Malmö is the third-largest city in Sweden and makes for a good day trip from Copenhagen via bus or train (about 30 minutes) across the Øresund bridge. It is known as the birthplace of Zlatan Ibrahimović, the footballer as well as its reputation as a “dangerous, crime-ridden” city. When we visited Copenhagen a few years ago, we decided to take a day trip to Malmo because in a geographical sense, it practically feels like an adjacent “satellite” city. Should you decide to visit Malmo, be sure to stay away from unsafe suburban places like Rosengård.
It is highly recommended to take the train from Copenhagen to Malmo central station. The scenic view along the Øresund bridge makes for an interesting journey. Border security is quite tight – you should expect regular checks during the train ride. Should you decide to take the train, note that the border controls at Copenhagen Airport and Hyllie station might delay your journey by about 30 minutes.
We stayed at the First Hotel Jorgen Kock, which is just a few minutes walk from Malmo central station. We paid around USD 100 for a base room including breakfast. The hotel is situated approximately 1 km from the city centre.
Just most European cities, there are both old and new towns in Malmo. A prominent landmark in new town is the Turning Torso which is a futuristic-looking residential tower in Sweden.
The old town is easy to navigate and walkable. You could also get around the city via bicycle. At the west of the old city, you could find the Malmo Castle (a former fortress), which currently houses museums and aquariums.
There are essentially three main town squares in Malmo, namely, Gustav Adolf’s Square (Gustav Adolfs torg), Big Square (Stortorget) and Little Square (Lilla torg). All three town squares are very close to one another. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in these three squares.
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