Malmo is not a name that comes to the mind when the country is Sweden is mentioned, but undoubtedly it has its own charm and prominence.
It is the third largest city of Sweden and lies in the far south corner of the country. The city has a spectacular castle called the Malmo Castle, which is bathed with immense historical significance due to the repeated attacks inflicted on it.
For the museum lovers, there is a plethora of museum scattered across the city. For the people who are seeking few days of calm and respite, the city opens up its well- maintained parks filled with lush green trees and fountains.
For the young souls, Malmo conducts music, art and cultural concerts at regular intervals which fulfill all the checklists.
Visit a Castle
The land of Sweden has faced several wars in their past, hence, numerous castles are scattered around the country; one such castle with immense historical significance is the Malmo Castle.
It was built in 1434 and is said to be the oldest castle which is constructed in the Renaissance design.
Due to the repeated fights between the Danes and the Swedes, the castle could not retain its original state but, even now, the construction and the surrounding area form a magnificent sight.
The structure served as a mint, a prison and as a palace over the years and traces of it can be seen inside the castle. Presently, it houses an aquarium, Museum of Natural History and City Museum.
Bridging the Gap with Oresund Bridge
The majestic design of the Oresund Bridge drags visitors from across the globe. The bridge links Sweden and Denmark and does so, in style.
It took nearly five years to complete the bridge as it is the longest one in entire Europe. The length of the bridge is more than all the railway bridges and roadway bridges combined.
The unique feature of the bridge is that it is an amalgamation of a bridge and a tunnel. It was engineered in this manner so that it does not restrict the airway traffic of Copenhagen and block the passage for the ships.
The bridge is a skyline of the city of Oresund, and looks like a painted picture during sunrise and sunset.
A Garden of Greenery
Located right at the center of the city, Kungsparken is a sanctuary for the people seeking peace and respite from the modern lifestyle.
The park is technically part of the Malmo Castle, but it is worthy of a special mention. The place was built to aid to the defense system of the Castle but after that need was fulfilled and the wars were over, the space was turned into a garden which follows an English style.
The area is filled with lush green trees of different species, numerous military statues and spectacular sculptures that arrest the attention of the tourists.
The oldest park also has a fountain and a grotto which was constructed in the 19th century following the theme of Norse Mythology.
The Not so Little Square
Lilla Torg still bears the charm of the 17th century with its pavements made of cobblestone and the houses made of timber.
It is a square which is surrounded by antique shops, cafes, restaurants and shopping centers. Back in the time, this square used to be the grocery shopping center for the residents as it contained butcher shops, grocery shops and bakeries.
The restaurants in the area serve delicious Scandinavian dishes which are not available elsewhere. This is the best place for the visitors to acquire a souvenir as well.
In Honor of The City
Malmö’s Maritime and Technology Museum is situated near the Malmo Castle.
Malmo was one of the major industrial cities of Sweden where all the technological advancements were initiated; the museum showcases their heritage so that the present and the future generation are well acquainted with the history of the place.
Aircrafts of previous century as well as modern aircrafts are displayed in the museum and detailed account is presented.
The inner workings of such vehicles are explained by the tour guide. There is also a provision which allows the visitors to enter the U3 submarine that was used during the Second World War and enter the cockpit of a British plane called Vickers Viscount.
At the Altar of God
Established in the 14th century the Sankt Petri Church is embodies the gothic theme of the past, the style it follows is called "Baltic Brick Gothic". Since its establishment the tower of the church fell twice, the present structure that stands was crafted in the year 1890.
This is the oldest church of the church of the city and it draws visitors from across the globe because of its wooden altar which was made in 1611 and is considered to be the largest in Northern Europe.
The Merchant’s Chapel which lies to the North of the main tower contains authentic frescoes that are painted in the ceiling.
Visit the Oldest Square
Stortorget is the oldest as well as the largest square of Malmo and is the best place to take a stroll.
The square is covered in all sides by buildings of immense historical and architectural significance. For instance, the north side of the square is the Town Hall which was built in 1547 and which was given a Dutch Renaissance touch in the year 1860.
Among such beautiful buildings rests the oldest pharmacy of Malmo, Lejonet, built following the tradition of neo- Renaissance.
At the center of the square a spectacular statue of King Karl Gustav X is erected which forms a landmark and helps the tourists to navigate their path around the square as they visit all the shops present in the area.
An Architect’s Dream
Scandinavia is full of wonders; the Turning Torso of Sweden is one of them. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the building is nothing less than an artist’s miracle.
