Malmö is one of the largest Swedish cities which has been widely known in the Nordic region since the 13th century. You can still see its rich ancient heritage which is now revived by the modern architectural landscape. Let me quickly show you things to do in Malmö what you should not miss even if you’re in Malmö for a short time!
What to do in Malmö?
It’s always worth starting exploring from the old squares, and there are two of them in this city. Stortorget, or the Big Square, is the main square of the city with the Town hall dating back to 1546 and the most impressive pharmacy in the city called Lejonet (it has a lion as its symbol and dates back to the late 19th century). This is also the site where the statue of King Karl X Gustav of Sweden is located.
Lilla Torg Malmö, or the Little Square, dating back to 1590, is the second important square of the city, and it’s absolutely charming. During our visit there was a huge lamp standing on it!
Malmöhus, initially a Danish fortress, is another unmissable attraction: it’s the oldest Renaissance castle in the whole Scandinavian region! It was initially built in 1434 and was rebuilt in the 16th century. It’s been an important defence structure that played a vital role in the relations between Denmark and Sweden due to its strategic position, and now it hosts a museum.
Among other beautiful architectural landmarks worth mentioning there are Neo-Moorish synagogue, St. Peter’s Church Sankt Petri kyrka, one of the oldest buildings in the city, and Turning Torso skyscraper designed by Santiago Calatrava, one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe.
I was also very glad to find the mini-restaurant made for … mouse (not real ones of course). In Sweden there is an anonymous art group called Anonymouse which puts tiny ‘mouse-size’ installations on the streets of the country, and we were lucky to find one of them ourselves – see my old student cart for scale!
In addition, Malmö has lots of parks and green areas if you need some fresh air, for instance Kungsparken, Malmö Folkets, Slottsparken, and Pildammsparken. Finally, seeing the Öresund Bridge, on which the train travels from Denmark to Sweden, is magnificent. And actually we got to Malmö by it: it’s just a 40 min ride from Copenhagen!
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