Best Things To Do in Malmö in 2024: Day-trip from Copenhagen

O que fazer e visitar em Malmö, na Suécia.
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Best Things To Do in Malmö, Sweden: Explore the charming city of Malmö, located just a short distance away from Copenhagen, Denmark. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, Malmö offers a diverse range of experiences for visitors to enjoy. Don’t forget to add these attractions to your bucket list when planning your trip to Malmö.

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, just after Stockholm and Gothenburg, but it has a small-town vibe that I really enjoyed.

The city was founded in the 13th century, and there are still houses from that time! It’s a lively city, with old streets and houses full of history, as well as lively cafes.

It’s also a welcoming city, and I believe it must be very pleasant to live here. In fact, throughout the city, I felt at home! There are many green spaces, and the city’s squares are a temptation.

However, the city is not limited to the old town!

Porto de Malmö.
Best Things to Do in Malmö: walk around the Port of Malmö.
Arquitetura em Malmö.
Best Things to Do in Malmö: walk around the Port of Malmö: appreciate the architecture.

It is true that the main tourist attractions are concentrated in the historic center, but in the more modern part, you can see the Turning Torso, designed by Calatrava, which stands out in Malmö’s skyline and is where locals go shopping.

By the way, prices in Malmö are more affordable than those in the neighboring city of Copenhagen, so take advantage of staying a few days, shopping, and enjoying everything the city has to offer.

Anyway, you must have noticed that I loved the trip to Malmö, Sweden. Therefore, in this article, I will tell you about the main tourist attractions of Malmö, as well as what to see and do in the city.

Best Things To Do and See in Malmö, Sweden

Visiting the historic center

Sankt Petri kyrka, a Igreja de São Pedro.
Sankt Petri kyrka, Saint Peter church.
Fonte em Gustav Adolfs Torg.
Things to do in Malmö: see the Fountain at Gustav Adolfs Torg.

Stortorget is the main square of Malmö, where the City Hall building and the Lion Pharmacy are located.

Malmö’s historic square dates back to 1540 and is about 500 meters from the train station, making it very easy to reach on foot.

Take some time to explore the square and stop in front of the City Hall, as it is an impressive building.

Malmö Rådhus, a Câmata Municipal de Malmo.
Malmö Rådhus, the City Hall.

Not far away, Lila Torg is the medieval square with many cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating.

It’s also from the 16th century, and some people think this is the most beautiful square in Malmö, but I’m not sure if I agree.

It’s beautiful, yes, but there’s something grand about Storteget that makes me prefer the main square. What seems to be consensual is that Lila Torg deserves to be part of any itinerary in Malmö.

Interestingly, the main tourist attraction of this square is a telephone booth, in addition to the medieval houses.

A cabine telefónica em Lila Torg.
The telephone booth in Lila Torg.
Casas Medievais em Lila Torg.
Medieval houses in Lila Torg.
Zona antiga em Lila Torg.

Saint Peter’s Church (Sankt Petri kyrka): a 14th-century Gothic church whose tower can be seen from almost every part of the city.

It is the oldest church in the city and is located behind the City Hall. Admission is free.

Location: Göran Olsgatan 4, 211 22.

Visit Lejonet, the oldest pharmacy in Sweden

Apoteket Lejonet, a farmácia mais antiga da Suécia.
Apoteket Lejonet, the oldest pharmacy in Sweden.
Interior da Apoteket Lejonet, a farmácia mais antiga da Suécia.
Interior of Apoteket Lejonet, the oldest pharmacy in Sweden.

Lejonet Pharmacy (Apoteket Lejonet), locally known as the Lion Pharmacy, was founded in 1571 and is the oldest pharmacy in Sweden.

Inside, you can observe the wooden cabinets and antique jars.

If you want to explore a little more, enter the tunnel on the right side of Lejonet Pharmacy and explore at your leisure.

Learn about the history of the Malmö Griffin

Estátua do grifo de Malmö, na Suécia.
Griffin statue.
Grifo de Malmö.
Malmö Griffin.

The griffin is a mythical creature, half eagle and half lion, meaning the animal has the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle.

This statue of the Malmö Griffin is located in Gustav Adolfs Torg square, resting on a sphere representing the world and adorned with a golden crown.

The author of this bronze statue is Sivert Lindblom, and since its placement in the square in 1999, it has become one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the city.

Therefore, don’t forget to include it on your list of must-visit places in Malmö.

Strolling in Kungsparken and Slottsträdgården, Malmö’s main parks.

Kungsparken, o parque no Castelo de Malmo.
Kungsparken, the park at the castle.
Parques e zonas verdes em Malmö.
Parks and green areas in Malmö.

Kungsparken and Slottsträdgården are the two green areas surrounding Malmö Castle.

They are the city’s main parks, with trails for walking or cycling, but they also have swings, slides, and bathrooms.

A particular feature of this park is the presence of a Dutch-style windmill, named Slottsmöllan, which is one of the most photographed attractions in Malmö.

Slottsmöllan, o moinho de vento nos jardins do Castelo de Malmö.
Slottsmöllan, the windmill in the castle gardens.

I didn’t spend much time in the park because I visited the city in winter, but I believe that in spring and summer, they are very interesting places to spend a couple of hours.

What surprised me about these parks?

The fact that it was winter, yet many people were in the green areas running and exercising.

Visit Malmö Castle

O que fazer em Malmö: visitar o castelo medieval.
What to do in Malmö: visit the medieval castle.

Malmö Castle is a fortress built in the 15th century.

It was once an important prison, but today it hosts something more pleasant: the Malmö Museum, the Natural History Museum, and art exhibitions.

Malmö Castle was surrounded by walls with a bastion at each corner.

