Malmö Travel Guide
Malmö is mostly a modern city that looms large at the point that links Sweden to the rest of Europe. The Øresund Bridge, an engineering marvel that was five years in the making and officially opened on July 1, 2000, journeys 4.8 miles (7.8 km) across the Øresund Strait, from Malmö to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, effectively linking Scandinavia to continental Europe. As a combined twin-track railway cum dual carriageway bridge-tunnel, it is the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, which sees traffic to the tune of an estimated 36 million people annually.
Main Sights and Attractions
Malmö has a mix of modern and historical attractions to interest the visitor, chief among them the 15th-century fortress-like Malmö Castle, once a stronghold of Denmark; the landmark 54-story Turning Torso, an eye-popping architectural showpiece and tallest skyscraper in Sweden and the Nordic countries; the early 14th-century Baltic Brick Gothic St. Peter's Church, which is the oldest building in Malmö; the Art Nouveau cum Moorish Revival Malmö Synagogue, dating from 1903; and Kronprinsen, a complex of modernist buildings, centered around Malmö's second tallest tower, in the Västra Innerstaden neighborhood on the west side of town. Among museums, the pick of the bunch is Moderna Museet, an offshoot of the one in Stockholm, which has an impressive collection of works by Dali, Duchamp, Picasso, Matisse, and others.
Malmö is situated in the Scania region of Sweden, near the southeastern tip of the country. It is 10 miles (16 km) southwest of the university of Lund, or 16 miles (26 km) east of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Malmö has a resident population of just over 300,000, making it the third-largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg.
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