Malmo Tourist Attractions, Landmarks, Monuments and Sightseeing

(Malmo, Skane County, Sweden)

Photo of the famous Turning Torso TowerStanding in the very centre of Malmo are three large public squares (torgs), around which you will find endless tourist attractions, sights, landmarks and historical monuments. The Gustav Adolfs Torg market square offers plenty of shopping close by and is also near to Malmo's beautiful Slottsparken, where many parkland attractions and recreational activities await.

Also within the city centre are both the Lilla Torg (Little Square) and the Stortorget (Big Square), where an imposing statue of former Swedish king Karl X Gustav is amongst the main monuments and close to the rather elaborate City Hall (Radhuset). Music lovers should check out the 'Malmo Opera och Musikteater' (Opera House), while on summer days when the sun is high in the sky, what could be nicer and more fun than hiring a pedal boat and sightseeing on the canals?

Another view of the Turning Torso Tower

Turning Torso (HBS Turning Torso)

Address: Västra Hamnen, Malmo, Sweden, SE
A modern local landmark in Malmo, the HBS Turning Torso tower was constructed in 2005, when it immediately become Scandinavia's tallest building, measuring almost 200 metres / 656 feet. This striking apartment block is sure to make you look twice, since it twists through no less than 90 degrees, and stands in a large reflecting pool, flanked by rather stylish sculptures created by Santiago Calatrava. The Turning Torso dominates the city's skyline and can even be seen from as far away as Copenhagen. Those visiting during the summer months may enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade, which edges the waterfront and passes the sea pool.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Photo of the Radhuset (City Hall)

Radhuset (City Hall)

Address: Stortorget, Malmo, Sweden, SE
Located next to the County Governor's Residence, near to the Kockska Huset (House of Jörgen Kock) and on the Stortorget (Big Square) itself, Malmo City Hall dates back as far as 1546, although it has been modified a number of times since it was first built, particularly during the 19th century. Known locally as the Radhuset, most people come to the city hall not only to appreciate its fine architecture and related attractions, but also to pay a visit to the popular basement restaurant, the Radhuskällaren.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Photo of the city's Castle (Malmohus Slott)

Malmo Castle (Malmöhus Slott)

Address: Malmöhusvägen, Malmo, Sweden, SE
Known for its rather intriguing and interesting history, and surrounded by a rather beautiful moat, Malmo Castle is better known to many as Malmöhus Slott. Although very little of the original 15th-century castle actually remains, with much of the grand building rebuilt in 1937 with red brick, the Malmöhus Slott is still extremely impressive and contains a wealth of notable attractions, including the Commandant's House, an aquarium with coral reefs, a number of small museums, the Science and Maritime House and various cafes. The castle is famous for once imprisoning James Hepburn for more than five years, a husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Close by, the local Fiskehoddorna fish market is worth a quick look.
Open hours: daily, June to August - 10:00 to 16:00; September to May - 12:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge

Photo of the People's Park (Folkets Park)

People's Park (Folkets Park)

Address: Amiralsgatan 37, Malmo, Sweden, SE
Young children will always enjoy the numerous attractions of the Folkets Park, which is open during the summer months and offers a range of family based activities. This popular amusement park comes complete with fairground rides, playground areas, pony rides, a miniature farmyard with many friendly animals, and even a reptile house, so there is plenty to keep you occupied here. Close to central Malmo, the Folkets Park is also home to a number of eateries and a flea market, where you never know quite what you may find.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 20:00, rides between May and August - 12:00 to 19:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children and families

Photo of the pier at Ribersborg Beach (Ribersborgs Kallbadhus)

Ribersborg Beach (Ribersborgs Kallbadhus)

Located within the city's western harbour, Ribersborgs is a long and sandy stretch of beach, some 2 km / 1.5 miles to the west of central Malmo. Ribersborgs beach is entirely man-made and during Sweden's summer months, lives up to its nickname of the 'Swedish Riviera'. The beach itself is backed by local parkland and features a lengthy pier, which stretches into the water. At the end of the pier you will find the Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, an outdoor saltwater pool built for naturists, with a historic wood-fired sauna originating from the late 19th century.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Photo of St. Peter's Church (Sankt Petri Kyrka)

St. Peter's Church (Sankt Petri Kyrka)

Address: Göran Olsgatan, Malmo, Sweden, SE
Just a short walk from the central railway station, Sankt Petri Kyrka is a rather beautiful church that dates from the 13th-century, although it has been remodelled a number of times over the years, the last time being in the 1890s, although its undoubtable Gothic character still shines through the red bricks and tall spire. It is reputed that the church's tower collapsed during the 15th century, because a woman simply pointed at it, and for that crime, she was actually burned. Attractions are both inside and out, including many original frescoes within the Krämarekapellet chapel, with the impressive facade often prompting tourists to take out their camera and take a snap of this important Swedish landmark.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, donations suggested