As we were already in Copenhagen, we thought it be a pity not to make a day trip to Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden. This was also in part to appease my obsession with the various Scandi crime dramas that are the rage on TV with the latest “The Bridge” being based on this infamous bridge in Europe linking Denmark and Sweden. The train takes 35 minutes across one of the longest bridges in Europe. Malmö is a small town and you can walk around leisurely in a couple of hours taking in the main sights:
Stortorget, Malmo’s oldest square, with the city hall to the left is 2 minutes from the Central Station. As you walk across the square, the street on the right will lead you to Lilla Torg, an animated little square full of typical Swedish restaurants, cafes and shops and where the locals and tourists gather. Several interesting buildings are around the square, including Hedmanska Gården – an enclosed courtyard where the oldest half-timbered house dates from the 16th century. The Design Museum was housed here however closed on Monday so we were unable to venture in. The street from the main square to the left leads to Sodergatan, which is the gateway to the principal pedestrian shopping area of the city.
Afterwards we headed towards Slottsträdgården, or “The Castle Garden” which features many small walking paths, canals, a windmill and a café. In the middle sits a castle in question: “Malmöhus” a fortress dates from the 1400s, which is a museum in which visitors can see dungeons, cannon towers and a large aquarium.
Malmö’s Western Harbour has become an exclusive neighbourhood, with high class restaurants and expensive apartments. This is the location of Sweden’s tallest building, “Turning Torso”, made up of nine cubes with a 90-degree twist from the base to the top.
You can also experience a healthy and relaxing experience by visiting Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, one of the oldest established bathhouses in Malmö where you can brave a bath in the sea and use the Swedish sauna. It was far too cold for this!
Fika is a social ritual in Sweden, and is similar to our version of afternoon tea where you take a break and enjoy a snack and a coffee. Our fika was in Hollandia, a classic café and patisserie with elegant salon-style ambience and great pastries.
What is great about Malmö is that the main places of interest are all not too far from the central station so a day’s visit will give you ample time for a leisurely stroll of the city.