Quite aptly named, the 190 meter tall structure represents the torso of a human body which it is trying to look backward or while dancing. Located near the Malmo Castle, The white marble building is owned and maintained by HSB.
More than just a building which houses rental space, it exudes an aura of a statue which makes a mark on the mind of the people.
The waterfront of the area has been reconstructed to suit the taste of the modern life and to make it more eco- friendly and pedestrian friendly.
Where Land and Water Meet
Located near the Malmo city center, the Ribersborgsstranden is the most prominent beach of the city which can be accessed in a jiffy. This is a man- made beach which consists of cobbled paths for walks, a nine- hole golf course, paths designated for bikers, grassy spots for picnic during the summer season and beach activities.
The Ribersborgs baths located at the far end of the piers is a delight for the visitors as it is open air and offers a scenic view while enjoying the relaxing bath.
There are ancient wooden buildings which house a traditional Swedish sauna, sea water baths were clothing is optional and regular baths. The baths are separated on the basis of gender to provide maximum privacy to the people.
For the Ardent Readers
Malmo City library is a paradise for the readers as it incorporates within itself both the new and the old.
The building that houses the library was built around 1940s and the style it embodies is of the renaissance with its conical shaped towers. In the year 1997 a magnificent glass portion was added which was designed by Henning Larsen, a Danish architect.
The library is conveniently located in the space where the illuminated space and the elegant trees get reflected on the surface of the lake, efficiently creating a magical atmosphere which can be viewed from the glass wing of the library.
Except for the stupendous architecture, the library contains books of every genre and of several languages.
The Street of Charm
Every tourist destination has a street or a square which exudes the classic charm of Beverly Hills. Södergatan, is the Beverly Hills of Malmo as it contains several shopping centers ranging from small boutique to famous designer shops.
In the year 1978, this became the first pedestrian street of Malmo which houses original Swedish Brands. Flensburgska Huset, the oldest building of Malmo which was constructed in the 16th century forms a breath taking sight with its signature white stone and red brick layers.
The Optimistorkestern is a must visit for the people who wants to explore every nook and corner of Malmo.
The eccentric sculpture of a marching band led by a drummer was installed in the spot in 1985. This is the best place to collect a piece of Sweden to take back home.
A Center of Creativity
Inaugurated in the year 1964 by King Gustav VI Adolf, the Form- Design Center of Malmo is located near Lilla Torg. The picturesque building has cobblestone path laid around it to make it look more aesthetic.
Fashion shows, pottery workshops, exhibitions and many more creative workshops are hosted in this center. Till the present day, it has hosted more than twelve thousand lectures and workshops.
The aim of the authority is to promote creativity among the mass and educate them about healthy living conditions.
On the grounds of the Form- Design center there are shops which sell authentic Swedish collectables and souvenirs.
Another Ground to Explore
Malmo is heavy influenced with art and creativity, hence, several exhibit centers are scattered around the city.
Pildammsparken lies south of the main center and is considered to be the largest park of Malmo where regular workshops, concerts and exhibitions are held. Covering an area of forty five hectares, the park was built in the 17th century and it was used to reserve water for the city.
The first exhibition which was held in this place was called the Baltic Exhibition in the year 1914 which showcased art and culture of the area surrounding the Baltic Sea.
It is after the end of the Baltic exhibition the authorities started to move ahead with their plan of making the park what it is at the present time.
The water tank that is present within the boundary of the park enhances the beauty of the park when illuminated at night. A circular space is designed called the Tallriken, which is used for festivals, picnics and concerts and is beautifully illuminated.
Due to the abundance of flora, the park is also home to several species of birds.
Make Time for Another Park
The Folkets Park or The People’s Park is one of the oldest parks of the World and is located at the southern side from the main center.
Since it is a kid friendly park, it has several rides which keeps the children occupied and in a joyous mood.
During the summer months the park opens itself to fairgrounds, adventurous activities, screening of a variety of movies and amusement arcade, while during the winter season the park opens their skating rink.
The park has several ponds, well- maintained walking paths and lush green trees which brings the people close to the nature. During the summer period musical concerts and festivals are hosted on the ground of Folkets Park.
A Festival for The Young and The Old
In recent years, the concept of live music became more prominent so much so that people travel across the globe to attend music festivals. Malmo’s Malmöfestivalen is one of the biggest concerts held in Scandinavia which attracts a crowd of at least 1.4 million people.
The festival is hosted every year at a specific time and encourages people to indulge in this art, cultural and music festival.
On- site food centers are temporarily constructed which offers a variety of cuisine choices. Apart from the main concert and performance, there are a plethora of family friendly events which appeals to the visitors.