Day Trip to Malmö

Malmö is right across the Øresund Bridge from Denmark and is only a short train trip from Lund. It’s also the third largest city in the country. Since I was in Sweden visiting a friend of mine, we spent the day with one of her classmates who lives in town. Malmö stands out as a coastal town with interesting architecture. You will find both old world buildings and very modern architecture. One of the standout structures is the Turning Torso, which is the tallest building in Scandinavia. While it’s beautiful, it certainly stands out as a sore thumb compared to the rest of the city and is impossible to miss. The views from the top must be spectacular.

We trekked the entire city on foot once we arrived at the train station. Malmö is right on the Baltic Sea, unlike Lund, which is inland. Leaving Malmo Station, you immediately come upon various harbors.

Beginning our walking tour, we first came upon Stortorget, which is the big square. You know you are here because of the large statue and beautiful city hall, which is hard to miss. I noticed it and snapped a picture before our friend Kaisa told us what it was.

We continued on down the street, quickly coming upon Lilla Torg, or Little Street. There are a ton of opportunities for restaurants and shopping around here, and we really just walked around and explored what the area had to offer. We stopped for lunch at one of the main cafés, and peeked into a few stores.

Many of the buildings in Lilla Torg are very old and charming.  It brings you right back in time!

After lunch and a little shopping, we walked down the street through a pretty cemetery.

The cemetery led to Slottsparken, which is the Castle Park. The park has a beautiful canal where people can rent pedal boats.

Further along the trail in Slottsparken are gardens and the windmill.

There is also a small fish market. I’m not quite sure if this was on the edge of the park or outside of it, but it is on the way to the neighborhood with the Turning Torso. It’s called the Fiskehoddorna.

We walked further down the paths and made our way to the edge of the Baltic Sea, and across from the Øresund Bridge. This part of town was full of modern style apartment buildings, houseboats, and yachts.

We stopped here for a bit of ice cream and a dip in the Baltic. It was actually a very busy area with a lot of cafés and people lounging about on the steps leading to the sea. Many were chatting, some were tanning, and a few braves ones were swimming. You can see the  Øresund bridge leading to Denmark in the first photo:

I figured I couldn’t travel all this way without putting my feet in the water, so we walked down to the diving platforms. The water was as cold as expected, even though it was a hot June day. There is no way I would have gone swimming in there!

For dinner, we drove to another part of the city (which I unfortunately don’t remember the name of) and ate dinner at a Tapas bar, and finished the evening with some drinks and music at a popular wine bar. On the way home we walked by St. Johannes church, and rode back to Lund on the late-night train.

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