Malmö is easily accessible from Copenhagen in Denmark due to the Øresund bridge that connects the two countries. We traveled to Malmö by train which took less than an hour.
When we booked Copenhagen we didn’t realise just how close Sweden was so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to get a wee taste of the country. We didn’t plan the best day to go as there had been a storm which affected the train lines, meaning we got there much later than expected. However, we did manage to fit a lot into the limited time we had.
We were pretty hungry when we arrived so headed to Lilla Torg (Little Square) for a quick bite to eat. The square has cobbled stones and is surrounded by historical buildings, true to it’s name it is small but very charming and gives you an insight into medieval Malmö.
There is also a Big Square in Malmö called Stortorget, we headed here next as it was on route to St. Petri’s Church. The church is Gothic in style and was built in 1319, it is an architectural masterpiece and due to it’s close proximity to the main square it is worth stopping by.
Walking around Malmö , I fell in love with the design of the houses and buildings. Like Lilla Torg, a lot of these are in medieval fashion. Just a few minutes walk from the center we found smaller, quaint streets that were a lot quieter but they certainly didn’t lose their character.
Kungsparken, (King’s Park) the cities oldest park was our next destination. With plenty of green space and some interesting artwork to admire, it’s a very peaceful place to visit and it is right in the heart of the city. I liked the ‘Diana’ statue, I don’t really have any idea what it means but it depicts a woman surrounded by lots of deer. Pretty unusual so it caught our eye.
Next we visited Malmöhus (Malmö Castle). This is another architectural delight, this time from the Renaissance. It is surrounded by a moat that hasn’t been filled in like most castles these days so you need to cross a bridge to enter the castle grounds. Unfortunately, the museum was closing as we arrived so we were unable to visit and had limited time to walk around the grounds.
We had time to squeeze in one more stop before heading back to Copenhagen. Malmö’s most well known attraction the Turning Torso. This is a twisting, futuristic skyscraper but it is also residential. The Torso also holds the award for being the tallest building in Scandinavia.
Malmö is a fascinating city, with a melting pot of different architectural styles and a bustling center hosting many cafe’s and restaurants. We think it is definitely worth a overnight trip and could have spent a couple of days there as there were many more sights we didn’t have a chance to see. This has given me a glimpse of Sweden and I hope to return to see more of this country. Next time, Stockholm.