Best Things To Do In Malmö, Sweden

Malmö is less than an hour away from Copenaghen which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip from Copenaghen.

When you envision Malmö, imagine cobblestone streets resonating with tales from centuries past, a skyline adorned with architectural marvels, and a welcoming ambiance that embraces you like an embrace from an old friend.

Malmö, one of Sweden’s oldest and most vibrant cities, boasts a history that stretches back over seven centuries. Its story is a tapestry of medieval roots, maritime trade, industrial growth, and modern innovation.

Founded in the late 13th century, Malmö began as a bustling medieval port town. Its strategic location near the crossroads of Denmark and Sweden made it a hub for trade and commerce.

The city’s architectural heritage still echoes this era, with landmarks like the Malmö Castle, a fortress built in the mid-15th century, standing as a testament to its medieval past.

Today, Malmö stands as a beacon of modernity. It’s a city where historic landmarks harmonize with contemporary architecture, exemplified by the iconic Turning Torso, a twisting skyscraper that is both an architectural marvel and a symbol of the city’s progressive spirit. Malmö’s dedication to sustainability and green initiatives has earned it a reputation as one of Europe’s eco-friendly cities, emphasising a balance between urban development and environmental conservation.

Getting to Malmö from Copenaghen:

Getting to Malmö from Copenhagen is fairly easy. There is a direct train that goes almost every 30 minutes (and it takes only 40 minutes to get there) you can check pricing and time here: SJ train. Alternatively you can get Flixbus from Copenaghen central station the journey will be a bit longer (around 50 minutes) and it will leave exactly in front of Malmö central station.

What To Do in Malmö in 1 day:

Malmo Castel Visit: Nestled amidst the heart of Malmö, the Malmö Castle, or Malmöhus Slott in Swedish, stands as an embodiment of the city’s rich and regal history. Stepping into its majestic corridors, you are instantly transported back in time, enveloped in the stories of kings, queens, and centuries gone by. Originally constructed in the 15th century, Malmo Castle is a magnificent example of a Nordic fortress. Its sturdy walls and timeless architecture evoke the essence of medieval Scandinavia. As you explore the castle, you’ll find yourself wandering through beautifully restored rooms, each echoing with the whispers of past royalty. From ornate chambers adorned with tapestries to the castle’s well-preserved dungeons, every corner narrates a tale of Malmo’s medieval grandeur. The castle often features exhibitions on diverse topics, from historical artifacts to contemporary art installations, making each visit a unique experience.

Visit the Turning Torso: Redefining the city’s skyline, Turning Torso stands tall as a symbol of architectural brilliance and innovation. Designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, this twisting skyscraper is not just a building; it’s a work of art. As you approach Turning Torso, its impressive spiral structure captures your attention, inviting you to marvel at its unique design. One of the highlights of Turning Torso is its observation deck, located on the top floors. Take a high-speed elevator ride to the top and be prepared to be mesmerized.

Gamla Staden & Lila Torg: Gamla Staden, or Old Town, is the soul of Malmo, where the city’s rich history merges seamlessly with its modern charm. Gamla Staden is a maze of narrow winding streets and alleys, each corner hiding a piece of Malmo’s history. Here, medieval buildings with colourful facades stand shoulder to shoulder, bearing witness to centuries of stories. The area is dotted with charming squares, such as Lilla Torg and Stortorget, where outdoor cafes, boutiques, and art galleries beckon visitors to explore their treasures, a vibrant square that resonates with history, culture, and an irresistible sense of community. Known as “Little Square” in English, Lilla Torg is a bustling hub of activity, where locals and visitors alike gather to immerse themselves in the city’s lively atmosphere. The square is surrounded by picturesque 17th-century buildings, their colorful facades housing an array of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and galleries and it’s a must seen!

Kungsparken and Slottsträdgården: Kungsparken is a picturesque park that exudes tranquility. Originally designed in the 19th century, this lush oasis boasts sprawling lawns, majestic trees, and enchanting water features. A leisurely stroll along its winding paths allows you to bask in the serenity of nature. Kungsparken is a popular spot for picnics, outdoor yoga sessions, and lazy afternoons spent reading under the shade of ancient trees. Right next to Kungsparken lies Slottsträdgården, The Castle Garden, a horticultural gem that delights the senses. This historical garden, dating back to the 19th century, is an exquisite blend of traditional and modern gardening techniques. The garden features meticulously manicured flowerbeds, herb gardens, and orchards, each section showcasing a diverse array of plant species.

-Experience The Fika: Embrace the Swedish tradition of Fika, a cherished coffee break that goes beyond just having a cup of coffee. Fika is a social ritual, often accompanied by pastries, cakes, or sandwiches. My personal favourite where to have Fika is at St Jacobs Stenungsbageri, right close to the central station… their cinnamon rolls are to die for!

Malmo Konsthall: Art enthusiasts should not miss Malmo Konsthall, one of Europe’s largest exhibition halls for contemporary art. The gallery showcases a diverse range of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and installations. Keep an eye on their event calendar, as they frequently host temporary exhibitions and cultural events.

Sankt Petri Church: Right in the heart of the city lies Sankt Petri Church is an architectural marvel, representing centuries of craftsmanship and dedication. Its roots trace back to the late 14th century, making it one of the oldest buildings in Malmo. The church showcases an exquisite blend of architectural styles, including Brick Gothic and Romanesque elements, entry is completely free!

Try Swedish Meatballs at Två Krögare Bullen: Probably one of the best restaurant in Malmo, Bullen Restaurant, a place where tradition meets taste, and Swedish cuisine takes center stage, the restaurant offers an authentic and delightful experience for those eager to indulge in the iconic Swedish dish: the meatballs. While Bullen is renowned for its Swedish meatballs, the menu extends far beyond this beloved dish. From hearty stews to fresh seafood delicacies, every item is prepared with the same dedication to quality and taste. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, ensuring that every guest, regardless of dietary preference, can savor the diverse and flavourful offerings.

Where To Stay in Malmo

If one day is not enough and you decide that you want to spend more time to explore more this Swedish Gem, there are several options: many Airbnbs in Malmo where you can choose from but also an interesting hostel called Ohboy: A captivating eco-friendly hotel seamlessly blending sustainability with exquisite design.

Is It Worth Visiting Malmo?

Absolutely! Malmo is a city that caters to a wide range of interests, making it an ideal destination for travelers. From its historical sites to its vibrant arts and culinary scenes, there’s something for everyone. Plus, its convenient location near Copenhagen makes it a great option for a day trip, allowing you to explore and create lasting memories.