Five Free Things to do In Malmo:
Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city after the capital Stockholm and Gothenburg (Göteborg). If you are a cycling fan then Malmo is ideal for you as it is the 7th most bicycle friendly city in the world.
Malmo is believed to have been founded in 1275 and was originally part of Denmark, in the 15th century it was even Denmark’s largest city! This city only became part of Sweden in 1658 and has remained Swedish ever since.
The alliterative ‘Turning Torso‘ tower pictured above is Scandinavia’s largest tower and also one of Malmo’s famous landmarks.
And with all that in mind we bring you the top five free things to do in Malmo:
5. Western Harbour
Malmo’s Western Harbour is a tale of a run-down, contaminated area that has been rejuvenated into whats is now being described as a ‘paragon of sustainable living and working’. Very fitting, considering that Malmo has been ranked as the fourth greenest city.
You should visit Malmo’s Western Harbour to see the Turning Torso up close, and if you walk any distance along the shoreline you will have a great view of the 8km Oresund Bridge which connects Sweden to Denmark.
4. Stortorget Square (The Great Square)
Next on our list of the top five free things to do in Malmo is the Great Square or Stortorget. Stortorget is a town square that is full of striking architecture and is steeped in history. Predominantly featured in this square is Malmo’s town hall which has been dated back to 1547.
Stortorget square is often used for outdoor events, one example being the Malmo Festival between 16th – 23rd of August.
3. St Peter’s Church
Another historic highlight of any trip to Malmo is St Peter’s Church. It is the oldest building in Malmo built all the way back in the early 1300s. St Peters Church holds services and the public are invited if they wish to join.
It is free but as with many churches donations are also welcome.
Built back when Malmo was still part of Denmark, St Peter’s Church has a certain Danish feel to it. It has a gothic style exterior but a modern white interior.
2. Public art and statues
Number two on the list of free things to do in Malmo is the public art and statues surrounding the city. Above is the aptly named ‘Optimistic Orchestra’ or ‘Optimistorkestern’ and is meant to represent the atmosphere of Malmo: happy, postive and fun.
Back in Stortorget there is also a statue of King Karl X Gustav as pictured below.
1. Malmohus (Malmo Castle)
The final activity on our list of free things to do in Malmo is taking a trip to and walking around the Malmohus.
The Malmohus is Malmo’s remaining castle/fortress from back when it needed to defend itself from the bad guys. It is free to walk around one section of Malmohus’ castle wall and see the moat and is well worth a visit if you are interested in Malmo’s history.
Inside Malmohus are several museums and an art gallery, however these are not free. Only the exterior walk is free.
Check the opening times for Malmohus here.
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Malmo, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!