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Malmö is the biggest city in the county of Skåne and third biggest in the entire country. It offers a mix of modern facilities and architecture and historic buildings and structures that give the city a certain charm.
Located in the south of Sweden, Malmö is more than six hours away from Stockholm by car but you can get there in just over four by travelling by train. Alternatively, you can even cycle between the two and explore the whole country en route. When flying there, you may find it quicker to book a ticket to the nearby Danish capital of Copenhagen and take the train right from the airport.
No matter whether you’re planning to live in Malmö or just visit, there are plenty of fun and interesting things to do in and around the city.
Malmö is a city with plenty of grand infrastructure, including the beautiful Turning Torso skyscraper and the Øresund Bridge, which is a marvel of engineering. The city also has lots of hidden gems that you may miss if you don’t know they’re there.
If you’ve not been to the city before, it’s worth dedicating a day to just exploring these sights as you’ll come across some pretty unique things. Some of the most famous sights include:
- Lilla Torg – Meaning “little square” in Swedish, Lilla Torg is surrounded on all four sides by classic architecture, though each building has its own unique style. You’ll also find plenty of bars and restaurants here for when you want to fill up.
- Malmö Rådhus – The Malmö City Hall is located in Karl Gustav Square, a short walk from the main train station. The original was burnt down in the early 19th century, but the current structure is a beautiful mix of different colours.
- The Knotted Gun – Located next to the train station, The Knotted Gun is a monument created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. There are several identical copies around the world, including 13 others in Sweden, one outside the UN in New York and 14 others. The version in Malmö is one of three originals.
- Malmö City Library – Inside, the Malmö City Library is packed with books of every kind, along with a media lab, publicly available computers, and a cafe that serves up tasty drinks and snacks. Outside, the library is an architectural masterpiece, with a red brick old building, a modern structure that makes use of large glass walls and “The Cylinder” which connects the two. This is all located inside picturesque grounds that are great to sit and read in during the summer.
Visit the Casino
Malmö is one of four Swedish cities that is home to a casino. Open from 1 PM to 1 AM every day, Casino Cosmopol is jam-packed with entertainment with its Jackpot Grill & Bar serving up classic Swedish dishes and international favourites. The casino also organises regular live entertainment, including concerts, dancing and stand-up comedy.
Of course, you’ll find all the classic casino games, including two different variants of blackjack that can also be found in the online version, and other card games like Oasis stud poker and Texas Hold’em. If you prefer to play on slot machines, Casino Cosmopol has 240 different video slots, with a range of different games and maximum stakes.
With all this under one roof, your entire night out is sorted.
Check Out Malmö Castle
Built in the 1530s by the Danes on the orders of King Christian III of Denmark, Malmö Castle still stands in a good state today and is the oldest surviving castle from the Renaissance period. In the past, it’s been used to hold high profile prisoners like James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as being the place where Denmark minted its coins during the Middle Ages. Today, though, it’s a tourist attraction.
Malmö Castle is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on most days, and you should leave yourself a couple of hours to explore it fully. As well as getting the opportunity to admire the historic architecture and beautiful surroundings, you can see period weaponry and suits of armour. There’s even an aquarium as well as other animals for you to look at.
Head there in December and you can also explore the Christmas Market too.