Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden and the capital and largest city of the Swedish county of Scania. Malmo is located near the southwestern tip of Sweden, and is connected to Copenhagen, Denmark by the Oresund bridge. This small and vibrant city, is rich in history, culture and art and with its friendly people, pretty sights and sandy beaches, Malmo is a great city to explore.
Located in the southern tip of Sweden in the Skane province. Lund is the second oldest city in Sweden! The city was founded in AD 990 and still maintains its medieval charm and low key vibes. Lund holds great traditions within education, the Lund university was established in 1660, and today it is one of the largest institutions for education and research in Scandinavia. It is no surprise that the university and its buildings dominate much of the city.
We have a friend who lives in Lund (who we had met in Townsville, Australia) who had invited us to stay with him. So from Copenhagen, Denmark we took the train across the Oresund bridge for 40 minutes until we reached Malmo. We arrived early and spent the day exploring the picturesque city before our friend picked us up and took us to his home in Lund.
We spent four days exploring Malmo and Lund, our friend was a great host and tour guide, who not only showed us the highlights but also took us to some hidden gems, and show us around the local night life scene. The weather was also so beautiful, sunny and mild. It also just happened to be the time of year that the Malmo festival was on, so we were able to experience and enjoy this annual festival.
Highlights and must sees
- Oresund bridge: The bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden.
- Turning torso: Impressive architecture, a twisted and sculptured tower block.
- Malmo castle: A 16th century castle which was built by the Danish.
- Kungsparken: A pretty park to wander around, and also the oldest park in the city
- Science and Maritime museum:
- The Stortorget: Malmo’s city center square. This square was built in 1536! And surrounds the old town.
- Lund University and the historical museum: Visit the impressive buildings and explore the rich history.
- Botaniska tradgarden: The beautiful botanical garden in Lund.
- Lomma: The nearest beach to Lund
Our time in Malmo and Lund was so enjoyable, and I think it was made even better as we had someone to show us around! I would love to return to Sweden, the next hopefully to visit the North!