How to Spend One Day in Malmö, Sweden

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Malmö, Sweden is a short train ride away from Copenhagen, and makes for a great day trip if you are staying in the Danish city. Malmö is the third-largest city in Sweden, but it feels like a small town. It is full of cute streets and buildings, a canal, a castle, a windmill and even a beach! Keep reading to discover how to spend one day in Malmö, Sweden.

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Getting to Malmö

Malmö is only a 40-minute train ride from Copenhagen, and it is a super easy trip. You don’t even need to show a passport or go through security! It always blows my mind how easy it is to get around in Europe compared to North America. (Of course you should always bring ID with you just in case)

**Update: In the fall of 2019, Denmark reinstated border checks at the Swedish border, so you will need a passport.

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St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s Church is the oldest building in Malmö and the oldest preserved brick building. Unfortunately it was closed for renovations when we were there in August 2018, so we couldn’t go inside. It is gorgeous on the outside though!

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Stortorget is Malmö’s main square in the centre of town. In the middle of the square is a statue of King Karl X Gustav on a horse. Unfortunately this was a bit of a fail for us, because at the time most of the square was fenced off. It seemed like they were in the middle of setting up for a fair or a carnival, so we couldn’t see much of the square.

Surrounding Stortorget are several historic buildings, including Malmö’s historic town hall, the Kocksa Huset (the former palace of Mayor Jörgen Kock), Lejonet (the oldest pharmacy in Sweden) and the headquarters of the provincial government.

Lilla Torg

Lilla Torg is the smaller square in Malmö. It is surrounded by restaurants and cute buildings. It’s a great spot to sit and people watch.

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How to Spend a Day in Malmö, Sweden |

Malmöhus Castle

Malmöhus Castle is the oldest surviving Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. We did not go inside, but it is a neat looking building. This virtual tour gives you a good idea of what to expect. There are also several museums inside the castle, including the Malmö Art Museum, the City Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Science and Maritime House Museum.

Kungsparken (King’s Park)

King’s Park is the oldest park in Malmö. It is full of trees, and it is a beautiful place to wander around.

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How to Spend a Day in Malmö, Sweden |

Slottsträdgården (Castle Garden)

Kungsparken flows right into Slottsträdgården, another park in Malmö. I didn’t actually realize we were in a different park until I saw a sign with info about Slottsträdgården.

In this park is a huge Dutch windmill called Slottsmöllan.

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How to Spend a Day in Malmö, Sweden |

Turning Torso

The Turning Torso is a twisty skyscraper and it is the tallest building in Scandinavia. It seems to be one of the most iconic images of Malmö.

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Ridersborg Beach

One thing I was not expecting about Sweden is it having a huge sandy beach. I never think about Northern Europe as being a beach destination! Ridersborg Beach is three kilometres long, filled with super fine sand.

At the beach is also the  Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, an open-air Swedish bathhouse, seen below.

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As with any place I visit, one of my favourite things to do is explore and wander around the streets. Malmö is a quintessential adorable European town, and there are so many cute buildings and streets to discover.

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22 Replies to “How to Spend One Day in Malmö, Sweden”

  1. Wow, that looks like it was a great trip! I always love it when North Americans visit Europe and can go to every country by train basically, it must feel so strange!

    Jemina ||

    1. It’s so cool! North America is so car-focused, I love how easy it is to get around everywhere in Europe!

  2. sweden looks like such a pretty place, I had never thought of visiting there before x

    1. I never did either until we were planning a trip to Copenhagen and realized how close it was! I’d love to explore more of it 🙂

  3. I didn’t realize that Malmö was so close to Copenhagen! I’ve wanted to explore more of Sweden and Malmö is definitely on the list, but I had no idea there was such a variety of things to do! Definitely an awesome day trip destination 🙂

    1. It was such a good place for a day trip! So fun to go to another country for a day!

  4. Malmo looks like a wonderful town to visit as it is so charming! I really love walking around old town squares in Europe. Would like to see one day that unusual skyscraper and beautiful beach! The Turning Tower definitely stands out and I can see why it draws attraction. 😁

    1. The old parts of European towns are definitely my favourite too!

  5. I didn’t know Malmö was that close to Copenhagen! Guess which city I added on my travel list!

    1. Yes! It’s a must-visit!

  6. I’d be in heaven in King’s Park! Also, I didn’t realize how short of a train ride it is from Copenhagen. That’s a fantastic tip that I plan to use when we are there. I’ve always wanted to go to Sweden, and now it’s a whole lot easier than I thought. Thank you for such a great post!

    1. Thanks for reading! It’s awesome how easy of a trip it is from Copenhagen!

  7. I went to Stockholm a couple years ago and LOVED it, so I really want to visit other Swedish cities! Mälmo looks sooo pretty and cool. It’s hard for me to get used to the idea of “Swedish beaches” though lol, Sweden is always really cold in my brain (maybe because I went to Stockholm in January lol)

    1. Right?? I wasn’t thinking there would be a beach there either! I haven’t been to Stockholm yet, but I need to go!

  8. Malmo seems very charming, thanks for sharing these tips. The turning torso skyscraper looks pretty peculiar, though – or is it just me?? Is that the only tall building on the horizon?

    1. It is such a strange building! It really does stick out on the skyline, doesn’t really fit with the rest of the town in my opinion!

  9. I love it when big-ish cities have a small town feeling! ❤️ It’s also great when you hat to do a day trip to a different country -you gotta love Europe! Cool advice, I pinned it for when I go to Copenhagen 😊

    1. Thank you! I agree, it’s so fun to be able to take a day trip to another country!

  10. Despite the fact that I’m from Denmark, I’ve never been to Malmö. After reading your post I really think I should go visit 🙂 If you enjoyed Malmö you might also enjoy my hometown, Aarhus (Denmark). Worth a visit for a few days if you ever go back to Denmark!

    1. Oh I’ll have to keep that in mind, thanks!

  11. Coool post! Loved reading it and seems like a nice city to visit when you’re in the area. Thanks for sharing 😊

    1. It’s definitely a cute city to explore if you’re in the area! 🙂

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