Best Things to See in Malmo, Sweden

Where to Find Malmo's Best Attractions

Downtown Malmo With Old and Modern Buildings, Sweden
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Old-world charm and modern vibes meet in Malmo, Sweden, the country's third-largest city. (After Stockholm and Gothenburg.) Located in the far south of Sweden, Malmo used to be part of Denmark. Which makes sense: Malmo is only a 45-minute drive from Scandinavia's largest city, Copenhagen. The two cities are positioned on either side of the Öresund strait. Malmo belongs to the scenic southern province of Skåne, beside the sea. It's windy with warm summers and temperate winters. There is a lot to see here — from astounding architecture to history and design to world-class art to vibrant nightlife. We've gathered intel on the best of it for you.

Want to make the most of a visit to Malmö, Sweden? Then read on because this is the ultimate guide for discovering Malmo’s must-see attractions.

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The Stortorget (Malmo City Square)

Stortorget, Malmo, Sweden
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Stortorget, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden

Malmo's most popular attraction is Stortoget, Malmo's city center square surrounded by the Old Town (Gamla Staden). On the square you will see King Charles X's statue. Stortorget was built in 1536 and soon turned into Scandinavia's the largest city square (until recent times, that is). The bronze water sculpture on Malmo's Stortorget depicts the location of the old city well.

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St. Peter's Church (St Petri Kyrka)

St Peter's Church, Malmo, Sweden
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Göran Olsgatan 4, 211 22 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 27 90 43

If you're up for some authentic renaissance, the St Peter's Church is Malmo's attraction for you. This church is the oldest building in the city (built in the 14th century) and can be found behind Stortorget (see above) in Malmo, Sweden. After viewing the detailing on the inside of the church, make sure to visit the Tradesmen's Chapel for historic paintings. A great Malmo attraction for anyone interested in the Renaissance.

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Malmo City Hall & Residence

Malmo, City Hall, Sweden
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August Palms plats 1, 211 54 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 34 10 00

Also a well-known attraction in Malmo, Sweden, is Malmo City Hall, built in 1546. Unfortunately, this building underwent big changes in the 19th century. If you're hungry, go down the stairs and visit the unique - but good - Rådhuskällaren Restaurant in the basement! The Residence is located right next to City Hall. F.W. Scholander is the architect who put all the stucco on this building. Worth taking a look.

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Lilla Torg in Malmo

Lilla Torg, Malmo, Sweden
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Lilla torg, Malmö, Sweden

Lilla Torg — which translates to "little square" — houses the center of Malmo's nightlife and restaurants and you won't be bored here. Lots of locals like to come here as well. Lilla Torg is a square surrounded by buildings erected between 1600 - 1800, which nowadays offer crafts, lots of food, mall-style shopping, and other entertainment. Good hotels in Malmo are nearby.

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Gamla Vaster (Gamla Väster) in Malmo

Boats on harbor with houses in background
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Box 12, Gråbrödersgatan 8, 201 20 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 70 211 49 56

This attraction of Malmo is so adorable, you won't be able to forget it. Gamla Vaster lies west of Lilla Torg square (any local can point it out). In this part of Malmo, the attraction is Malmo itself - take a stroll here and see the very low (!) houses and brick buildings in all the colors of the rainbow. Besides private residences, these Swedish buildings also house cafes and shops. Definitely Malmo's most colorful attraction!

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Folkets Park (People's Park) in Malmo

'Sweden, Skane, Malmo, Moriska Paviljongen or Morrish Pavilion in Folkets park at night'
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211 58 Malmö, Sweden

Your favorite attraction is an amusement park? Then head to Malmo's Folkets Park, which is the amusement park attraction in this city. Folkets Park seems similar to Tivoli park in Copenhagen and offers families rides and park atmosphere from April-September. This amusement park includes quite a few animals, play areas, rides, and even a flea market.