The bastions are named after Swedish kings and military leaders, namely King Charles Gustavus and King Charles, and the first two governors-general of Skane, Stenbok and Banér.

Maquete da cidade no  pátio do Castelo de Malmö.
Model of the city in the courtyard of Malmö Castle.

While the castle served as a prison (1828-1914), the barracks housed offices and a guard.

The prisoners then crossed a wooden bridge leading to the prison on the castle island, Stottsholmen.

This wooden bridge became known as the Bridge of Sighs.

Inside the prison, several workshops exploited the cheap labor of the prisoners, such as a blacksmith’s workshop, quarry, carpentry, and a shoe factory.

Ponte dos Suspiros.
Bridge of Sighs.

In 1434, King Eric of Pomerania ordered the construction of a citadel at this location, with the aim of protecting Malmö and safeguarding the customs duties collected from ships passing through the Sound.

He was king from 1397 to 1439 of the Kalmar Union between Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Parts of the citadel are still visible in the castle facade. In fact, the white chalk bands on the wall are remnants of the fortress. In 1536, King Christian III of Denmark ordered the construction of Malmö Castle.

The new castle was intended to function as a fortress, a residence for the county sheriff, and a temporary royal residence.

Architecture of Malmö Castle

Entrada para o Castelo de Malmö.
Entrance to the Castle.

The castle is built in a combination of late Gothic and Renaissance styles that were common in Western Europe at the time.

The Renaissance style is visible in details such as the floor plan, windows, staircase, and the king’s apartment. Externally, the architecture is characterized by late medieval Gothic style.

Malmö Castle originally had four cannon towers. From the still existing cannon towers in front of the castle, it was possible to observe the Sound.

Until the 18th century, the castle was painted in the same red hue that the cannon towers have today.

When Skane became Swedish in 1658, the castle ceased to be a royal residence and was rebuilt to function as a military fortress against the enemy, Denmark.

Castelo de Malmö, na Suécia.
Malmö Castle, in Sweden.

In the 18th century, the castle became obsolete and the threat from the Danes diminished. Instead, the castle began to be used as a prison.

In other words, the castle functioned as a prison until 1914. So, in the 1920s, extensive restoration work was carried out, and modernist wings were added to the courtyard.

In the summer of 1937, the Museums of Malmö were able to move into these facilities.

Location: Malmöhusvägen 6, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden.

Admission: €4.

Shopping in Malmö

Início da rua Södergaten.
Beginning of Södergaten Street.

As I mentioned before, the city of Malmö is more affordable compared to Copenhagen, for example, which makes this city a good choice for shopping.

So, if you enjoy shopping during your travels, the best area to go shopping in Malmö is in the historic center, specifically on Södergaten street.

There you will find many clothing stores, souvenir shops, home goods stores, and cafes if you want to take a break from shopping.

Appreciate the Turning Torso by Calatrava

Turning Torso, de Catatrava.
Turning Torso, by Calatrava.

Here’s a travel suggestion for architecture enthusiasts visiting Malmö!

The Turning Torso is a skyscraper designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by one of his marble sculptures, the Twisting Torso.

It is the tallest residential building in Europe, standing at 190 meters tall, and is undoubtedly one of the most impressive things to see in Malmö, Sweden.

Location: Lilla Varvsgatan 14, 211 15 Malmö, Sweden.

See the Øresund Bridge

Ponte de Øresund, que liga Copenhaga a Malmö.
Øresund Bridge, linking Copenhagen to Malmö.
Ponte junto ao porto de Malmö.
Bridge near the port of Malmö.

The Øresund Bridge was inaugurated in 2000. It is almost 8 km long and connects the Danish city of Copenhagen to the Swedish city of Malmö, with a journey of about 40 minutes between train stations.

There is both road and railway connection, meaning it is possible to cross the bridge by car (or bus) and train.

The upper deck of the Øresund Bridge is for cars, while the lower deck is for trains.

The views are beautiful; however, the view from the train is obstructed by the bridge poles. But nothing that spoils the trip!

How to go from Copenhagen to Malmö?

Como ir de Copenhaga para Malmö (de comboio e autocarro).
How to get from Copenhagen to Malmö (by train and bus).

Going from Copenhagen to Malmö, that is, from Denmark to Sweden, is very simple and fast!

So, the fastest way to go from Copenhagen to Malmö is by car, which requires having a rented car.

Check how much it costs to rent a car in Malmö or Copenhagen.

Estação Central de Malmö (comboios e autocarros).
Malmö Central Station.

However, if you don’t want to rent a car, you can go from Copenhagen to Malmö using public transportation, namely train or bus.

Taking the train from Copenhagen to Malmö is more expensive than taking the bus, but it’s also faster, so consider which option is best for you.

Both the train and the bus to Malmö depart from the Central Station in Copenhagen, and for the train, expect a journey of 50 minutes, while by bus, the journey to the center of Malmö usually takes 1 hour and 25 minutes.

I took the bus since I got good prices on Flixbus and didn’t regret it, as the savings were significant.

The trick to getting cheap bus tickets is to book as early as possible, as prices increase as tickets are sold.

 Check how much the bus from Copenhagen to Malmö costs.

Accommodation in Malmö

Elite Hotel Esplanade, no centro de Malmö, Suécia.
Elite Hotel Esplanade, in the center of Malmö, Sweden.

Although I visited the city on a day trip from Copenhagen, meaning I didn’t stay overnight in Malmö, I must admit that it would have been pleasant to stay for one or two nights.

Therefore, while strolling in the historic city center, the Elite Hotel Esplanade (4 stars) caught my attention, which seems like an excellent choice.

By the way, if you’re planning to stay overnight in Malmö, take a look at the accommodation suggestions on the following map.

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