Things to do in Malmö, Sweden
So, you go to Malmö for a few hours or you have a free afternoon. Moreover, you (or your better half) are a romantic soul. What should you do?
I’ve covered all my favourite spots in Malmö that you can comfortably visit during a single afternoon without ever having to take a bus or drive.
Our journey starts in Pildammsparken, the beautiful park near city centre that’s so diverse there’s no way you won’t like it. There’s a big lake with a ton of birds of all kinds from seagulls to ducks to swans. On it’s eastern side you’ll find an outdoor gym which you’ll likely not use during a romantic walk. Perhaps some other time. My favourite part of this park is on the lake’s western side though. It all starts with these amazing gardens that you can see in the pictures below and leads to the amphitheatre.
I recommend spending some time admiring the beautiful connection of human ingenuity and mother nature in these gardens. After that, or if that’s just not your thing, you can continue through one of the tree alleys leading to the same open space where you can see people enjoying their lifes most of the time.
When you’ve had enough it’s time to move on from Pildammsparken. Now you can walk back to Triangeln along Roskildevägen passing the Opera house, for example. But honestly the Opera house itself is not any sort of historical or architectural marvel.
From Triangeln it’s time to head to the historical city centre. If you pass by the Triangeltorget and simply go straight through Förstadsgatan you’ll soon find yourself in the square of Gustav Adolf (Gustav Adolfs torg). From there on I recommend to keep looking around and admire everything you see until you arrive to Lilla Torg.
Lilla Torg (Small Square) is a place with truly unique atmosphere. As its name suggests it’s a really small square which is packed with bars and restaurants so essentially everything you can see there is people sitting and enjoying themselves. It sort of attracts you in and makes you forget about the rest of the world.
Then it’s just a few metres to Stortorget (Big Square) which is slightly less special by itself but also hosts some exceptionally attractive historical buildings including Rådhuset (Town hall). If you pass by the town hall you will soon encounter the historical attraction of Malmö. Sankt Petri Kyrka started its life back in 1319 and even though it’s not the greatest cathedral in the world it just seems majestic on the small square where it’s located. Because of that it’s also pretty difficult to take a good picture of it except from the eastern side and therefore the best thing you can do is to visit it.
Now you’ve discovered the historical city centre and it’s time to appreciate one of those places that many people see every day but never really give it any thought. The Central Railway Station in Malmö is a beautiful building just accross the canal from the city centre. Keep looking around so that you don’t miss anything worth seeing.
After exploring the beauty of human architectural and construction skills for a while it’s time for a bit of city nature again. I can’t tell which of the parks on this journey is the most spectacular one so you’ll have to decide for yourself. Now we enter Kungsparken. Kungsparken with its neighbour Slottsparken offer almost too many nice places to name. You have a very pretty view of the city, there’s the library building on the other side, bridges, lake and even the casino building looks great in there. Simply walk around as much as you like to enjoy this great place.
When you pass one of those bridges on the way to Malmöhus Castle you should notice nice gardens on the right-hand side and a very romantic Slottsmöllan on the other side. There’s also an amazing hidden place behind the old mill. It doesn’t really get much better than that. If you continue further you’ll find the castle from the 15th century.
Approaching the end of our romantic journey we’ll visit one of the exclusive modern parts of Malmö. In the Western Harbour there’s much more to see than the Turning Torso which is always a good orientation point if you’re not sure where you are as you can see it from pretty much everywhere. Now, if you like sea, boats or both this is the place for you.
The absolute finish of our journey is not far away at all. You want to arrive at the Ribersborg beach at the time of sunset. From there you can watch one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen and that’s a phenomenal end to every romantic tour.