Malmo is third-largest city in Sweden, and it’s very close to Denmark, separated from Copenhagen by the famous Oresundbridge. A day trip to Malmö is the Danish people’s favourite place for a getaway from Copenhagen. It takes just half an hour to get to Malmo from Copenhagen by train. I absolutely fell in love with Malmo because it’s quaint. It's packed with everything from medieval castles, catacombs and cathedrals, to inspiring architecture, Malmo has plenty of style. A visit to Malmo is an absolute must for those travelling to Sweden or Europe in general.
Getting around Malmo is easily done on foot. Most of the major sights are all within easy strolling distance of the ciy centre. Malmo used to be under Danish rule for centuries. It was also a Hanseatic League port town. All this legacy is still visible in the city along with modern developments. With a planned trip to Malmo, you could complete a Copenhagen experience while discovering another country as well.
The original Malmo Central Station was built in two sections. The smaller Green Hall was a waiting room for third-class passengers in the 1920s. The turquoise tiling retained its former lustre. At Malmo Central Station, passengers enter the subterranean station through the Glass Hall that unites Malmö’s busy city streets with its elegant waterfront.
With its ultra-modern glass and steel structure, the Glass Hall unmistakably belongs in the 21st century. As such it unfurls the latest chapter in Malmo Central Station’s long history. And builds on a proud tradition of moving with the times.
There are many pieces of public art in Malmö, ranging from traditional sculptures of stern and noble royalty to whimsical modernity that makes you smile and rethink things a bit.
The Non-Violence sculpture, a.k.a. The Knotted Gun, was created by a Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. It is a memorial to John Lennon, and it represents a gun like the one Lennon was killed with, only with twisted barrels at the end. The one in Malmo is one of 16 copies of the sculpture scattered around the world.
The nineteen bronze shoes lining Davidshallsbron represent artists from different eras and professions, and the title Way To Go refers to the red carpet as a symbol of entrance into and a highlight of the artistic life. The shoes each point to a place that was important to the artist, or where they had a career high.
One of the best addresses in town for art lovers, Moderna Museet Malmö is a must visit if you are one. Set in a former electricity plant from the early 20th Century along with an eye-catching orange-red annex, this museum has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary artworks.
Malmo Castle is one of the city’s most famous sights and the oldest Renaissance-style castle in Scandinavia. It is not the most gorgeous castle you will see but it is a landmark and a witness of the city’s interesting past, especially about the rivalry between Sweden and Denmark. The castle’s actually had a rather eventful history.
Built in 1436, when it was actually still part of Denmark, it became over the years a fortress, a castle and a prison. It now houses hosts an assortment of museums including the City Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Art. It is also home to the Tropicarium aquarium.
The aptly named Turning Torso is an iconic and uniquely-designed twisted tower that towers over the city of Malmo. It is just a five-minute walk from the Malmo Castle. The Turning Torso tower is a delight for any architecture lover.
Not only a unique and modern feat of architecture, the Turning Torso is the tallest building in Sweden and Scandinavia. Since the Turning Torso is only used for residential and office space, you can’t actually go up here for a view of the city. But you can admire the Turning Torso from basically anywhere in the centre of Malmo.
Malmo is justifiably proud of its beautiful parks, a chain of which run from the grounds of Malmo Castle and there is a great deal of pleasure to be had by simply strolling around these lovely green expanses.
The fabulous Stortorget is the heart of Malmo, the largest square and the oldest, dating back to the 16th century, with government buildings and the mayoral residence, and right in the centre stands the impressive bronze statue of the 17th century Swedish king (reclaimed Malmo and the province from Denmark) - King Karl Gustav X on horseback towering.
It is also a great landmark for orienting yourself as you navigate a number of nearby Malmo sightseeing highlights.
The St Peter's Church is a must visit in Malmo. The Gothic church is not only the oldest structure in Malmo, but it is also said to be the most important Gothic church in Skane county. The construction of the St. Peter's church started in the early 14th century, with parts of it added in the 15th and 16th centuries. 尖顶的圣彼得教堂是马尔默城里保存下来的最古老的哥特式教堂，是马尔默最重要的旅游景点之一。
The charming cobble stoned square, Lilla Torg is perfect for lunch and a nice coffee afterwards while enjoying the atmosphere and people watching. Lillla Torg is second oldest square in Malmo, as it was built just after its neighbour, Stortorget. But this doesn't take the charm away, packed with restaurants and surrounded by old houses from the late 1500's and early 1600's.
