Malmö is one of the cutest cities we have ever visited! It’s the third largest city of Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg. The Øresund Region, which includes Malmö, is home to 4 million people. As other Scandinavian cities, Malmö is also a more expensive city than the average European cities, so you have to be careful with your money. Sweden is also the first country in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, so Malmö is also one of the most eco-friendly cities where we have ever been. Here is our budget-friendly guide to this sustainable city!
We visited Malmö together with the Danish city, Copenhagen. Click here to check out how to get from Copenhagen to Malmö!
If you decide to visit Copenhagen as well (and why not? They are so close to each other!), then click here to read about the Top things to see in Copenhagen!
Jakob Nilsgatan street in Malmö Gamla Staden
How To Get around in Malmö?
Ride the bike
In general, Northern European countries are very bike friendly, and you can find bike roads everywhere! Don’t miss the chance to explore one of the most sustainable cities in Europe by bike!
Electro scooters are becoming popular in Europe, and Sweden is not an exception! You can enjoy Malmö by electro scooter as well, as everything is quite close in the city, it’s easy to get around.
Malmö is full of green areas, you can even find little bunnies jumping around! If you enjoy exploring cities on foot, you will love Malmö. The old town, the parks, the beach make it a perfect city for those who are not lazy to walk, as one sight from another is max. 20 minutes by walking.
Well, public transport can be quite complicated in Malmö...
The public transport is fully electrical, which means that both trams, buses, and subway are not producing emissions at all! This has been the most eco-friendly public transport that we have ever used!
You can pay for a ticket when you board the bus with cash or by card (although it’s written everywhere that it’s not possible). But it doesn’t worth it if you will be traveling by public transport a lot.
It’s also possible to get an app called Skanetrafiken and buy your tickets through that.
You can also get a public transport card for 24 hours or for more, or a JOJO Card with a credit that you can use. These ones are available in the main train station in the Travel center office (or at least we didn’t find any other place where they would sell them). There aren’t any machines where you could buy tickets.
Extra travel tips:
With the JOJO Card, you can get a discount for your train to Copenhagen through the Oresund bridge.
If you stay for more than 2-3 days, it’s worth it to buy the Malmö card to have free public transport and free entrance to lots of museums.
So how did our itinerary for our 1 day in Malmö look like?
First, let’s see the Lighthouses!
We decided to wake up very early and headed directly to the Lighthouses. You can find the Old Lighthouse not far from the main train station.
Entrance fee: no entrance, it can be seen from outside
This was the symbol of Malmö for a very long time. This lighthouse is actually called Inre Hamn, and it was built in 1878, it’s 20 meters high. t was still in operation until 1983. The tower can only be seen from outside now. It’s very photogenic, so you can take some photos of it. 🙂
Near to the first one, the small lighthouse is located at Dockan Marina. It’s also very photogenic, and both lighthouses are beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
then let’s go to the Old Town!
From the lighthouses, you can easily walk to the old town of Malmö.
St. Peters Church - Sankt Petri Kyrka
Entrance: free of charge Opening times: 10 AM - 6 PM every day
When you head from the lighthouses to the old town, your first stop will be the Sankt Peters Church. This is the oldest church of the town, it was built in the 15th century. It has a beautiful Gothic altar as well, so it’s worth it to enter and watch the interior.
Old Town - Gamla Staden
One of the most important things to do in Malmö is: strolling around the old town! The Gamla Staden (Old Town) consists of lots of cute streets with historical and cultural buildings.
There are two main squares, Stortorget, and Gustav Adolf Torg, they are connected by the shopping street Södergatan.
Let’s start at Stortorget: this is the main square, it’s very beautiful and you can find lots of interesting things to see there. This is the largest and oldest square of Malmö.
The great statue of King Karl X Gustav is in the middle of the square. He was the emperor who united Sweden in 1658. The fountain near the statue is actually the commemoration of that event, it includes a nightingale as well, which is the symbol of Malmö too.
On the eastern side of the square, you can find the old town hall in the renaissance style. It’s also possible to book tours in the old town hall. Stortorget was the commercial and market square of the town, the location of all the important events, for instance, executions as well.
From the Stortorget you can walk through the Södergatan if you want to check out all the stores and do some shopping. Although we encourage you not to do that but explore more of the interesting sights.
This is the perfect place to grab a coffee in one of the bars or cafés. When the market was already too big for Stortorget, they needed to build another market square. So in 1590, they opened Lilla Torg, the small square with beautiful, colorful buildings.
