Travel to Malmo

The centre of malmo, where most of the sights are located, is compact and easy to explore on foot. Start at Vastra Hamnen, near the fortress of Malmohus, and . walk towards the centre, in the direction of the tower of St Petri Kyrka on Stortorget. Lilia Torg and Mollevangs-torget are lively market squares, and the beautiful parks, such as Slottsparken or Pildammsparken, are a delight to wander through. While the centre retains its old-town atmosphere, futuristic projects are taking shape on the outskirts as part of the visionary new Oresund region.

Malmohus fortress, built in 1537 and now the home of Malmo Museum

The City Library moved into the castle on Kung Oscars Vag in 1946, but even by the 1960s there was talk of expansion. Finally, in 1999, the new state-of-the-art library opened. The architect,

Henning Larsen, renovated and extended the old building, introducing large, modern glass panels. He also created the bright and airy Calendar of Light hall.

The library is fitted with the latest modern technology. Electronic, telephone and data connections can be accessed throughout the building and

visitors can consult the library’s databases, internet and CD-ROM network on 40 computers. The people of Malmo are regular users: eight out of ten residents have visited it, borrowing an estimated

Originally built by Erik of Pomerania in 1434, the fortress of Malmohus was largely destroyed by war. It was rebuilt by Christian III in 1537. Today it is the oldest preserved Renaissance castle in the Nordic region. Originally, it

was a fortified royal manor and mint. After the 17th century the fortress was reinforced with bastions, but it fell into disrepair and through most of the 18th and 19th centuries served as a prison. The solid brick fort is surrounded by a deep moat. Extensive restoration work was carried out in 1932, after which

Malmo Museum moved into the building. The museum’s collections cover archaeology, ethnography, the history of art and handicrafts, and zoology.

Stadsmuseet (the City Museum) illustrates the history of Malmo and surrounding Skane with tools, weapons and domestic objects. It contains models, a large textiles collection and an ethnographical collection.

Some of the rooms in the fortress can also be seen. Another popular attraction is the 18th-century tower with its 7.5-m (25-ft) thick walls and original cannons.

Malmo Museer runs Teknikens och Sjofartens Hus, Kommendanthuset, Ebbas Hus, Vagnmuseet and Malmo Konstmuseum, which can all be visited on a single ticket.

In the latter part of the 18th century the storage buildings in the Malmohus courtyard had fallen into disrepair and Gustav III ordered the construction of a new armoury. It was built outside the fortress in the Baner bastion and was completed in 1794. By 1814 the fortress’s military days were over and it had become a prison. Kommendanthuset (the Governor’s House) became the quarters first for the prison’s doctor and priest and later the prison governor.

In the 20th century the city of Malmo took over the building, restored it to its original appearance, and incorporated it into Malmo Museer. Its collections feature military history and the history of weaponry. Temporary exhibitions are also held here.

Q by appointment. 0 0 The Museum of Technology and Seafaring is also part of Malmo Museer. Its exhibits cover virtually everything to do with technological

The spacious Calendar of Light hall in Malmo’s award-winning new library

The 8-km (5-mile) long Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark, carrying a motorway and railway line

development and seafaring, as well as the history of roadbuilding and aviation, engines, and steam engines in particular. Among the exhibits is the delta-winged fighter plane J35 Draken from the 1960s. The technically curious can satisfy their urge to experiment in the kunskaps-tivoli interactive test lab.

The museum also covers the industrial and seafaring history of Skane. Here, the star exhibits include the U3 submarine and the steam launch Schebo. For those who have never been in a submarine, it is an opportunity not to be missed. The shipbuilding and shipping industry and the development of the ports from the 17th century onwards are highlighted, as is ferry traffic, so vital to Skane. Temporary exhibitions are also held.

5 km (3 miles) SW of the centre, f Malmo Tourist Office, 040-34 12 00 59 On the southern edge of Malmo lies Limhamn, a shipping port for lime since the 16th century. Today Limhamn-Bunkeflo is one of the ten districts which make up the city of Malmo.

One of Limhamn’s sights is the early-19th century small, blue Soldat-torpet (soldier’s house), which shows how a soldier used to live. The cottage was inhabited until 1956. Limhamn Museum Society runs the museum and various events, especially at Midsummer and Christmas.

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