A “perfect” day trip to Malmö

In the spirit of taking in as much of this unusual sunshine as possible here in Scandanavia, some friends invited me on a quick day trip to Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö. The trip required a quick thirty-ish minute train ride from the city center of Copenhagen, but for $30, it was a cheap, fun way to spend our Saturday.

One of my friends found an article claiming it had the “perfect” day trip to Malmö planned out, but I’m here to give you the real “perfect” itinerary.

Waiting for the train on Saturday morning.

We started the Saturday morning off bright and early, meeting at the ungodly hour of 8:30 a.m. The train station was only about a ten minute walk from our apartment, but we wanted to get going with enough time to navigate the station and grab some coffee.

The train ride was beautiful! We took in the sights and caught up during our short train ride over the Øresund, which is the body of water between Copenhagen and Malmö that connects the Kattegat strait and the Baltic Sea.

Our “perfect” day trip article recommended we start our day by going on a canal tour, but our early arrival to the city made us instead skip to walking around the grounds of Malmö Castle. Originally built in the early 1400s by Danes, this castle eventually became a prison for a brief period of time in the 1500s, and was then being passed into Swedish possession in the late 1600s.

The mote surrounding the castle. I was pretty excited about seeing a mote, so I didn’t take the best photo.

There is a museum in the castle that people are invited to visit, but we had too many people in our group to all go in on a Saturday. There is still plenty to look at in the area surrounding the castle, though, including beautiful gardens and a stunning lookout to the canal that runs through part of the city.

By this time we were all a little bit tired and hungry, so we decided to head to Malmö Saluhall, a large food market with a huge variety of food and drink options. I started out with a delicious apple streusel pastry and an oat milk latte. After seeing everyone else’s delicious looking shawarma, burgers and poke bowls, I decided to also grab a burger and fries at one of the stands. We all sat at a table outside and enjoyed our different meals with plans to make the next canal tour at 12:30.

Eventually, we made our way down to the canal and all got ready to learn about the city. Our tour guide was so much fun, and gave me plenty of fun facts to share so I could prove I really knew Malmö. For example, it used to take people three days to row a boat from Denmark to Sweden! Now, you can take a ferry across in about as much time as our train took. Something else I found interesting is that Malmö’s rise to be Sweden’s largest city happened because the water was, and is, filled with an incredible amount of herring. This became their biggest export, thus causing more and more people to move there.

Our tour guide as we took off.

Likely my favorite part of the canal tour was a spot along the canal with a bunch of steps that people were sitting on that had a few metal cat statues placed around. I’m not sure if she made this up, but our tour guide told us the cats were placed there to keep people company while they were waiting for whoever was supposed to be meeting them there, so they never felt alone. I’m choosing to believe she was telling the truth.

After the canal tour, we found a local and asked what her recommendations were for a “perfect” day trip in Malmö. She suggested we make our way over to the People’s Park and eat at the restaurant inside of it for a nice dinner. Another suggestion she made was to simply roam the streets and look at the architecture, so we started with that. We poked our head into a few shops, took some photos, grabbed some snacks from a produce stand to enjoy as we people watched in the city.

I made them pose for this, and I’m sure they’re all thrilled I’m sharing it with the world.

Next, after completely losing track of the suggestions our online “perfect” day trip made, we decided to grab some drinks at Moosehead bar in the middle of the city. They offered a huge variety of craft beers, and I went for a raspberry licorice sour.

After that, we grabbed a few more snacks and a little bit of coffee to get us through during our walk to the People’s Park, which was about forty minutes by foot away from where we started. It got a little bit chillier on our walk there, but the conversation flowed with whoever I was walking with at any given moment, and before I knew it, we’d arrived. I was super ready to get some food, so we decided we’d look at the art in the park after our meal. The restaurant had a variety of wood fired pizzas, but we all went for the same basic toppings of tomato, cheese and basil. Feeling full and content, we decided to look around at the colorful heart-themed artwork on display throughout the park. This specific display is only there until late September, but from what I can tell, they have different instillations for every season.

By this time, we were all pretty exhausted. I checked my watch to see we’d already walked almost ten miles, and we hadn’t even made it back across town to the train station yet! The sun was setting as we made our way back, and we all agreed the upcoming night of sleep was going to be a good one.

The sun setting as a couple paddle-boated down the canal. One thing we saw in Malmö that we also have in Copenhagen is the rentable Go-Boats! You can get a group of up to eight people together to rent one of these boats and guide yourself around the canals.

While we didn’t do anything super groundbreaking on our short trip to Malmö, we all agreed it was a great way to spend time together while feeling like we travelled. I became closer to some people, while watching others become friends with people they hadn’t met before that day. While I feel like our day in Malmö was perfect, I definitely recommend checking it out yourself and crafting your own perfect guide.

Published by hawkelki

Hi! My name is Ellie Hawkins, and I’m currently a senior at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. I’m studying abroad at DIS Copenhagen for the Fall 2021 semester and am so excited for all I will get to experience.

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