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14 Day Trips from Malmö, Sweden

Are you visiting Malmö? Would like to explore the city and its surroundies? Would like to explore Skåne, the Swedish region where Malmö is located? So keep reading!

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city after Stockholm and Gothenburg and the city that connects Sweden and Scandinavia with the rest of Europe. A little far from the city is the famous Oresund Bridge, which connects Sweden to Denmark. And although many people make the mistake of going north immediately after crossing, there are a number of good places that can be visited in just one day around Malmö. These are the main attractions of Malmö, which can be seen in 14 hours (or a little longer):

  1. Öresund Bridge

Lets start all over again. Anyone arriving in Sweden via the Öresund Bridge from Denmark towards Malmö has seen one of Malmö’s most impressive sights. On the eight-kilometer-long bridge there is a railway line and a road that extends to the island of Peberholm. The bridge continues to leave the island in the form of a tunnel, which reaches Copenhagen after just under 4 kilometers. While touring Malmö, you can also take a short trip from Malmö to Copenhagen.

Öresund Bridge
  1. Turning Torso

The most famous building in southern Sweden is located just three kilometers from Malmö Central Station. The Turning Torso skyscraper is undoubtedly the most attractive of all the sights in Malmö. The 190-meter-high building is based on a work of art by Santiago Calatrava called Torso. The peculiar shape of the city’s skyscraper definitely put it on the architectural map.

Malmö Turning Torso
  1. Stortorget in Malmö

Stortorget is the largest square in Malmö and dates back from 1530. It is one of the busiest tourist spots in Malmö, regardless of the season. Many street cafes serve delicious dishes ranging from Swedish specialties to sushi. The square also houses the city hall, the Scandic Kramer Hotel and the Kockska Huset, home of Jörgen Kock, who was mayor of the city of Malmö in the 16th century. In one corner of the square is the Apoteket Lejonet, one of the most important neo-Renaissance buildings in the city. The statue in the middle of the Stortorget represents King Karl Gustav X on his horse.

  1. Malmöhuss Castle

If you have planned a trip to the city of Malmö, be sure to spend at least a few minutes in the Malmöhuss castle complex. The historic building, built in the 16th century, is the oldest Scandinavian fortress in the Swedish Renaissance. Historically, it was one of Denmark’s most important defenses, to which Malmö still belonged at the time.

Today, the castle complex has become one of Malmö’s most extraordinary cultural attractions, as it houses several museums within its historic walls. Visiting the Malmö Museum of Art and the Malmö Museum is one of the must-see attractions during even short walks in Malmö.

  1. Malmö Art Gallery

With a mix of temporary exhibitions and contemporary art, Malmö Konshall is one of the largest art galleries in Europe. For this reason, it is one of the main attractions of Malmö, especially for art lovers. The museum was built as an open space made of wood, glass and concrete and has a variable roof.

It has a play of natural and artificial light, which further increases the brightness of the art salon. Anyone with short money on the trip need not worry. The Malmö Art Hall is one of the attractions of Malmö that has no entrance fee. Only those who also want an expert explanation from a guide have to pay for it.

  1. The Disgusting Food Museum

If contemporary art doesn’t mean much to you, a visit to the Disgusting Food Museum may be the right alternative for you!

There are 80 bizarre eating habits from around the world to marvel at. Most of the food you see here is freshly prepared and some of the delicacies you can even try to eat!

How about, for example, balut? It is a tasty Filipino egg. Instead of scrambled rice, however, you get a cooked duck embryo. It looks even better with a little salt.

In fact, we don’t have to look far to find disgusting dishes. In Sardinia, for example, people like to eat casu marzu. This is a cheese that is inhabited by cheese fly larvae. However, as these tiny worms can jump up to 15 centimeters, you have to cover your eyes while eating this delicacy. And don’t worry….there are vomit bags offered to all customers!

The idea of ​​the museum is really commendable. After all, the owners want us to think about our perception of food, since we are simply throwing too much food away. For example, why do we find it so disgusting to eat insects or meat raised in a laboratory? If we all have a different perception of what is crude, maybe we can find a more sustainable solution for our protein intake in the future! The visit to this very special museum costs € 18 per person and children have free admission.

  1. Church of Saint Peter (Sankt Petri)

The Sankt Petri kyrka or simply the Sankt Petri Church in Malmö is the oldest building in the city and dates from the 14th century. The red brick church was built in the Gothic style and is about 105 meters high. Although medieval frescoes were destroyed during the Religious Wars in the 16th century, the church still has enough attractions to offer to be on the list of the best places to visit in Malmö, even on a visit-only day. The impressive wooden hall and the restored wall paintings in the chapel are also worth a visit.

