Did you know the Swedish city, Malmo, is just 27 miles from Copenhagen in Denmark? After realising this during our trip to the Danish capital, we decided to hot-foot it over to Sweden and tick off TWO countries in one go!

It couldn’t have been easier to do. The journey by train is just 35 minutes. From our hotel (we were staying at the Scandic Palace Hotel) it was a short walk to Copenhagen central station and we simply bought our tickets from a machine which had an English language option. We narrowly caught the train to Malmo although I’m not sure the train operator was particularly pleased with me shoving the buggy in the closing doors in our bid to climb aboard.

Copenhagen Central Station

If we had missed it, it wouldn’t have been a disaster as they depart every half an hour. The journey involves going over the five-mile long Öresund bridge – the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

Öresund Bridge, Denmark and Copenhagen

My three-year-old daughter, Mrs T, is a big fan of trains and she enjoyed looking out at the sea, counting the number of planes flying over during our short journey into Sweden (it was four). Oh, and taking selfies too.

Train to Malmo

We had heard varying accounts about Malmo and didn’t have huge expectations of Sweden’s third largest city but after wandering just a few metres from Malmo train station, over quaint bridges and into the old town, we were suitably impressed.

Malmo, Sweden

In 2013, Malmo hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and since the bridge opened in 2000, it has attracted technology industries into the city and is also home to a university. We had no plans about what to see or do during our visit, we just wanted to soak up the atmosphere and have a wander in the short amount of time we had while my husband, yes, my husband, was keen to do some shopping.

Malmo’s array of shops was very good and as it is a small city, easy to walk around. My husband’s keenness centred around the realisation that two of his favourite brands were Swedish so in his head he was thinking ‘I can save some money’. I’m not sure the savings were worth the outlay but we bought some Christmas presents and ski gear in Peak Performance and I got him a shirt from the tailor shop, Eton. In both places we encountered the most friendly staff who were keen to help and chat. By the time we had done with shopping, our bellies were rumbling.

“I know a great place which I read about,” my husband informed me. Great. In fact Malmo has become quite a hit with foodies. The only problem was finding it. After two days of walking around Copenhagen in my warm but not particularly practical boots, the last thing I needed was going on a wild goose chase around Malmo trying to locate a restaurant. Being in the early stages of pregnancy probably didn’t help either.

Malmo, Sweden

There was much wandering down wrong roads, Paul frantically trying to find the eatery. Me, giving him unimpressed stares as I unenthusiastically pushed the buggy after him (our daughter being a little more patient). But we DID locate the restaurant in the end and it was worth finding – so all was forgiven. We enjoyed an excellent three-course lunch menu at Atmosfar which included the most delicious cod dish while the friendly service couldn’t be faulted, even making a special plate of food for our daughter.

Food at Atmosfar, Malmo, Sweden

Malmo, Sweden

To walk off the lunch we headed to a beautiful park,Slottsparken, just across the road which had a children’s play park nearby by too. We managed to glimpse Malmö Castle as we stood at the edge of the castle’s moat.

Malmo, Sweden

The castle was originally founded in 1434 but was destroyed and then rebuilt by King Christian III of Denmark in the 16th century. Yes, this area of Sweden used to belong to the Danes – hardly surprising I suppose due to its proximity. The castle is now a museum but has a colourful history with tales of political prisoners, beheadings and wild parties.

Malmo, Sweden

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to explore castle. From the park we could also see some of the newer buildings, including Scandinavia’s tallest skyscraper, the futuristic Turning Torso.

On our way back to the old town we walked through the charming Lilla Torg area (small square). Filled with restaurants, which during the warmer months spill out onto the cobblestone pavements, the square which was built it 1592, still has buildings from the time which remain, just adding to its charm.

Malmo, Sweden

I particularly liked the lamp shade installation which was there at the time.

Malmo, Sweden

It was soon time to leave Malmo (although not before I managed to lose my husband). After he was found, we caught the train home, thoroughly glad we made the day excursion and wowed by the friendly people and charm of a city we had unexpectedly visited.

