Malmo, Sweden

Guide for the rail traveller

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CurrencySwedish Krona
Local languageSwedish
Country Sweden

Introduction

Sweden’s third largest city with a population of just over quarter of a million, Malmo is the capital of Sweden's Scania region. Malmö belonged to Denmark until 1658 and dates back to the 12th century. It’s one of Sweden’s most popular cities, a small, friendly and pleasant place where almost everything is located within easy walking distance. As the country's most southerly city, Malmo enjoys relatively mild temparatures and is therefore all the more pleasant to explore!


There are various things to do and see, although notable is that despite its long history, the city is probably most famous for two of its more recent structure; the Oresund Bridge which connects it to Denmark and Santiago Calatrava's Turning Torso building.


Once you've viewed the most famous sites, there are canals, parks, zoos, monuments, and impressive architecture still to see. The nightlife of the city is also vibrant, with a huge variety of bars & pubs (probably thanks in part to the large resident student population!)

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Things to do

Assuming you've already seen the Oresund Bridge and the Turning Torso building, then you'll be keen to explore everything else that Malmo has to offer.


West of the old city core, there’s Malmohus Castle which is worth a look. It was built in 1437 by Erik of Pomerania, and in the 1500s the kings of Denmark used to live there. Much later it was used as a prison and today it houses a history museum, art museum, aquarium, and terrarium.


South of the centre lies Mollevångstorget Square which has a busy open-air market on weekends. The surrounding neighbourhood is full of cheap Asian and Middle Eastern shops, restaurants and grocery stores. It’s the alternative side of the city, a perfect place for people who are tired of mainstream tourist attractions.


Gamla Vaster (Gamla Vaster) west of Lilla Torg square, is a quarter of the city with very low houses and brick buildings in all the colors of the rainbow! Some of the fantastic little buildings which are found there also house cafes and shops.


Folkets Park (People's Park) is a popular amusement park in the city offering families rides and idyllic park atmosphere from April-September. You can also find a mini-zoo, play areas, rides, and even a flea market.


St Peter's Church (St Petri Kyrka) is certainly worth a visit if you’re into authentic renaissance architecture. Located behind Stortorget Square, the church is the city’s oldest surviving building (it was built in the 14th century).


Malmöhus Castle is Sweden's oldest renaissance castle, and has been rennovated such that it now contains four museums: the Malmo City Museum, Natural History Museum, Konstmuseet (art museum), and Aquarium & Tropicarium. If you’ve got the Malmo card, then admission is free.

Local transport

Everything is really within walking distance, but should you be feeling tired (or lazy!) then you're in luck as Malmo also has an excellent public transport system. The whole of Malmo is served by Skanetrafiken buses. There are different colours for interurban and regional transport, but all of them have the same pricing system making them more transparent and simple to use.


Most of the local buses stop at the Gustav Adolfs Torg, and most regional buses stop near the Railway Station. Bus number 20 is a popular bus line for tourists and therefore a good one to commit to memory, as it serves a round tour through the city. Tickets can be bought from the driver.

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