  1. Folkets Park

The Folkets Park in Malmö is the oldest public park in the world and one of the most visited places in Sweden. For 120 years, tourists and residents have come here to enjoy nature and relax on sunny days. The park in Malmö can be compared to the Tivoli in Copenhagen.

The green area with lakes, lawns and even a playground is a pleasant place in Malmö for those who like to walk, run with the dog or rest during a busy day. With many bars and ice cream parlors, the park is a very popular stop in Malmö, especially in summer, and in winter the large lake turns into an ice rink.

Malmö Windmill
  1. Kungsparken

Another well-known park in the city is Kungsparken, which was created in 1872 and is located next to Malmöhuss Castle. It is home to an English garden and tree species from three different continents. It is not only the oldest urban park in the Swedish city of Malmö and therefore one of the most beautiful sights in Malmö, but it also houses the sculpture garden, which is the park’s biggest attraction.

  1. Lilla Torg

Lilla Torg can be translated as “small place” and, although the place seems quite undefined on the map, it still attracts many tourists, even for brief moments. Built with cobblestones and surrounded by restaurants and cafés that open their summer terraces, this is where Malmö’s true life takes place.

In the summer months, many outdoor food stalls are set up in Lilla Torg and the square becomes one of Malmö’s main attractions. Saluhallen is a covered market where you can try foods from around the world.

  1. Gamla Väster

A little further away from the Lilla Torg square is Gamla Väster, one of the most colorful sights in Malmö, which you can leave to visit last on that busy day. The very low houses and the bricks in all the colors of the rainbow make a visit to Gamla Väster a must. It is one of the most pleasant places to be in Malmö. The houses are inhabited by locals, but there are also cafés and shops that have settled there.

  1. Kallbadhuset

The next sight in Malmö is not to take a picture, but to experience it. The Kallbadhuset on the beach in Ribbersborg is an unforgettable sauna experience. The Kallbadhuset is a small wooden building at the end of the pier, where you can relax in a beautiful sauna. Although cooling occurs in separate places for men and women, the sauna itself is accessible to both sexes. And according to Swedish tradition, bathing suits are not mandatory.

Malmö Peace Monument
Malmö Peace Monument
  1. Copenhagen

If you want to combine two city trips into one vacation, you can easily take a trip from Malmö to Copenhagen. The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is almost literally steps from the Swedish city of Malmö. From Malmö, you drive on the Öresund Bridge, which connects the city to Copenhagen. Copenhagen is one of the best cycling cities in Europe and therefore easy to explore by bicycle. Of course, sights such as the Little Mermaid, Tivoli and Nyhavn are a must-see on the cycle route.

  1. Skåne County

The city of Malmö is a good starting point for exploring the province of Skåne län, in southern Sweden.

For example, the small town of Lund is a popular day trip, the most famous attraction of which is the historic and impressive Domkyrken Romanesque cathedral. You can also take a trip to Ystad from Malmö. The city is known for its winding streets and half-timbered houses. The sandy beaches here are also a pleasant change from the sights in Malmö and the surrounding area.

In the Swedish city of Malmö, you can also book a tour that will take you to Höllviken. It is a small village on a peninsula between the Baltic Sea and the Öresund Bridge. This place is known not only for its beaches, but also for the remains of Viking villages that can be found in abundance there. There you can learn more about Vikings and even participate in traditional Viking era festivals.

That’s it! Don’t forget to check out our article 10 Things and Activities to Do in Malmö, Sweden.

And if you have any questions, just let us know in the comments area below!

Malmö beach

10 Things and Activities to Do in Malmö, Sweden

Malmö is, without a doubt, one Swedish city that’s worth a visit. But in a city that’s filled with nature and art on every corner, it’s difficult NOT to get lost as you wander. So to help out, I’ve put together this list of 10 tourist attractions in Malmö for you to add to your itinerary. 

  1. Lilla Torg and the old town 

In my opinion, any trip to Malmö should begin in Lilla Torg, the most beautiful square in Malmö. The colorful half-timbered houses from the 16th to the 18th century are Danish relics, although the square itself isn’t quite as old as it was reformed just 12 years ago after being a parking lot for many years. In the summer, there’s a tasty restaurant and cafe, which I strongly recommend popping into. 

