Malmö

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When researching ideas for this trip, I kept coming across the Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, just minutes from Copenhagen.

Luckily, I had some extra time on my trip, and was able to fit a day in Malmö.  To get across the Øresund strait, you can drive, take a bus, or take the train.  While the bus is cheapest, the train is by far the fastest.  Trains run every twenty minutes from the Copenhagen city center.  After a quick transfer at the airport, you’ll find yourself in a new country!

Not really knowing what to expect in Sweden, I again booked a walking tour.   Malmö Walking Tours is an excellent option.  All tours are in English and meet in Stortorget, a quick 5 minute walk from the train station.

In the not so distant past, Malmö had a very bad reputation as a run-down, industrial city that was not too high on visitors to-do list.  Nowadays, thanks to new industry popping up and the bridge connecting Denmark, Malmö has transformed into a progressive city with lots of sights to see.

Malmö was first founded almost 900 years ago, in the late 1200s by the Archbishop of Lund.  Since then, the city has undergone a lot of changes.  To this day, the griffin is the symbol of the city.  You can see these statues in one of the central squares.

Malmo Griffin
Malmo Griffin

But, one of it’s most famous sights is still Malmöhus Castle, built in the 1400s by the King of Denmark, Norway & Sweden.  The castle today is a museum, and is located towards the end of a walk through Kungsparken.

Malmohus Castle
Malmohus Castle

In Kungsparken, you’ll also see this windmill, built in the 1850s.  We learned that today, wind power from farms in the strait power the majority of the region.  This part of Scandinavia is probably the most eco-friendly area I’ve ever visited.

Slottsmöllan
Slottsmöllan

The most recognized landmark of Malmö is, of course, the Turning Torso.  The Turning Torso is the tallest building in Sweden.  Unfortunately, since it is all residential, unless you know someone who lives there, you won’t be able to get in to check out the views.

Turning Torso
Turning Torso

Our tour wrapped up in Lilla Torg, where we saw this giant lamp and old telephone booth.  Apparently, some piece of larger-than-life furniture is always on display in the square.  This time of year, it’s a lamp.

Lilla Torg - Malmo
Lilla Torg – Malmo

You can also see a traditional phone booth on display in the square.

Malmo Phone Booth
Malmo Phone Booth

My trip to Malmö was part of my larger trip to Scandinavia.  See the rest of the trip here:

Chasing Lights

Copenhagen

Kronborg Castle

Tromsø