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Malmo
Travel Guide

Malmo showing rugged coastline, a coastal town and swimming

The City of Parks is known for its 17th-century architecture, art museums and the abundance of free concerts that take place across the city in summer.

Visit Malmo for its castles and museums, summer festivals, parks and beaches. Sweden’s third-largest city is situated on the southwest coast and is known as the City of Parks. It was established in the 13th century as part of the Danish crown, but became a part of Sweden in 1658.

Malmo’s streets are easy to navigate by foot. Alternatively, rent a bicycle and explore the city along 292 miles (470 kilometers) of bikeways. You’ll find major attractions within walking distance of the Old Town. Go to Stortorget, the city’s oldest public square, to see the 16th-century Town Hall. Find more historic architecture at Gustav Adolf’s Square. At Lilla Torg, sit at an outdoor café while admiring half-timbered houses that date back to the 1600s.

Parks are a large part of Malmo’s culture. These are best enjoyed in summer when the weather is warm and the city has sunlight for up to 17 hours a day. Take leisurely walks and picnic in the perennial gardens of central Kungsparken and Castle Park. Watch free concerts and visit a century-old water tower at Pildammsparken. Younger visitors can enjoy the petting zoo and amusement rides at Folkets Park. When the sun shines, head to Ribersborg Beach. This 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) beach is only a 25-minute walk from the city center.

Malmo places an important emphasis on cultural events, many of them free; almost 500 open-air concerts and performing arts shows take place in parks and squares and along the waterfront. Don’t miss Sommarscen and the Malmo Festival, the city’s two biggest summer festivals.

Rent a car to visit areas outside of Malmo. Lund is situated only 20 minutes away and is the site of the Lund Cathedral School, established in 1085 and still active. Catch the train to Copenhagen and travel across the 10-mile (16-kilometer) Oresund Bridge.

Outdoor activities are plentiful in Malmo, but the city also entertains with indoor activities in the winter months when the weather is cold. Visit the Malmo Castle, a 15th-century fortress and the home of the Malmo Museum.

Where to stay in Malmo

Best Western Hotel Royal
Best Western Hotel Royal
4 out of 5
Norra Vallgatan 94, Malmo
The price is ¥8,086 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Centrum, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lilla Torg, Malmo Town Hall (Radhuset), and Stortorget. Malmo Borshus and Form Design ...
4.1/5Very Good! (949 reviews)
Hotel that cares
"Quick and welcoming check-in. Friendly, helpful, service-minded personnel. Very convenient location: in the old town and just a couple of minutes walk from the Central Train station. Rooms facing street have a nice view on the channel. Room is a decent size with practical furniture, including a small ..."

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Best Western Hotel Royal
First Hotel Jörgen Kock
First Hotel Jörgen Kock
3 out of 5
Jörgen Kocksgatan 3, Malmo
The price is ¥7,698 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kogg Museum, Malmo Borshus, and Malmo Town Hall (Radhuset). Stortorget and St Petri Kyrka are also ...
3.8/5Good! (957 reviews)
"Good location, good hotel."

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2020

First Hotel Jörgen Kock
Story Hotel Studio Malmö
Story Hotel Studio Malmö
4 out of 5
Tyfongatan 1, Malmo, Malmö
The price is ¥13,412 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Centrum, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Malmo Concert and Congress Hall, Lilla Torg, and Malmo Town Hall (Radhuset). Malmo Museum ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,188 reviews)
Amazing
"Wonderful. Good service and great view over city and the Öresund. Gabriel at the reception was gladly to bring an iron up to the 13th floor when asked and even came by later again to help me out with the Apple TV. Billy at the bar made great drinks and served us with wonderful service aswell. The ..."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Story Hotel Studio Malmö
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Forenom Aparthotel Malmö Varvstaden
Forenom Aparthotel Malmö Varvstaden
3 out of 5
Stora Varvsgatan 10, Malmo
The price is ¥9,698 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Centrum, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kogg Museum, Malmo Concert and Congress Hall, and Malmo Borshus. HSB Turning Torso ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)
Malmö secret gem.
"A pretty much totally automated stay. Details of access and your room are sent by email and sms. Fully self contained studio flat with kitchenette dishwasher and own shower room toilet. Access to a clean modern free to use onsite laundry facilities. Room cleaning is once a week though you can request ..."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Malmö Varvstaden
The More Hotel
The More Hotel
3 out of 5
Norra Skolgatan 24, Malmo
The price is ¥14,960 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Centrum, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Mollevang Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Malmo Arena and Emporia. Triangeln Shopping Center and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,195 reviews)
"Room was very clean, modern and spacious with access to a lovely patio to eat or have drinks. Location was good - close to shopping and several restaurants and parks. About a 15min walk to key "sights" such as Lilla Torget. One thing to note - book your parking in advance with the hotel. When we ..."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

The More Hotel
Forenom Aparthotel Lund
Forenom Aparthotel Lund
3 out of 5
Laboratoriegatan 10, Lund
The price is ¥8,448 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in the heart of Lund, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lund Botanical Gardens, Kulturen, and Lund Cathedral. Lund University and Skissernas ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,203 reviews)
Recommend
"Enjoyed the stay here. This hotel had everything i needed on my stay."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Lund
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Malmo

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Cornel

Feb 13, 2020

Nice small city, walkable, overall clean and safe..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

Beautiful town. My opinion: 1 or 2 days is enough. We went in November, it was not so cold (4-9c). Maybe its better to choose spring or summer, because you have more daylight.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Cool spot. Many good things, old and new. Great to be next to the sea.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Nice medium sized city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

Take a walking tour on your first day. It helped us decide where to spend more time visiting.

4/5 - Good

LG

Sep 20, 2019

A very nice, walkable city with friendly people.

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