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Malmo, gateway to the continent

For those travelling by car from Denmark to Sweden Malmö is the first town after you have crossed the Öresund Bridge from Copenhagen.

Malmö is a city of contrasts. You have the old town with historic buildings and picturesque squares such as Lilla Torg with an excellent range of restaurants and bars. And you have the modern city areas like Västra Hamnen with the Turning Torso and its vibrant waterfront. The district Möllevången provides a multicultural touch to Malmö. Eating falafel is a must when visiting Malmo.

You can find more articles about Malmö at the bottom of this page.

Malmö facts

Malmö is the third largest city of Sweden. The city in Skåne has about 300,000 inhabitants and another 300.000 in the outskirts. There are more than 170 different nationalities in Malmö!

History of Malmö

Malmö has a rich history. The Malmøi name appears for the first time in documents from 1270. The name comes from malm (sand) and Hoghe (ridge).

Till 1658 Malmö belonged to Denmark! After the war against Denmark and the Peace of Roskilde Skåne, Halland and Blekinge were allocated to Sweden.

Malmö has been a major trading center ever since the Viking Age. They exported salted herring. Until 1600 Malmo had a golden business. Wars and epidemics gave the city a hard time. But in the late 19th century the city flourished again, thanks to the reconstruction of the port.

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Turning Torso in Malmö

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Malmö - Turning Torso

As soon as you cross the Öresund Bridge, you can see the skyscraper on the horizon. It is a clear landmark in the city. The Turning Torso is an architectural gem. The most famous building in Malmö seems to revolve around its own axis.

Turning Torso Malmö

Unique architecture

The architect Santiago Calatrava based the design of the Turning Torso on an earlier creation of a twisted spine. Turning Torso is 190 meters high and was the tallest building in Scandinavia and the second tallest apartment building in Europe when it was completed in 2005. The construction took 4 years.

Turning Torso verticaal

Living in the Turning Torso

The tower has 54 floors. It houses 149 luxury apartments. There are also office spaces, a party room and a conference room. Via an underground corridor you reach the garages that are housed in a building next to the Turning Torso. Each apartment also has its own wine cellar.

Wijnkelder Turning Torso

Buying an apartment in the building is not possible, the flats are only offered for rent. The rent is quite high, but it includes a lot of extra services. There is a gym and a wellness area that you can rent. There is also an apartment where your guests can stay. Super handy, right? That way, you don’t need a spare room in your apartment that is empty almost all the time. If you do have guests, they can still stay overnight. There are several rooms and there is even a living room.

Malmö - Turning Torso

Conference room

Vergaderzaal Turning Torso

Those looking for a unique location for an event, a meeting or a congress can also contact the Turning Torso. They have different areas with breathtaking views. Different formulas are possible. All info can be found at Sky High Meetings.

Conferentiezaal Turning Torso

Visit Turning Torso

Zicht vanuit Turning Torso

I was given a personal tour of the Turning Torso, but normally the building is not accessible just like that. For those who would like to visit this unique building, I have good news: every year in the summer there are guided tours of the Turning Torso. During the tours you can enjoy the beautiful view from about 180 meters above sea level. Malmö looks like very small from here! The guides will be happy to tell you some anecdotes and fun facts about the Turning Torso. A unique opportunity!

Zicht vanuit Turning Torso

In 2018, the guided tours took place in weeks 28, 29, 30 and 31. Counting in weeks is something typically Swedish. Week 28 is the week of July 9. The guided tours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am, 1pm and 3pm and on Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm. The cost is 195 SEK (approximately 20 euros). You pay with the card on the spot. Reservations via +46 40 17 45 00 are highly recommended as the tours fill up quickly.

Practical information

Turning Torso ingang

Here you can follow a virtual tour of the Turning Torso.

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Turning Torso Malmö
24 November 2020

Västra Hamnen in Malmö

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Västra Hamnen

Västra Hamnen is my favorite neighborhood in Malmö. I could live here! You used to find port and industry here, now Västra Hamnen is the most modern district of the city. The apartment blocks are built around green parks and playgrounds and a lot of attention was paid to sustainability. Water is never far away here either. The eye-catcher of Västra Hamnen is the Turning Torso.

Västra Hamnen Malmö

Along the water

The large shipyard Kockum was located here for a long time, until the crisis of the 1970s. Little by little, at the beginning of this millennium, the new apartment blocks appeared. Västra Hamnen reminds me a bit of Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm.

Västra Hamnen

On sunny days, the waterfront promenade is the best place for a walk, a swim or a picnic. You can walk 8 km straight. Pontoons have been built and in the summer it is often a pleasant, busy place. From here you also have a beautiful view over the sunset and the Öresund Bridge (the bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen). My tip: get a pizza from Vespa just before sunset and eat it at the waterfront.

Västra Hamnen langs het water


One of the reasons that I could live here is, in addition to the fantastic location, also the fact that the houses and the whole neighborhood are actually built CO2-neutral. The Swedes love sustainability and that was the focus when building this new district. Västra Hamnen was the first CO2 neutral district in Europe. It was an example of how you could build a densely populated neighborhood in a sustainable way. All energy is generated in an environmentally friendly way. Cars are not allowed in this neighborhood.

Västra Hamnen CO2neutraal

Although Västra Hamnen is mainly a residential area with many office buildings, there are also many parks. Skate enthusiasts can go to Stapelbäddsparken. Fans of The Bridge will also find Saga’s apartment here.

Västra Hamnen met Turning Torso

In Västra Hamnen and its surroundings

Västra Hamnen

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Västra Hamnen in Malmö
24 November 2020

Buying fish at Fiskehoddorna in Malmö

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Fiskehoddorna Malmö

If you are looking for fresh fish and crustaceans in and around Malmö, you must visit Fiskehoddorna. In these colorful cottages you will find the daily catch of local fishermen and a range of seafood from the west coast of Sweden. There is also a fish smokehouse where you can buy delicious smoked salmon and smoked eel. You can also buy all kinds of preparations with herring.

Fiskehoddorna means ‘the fishing huts’. There were originally about 30 fishing huts and when there were plans to demolish them, Malmö Museer decided to preserve the best preserved from different time periods. These cottages are now protected.

Fiskehoddorna practical

How to reach Fiskehoddorna?

Fiskehoddorna is approximately 1.5 km from Malmö Central Station.

The nearest bus stop is Malmö Tekniska Museet, about 450 meters away. The bus stops Malmö Skeppsgatan and Malm Kronprinsen are 750 meters away.

Address: Banérskajen, Malmö

Opening hours

Fiskehoddorna is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 06:30 to 13:00. In the week before midsummer they are open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 1pm. The 6 individual fish cottages can sometimes have different opening hours.

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23 October 2020