So much to see, so little time.
While in Copenhagen we started throwing around the idea of going to Malmo for a few hours, since it’s so close. We only had two days in Copenhagen, making this a pretty big decision. We talked about it for a bit and decided to do it!
After a little searching on the Internet, we found that the easiest way to get there is to take a 20-minute train from the Copenhagen Airport to Malmö Central Station (other options include taxi and bus). And so began our Swedish adventure!
Eeerrrrrk…cue the record scratch. In our infinite wisdom we decided that our U.S. government IDs would be sufficient to cross the border. We were wrong. After buying our tickets (around $30 USD roundtrip per person) we walked to the platform and were greeted by government officials who asked to see our passports. Blah! We had to double back to the apartment, get our passports, and return to the airport.
One hour later we were on our way! The ride on the Öresundståg train took about 20 minutes with three stops along the way (we were asked for our passports again on the train). By this time, it was mid-afternoon and we were hangry! We walked from the Malmo Central Station to Sodergata Street (about a five-minute walk) and stopped at the first place we could find…Mexican! The place was a European take on Chipotle. Not exactly local cuisine, but it did the trick.
With our bellies full and some wi-fi time, it was time to explore!
This is a really cute pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants. We walked into a few of the shops and fell in love with everything! It was really worth the stroll. This is also where I joined a marching band. 😉
Little Square (Lilla Torg)
From Sodergata Street we walked to the Little Square area, which was…little and square. Haha. It’s wicked cute and cozy and a great place to meet friends. Lots of charming coffee shops and restaurants. We stopped here for a double espresso. Yum!
After our coffee break we walked over to Kungsparken. This park is beautiful. We really enjoyed walking around this peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. It reminded me of Central Park in New York City.
From Kungsparken you can see The Turning Torso. It’s a beautiful work of art standing 190 meters high and twisting 90 degrees from the base to the top! We didn’t have time to make our way to it for a closer look, but even from afar it was easy to appreciate its beauty.
From Kungsparken we walked to the Malmöhus Castle, which is the oldest castle in the region. The castle is also home to the Malmö Museums. We decided to keep exploring instead of going into the museum, but we walked in the center courtyard and around the perimeter, which is beautiful.
From Malmöhus Castle we walked to the Malmö Live district. This is Malmo’s center of culture! This area has a concert hall, conference venue, hotel, restaurants, and lots of outdoor space to sit and enjoy the weather. There’s also a few outdoor sculptures we climbed and goofed around in.
St Peter’s Church (Sankt Petri kyrka)
After playing around in the Malmö Live district, we walked to St Peter’s Church. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Malmö, founded at the beginning of the 14th century. It’s beautiful!
Overall, we were really happy with our decision to visit Malmo. It’s easy to get to from Copenhagen—very walkable, and picturesque. We definitely recommend a visit to this Swedish city.
Malmo Fast Facts
- Malmö is a “young” city, with almost half of the population under the age of 35.
- Despite its northern location, the climate is surprisingly mild compared to other locations in similar latitudes.
- It’s the 3rd largest city in Sweden and the 6th largest in the Nordic countries.
- Malmö is considered the cultural center of South Sweden.
- The tallest building in Scandinavia is located here.