Stortorget is the heart of Malmö. Dating back to 1540, this large square is Malmö’s oldest square. The square is 2000 m² and was the largest in Northern Europe at the time. Now a large part of the square is parking.
Stortorget was built on the site of the Heligands Monastery. During excavations in 2005, they found remains of the monastery. Peace talks took place in this monastery in 1524 between the Swedish King Gustav Vasa and the Danish King Frederick I.
On the Eastern side of this square, you will find the City Hall (Rådhuset). This building dates from 1547. However, the facade is more recent (1860). Another special feature on this square is Apoteket Lejonet.
On this square you’ll find a Max Burgare and I can’t resist going here every time I am in Malmö. Personally, I prefer the atmosphere of Lilla Torg, but you should definitely not miss the sights of Stortorget on a city trip to Malmö.
King Karl X Gustav
In the center of the square you will find a statue of a man on his horse. This is not just any man on a horse but it is a statue of King Karl X Gustav who conquered the landscapes of Skåne, Blekinge and Halland (former Danish provinces) and added these to the Sweden Empire by the Peace of Roskilde in 1658. Karl X Gustav was Queen Kristina’s cousin. The statue dates from 1896 and is by John Börjeson.
In the neighborhood of Stortorget Malmö
- Lilla Torg
- Apoteket Lejonet (located on Stortorget)
- Jörgen Kocks hus