After exploring some of the attractions around Malmo and head back to your hotel near to the Malmo Airport to rest and relax.
Walking tour of Malmö, Sweden
Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, which may not mean a whole lot by American standards, as it very much has the feel of a small town with cobble stone streets in the older parts and lost of squares and parks (sometimes referred to as the City of Parks, in Sweden). Malmö may not be worth a visit by its own merit only, but is definitely worth a stop of 1-2 days if you intend to explore the province Scania (the most southern province in Sweden where Malmö is located), and it is a good place to reach other points of interest in the area such as Lund, the little island Ven, castles, the Viking village in Fotevik, and various nature reserves in Scania. Due to its location, and Sweden’s immigration policy, it is also the most diverse of cities in Sweden and has a multitude of restaurants serving food from all around the world.
Malmö was originally established as a fishing village in the early 12th century and you will find remnants of its old past throughout the city. A one day walking tour to further get to know the city could start in the harbor where the hydrofoils used to leave for Copenhagen, before the bridge was built. Take a look at the old Post Building still in use and then from there it is only a short walk up to the largest square in the city – Stortorget (“torg” means square in Swedish). In its southeast corner Stortorget connects to Lilla torg, a very old and charming square surrounded by cafes and outdoor bars in the summer time. In the winter time they sell hot spiced wine from the permanent stands close to the well on this square, as well as knickknacks and Swedish traditional crafts. Continuing further south down Landbygatan (“gata” means street in Swedish) will bring you to the oldest part of the city with tiny pastel colored houses. After having explored this area you can cross the Slottsbron – (“bro” means bridge in Swedish) and get over to see Malmöhus – the old tower where Mary Stuart was imprisoned for some years in the 1570s. Follow one of the paths that will take you around to see the windmill and eventually back towards the old part of the city. Then follow the street Stora Nygatan up to the square Gustav Adolfs torg. You will pass some rocks on the right side of the street close to the square that are ruins of the old city wall. At the square’s east side you can cross Davidhalls bron and reach the shopping street Södra Förstadsgatan.
Kallbadhust (or Kallis or Ribban)
“A loved child has many names”
Imagine going from 105°C to 5°C. That’s what Kallbad is all about.
Where Sweden and Denmark Meet
Situated just across the Oresund from Copenhagen, Malmö is easy to visit from Denmark (of which it was once a part) and also is an excellent base for exploring the southern Swedish province of Scania. Although it only received its civic charter in 1437, Malmö quickly rose to become Denmark’s second most important city because of its position on the Oresund and plentiful herring fishery. Although Denmark ceded it (together with the rest of Scania) to Sweden in 1658, its architecture and dialect still bear traces of the area’s Danish heritage.
Stortorget, the main square, is a pleasant place to pass time and also has many of the city’s finest buildings. Of particular note are the Radhus (town hall), dating from 1546, and the Apoteket Lejonet, a charming historic pharmacy that also merits a peek inside. Nearby is the gothic St. Petri kyrka, the city’s finest church, which served the German Hanseatic community that was attracted by Malmö’s rich fishery. Although most of its finest murals were whitewashed during the Reformation, the Kramare chapel escaped the reformers’ brushes because it had been sealed off and, consequently, can be viewed today.
Adjacent to Stortorget is Lilla Torg, which in summer is overwhelmed by a combination of outdoor cafes and jewelry stalls. Try to have lunch here or inside the nearby Saluhall (Market Hall), where the range of food on offer testifies to the city’s diverse population – 20% of residents were born outside Sweden. Like Copenhagen, Malmö’s compact center invited walking, particularly along Sodergatan, the attractive main pedestrianized shopping street.
After the Radhus, Malmöhus, a former fortress that today houses a variety of museums, is the city’s most striking and famous building. Inside are art, history, and natural history museums that can all be entered with the same ticket. There are tours in the summer at 2pm on weekends only. The adjacent castle grounds are criss-crossed by streams and ponds. They’re a nice place to relax and contrast nicely with the city’s busy squares.