At Lilla Torg, do keep a look out for Optimist Orchestra (a.k.a. Optimistorkestern), an electric and charming abstract sculpture of a marching band led by a drum major, a must-see for people interested in documenting their Malmo visit.
Located next to the building of Handelsbanken, the Apoteket Lejonet is another beautiful example of the neo-rennaisance period dating back to 1896. Not only is it still a fully functioning pharmacy with antique medicine bottles, the building is one of the most significant buildings in all of Malmo. 广场一角还有一个400多年历史的古老“狮子药店” (Apotek Lejonet)。
With its flowing shape and elegant façade Glasvasen stands out like an organic green sculpture in the public space. It is a building with focus on low power consumption, durable materials and a high degree of technical innovation. 绿色环保概念精装在马尔默Glasvasen的办公大楼和深蓝天相互的结合，是一幅城市大片。
Located in the Malm0 district of Hyllie, which aims to set a global example in sustainable urban development, Emporia is the greenest and most sculpturally beautiful shopping malls in Scandinavia. The façade of Emporia is a flat glass surface with a large section pulled inward and upward to create a magnificent curving entrance.
Alnarp is today best known for its lush park, hosting more than 2000 species of trees, bushes and vines from around the globe. It has one of the largest collections of trees and bushes in Sweden. The park is open for the public all year. The Alnarp castle which is located in the park is a striking piece of architecture.
This hexagon shaped church, St Paul’s Church was built of yellow bricks stands out with its main middle tower enveloped by other twelve minor towers. The main tower represents Christ whilst the others are the 12 disciples. This magnificent church with its rich interiors and spacious nave is indeed a sight to behold. 马尔默古老的圣保利教堂是一座六边形的黄砖中央教堂，被其他十二座小塔包围，确实是一个宏伟的景象。
My two favorites parks in Malmo are Slottsträdgården, which is the castle’s garden, and Kungsparken, which is the oldest park in the city. A canal separates Slottstradgarden to another green space, Kungsparken.
Slottstradgarden is directly located behind the Malmöhus Castle. It is operated by a private club which cultivates a mosaic of crops, plants, and flowers. It is also known from its pretty windmill, Slottsmollan. This park is such a carefree place where life is relaxed.
Moreover, a beautiful windmill is one of the most photographed spots in the park. The mill is now a museum showing the life and work of a 19th-century family.
Kungsparken was created in 1872 in a former area that belongs to the castle when it was a fortress. In this park, there are more than 100 tree species orignating from three continents in the park, which is pretty unique.
You can walk or run in Kungsparken, on the alleys following the canal.
Lastly, any trip to Sweden needs to include the tradition of "Fika". Fika is like a coffee break but better. It is a whole movement and way of life, specific to the Swedes. In Sweden, having a break (several times a day) with a bit of something sweet to go along with it like a cinnamon bun or other pastry is very common, but there is actually more to it than that.
Fika在瑞典语里，可以解释为coffee break（咖啡时间），但你不能理解为简单的茶歇，实际上Fika是瑞典人的一种生活方式。瑞典人嗜咖啡如命。在瑞典享受 Fika一定要来杯香浓的咖啡，当然，不能忘的还有美好的瑞典式点心。Fika 与咖啡和糕点的欣赏息息相关，是一种在工作中按下暂停按钮的方式和生活压力，享受当下。
Many Swedes in attempting to explain fika hasten to point out that built into the coffee break and snack - and just as important - is a state of mind or an attitude, one that involves sharing some off-work time with friends or alone. Fika is so important in Sweden that you will find a lot of cafés in Malmo and, of course, great coffee and baked goods!
Overall, Malmo is a place where old meets new. A juxtaposition of the ancient and modern in a thriving symbiotic relationship creates a unique culture that can’t be found anywhere else in Sweden. Malmo is breathtakingly beautiful and nature can be be felt throughout. The country is lovely even in winter and the environment has a magical quality to it - just outstanding !
Then, the people and culture. The key to the Swedes is the idea of “Lagom”, a not-quite translatable word which conveys a sense of balance and being “just right”, avoiding extremes. It’s an excellent principle and it runs right through all of Swedish society.
Finally, there is the Swedish aesthetic and the built environment. This is, in my view, beautiful. I love the Swedish style. Some call it plain but, just like the Japanese aesthetic, you need to look closer. I love Swedish architecture and the way it combines nature and the human touch. I love their preference for simple, earthy design.
Anyway, I’m a huge fan. In fact, I love all the Nordics (I haven’t been to Iceland or Norway but I think I’d love them too) !
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