Copenhagen’s little brother

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Ever since the bridge opened across Øresund Malmø has only been a short train ride away from the center of Copenhagen. There is a train every 20 minute during the day so Malmø is an easy daytrip from the Danish capital.

The old town is right outside the central station in Malmø so you can just walk out the train and start walking. There are two areas which are interesting to explore. The old town with the small streets and old houses which you reach by walking straight out of the station and the park around the old royal castle which you can reach by walking right out of the station and continue along a small canal until you get to the park.

The canal running from the train station to the castle park

The park surrounding the castle is pretty there is a small garden which has some kind of wild growing vegetation showing different kind of plants. Surprisingly they do have a section with a banana plant as well which really shouldn’t be this far north.

After walking through the garden we reach a small windmill which is called the castle park mill. It is on a little lawn and looks pretty on that location.

Wind mill in the park of Malmøhus castle

We walk from the park to the water around the castle. There are a big swan family swimming around with the adults and a group of large grey babies which might actually be bigger than the adults by now. We go in and visit the castle museum which is nice for a quick visit during the day.

A swan family swimming in front of the Malmøhus Castle

Across from the castle is the old house of the commandant which is now made into a little restaurant where you can get a light meal or a cake after your visit to the castle. Prices in there are pretty reasonable compared with Copenhagen price level.

Museum of the sami culture in Sweden

From the castle it is a short walk back to the old town where the most interest places is centered around the two squares Stortorget (large square) and Lillatorget (small square). The large square is fairly big square with traffic around it. There are some nice large houses and an equestrian statue at the middle of the square. The big square is nice to have a look at but there isn’t much in sort of restaurants or bars at the square so people tend not to hang around for too long at the square.

The small square is the center of Malmø restaurant district with restaurants of different sorts on all sides of the square. The buildings around the square seems to be some of the oldest buildings in all of the city so it is a nice place to go and see the old houses and maybe have a bite to eat if you are feeling hungry.

From the small square we continued walking through the old town until we reach the large Gustav Adolf Square. Out here we have left the old town and the buildings around the square are pretty new and not quite as interesting as the rest of the old town. There is a pedestrian street leading south from the square to a place called Triangel. This was a bit of a shopping area but generally it was pretty uninteresting.

The large Gustav Adolp Square

We had been to Malmø a while ago – and couldn’t really remember why we haven’t been back for years. But after revisiting the city for a day we remember why we haven’t been back. The town is nice but really small and it is nicer just to hang around Copenhagen.


  1. Don’t forget Gustavus Adolphus. Namesake of these places. He was a heavyweight in modern warfare, and crazed with devotion to religion (which did not help him in the end). I would like to see a comprehensive, but simple, explanation and description of the effects of the reformation upon Denmark. Why do all of the churches look identical (crennelated towers, signature attributes). I think I need a timeline.Something to identify the Kalmar empire, the resurgence of Sweden, Gustavus, Elsinore, everything. It’s all pockets of information for me.

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    1. Well most of the small churches spread across the country is built in 12th Century. So they actually predate the reformation. I guess these churches look the same because they were build during a short period of time and this was just the style of the period.


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