Möolle


Mölle
Mölle and Kullaberg - Click HERE for big size picture
Postcard from Mölle - I can see my house so it must be from after 1975


Mölle is a small fishing village on Kullaberg. During the 18th and 19th century Mölle developed thanks to the fishing. But the real upswing for Mölle came on the 1860s when the tourists came. 1880 there was an extension built to the small port. And in 1910 they opened the railway “Möllebanan” and there were direct train from Berlin to Mölle.

“Möllebanan” (“Mölle track” or Höganäs–Mölle Järnväg (HMöJ) (Höganäs–Mölle) was a 10km long railway track between Mölle and Höganäs from 1910 to 1963 when they stopped the train service. The railway was built and paid for privately, among the financiers were the hotel owners in Mölle that wanted to make it easier for the tourists to come to the by then famous Mölle.

Möllebanan 1908
Start building Möllebanan 1908
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Möllebanan - The viaduct in Höganäs
Möllebanan - The viaduct in Höganäs
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They started to build the railway in December 1908 and the first train took off on the 1st of May 1910. They were soon running in to financial trouble. There was enough passengers during the summers, but during the winter. Yes, exactly, duck all. Who wanted to go to Mölle in January?

Swedish state railway bought the track in 1920. In 1937 they started with electric trains and the steam engines disappeared.

The train started from Höganäs Nedre station but moved to Höganäs Central Station when they built the new station in 1919. Leaving Höganäs and the track crossed a viaduct over Höganäsbolaget's track and then first stop Strandbaden. Second stop was Nyhamnsläge.

The railway station at Strandbaden
The railway station at Strandbaden 2011
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I was going in the school just next to the old platforms in Nyhamnsläge when I was 10 years old. This was back in the 70's but I think I remember that there was a district medical officer in the old station building. Anyway they demolished the old station in 1986. And in Nyhamnsläge there was a dead end siding to Nyhamns Trävaruaffär the only industry using the railway.

Leaving Nyhamnsläge and there was one more stop before Mölle, the Krapperup staion built by Baron Gyllenstierna on Krapperup Castle

End station, Mölle with the only engine shed on the route. Space for two engines and there was also a Railway turntable a warehouse and a post office.

Mölle train station 1910
Mölle train station 1910
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Steam engine type VKBa2 at Mölle train station
Steam engine type VKBa2 at Mölle train station
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Mölle train station 1910
Mölle train station - Post card from 1910

On the beaches in Mölle men and women where swimming together, that surrounded Mölle by scandal and made the village popular. This was the first place in Europe were women and men did swim together. This was a sensation in Europe. Mölle had a reputation around Europe as a sin city. People travelled here from all over Europe.

But going for a holiday in Mölle was nothing you told your friends at home about. This was considered a very sinful place and the people did live a life of sin in Mölle.

Some of the people going to Mölle even got their mail sent to an address in Arild, a small village nearby, on the north side of Kullaberg. Then they could tell people back home: “I'm just going to Arild for a while, send my mail to me in Arild”


Ransvik, Mölle
Ransvik, Mölle - Picture by Peter P Lundh

Ransvik, Mölle
Ransvik, Mölle 1910 - Picture by Peter P Lundh
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Bath house in Mölle marina 1920's
Postcard from 1920 - Bath house in Mölle marina 1920's
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Peter P Lundh, born 14th of April 1865 in Skätteskärr just outside Nyhamnsläge, died in Höganäs 1st of October 1943. Peter P Lundh was a photographer and he opened his studio in Skätteskärr in 1886. He opened 3 more studios:
Vad gjorde farfar i Mölle?• In Höganäs 1892
• In Mölle 1894
• In Aril 1907

He is famous for his “bathing” pictures from the mixed sex beach in Ransvik, Mölle where he hade the sole right to take pictures from Baron Gyllenstierna at Krapperup’s Castle

The “bathing” pictures are taken between 1907 and 1914, most of them after 1910.

But a lot of people were upset about the pictures of the mixed sex swimming and it was forbidden to take pictures after 1914.

Peter P Lundh also published books, among them the “Pictures from Kullen” in 1901 and the first tourist guide for Kullen in 1910.

These books and other tourist stuff was sold in Peter P Lundh's own tourist shop on Kullabergsvägen next to Hotel Elfverson.

When Peter P Lundh died his family gave all the pictures etc to Höganäs museum. They have a room dedicated to Peter P Lundh.

