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About city Gallery Where to stay

Malmö is the centre of the Skåne County, one of Sweden’s richest regions. Founded in the first half of the 14th century, Malmö first belonged to the Kingdom of Denmark, only in the 17th century to become part of Sweden. Being a small city, Malmö is easy to navigate by foot. Not long ago, it “reclaimed” some land back from the sea and built a number of new districts with interesting contemporary architecture.

In 2000, the 8 km long Øresund Bridge reconnected the city with Denmark again – reaching Copenhagen by car will take you no more than 15 minutes.

Malmö can easily be called the centre of Sweden’s ecotourism market. The city has lots of green zones, impressive and exquisitely-preserved parks, beaches and a public transportation system that uses natural gas. Most hotels here have ecological certificates, and cafés and restaurants make food from organic local produce.

Panoramic aerial view of Malmo city
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Panoramic aerial view of Malmo city

One of the city’s parks, called Folkets, is the oldest park in Sweden. Here you’ll find many beautiful little meadows, where you can sit or lie down, an entertainment centre, a golf course, several animal terrariums and ponies for riding.

The largest park in Malmö – Pildams – has several fantastic running tracks, the Kungspark is perfect for outdoor picnics, and the Slottstadgarden is not just a great place for spending one’s free time in nature, but also for buying some locally-grown organic vegetables, flowers and exotic plants.

Market, Malmo
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Market, Malmo

Rollerblade and skateboarding enthusiasts can use the unique 200-square-metre court where many different international championships take place. There’s more than one way to explore Malmö: you can do it by taking a traditional walking tour, sailing across its canals or cycling through the city streets. In total, the city has around 470 km worth of cycling paths. We recommend you rent a bicycle and get a map of cycling paths at Malmö’s Tourist Office, which also contains information on interesting routes.

The city is a real mixture of different architectural styles highly influenced by Denmark. Recently, the city had built a spectacular skyscraper, called the Turning Torso, which became the highest building the entire country (190 m). The “torso” is comprised of 10 cubes that add up to 54 storeys. The topmost segment is twisted 90 degrees with respect to the ground floor. It’s a residential building with 147 apartments of different sizes. In summer, the top floor of the “torso” is opened to visitors.

The Church of St. Peter is another object worthy of your attention. Malmö has quite a few rich museums, art galleries and theatres. Visitors are especially interested in the modern science centre of Vattenhallen, where scientific mysteries can be explored in a fun, educational manner. The Museum of Contemporary Art – Malmö’s newest museum – opened its doors in 2009. Here you’ll find a number of works by many world-renowned painters.

Those who travel with their families like to visit the Museum of Chocolate, while those seeking a more rustic atmosphere prefer to go to the Katrinetorp Manor, located at the edge of the city. Every year, the manor hosts a number of fairs and music shows. Here you’ll also find a newly-opened exhibition hall and gift shops.

The Skånes Dansteater and Malmö’s symphony orchestra are known all around Europe.

Street entertainers
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Street entertainers

No Swedish city can compete with Malmö in terms of variety and concentration of catering establishments. The delicacies of the Skåne County are known all around the country. Roasted goose, smoked eel and egg cakes are some of Malmö’s traditional dishes. Local cafés and restaurants also serve excellent fresh fish and sea food from the Baltic Sea or the Atlantic. Those who would like to taste food from almost every corner of the Earth would be advised to visit the inn called Matkavaran.

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