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Malmohus Castle

Malmo Castle
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Malmöhusvägen 6, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 34 10 00

Malmöhus Castle is Sweden's oldest renaissance castle and definitely one of Malmö's top attractions. How often can you see a real castle containing four interesting museums? There are the Malmo City Museum, Natural History Museum, Konstmuseet (art museum), and Aquarium & Tropicarium. Free admission with Malmo Card (see below)!

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Slottsgatan 33, 211 33 Malmö, Sweden

Malmo is a city renowned for its parks, and Kungsparken is one of the most notable of them. With 34 hectares of green space, Kungsparken is the Central Park of Malmo. It's located across the canal from Slottsträdgården, which is a castle garden containing an orchard garden, a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and edible crops. Unlike Central Park, however, Kungsparken is home to a casino, called Casino Cosmopol.

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Turning Torso

Turning Torso

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Lilla Varvsgatan 14, 211 15 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 17 45 00

The Turning Torso is the hallmark of Malmo's skyline. Designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, you can't miss it — as an attraction but also quite literally. The twisty, helix of a blue tower reflects the blue of the sea it stands by. It's considered an accomplishment in modern engineering and is the tallest building in Scandinavia. 

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Malmo City Library

Malmo City Library
Kung Oscars väg 11, 211 33 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 660 85 00

In the gorgeous building that is the Malmo City Library, old meets new. Called the "calendar of light" the glass addition allows readers to experience nature and the seasons through the clear walls surrounded by greenery. This historical institution is worth a visit. This new section, by Danish architect Henning Larsen, is award-winning. For the design, he received the Kasper Salin Prize. The library has 550,000 different media, 10,000 DVDs, 33,500 CDs, and in 2006, it became the first library in Sweden to have video games.

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Ribersborgs Kallbadhus

Pier at Sunset

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Limhamnsvägen, Brygga 1, 217 59 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 26 03 66

The best way to unwind in Malmo, Sweden? How about an open-air bath? At Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, there are five saunas, two sea water pools, two wood-fired hot tubs, and a sun deck. There are men's and women's changing rooms, with a shared sauna. The baths are open all year round. To kick back the Nordic way, you should definitely try ice swimming, even if a cold bath doesn't sound the most appealing. It's believed to trigger an endorphin rush that feels good and also naturally combats depression.

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Disgusting Food Museum

Södra Förstadsgatan 2, 211 43 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 10 17 71

Why do we find food disgusting? For survival. The emotion of disgust is designed to help protect us from eating foods that would harm us or make us sick. However, in spite of its highly practical purpose, disgust is also an extremely subjective reaction. The Disgusting Food Museum of Malmo invites visitors to explore which foods disgust them and why. Eighty of the world’s most disgusting foods are exhibited here, with the opportunity to smell and taste, including the world's allegedly stinkiest cheese. Also, find Casu marzu (maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia), South Korean poo wine, and fried tarantula from Cambodia.

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Södergatan Street

Södergatan, Malmö, Sweden

The Swedes know fashion. This is evident on one of Malmo's main pedestrian thoroughfares, Södergatan Street. This cobbled street is one of the best places to shop in the city, and is where you'll find locals meeting up for coffee. It's located in Gamla Staden, and is cant-miss for people watching and for street style.

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Man feeding birds in lake in Pildammsparken

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Pildammsparken, 217 46 Malmö, Sweden
Phone +46 40 34 10 00

The sprawling park of Pildammsparken is known for its history and much more. At 45 hectares, it is the largest park in Malmö. Located around multiple old ponds that were created in the 17th century as a water reservoir for the city, the park was completed in 1926. It has an interesting story before its creation, though. The Baltic exhibition was organized on this land in 1914, and potatoes were grown here during the famine of the first world war. Today, the park is home to a diverse population of birds. The large, circular meadow Tallriken (The Plate) is often used for picnics, and the amphitheater often holds free performances and concerts in the summer. The circumference of the great pond is a hit with runners.

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Best Things to See in Malmo, Sweden