Top areas in Malmo
This port city on the south coast of Sweden is the country’s third largest. With strong ties to neighboring Denmark, this largely gentrified city is one of the most multicultural in Scandinavia. Sporting impressive architecture spanning several centuries, Malmo's parks, old buildings and harbor front make it a place of serene and beautiful landscapes. Malmo's fairytale looks are even more evident outside the inner city, with medieval castles dotting the woodlands outside of town.
One of Malmo's most striking features is one it shares with Copenhagen. The two cities are linked by the eight-kilometer Orestrund Bridge, and many of Malmo's residents make the trip daily for work. Malmo's main point of convergence is the Big Square – Stororget- bounded by two smaller squares and pedestrian shopping areas. It's here that many of the city's best restaurants and bars are located, with the beautiful Slottsparken park not far away.
History buffs will find Malmöhus Castle a compelling landmark. Built in 1437, the castle was once a residence for Danish royalty and is now a museum. Beach bunnies can head to Ribersborgs Stranden beach - popular both in summer and winter. In winter, locals take part in ice swimming, an activity best coupled with a trip to the kallbadhus – a sauna located at the east end of the beach. Golf is also a popular pastime in Malmo, owing to the city's flat terrain and clear weather.
What separates Malmo most from other Scandinavian cities is the diverse array of ethnicities that call it home. Between 30-40 per cent of residents have foreign heritage, many with Yugoslavian, Iraqi and Somalian backgrounds. This multiculturalism has resulted in a richness of in the arts and in gastronomy, with Thai, Vietnamese, Turkish, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines all well represented. Malmöfestivalen celebrates the different food and culture of Malmo's inhabitants over eight days in August with various stalls, concerts and displays.
Malmo Airport is 28 kilometers from Malmo city and around 50 kilometers from Copenhagen across the Orestrund Bridge.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Malmo, click on the interactive Malmo map on the left-hand side of the page.