Travelling light in Malmö
Malmö, Sweden's 3rd largest city is always in the news here and most of it isn't good. Though from visiting the place for 3 days all I can say is that it seems a bright, easy going place by the Öresund Sea right at the bottom of Southern Sweden. We only experienced warm hospitality and the general vibe around the center of town, where we were staying, was safe, and pretty quiet. Certainly much, much safer than walking around Melbourne at night. Though I noticed there were police vans parked silently in all the public squares but other than that nothing. Here's some pictures. It's an enjoyable place to visit with plenty of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, galleries, museums, parks to go to.
Malmö was founded in the mid 13th century. Love this public sculpture in Stortorget of a group of marching musicians. With Jörgen Kocks House (1525) in the background.
Walking on Södergatan in the sun.
Malmö's lighthouse (1878). Inactive since 1983.
Fresh salty air. I love it!
Entrance to Central Station. It took about 4.5 hours from Stockholm to Malmö by fast train. Travelling by train is a bit cheaper than flying and you get to see the countryside which got increasingly greener as we went south. I like it though others find it a bit boring. But it's not that long. Try going by bus or train between Melbourne and Sydney in Australia which seems to take forever. No high speed trains yet.
You can take the train over to Copenhagen from Central Station which travels over the Öresund Bridge. This is the view from the train. It took only 18 minutes over the water. Check the wind turbines.
There are views of water everywhere in Malmö. Central train station is on the left next to the canal. It's only a 15 minute walk from the centre of town to the station.
Old town's is full of beautiful, old buildings in various styles of architecture.
The apotek or chemist in english. Shops close pretty early in Sweden. Mostly everything's closed in Stockholm by 6pm. And in Malmö nearly everything was closed by 5pm. Just a few convenience stores are open.
Rådhuset (Town Hall) Stunning building. Built in 1546 in Dutch Renaissance Style. It's in the Stortorget (square), the centre of Malmö which was laid out in the 1530's. There was nobody around at 10am Sunday. In fact not many people the whole weekend. It was below zero so maybe that explains it. Everyone was in Copenhagen which was packed with people.
This fountain is in Gustav Adolf's Torg where we stayed at the Best Western Nobel House Hotel which was fantastic. Great hospitality, the room was beautiful and reasonably priced. Plus they always have a brilliant breakfast in Swedish hotels. I'd thoroughly recommend it.
The wildflowers have just started coming out after winter which is always inspiring.
Malmö's part of the Swedish region called Skåne. There was a problem with the train going back to Stockholm so we had to board a bus. But it was a good opportunity to see the countryside of Skåne which is full of rolling hills, forests and lakes. And also a few wind turbines.
A good place to go cycling. I'm definitely interested in going back to the Skåne area. Especially to see Kristianstad's Biosphere Reserve.
Taking the train between Stockholm and Malmö: The trains depart every two hours from Stockholm Central Station and take a little over four hours to connect the cities of Malmo and Stockholm. Economy train tickets start at around $80/£50. They're very comfortable to travel in.
For the lighthouse boffins: Sweden's lighthouses
You can read news about Malmö in english at The Local . It's pretty tabloid.