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Malmö is centrally placed in the Öresund region and has always had close connections to the Danish capital, Copenhagen, which lies just across the water. With the building of a bridge between the two cities, the ties have become even closer. For the visitor this opens up for a lot of interesting possibilities. By train, it only takes 35 minutes to travel from one city to the other.
In the recent years, Malmö has become a center for modern architecture. In the Western harbor area, fascinating new buildings shoot up everywhere. One of the most interesting new projects, The Turning Torso, has actually become one of the city's most popular attractions. Still, as a visitor you should not miss out on the old town center with its narrow streets and variety of design and clothes shops, cafés and restaurants.
1. Turning Torso and the Western harbor area
The Western harbor has been turned into a completely new town part characterized by new and experimenting house types. Most eye-catching is the Turning Torso. Whether it is a sculpture turned into a building or a building turned into a sculpture is up to the spectator. It has become a new landmark of the region and once completed, the 190 meters Turning Torso will be Europe's tallest residential skyscraper and Scandinavia's tallest building.
2. Malmöhus castle with Malmö museums
Malmöhus is the oldest existing renaissance castle in Scandinavia. It was built in the 15th century and has served as both a fortress and a prison until it finally became a museum. Here, you will find art collections as well as natural history. The museum presents changing exhibitions all year round.
3. Rundan – canal tour
Rundan is a canal boat that sails both through the harbor and the parks of Malmö, past Malmö Castle, and the old area of the city. All tours have a guide.
4. Form/Design center
The Form/Design center in Malmö is a combined shop and showroom for Swedish and Scandinavian design, handicraft, architecture etc. The center hosts various design exhibitions during the year.
5. The Medieval Ships
The Malmö Coq Project is the reconstruction of two medieval coqs. The wrecks were found in the Malmö harbor during an excavation. The aim of the project is to create two fully seaworthy ships.
6. Rooseum, center for contemporary art
Rooseum shows various exhibitions of modern and experimental art of the highest international standards. Retrospective exhibitions of leading Swedish and international artists can also be seen in this former powerhouse.
7. Malmö konsthall, art gallery
Malmö Konsthall arranges exhibitions with an international focus that encompasses both the classics of modern art and current experiments. It was opened in 1975 and is one of Europe's largest exhibition halls for contemporary art. The exhibition hall offers great flexibility, generous space and fantastic light.
8. St. Petri Church (and other historical buildings in the city)
The magnificent and majestic church of St. Petri dates back to the 14th century and the days of the Hanseatic League. Lilla Torg (the Little Square), with buildings dating back to the 1590s, boasts many beautifully restored houses as well as vibrant city life.
Malmo is a very walkable city.
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The Öresund Bridge
The Öresund Bridge opened for traffic in 2000. It is one of the biggest constructions in Europe and consists of an 8 kilometers (5 miles) long bridge, a 4 kilometers artificially made island called Pepparholmen and a 4 kilometers long tunnel. The Öresund Bridge is unique because it connects two countries. Within a radius of about 100 kilometers, there are about 3.5 million people.
The national currency is the Swedish krona (SEK, plural kronor). 1 USD is about 5.91 SEK, 1 EUR is about 9.43 SEK and 1 GBP is about 12.28 SEK.
Automatic teller machines take major credit cards. Most stores, restaurants and bars accept all major credit cards, although in some cases there is a SEK 5 fee or a lowest purchase limit (between 50 - 100 SEK).
Swedish is the national language of Sweden, but you will find that people, especially those below the age of 70, also speak English very well - an estimated 89% of Swedes can speak English.
112 is the phone number to dial in case of fire, medical or criminal emergency.
Most shops, at least downtown, are open all week, even on Sundays.
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