Your thing to do is to find the most beautiful streets in the old town. Our favorites were Jakob Nilsgatan street, Hjorttackegatan street, Jöns Filsgatan street.
From these streets, you can easily walk or ride the bike to the large parks, Slottsparken and Kungsparken.
Slottsparken (castle park) and Kungsgparken (King park)
Entrance: free of charge - all the parks are public and free Opening hours: 24 hours open
This park is an area of 21 hectares, it’s surrounding the castle of Malmö, the Malmöhus Slott. This was the area where the Hussars of the town were trained in the 19th century. The park was renewed in the 1980s, they constructed fountains and bridges to Kungsparken, to the Castle Mill (Slottsmöllan) and to the castle garden.
This historical smock Dutch mill was built in 1851. Between 1879 and 1895 the mill used to work with steam power and then in 1930 with wind power. But after the war, the mill became a museum where you can watch how used to be the life of the Mill operators and their families during the 19th century.
The place is very photogenic! And if you go during the summer you can attend a lot of festivals in the area.
This park was opened by King Oscar II, that’s why its official name is Kung Oscar's park. The best thing to do is to explore the garden on foot and get amazed by all the beautiful flowers, fountains and old trees.
After relaxing and walking around in the gardens, you can enter one of the museums (or two).
There are lots of museums in Malmö, but if you’re on a budget, we recommend you to visit the Malmö Museer, which is a museum complex that includes lots of museums for a good price.
Malmö Museums - Malmö Museer
It includes all these museums:
inside the Malmöhus Castle:
the Museum of Natural History with Aquarium
City Museum and
the Malmö art museum (Konstmuseum)
Technology and Maritime Museum with the Submarine (in a different building)
Opening hours: Daily 10 AM – 5 PM Entrance: Adults SEK 40 - 4 euros Children, Seniors -free entrance Students - 20 SEK Time spent: at least 2 - 2,5 hours
The Technology and Maritime House is part of the Malmö Museer, but it’s not in the castle.
This is one of the most famous museums of Malmö, but this one is now under renovation construction, so it was closed when we visited Malmö (May 2019). It will be open again in September of 2019, and we recommend you to visit it! 🙂 Until September, some parts of the exhibitions are visible in the Malmö Castle, for example, some dinosaurs 🙂
From the castle, it takes only 10-15 minutes to walk to the Turbinenkanalen. There you can find these cute blue houses for example, but you can also walk to the beach and watch the Turning Torso from a distance.
This is the world’s first twisted skyscraper, and with 190 meters, the tallest building in Scandinavia. It’s a neo-futuristic building, the architect's goals were to re-establish a recognizable skyline for Malmö. It was opened in 2005 and it’s one of the most photographed buildings in Malmö since then.
Blue houses with the Turning Torso in the background
From the edge, you can walk along the Ribersborg beach to the Ribersborgs Kallbadhus - Ribersborg Open-air bath.
Ribersborg open-air bath
Unfortunately, we did not visit it, because it was cold and it was raining when we arrived - as you can see in the photo. But we definitely wanted to visit, so here are some information and tips you have to know before you enter.
This is a historical bath, it takes you back to the 20th century. The changing rooms are separately for men and women, but the sauna rooms are mixed. After your sauna bath, you can cool down in the sea 🙂
There is also a cafe, restaurant, sun deck and you can bath in the sea or get a massage. It’s a perfect way to finish your day in Malmö and relax after a long day of exploring! 🙂
Opening hours: Winter, (1. September - 30. April) Mon - Tue 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Wed 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Summer: (1. Mai - 31. August) Mon - Fri 9 AM - 9 PM Sat-Sun 9 AM - 6 PM Entrance fee: 70 SEK - (approx. 8 EUR), for children until 7 years old it’s free Time spent: at least 2 hours, but you can also spend the whole afternoon or day here :)
You should take your own towel and toiletries so that you don’t have to rent or buy there a disposable one!
but if you don’t have, you can also rent all these:
- buying a disposable towel to sit on in sauna 5 SEK (but we recommend you to bring your own!)
- Towel (to rent) 40 SEK
- shampoo and shower gel: 15 SEK
There are lockers as well, you can also rent a padlock for 40 SEK.
In Malmö, we booked an Airbnb, because we found here the Airbnb accommodations cheaper. If you also decide to get an Airbnb, you can use our link here to get a discount on your first booking!