His pictures got famous again in 1967, when they published the book “Vad gjorde farfar i Mölle?” What did granddaddy do in Mölle?


More to read HERE - “Med farfars far i Mölle” - Helsingborgs Dagblad - In Swedish only

Ransvik, Mölle - Picture by Peter P Lundh
Ransvik, Mölle - Picture by Peter P Lundh

Ransvik, Mölle - Picture by Peter P Lundh
Ransvik, Mölle 1913 - Picture by Peter P Lundh

Ransvik, Mölle - Picture by Peter P Lundh
Ransvik, Mölle 1913 - Picture by Peter P Lundh
Pictures and post card like this spread the rumour about Mölle around Europe

Ransvik, Mölle - Picture by Peter P Lundh
Ransvik, Mölle 1970's?
And the still try to cash in on the old “rumour” as the SIN CITY

Badlif vid Mölle movieposter
Badlif vid Mölle movie poster - Click HERE for big size picture

Original title: Badlif vid Mölle

A huge crowd of people in bathing suits display themselves in front of the camera. They wave the photographer, hug and bathes. Most part of the movie is just the shores and the cliff side of Kullen beach.

Director of Photography: John Bergqvist

Production country: Sweden

Production company: AB Etablissement Viking

Censorship number: 2822

Notes: The whole scene with the man lying in the woman’s knee was cut. They also cut some of the scene with the couple.

Classification: Allowed from age 15

Technical specifications
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Width: 35 mm

Frames per second: 16

Length in metres: 94 meter

Reels: 1

First opening at Apollo in Stockholm 29 August 1911


Well, if they had shown something like this at the cinemas today they would have burnt down the cinema

“Badlif vid Mölle” - The Movie

Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet National Library of Sweden

Filmarkivet
More information about “Badlif vid Mölle” at Filmarkivet's page HERE

These pictures were considered outrageous and that women and men where swimming together was a sensation trough out Europe. Who can believe that today? One Swedish newspaper wrote with indignation: At Ransvik "men and women are swimming higgledy-piggledy".

All of this and more can be read about in the book "Vad gjorde farfar i Mölle" Interesting reading but unfortunately in Swedish only.

Hotel business flourished in Mölle. Keiser Willhelm visited Kullen 1907. When the railway line to Mölle opened 1910 the tourists could go by train all the way from Berlin and Copenhagen. Before that the train or steam ship stopped in Höganäs and they had to travel with horse-drawn vehicle from Höganäs.

Mölle marina
Mölle marina
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There was an express train arriving from Copenhagen every day, with only 1 stop in Nyhamnsläge for passengers to Arild. The first month there was about 22 000 passengers arriving with the train. The open space in front of the railway station became a market place.

Some of the tourists arriving found it annoying and nasty with all the locals trying to sell them stuff. Some of the salesmen were very pushy trying to sell all kind of stuff. Local farmers and boat owners try to sell tours. Pretty much like arriving to Bombay 2 o'clock in the morning, very fun.

There was even a debate in the Swedish parliament about the terrible situation at Mölle railway station.

When the 1st World War started 1914 the stream of tourists disappeared. And there was no recovery after the war.

Between 1945 and 1970 most of the hotel and boarding houses disappeared. Now the tourists wanted to go to Mallorca and the Canary Islands. There was no longer any need for the railway station and the last train ever departing from Mölle left on the 27 September 1963.

Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stToday the railway embankment is a cycle way. The station became a building to be demolished but during the 70s enthusiastic people in Mölle renovated the building. I remember taking the school buss from the station. Before the renovation there was no waiting room and in the main building people did all kind of things their parents didn't know anything about. (no name mentioned) Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st

The old railway station at Mölle, Sweden
The old railway station at Mölle 2011 - Today, Mölle byförening house
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Railway embankment between Mölle and Höganäs
Railway embankment between Mölle and Höganäs
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The old railway station at Mölle, Sweden
Party at Mölle Stationshus in January 1990

40 years anniversary of the departure and they made a film “Last train to Mölle 1910 - 1963” If you click HERE there is an article “Möllebanan på film i samband med 40-årsjubiléet” from Helsingborgs Dagblad in Swedish only

Today the library is in the old station building and they keep it open once per week thanks to volunteers. Top floor has an apartment for tourist to rent and they have exhibitions, conferences etc. in the building today.