In the winter, the square is well-lit and oozes warmth, romance, and charm. Walking through an archway will bring you to Hedmånska Garden. Here, the Form Design Center displays and sells pieces of Scandinavian art from many companies as well as young artists just getting started. 

If you stretch your legs a bit through Lilla Torg and walk in the direction of the train station, you’ll arrive at Stortorget, Malmö’s historic market square. King Charles X Gustav is responsible for this work, which united the Danish province of Skane with Sweden in 1658 after the Peace Treaty of Roskilde. 

On the east side of the square, you can see the splendid Renaissance city hall from 1546. In the basement, you’ll find one of the best restaurants in Malmö, Radhuskällen, where the dishes are not so expensive, but certainly delicious. 

The oldest pharmacy in Sweden, Lejonet Apotek, is also a place that calls attention. I recommend a visit, even if you don’t need any medicines. The old medical equipment on display will really draw your eye as you imagine how medicines were once made in the old day. 

If you take a walk through Lilla Torg or Stortorget, you’ll still find many treasures from times past. So during this itinerary stop, pay attention to your watch because the time slips away fast! 

  1. Malmöhus (Malmö Castle) 

Swedes love parks and castles. And so it’s not so surprising that many locals spend their free time in one of the large sprawling parks, especially in the summer. 

Malmö is no different. If you head west after your visit to Lilla Torg, you’ll arrive at the large castle park with a lovely area of respite. South of the park, you’ll find the city library (Stadsbiblioteket). To the north, you’ll find the Malmö Castle with its beautiful museums and works of art. 

You can begin your visit by exploring the park, having a picnic along the river or the lake, then walking towards the castle. 

The Malmö Castle was constructed in 1436 by Danish King Erik von Pomerania, who also gave Malmö its bird-of-prey coat of arms in 1473. This Renaissance castle is the oldest surviving from the time in Scandinavia. Today, various museums are housed inside. 

The nature museum is on the ground floor, and the art museum is on the first floor. In the city museum, you’ll find many models of the city, alongside medieval ceramics and a knight’s salon, which are all worth visiting. 

The small maritime museum (Sjöfartsmuseet) is next to the castle just a few meters away. In my opinion, a visit to this museum is nearly as exciting as a visit to the castle. Here, you’ll have the chance to board a submarine or watch fish up close in their new aquarium. 

  1. Kallbadhuset & Ribersborgs Stranden 

Our next stop will take us to the sea. To the north, Slottsparken merges with Öresundsparken which ends in what they call “The Copacabana of Malmö”: Ribersborgs Strand. This large sandy beach extends nearly 3 kilometers in length and invites you to swim in the summer or take a walk in the winter. 

Many people visit the beach, even in the winter. Most likely also because Malmö, like many parts of central Europe, doesn’t usually have any snow. So all-year-round, the beach will give you a marvelous view of Öresund Beach and Kallbadhuset open-air sauna. At night, the entire path is illuminated making for another wonderful view! 

Ribersborg Kallbadhuset, also known as “Kallis,” is definitely one place that you don’t want to miss. This bathhouse, constructed in 1898 Art Nouveau style, can be visited via a long dock and invites the most courageous to swim in the sea throughout the year. There is also a wood-burning sauna, a SPA area, and a pleasant cafe that is a meeting point for young people, couples, and the elderly 

  1. Västra Hamnen (West Harbor)  

If you enjoy modern architecture and urban development, then you can’t miss Västra Hamnen (Westhafen). Since 1909, giant submarines and ocean liners were built in the Kockums shipyard and Saab operated what was then Europe’s most modern car factory. 

After the decline of the shipbuilding industry in the 1970s and the subsequent Malmö Depression, people began to turn to the development of the west harbor area.

This new neighborhood has almost no cars. In their place, pedestrians and cyclists have priority. Hopefully, this is something that can be replicated all over the world! 

During your visit, make sure to pay attention to the architecture and the neighborhood’s squares as you’ll see interesting things everywhere you look. If you’re coming from Ribersobrg, Stranden, the best route to get here involves walking along the Öresund boardwalk. This boardwalk will take you along the sea and through the Västra Hamnen neighborhood. You’ll also cross Daniaparken and Scaniaparken. 

In the summer, you can sit in the sun and people-watch. In the winter, the wind whistles delightfully around your ears.    

The heart of Västra Hamnen is the Turning Torso. This tower, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, reaches a height of 190 meters and rotates 90 degrees from top to bottom. The tower is full of offices, meeting rooms, and luxury apartments…and is simply a splendor to see. 

