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ragnvaeig Malmo - A travel report by Amanda
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Malmo,  Sweden - flag Sweden -  Malmohus Lan
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Malmo for the unpretentious goth

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This major Swedish coastal city is still small enough to enjoy in a few days, and friendly enough that you'll want to stay for months. It boasts plenty to see and do for goths and non-goths, single travellers and families.


The Kattegat with the Öresund Bridge
The Kattegat with the Öresund Bridge
Easily accessible from Copenhagen by rail across the Öresund Bridge, Malmö is a rapidly-growing commercial centre along the coast of Skåne. Its 270,000 inhabitants enjoy maritime weather and gentle tides, with winters that are less harsh than in Swedish cities farther to the north. Springtime is quite wet, and many pedestrian footpaths outside the city centre are not paved, so be careful of long hems! Malmö stad offers a city card; if you intend to use the bus frequently, this may be a good deal, but as nearly everything was within walking distance I didn’t feel it necessary.

Favourite spots:
Malmohus with the Malmo Museum
Malmohus with the Malmo Museum
The Malmöhus with the Malmö Museer are home to a small zoo that features bats, other furry nocturnal mammals, and snakes.

What's really great:
Snowdrops in the Gamla Begravningsplatsen
Snowdrops in the Gamla Begravningsplatsen
There are a number of cemeteries right in the city centre, with especially picturesque scenes in spring while the snowdrops bloom.

Sights:
The with entry to the Malmöhus and the Malmö museum you also get free entry into the Technology and Seafaring Museum half a block away. The industrial photography exhibit on the right after you enter (as of the time of writing in spring 2006) is quite stunning.

Accommodations:
Accommodation in Scandinavia tends to be quite expensive, so I stayed in a friend's flat for the week I was there. If you don't have this option, both the tourist information offices in Sturup airport and the train station will book for you, and the Malmö municipal website (http://www.malmo.se) makes its own recommendations.

Nightlife:
The rock venue in town is Kulturbolaget (http://www.kulturbolaget.se/) on Bergsgatan--they're featuring both Tool and Motörhead in July of 2006! The Bishop's Arms on Norra Vallgatan across from the train station has good beer and comes recommended by locals.

Hangouts:
Turning Torso
Turning Torso
The recently-built Turning Torso dominates the skyline in the Western Harbour, which is the locally-billed hangout. The place to be in the evenings, however, is Lilla Torg, where I can recommend the eye candy.

Restaurants:
Cats along Torggatan
Cats along Torggatan
The Konditori Hollandia (http://www.hollandia.se) on Södra Förstadsgatan has a gorgeous selection of teas and coffees, and really nice desserts. Jan Hedh/Maria Escalante Chocolatier have three outlets under the name “Les Trois Roses”, the most easily accessible being along the north side of Gustav Adolfs Torg; I can honestly say that while their chocolate is expensive, it is to *die* for. I can also recommend the small café at 3 Simrishamnsgatan; one of my colleagues writes there on a regular basis.

Other recommendations:
Grave slab in St. Peter's Church
Grave slab in St. Peter's Church
Where Torggatan crosses the canal, there is a small plaza covered in cat statues in various poses. St. Peter's Church also features beautiful wooden carvings and late medieval frescoes. Keep an eye out for the skull-and-crossbones motif popular in Swedish religious art.

Published on Monday April 3th, 2006


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Tue, Apr 04 2006 - 07:33 AM rating by marianne

Amanda,
Great photos but not much information

Mon, Apr 03 2006 - 02:01 PM rating by davidx

Very good report - a bit thin on favourites and special places. Except for the first, your photos all look great when clicked and hence magnified.

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