Until a couple of years ago, crossing the sea between Copenhagen and Malmö always involved a boat trip. That changed in 2000 when the Øresund Bridge opened. The opening of ‘The Bridge’, as fans of the Nordic Noir genre will known the Øresund Bridge created an opportunity for tourists to quickly travel from one city to an other. And for me two scratch off two cities from my scratch map in one trip.
Getting to Malmö
There are several ways to get to Malmö from Copenhagen Central. We decided to go by train, as they run much more frequently than the bus does. Practically every half hour a train leaves Copenhagen Central for Malmö Central. As you will be crossing the border, don’t be surprised that borders checks will take place during the train ride and you have to show your passport or ID.
Things to do in Malmö
From Malmö Central it’s about a five minute walk to Gamla Väster, Malmö’s old town. Start your sightseeing adventure at Stortoget, the city’s main square. It was created in 1540 and used to be the largest market place in Europe. On the square you will find city hall and the oldest pharmacy Lejonet.
Make sure no to miss Lilla Torg! This cute square is surrounded by beautiful old buildings and cozy terraces. In case the square is to busy for you, head to Noir Kaffecultur, a lovely coffee spot just around the corner.
On your way to Malmöhus Castle and Kungsparken you will go deeper into the authentic Gamla Väster and pass lots of colorfol streets, so make sure your camera is ready!
Malmöhus Castle is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and one of the oldest Renaissance castles in Scandinavia. The fort has been under both Swedish and Danish reign, so the museum inside explains a great deal about the history between both countries. Malmöhus Castle is a very important landmark for Sweden, the fortress has not only served as a royal residence, but also as a corrective prison and a shelter for people coming from the concentration camps.
On our way to lunch we walked through the beautiful Kungsparken, which were opened in 1872 by King Oscar II. Think beautiful ponds, fountains and lots of green oasis here.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Kärleksgatan 3, a trendy breakfast and lunch spot that serves delicious sandwiches and salads. Service is fast and super friendly.
After lunch we wanted to catch a glimpse of the Øresund Bridge, so we took the bus to Västra Hamnen. This area was once a rundown industrial state and has now become one of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Malmö. Between all the fancy apartments, there was one building that immediately caught my attention; the Turning Torso, Malmö’s very own skyscraper. Near the waterside there is also a very nice recreational park, where locals can come to bbq, skate or hang out with friends. The temperatures were really nice so E. and I decided to stay at Västra Hamnen waterfront for a while and enjoy the sun and the people watching.
As for the view upon the Øresund Bridge; don’t expect a close-up from ‘The Bridge’, because you will only seen it from afar. There was also no Saga Norén, which was kind of disappointing, but hey you can’t have it all.
Our last stop before heading back to Malmö Central (and Copenhagen) was, Sankt Petri Church, Sweden’s oldest church. Unfortunately it was closed to the public that day, so we were not able to go in and visit it.
To visit Malmö or not to visit Malmö… that is the question! If you have the time, I would really recommend to spent a day in Malmo. Truth be told, the city wasn’t exactly on my bucket list, but if you are so close by why not visit it right? I came across some lovely hidden gems and learned a lot about the Scandinavian history, so for a history buff like myself, that alone was worth the trip. What I loved most in Malmö where the city’s green longs; like Kungsparken and Västra Hamnen where you feel complety as ease.