Travel Musts: Top ten things to do in Malmö, Sweden


Malmö is a coastal city in southern Sweden. Its also the third largest city in Sweden after Gothenburg and the Capital Stockholm. Its the sixth-largest city in Scandinavia, with a population of 316,588 inhabitants
Malmö was one of the earliest and most industralized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation to post-industrialism. Since the construction of the Øresund Bridge, Malmö has undergone a major transformation with architectural developments, and it has attracted new biotec and IT companies, and particularly students through Malmö University, which was founded in 1998. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial center for the western part of Scania.

This is an exciting prospect of ticking off two countries on one trip. Twenty minutes away by train. Malmö is a short trip from Copenhagen. It’s not as big as Copenhagen but is perfect for a day out to visit a new city and a new country.

Here’s our top must-see places to visit.

Top 10 attractions in Malmö

1.Øresund Bridge

This is an eye catching bridge built in 1999 that connects between Denmark and Sweden. On trip advisor this is the number 1 thing to see, we went underneath via the train and had good views out to sea. It’s the main connection route between Copenhagen and Malmö. Best views of the bridge are definitely off the train.

2. Malmö Castle
Sweden’s oldest renaissance castle, Malmöhus Castle, is one of the city’s most famous attractions. It’s not a grand castle but definitely stands out in Malmö. It has a moat which always makes a castle stand out and once you your across the bridge, what awaits you is a museum/aquarium. It’s a must see in Malmö especially with the surrounding gardens.

3. St Peter’s Church

This is the oldest building in Malmö, built in the early 14th century. The red-brick church was built in the Gothic design, and is the main church in Malmö and is open to the public. It has a gothic feel about it and the altarpiece is the main attraction.

4. Kungsparken/Slottsträdgården

These parks and gardens are the highlight of our trip to Malmö. It has a huge layout and we had a relaxing walk all over. Lucas loved the freedom to play as well. It also surrounds Malmö castle.

5. Stortorget/Jensen’s Bøfhus

The main city centre has many nice restaurants, good architecture and a big lamp which Lucas loved. A canal runs through the city which is very nice and over the bridge we went to Jensen’s Bøfhus, a family friendly restaurant with food to die for.

6. Castle Mill

These where the main standout land marks in Malmö for us. The castle mill was built in 1849 and looks really cool walking through the parks.

7. Hyllie

On the way back to Copenhagen we stopped off in Hyllie and visited the Emporia shopping centre. Straight off the platform you are there with the Malmö Arena to the right and then on the left Emporia, looking amazing. It has 4 floors and you walk around in a circular motion which is unique. It also consists of over 200 stores, so there’s plenty for all shopaholics.

8. The Old Lighthouse

Built in 1878 the Old lighthouse is a historical landmark in Malmö. Great views from the harbour.

9.Turning Torso

This is the tallest building in Malmö. It’s by far the most unique apartment block weve ever saw. It also holds the title of tallest building in Sweden.

10. City Hall

Located in the main square, Malmö’s city hall was built in 1546. The façade we see today was added in the 19th century, when the building was renovated. The Renaissance design of the façade is the work of architect Helgo Zettervall. Along the front stand are the sculptures of Malmö’s historical figures, such as Jörgen Kock, mayor of Malmö in 16th century, and Frans Suell, Swedish businessman from 18th century. Visit the classy Rådhuskällaren restaurant, located in the basement of the City Hall.

Overall Malmö is a great day out if your visiting Copenhagen as it’s quite small.

We would definitely recommend having this as part of your Copenhagen experience.

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