There were also a ferry route to Mölle with the steam ship Hälsingborg. s/s Hälsingborg was launched in June 1912 and she was put on the Copenhagen - Helsingborg/ Mölle route.

She was operated by Svenska Rederi Ab Öresund. She served on the Copenhagen-Mölle and Helsingborg-Mölle routes until WWII. See more about the ferries on Öresund HERE

s/s Hälsingborg
S/S Hälsingborg. Postcard from Peter Asklander collection

s/s Hälsingborg arrives to Mölle 1912
s/s Hälsingborg arrives to Mölle 1912
Old postcard


Mölle from the sea
Mölle from the sea - Grand Hotel on top
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August 2007 - Aerial view of Mölle
August 2007 - Aerial view of Mölle - Click HERE for big size picture
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Mölle
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I was going from Gothenburg to Helsingborg when I was studying in Gothenburg back in the 80's. My friend had been in Denmark with his boat to buy beer. He had bought two cases for me an I was going to stop in Mölle to pick them up. I went to my friend's house and they were there drinking beer having a good time.

We were going to Helsingborg, but first a stop in the Marina to pick up the beer. We took off down to the marina.

Mölle
Strandvägen Mölle
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We were plunging down Strandvägen. My friend telling the story about my first driving lesson in Helsingborg. He was coming to pick me up at the driving school and he was shocked to see that the Teacher was driving when we came back. I tried to impress them a little and I stood on the pedal. Making good speed coming in to the curve on the picture above.

Gravel and skidding and I had two choices, a stone wall or a light post and I chose the light post.

Mölle
Strandvägen Mölle back in 1985

Mölle
Strandvägen Mölle back in 1985

Mölle
Strandvägen Mölle back in 1985

It went well, the light post just folded and I was standing over the light post. Of course, my friends were laughing. I had an idea, just to put the car in reverse and get the duck out of there.

Of course, when I was backing off the light post it sprung back up lifting the front of the car and we came nowhere. I went in to a house to borrow a phone to call a tow truck. When I came out again the police had arrived to the scene.
I looked in to the police car thinking that they had sent a lot of police in the car. Turned out it was my friends in handcuffs. They had, yeah, well, done what young people does when the police comes. Told them to duck off.

The police asked me if anyone had been injured as there was blood on the street. I told them that the blood is from you cuffing and beating my friends.

Mölle
Tow truck arrived to Strandvägen Mölle back in 1985

Mölle
They have to carry the beers

Anyway, the Police took one of my friends to spend a night at the station in Helsingborg. The day after I could read in the newspaper that he had been so much trouble so they had to kick him off at Sofiero. It was also mentioned that he was “known by the police” from previous incidents

He was lucky, he got a free ride almost all the way to Helsingborg, I had to take a taxi. We met later on in the evening at Rockpiren.

Mölle as seen from Kullaberg south side.
Mölle as seen from Kullaberg south side
Picture by User: Abelson in May 2007
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When I was in Mölle last time (summer 1999) all the hotels was renovated. The old bakery "Premiere" had been turned in to a restaurant "Intim" with nice food. Their famous cook makes salmon worth the trip to Mölle.

We also took the opportunity to burn all the garbage in the garden. We started a small bonfire and a small fire was soon a huge bon fire.

Mölle
Bonfire in Mölle

Mölle
Neighbours turns it in to a picnic

The neighbours were soon complaining, they called from the fire department in Höganäs. The only one not complaining was the neighbours next door. They asked if they could burn some of their stuff as well. We were soon having a huge fore on the lawn.

When I left Mölle in the 80's there was nothing. Now there was plenty bars and restaurants. Night life leaving not very much to wished for. And outside Mölle there is the Möllehässle camping. A full service camping close to Kullaberg and Mölle if the hotels are full. But seriously, who want's to go spend the holiday in Mölle? An hour is more than enough.

Möllehässle camping
Möllehässle camping - Postcard

Möllehässle camping
Postcard from Möllehässle camping - 1980's?

Povel Ramel skrev den fina klassikern "The Gräsänkling Blues". Min fru har åkt till Mölle, Mölle by the sea
            

Yes, about time to kick some good music again. Just hit the PLAY button above. But first, crank up the volume to MAXIMUM.

Eller som den gammle Skåningen Kal P Dal brukade säga på Skånska: AVLYSSNAS PÅ FULL PATTE!!

Visit Mölle and restaurant Intim next summer



       
                  



                         

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