10 Must Visit Places in Malmö

While this is Lost in Stockholm, there are plenty of other cities to visit in Sweden. And lots to do. Over the next several months, I’ll be traveling around and sharing my tips and photos.

Today though is a special guest post from Internations, the expat community. They have a Swedish expat group and have meetings in Stockholm, Göteborg, and Malmö. Since I haven’t been to Malmö yet, I asked them to write something cool for you’all. Thanks guys!

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Malmö is known as the ‘city of parks’, the host city of the 2013 Eurovision song contest, and Sweden’s culinary capital. So whether you’re visiting or living in Sweden as an expat, what are the top 10 things you must see?

The town square of the city, the Stortorget was built in 1538. It is an impressive sight which hints at the city’s ancient splendor. Take a look at the town hall (built around 1547) on the square’s east side, and around are Kockska house, Hotel Kramer and Apoteket Lejonet. In the middle of the square is an equestrian statue of King Karl X Gustav.

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Sankt Petri Kyrka
St Peter’s Church is an imposing sight. The 105 meter tall tower dominates the surrounding area. The church is so well maintained that you would never guess construction began in 1319. It is impossible to miss the 15 meter tall altar, which provides a special twist to the interior.

Lilla Torg
Visit this charming market square in the summer months. Restaurants and outdoor cafes makes this the perfect place to soak up historical Malmö. Built in 1592, the square is surrounded by buildings from the 16th century. Put down your tourist books and just wander around the area soaking up the atmosphere!

HSB Turning Torso
The tallest building in Scandinavia, this crazy construction is an absolute must see. Opened in 2005, the tower is 190 meters tall, and the top section is twisted at a 90 degree angle from the ground floor section. Ride to the top to experience beautiful views over Malmö.

Malmöhus Castle
A complete contrast to the ultra modern Turning Torso, this is Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle. First built in 1434, it was reconstructed in the middle of the 16th century as a fortress, a castle, and a residence for the governor.

This is the largest park in the city. It translates as ‘Willow Lake Park’, indicating the large number of ponds which are scattered throughout it. However it is only one of many parks which have made Malmö famous and lovely place to picnic in the sun.

Öresund Bridge
This construction might not seem like much of a tourist attraction. But, being eight kilometers long and crossing the border between Denmark and Sweden, it is certainly something special. To recognize this, it was awarded the IABSE Outstanding Structure Award in 2002.

Ribersborgs Kallbadhus
Open air baths in the North Pole may not seem ideal but it adds to the charm.

On the Ribersborg beach, enjoy a sauna while taking in the view, or if you are brave enough – dare to skinny dip in the freezing water.

Västra Hamnen
Translating as ‘Western Harbour’, this neighborhood is known as the ‘City of Tomorrow’. It has its claim to fame as the first city in Europe to claim to be carbon neutral.

Walk around this vibrant district – home to Malmö’s Universitetsholmen and relive the fun of college life.

Museums – Lots of them!
Malmö Konsthall – one of the biggest contemporary art exhibition halls in Europe.
Malmö Museer – for all of Malmö’s history.
Konstmuseum – The largest collection of 20th century Nordic art in Sweden.
Chokladmuseet – A museum for chocolate. Need we say more?

The list goes on. Make sure you soak up some serious culture while you are visiting Malmö!

A little about Malmö
Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. It borders with Denmark and is famed for its Skånska accents and picturesque scenery. Though infamous for racial tensions and protests, Mamlö is thriving as a business and cultural hub. Well based and connected to Copenhagen, Malmö is the gateway to continental Europe and working in Sweden.

Head to Malmö and learn some Skånska!

4 thoughts on “10 Must Visit Places in Malmö”

  1. Lived in Malmö for two years and didn’t know half of this history or that there was a chocolate museum!
    Would like to add: get a falafel or kebab in Malmö- they make it the best in all of Sweden and when we come back for visits it’s usually our first stop.
    And, the art exhibits at Malmö Konsthall are usually free of charge (I’ve never had to pay). They also have an amazing restaurant with a great, great brunch/lunch buffe on the weekends- really creative food. :)

  2. I’ve traveled through Malmo many times on my way to Copenhagen, but have never stopped and visited. Maybe now I will! Thanks for the info!

  3. I want to go to Malmö because of the art scene there but I keep reading news stories about the violent crime there. How true to the stories was it? I know these european papers are really Sensationalist so I don’t know what to believe and what’s blown out of proportion.

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