At the base of the Turning Torso is a large ecological residence area that combines modern architecture with eco concepts. Renewable energy is just one aspect of this. Rainwater is also collected and incorporated in the water cycle. Organic waste is centrally collected and converted into biogas. 

The “Dockan” buildings also call this neighborhood home. IT companies, restaurants, and service businesses too. All is modern and elegant and sure to draw the attention of any visitor. 

For the young and the young-at-heart, Västra Hamnen has one more thing to offer: Stapelbäddsparken skate park. This skate park, with an area of 2,000 meters squared, is one of the largest in Europe and the world. Here, you can skate or climb the Boulder Park, the only rock climbing park of its kind in northern Europe. 

If you want to avoid taxis, from the center of the city, you can easily take line 2 to the center of this neighborhood. Another option is line 3, which skirts Malmö’s center. 

Oresund Bridge
  1. Mälmo Live 

When you tire of Västra Hamnen and walk in the direction of the train station, you’ll find a new complex called Malmö Live. This entire cultural complex is full of concert halls, meeting facilities, a hotel, and many restaurants. 

Malmö Live was inaugurated on May 2nd, 2015, and is a great meeting spot for locals and visitors. The building is open to everyone. 

  1. St. Peter’s Church 

A lovely, rudimental church with major historic significance. St. Peter’s Church is the oldest building in Malmö with foundation walls erected in the 14th century. From within, the construction is imposing and impressive. 

  1. Museet Modern Art Museum 

Visiting the museums of your destination allows you to meet its past. In other words, a visit to the Moderna Museet de Malmö is a must as it takes regional considerations into account and the architecture, once again, impresses. This museum is part of the national Moderna Museet in Stockholm and has art exhibitions from the 20th century as well as a collection of interesting contemporary art. The guided visits are short and children are always welcome. 

The beautiful museum building, constructed in 1901, was originally used by a Malmö electrical company. 

  1. Möllevångstorget (Möllevången Market Square) & Folkets Park Amusement Park 

And now we continue our itinerary outdoors. If there’s one neighborhood that reflects how multicultural Sweden has become, it’s Möllevången. With 174 nations represented in Malmö, you’ll feel it as you wander through Möllevången’s main square and the surrounding streets and find all you need to eat and cook food from around the world. 

There are restaurants, a vegetable market, and many small international shops. I don’t want to compare Möllevången to Berlin’s Kreuzberg, but there are certainly similarities! The neighborhood is very lively, but you can still find stylish bars and boutiques.

Folketspark, on the other hand, is an absolute paradise for children and a common meeting place for Malmoeites. It’s inspired by Copenhagen’s Tivoli and has many seasonal attractions, like an ice skating rink in the winter. The park is also home to the city’s largest variety of nightclubs, a cultural center, a dance palace, and garden bars for the adults, and a playground, terrarium, and adventure golf course for the kids. 

Between the two, you can have a picnic on the grass, go for a dip in the lake, or simply relax. 

  1. Emporia Shopping Center 

Shop until you drop at one of the largest shopping centers in northern Europe. Emporia is located in the recently-constructed Hyllie neighborhood, just minutes by train from Triangeln and Central Station (important: make sure you buy your train tickets before embarking!). In Emporia, you’ll find stores for just about everything – fashion, interiors, sports, and more. 

Major brands, from Italian designers to Myrorna and Clas Ohlson, are represented here across Emporia’s more than 200 stores. If you need a shopping break, simply head to one of the many restaurants for a delicious cafe or tasty drink. 

Whether you’re interested in shopping or not, you need to go up to Emporia’s roof to see the enchanting covered garden with benches and a spectacular view over Malmö. 

Turning Torso Malmö
  1. Art in public spaces 

If you’re in an unfamiliar city or an unfamiliar place, this means you must keep your eyes open everywhere you go! Use your eyes and your intuition to explore something new. When you walk through Malmö, there’s a work of art, a sculpture, or something else of interest on each corner, in each park, and in each square. 

The best restaurants don’t promote themselves with flashy neon signs. The most interesting stores don’t always have the most attractive windows. If you want to learn more about Malmö, all of these places, buildings, and expositions have something to say that’s worth hearing. So during your trip, pay attention to the things you see in public spaces. That’s how you’ll see the real Malmö. 

If you spending a bit more time in Malmö, don’t forget to check our other article with 14 Day Trips from Malmö, Sweden.

And that’s my top 10 stops for your first (or second) visit to Malmö! If you’ve already been to Malmö, then you probably have favorite spots of your own. In which case, let me know in the comments area below!