Introducing the city

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One-way ticket £1.89 | 22.13 kr

Beer £5.15 | 60.35 kr

Main Course £8.58 | 100.58 kr

About Malmö

Malmö is a young, diverse and erudite city with a fascinating past that’s just waiting to be discovered.

Perhaps best known for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Malmö reverberates with typical Nordic style and confidence epitomised by the legendary footballer. And with endless trendy bars, a mellifluous foodie scene and stunning remnants of a deep ancient history, this cosmopolitan city will leave you awestruck.

Behind only Stockholm and Gothenburg in terms of size, Malmö is Sweden´s third largest city, with a population that has grown year after year for the last 28 in a row. One look at this chic and cultural city and you’ll immediately know why. You might even love it as much as the Swedes love Zlatan himself. Trust us, Dare to Malmö.

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When Should You Visit?

Due to the latitude of the city, summer days in Malmö stretch wistfully for up to 20 hours – with first light appearing around 3am and darkness falling before 11 pm at its peak. So if you visit in summer, be sure to stay out late and marvel at the "'midnight" sun.

On the flip-side, during the winter (especially December to January) sunlight is restricted to a paltry seven hours a day. But if you’re not put off by the dark days, Malmö’s winter festivals bring a real glow and verve to the city – and the ubiquitous Christmas lights provide some sort of replacement for the natural sunlight.

Peak tourist months are July and August, which have average daily temperatures in the mid-twenties (degrees Celsius). On average, the coolest month is January, when temperature normally bottoms out at -9 degrees Celsius, with an average daily temperature of 1 degrees Celsius.

As conditions are largely dictated by sea winds, the weather is changeable, so bringing layers of clothing is advisable. These winds can also play havoc with umbrellas, so rainproof clothing is a better way to stay dry.

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Travioor top tips

Fika
Cruising
Eat

Insider Info

  • Fika is not just the name of that hipster café that your ‘too-cool for school’ friend has been telling you about, it’s also a strongly held tradition in Sweden. Fika, which can be used as a verb or noun, means to go for a coffee and cake and is something of an institution in Sweden. So go native and hit one of Malmö’s many rustic coffee shops.

  • Ranked 6th in the world for ‘bike-friendliness’ (ok, that’s a stretch), on two wheels is without doubt the best way to ‘do’ Malmö. It’s even better by Private Bike Tour, where a guide will lead you around to all the most important and interesting parts of the city, peddling plenty of local knowledge to make the most of your stay.

  • Restaurants with an alcohol license tend to charge more than those that don't, and as a result are usually more upmarket. However, many of these same places run a discounted menu around lunch time to lure in the work rabble. So, if you're on a budget and fancy some fine dining, think brunch over dinner.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.58 | 100.58 kr

3-Course Meal £40.35 | 472.73 kr

Cappuccino £3.00 | 35.14 kr

Beer £5.15 | 60.35 kr

The Scene

With many of the world’s best chefs hailing from Sweden, Malmö boasts a huge range of gourmet eateries in all price ranges, to delight even the most discerning gastronauts. Get to grips with the local fare by trying a spättekaka (sugary cake baked on a spit), an äggakaka (thick pancake with fried bacon), or one of the seemingly endless varieties of marinated herring.

Malmö is certainly a city with an international flair, which is highlighted by the wonderful smorgasbord of culinary delights available at every turn. Möllevångstorget, or ‘Möllan’ to locals, is a hip foodie area with rustic cafés and restaurants lining the streets around the main square. Expect to find cheap eats and tastes from both near and far.

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History

Malmö’s Story

Malmö has a rich ancient history, with fascinating reminders dotted all over the city. Before exploring it further, it’s important to understand that Malmö was actually a Danish city right up until 1658 when it fell under Swedish rule.

Around the year 1,000 the Malmö region was a Viking area, where these fearsome warriors sailed around the world in search of plunder – even making is all the way to the Middle East. Foteviken, which lies south of Malmö, was one of the biggest battle zones in the Viking era.

Denmark was then Christianised during the Danish king Harald Blåtand's rule – although this claim causes debate among some historians.

Malmö really took off in the 14th century with the arrival of the Hanseatic traders and the profits from a booming herring industry. These merchants built their august, stately homes which were followed by churches and a castle. It was during this time that the city really developed into an economic stronghold.

In 1658, while Sweden was at war with Poland, Denmark declared war against Sweden. The Swedish king Karl X Gustav responding by marching from Poland through Jylland to attack Copenhagen.

Unfortunately, the winter of 1657-1658 had been an extraordinarily cold one. As a result, the ice over the Belts had frozen, allowing the Swedish army to march over the ice and catch the Danes unawares.

The Danish Army had no option but to surrender and in February 1658, the Peace in Roskilde agreement was signed. Denmark lost Skåne (which includes Malmö) among many other territories in the deal.

By 1870, Malmö had become Sweden's third largest city, and a pivotal industrial hub for northern Europe. In the late 20th century, the city developed towards education and service, largely casting off its industrial reputation, and laying the foundation for the modern and cosmopolitan place it is today.

Language

Hej | Hello
Tack | Thank you

Swedish

The official language in Malmö is Swedish, but most Swedes speak English among many other languages. Although most will be happy to speak English – often with an American residue left over by the widespread popularity of US television – it won’t hurt to familiarise yourself with the following list of handy phrases;

  • How are you?: Hur mår du?
  • Fine, thank you: Tack, jag mår bra
  • You're welcome: Var så god
  • Yes: Ja
  • No: Nej
  • Excuse me: Ursäkta
  • I'm sorry: Jag är ledsen
  • Goodbye: Hej då

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Need to know

+46 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Malmö is quite compact in relation to other European cities, which means most places are reachable on foot.
  • Alternatively, city buses charge 15 SEK (£1.20) for any trip inside the city limits. Most lines depart or go through the bus station which is beside the central train station.
  • Taxis are pretty expensive in Malmo, most likely costing in the region of 100-300 SEK (£8-25) for a trip in the city.
  • Travel time from Malmö Airport to the city centre is approximately 30 minutes, costing roughly 450 SEK (£40) by taxi and 115 SEK (£10) by coach.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Sweden here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Take The Plunge

Billed as a place to ‘bathe in your birthday suit’ (only if you want to, of course), take an invigorating dip in the North Sea at Ribersborgs Kallbadhus (bathing house).

2. King’s Park

Malmö is known for its lush greenery and meticulously manicured parklands, with the best place for a relaxing stroll being King’s Park.

3. Old Town

Make a bee-line for the Gamla Staden (Old Town). This quaint quartier is filled with bars, restaurants and some very fine, if pokey, houses.

4. Malmöhus Castle

The historic Malmöhus Castle is Scandinavia's oldest surviving renaissance-era castle and a must see for any visitor.

5. Oresund Bridge

Connecting the city with Copenhagen, the magnificent Oresund Bridge truly is a marvel of human engineering and well worth taking the journey across.


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