Are you going to visit Malmö, in the southern part of Sweden? Don´t know where to go, what to see and what to do? I live in Malmö and I would love to give you my best advise!
This is my suggestion of a long nice stroll around the southwest parts of the city. Here we go!
You could start from Malmö Central Train Station.
Go straight on up to Stortorget.
From here you can see the beautiful old Rådhuset to the left. Behind it is the church Sankt Petri, well worth a visit.
Hold right over the big square Stortorget and you will come to the little Lilla Torget. It is a beautiful old square with lots of restaurant and bars, packed with people in the evenings.
Don´t miss a visit to excellent Form Design Center with modern exhibitions and a design shop, situated in a beautiful house.
When you are at Lilla Torg, go to the right and you will find the good arts and craft shop Konsthantverkarna. Continue walking on to the right and you have the quieter area Väster with nice streets, old houses and some small shops and restaurants.
A walk in the park.
Continue in the same direction (to the right seen from the Central Station) and you will reach the big city park Kungsparken and Slottsparken (they kind of blend together). Here you can spend a few hours! Take a nice walk around the lakes and watch all the birds.
Visit the old castle Malmöhus, a museum for art and, history, photography, shipping and technologie.
At the museum there is also live animals in the castle basement (mostly fish aquaries), perfect for the kids.
In the park Slottsparken you will find a botanical garden called Slottsträdgården (the castle garden) with a very great café house. I recommend you to take your lunch here or a nice ”fika”!
In the park you will also find the old wind mill Slottsmöllan.
The city library situated in a beautiful house can also be found in the park. Hold to the left if you come from the city to find it.
Next to the library is a great childrens playground called Sagolekplatsen. And you have lots of great grass fields where people have picnic in the sun, play ball, or walk their dog.
In the other end of the park, away from the city center and to the right, there is a place where you can rent a canoe and watch Malmö from the channels if you like.
There is also a small fish market in the morning called Fiskehoddorna, next to Malmö Museum.
Leaving the city and heading for the seaside area.
If you walk thru the park you will leave the city center and be on your way to the seaside.
The area in front of you is called Ribersborg (my part of the town!). Lots of people live here and you can also find some shops and restaurants. If you look to the left you will see the very tall blue house called Kronprinsen, with a smaller shopping center. But go to the right instead towards the even bigger house, Turning Torso.
After a short walk you will reach the beach area called Ribersborgsstranden, with the park Öresundsparken.
This is my favourite place in Malmö! All year around it is perfect for nice walkes. You can follow nice pathes around the lakes, or the long straight beach walk, where lot of people run or roller skate, or take of your shoes and walk in the sand. There is also a big area where dogs are aloud to run free.
In the summer Ribersborgsstranden of course is a very popular place to take a bath and just enjoy living. The beach has very shallow water, perfect for families with small kids, so if you want deeper water go out on one of the bathing docks.
There is also a playground, some sport areas, mini golf, ice cream and kiosks. Also visit Kallbadhuset out in the water where you can take a bath all year around (very cold winter bath!) or enjoy the sun while eating something from there restaurant.
You want to see Turning Torso now!
It is easy to see where it is and you can go there by following one of the walking paths next to the sea or the little channel.
You now reach the area called Västra Hamnen, where many of the houses where build for the house exhibition Bo 01, held in 2001. This is probably the most modern area of Malmö. It used to be filled with industries, and is still in the middle of it´s reincarnation to a busy habitant area. The crown of it all is the spectacular Turning Torso, I really love it!
Stroll around in the entire area and don´t miss the very nice walk way next to the sea.
From here you have a beautiful view of the bridge Öresundsbron and the skyline of Köpenhamn in Denmark.
This is a very popular place all year around, especially in the summer among young adults (and everyone else) for the nice sun spots and the deep sea bath in Scaniaparken. If you want to show your perfect summer body, do it here! In Västra Hamnen you also find nice restaurants and food shops.
If you are like me and want to walk even more you can follow the sea shore around the entire area, it is nice, quite, with a great sea view.
Don´t be surprised if you hear music in the grass…
For kids there is a great big playground called Sollekplatsen next to Turning Torso, in the new park Varvsparken.
Older kids and young adults (at heart) must go to Stapelbäddsparken and try the skateboard area. Or watch the pros. Ask for the direction to find it, just a short walk from Turning Torso towards the city.
If your feet is not killing you yet, you can walk back to the central station area by walking thru another new and nice area called Dockan. It is beautiful situated along a small harbour with restaurants.
Then pass the new Malmö Högskola building in the nice central harbour and you are soon back at Malmö Central station. Well done!
On second thought: maybe you should rent a bike for this tour…!
With a bike you could easily go back to Västra Hamnen and watch the sun go down and have a picnic. Maybe there also will be some music performance or tango dancing.
I love Malmö!
Malmö is a lovely town to discover by foot or on a bicycle. That is one of the big advantages with my hometown. It is a big town, number three in Sweden, but it´s still small enough to be nice and cosy and fast to go from one place to another. It is also easy to travel by bus everywhere, I don´t even own a drivers license. Just remember you can´t pay tickets on the bus with cash money.
Some call Malmö the city of green parks and that is also a very nice character of this town. And most important, in my opinion, is that Malmö is placed next to the sea with lots of beautiful places to take a bath, have a picnic or watch the sunset over København, Danmark.
Another very nice feature with Malmö is the amount of restaurants, bars, and cafe´s everywhere, both expensive and cheap. Malmö has a great night life and to me it is a vibrant young lively town.
Hope you will enjoy it too!