Once a grand walled town and a major stronghold of Danish power, Halmstad is nowadays the golf capital of Sweden. Halmstad lies in the middle of the wonderful west coast, in one of Sweden's most expansive regions. Along with the adjacent Ringenas and Frosakull beaches, this is one of the longest beaches in Scandinavia. During the summer months Halmstad transforms into a pulsating Riviera. There are several open air activities that can be enjoyed like: golf, football, ice hockey, handball and ping-pong at elite level. The museums and galleries have exhibitions with both Swedish and international artists. The well known Halmstad group has its exhibit at Mjellby Art Museum. One of Sweden's most interesting and sensational residential areas is being developed along the banks of the river Nissan in the centre of Halmstad.