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34 Comments on Five Hours In Malmo, Sweden

  1. Wilbur
    December 22, 2015 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

    Looks great – on my list to take that rail journey. Did you know that many Swedes take it as a ‘booze cruise’ due to alcohol being cheaper in Denmark?

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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm (1 year ago)

      I can believe that Wilbur – although there are some things cheaper in Sweden so seems to work both ways

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  2. Baby Isabella
    December 22, 2015 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

    Woweeee it looks like a whistle stop tour of Malmo, but I bet you’re glad you visited! It looks so quaint and peaceful x #CityTripping
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    • admin
      December 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Really glad we went. It was fab to visit.

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    • admin
      December 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Fab. So glad we made the trip!

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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome. It’s a great little trip!

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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome Maria..thanks for joining. It was a great day trip!

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  3. mark
    December 23, 2015 at 3:18 am (2 years ago)

    sounds like a fantastic day trip
    #citytrippin

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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Mark – it was fun!

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  4. Cathy (MummyTravels)
    December 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that you were able to pop to another country for the day – sounds like a lovely place too and lots to do there. #citytripping
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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Definitely! Denmark AND Sweden – ticked off – but keen to explore more. Great part of the world! X

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  5. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    December 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm (1 year ago)

    What a pretty city. I’m a bit rubbish about finding time to research destinations before we arrive but wandering about is often a great way to see the real side of the places we visit. We visited Sweden last year and found it to be such a friendly place #citytrippng
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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t always very thorough with my research! Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming though and it’s good to have a chilled out approach now and then. X

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    • admin
      December 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s definitely worth a visit! X

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  6. bevchen
    January 4, 2016 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

    It looks so pretty! I would love to go to Malmo just because so many Swedish crime novels seem to be set there.
    #MondayEscapes

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    • admin
      January 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh yes, I’m sure there is a whole other side to the city – used in crime fiction !

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  7. Vlad
    January 4, 2016 at 12:25 pm (1 year ago)

    I loved Malmo when I visited this summer, it’s such a pretty town, I wandered on its streets for hours. Happy to see you liked it as well 😀
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    • admin
      January 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, I was a bit inspired by your post Vlad. It was a really pretty place! X

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  8. Amber
    January 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm (1 year ago)

    I wanted to take the trip to Sweden on my last stay in Copenhagen, but ran out of time. It will definitely be at the top of my to do list for next time!

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    • admin
      January 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh good! Definitely worth the trip. X

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    • admin
      January 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha – glad I’m not the only one. I’ve not seen The Bridge but it is that bridge. You should definitely go visit your friend! X

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  9. Packing my Suitcase
    January 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Ohh I’m sad that while I was in Copenhagen last year I didn’t have time to go to Malmo 🙁 Next time!
    Glad you guys ended up finding the restaurant hahaha. I know the feeling! 🙂

    #Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes
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    • admin
      January 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Was SO glad to find that restaurant! You’ll have to check out Malmo next time! Thanks for hosting #citytripping x

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  10. Lolo
    June 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Hoping to make it to Denmark soon! We talked about going this summer but because of the wedding, we’ll have to push it back! But when we go, I definitely want to check out Malmo! So glad it seems 5 hours or so is enough time! #CityTripping

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    • Wander Mum
      June 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s definitely worth the visit to Malmo…even if it is just for the afternoon

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  11. Menorca@Europe Diaries
    June 27, 2016 at 11:40 am (12 months ago)

    That’s wonderful..you know, I have been looking into the possibility of doing this. I need to go to Stockholm next month but finding a good connection from Switzerland seems difficult..so wanted to stop over and see a new place and then take a connecting flight..Copenhagen or Malmo would be superb!.still trying to figure it out though.

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  12. Ahila
    July 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm (11 months ago)

    Sounds like a fun short trip to Malmo from Copenhagen. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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    • Wander Mum
      November 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm (7 months ago)

      You’re welcome Jo. Thanks, it was good fun.

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