariagatan
  • Bäckahästen Café
  • Stortorget
  • Änglahuset
  • The Greyfriars Abbey
  • The Greyfriars Abbey Pond
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