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Malmö & Copenhagen – Part I

It dawned on us after we had booked our plane tickets to Malmö  that this place offers the possibility to experience two countries in a single visit. The connection between Malmö and Copenhagen takes the shape of a 8km long Oresund Bridge that joins Sweden and Denmark. The wonder that enables this ‘BOGOF’ [Buy-One-Get-One-Free] travel option. No immigration with their irritating random controls. Actually no controls at all. Just walk straight in and off you go,  plenty of  time and freedom to explore. Then all that’s needed is Money, Money, Money [queue  the famous Swedish group – ABBA] .

We flew to Malmö Airport with ‘locost’ Hungarian airlines Wizzair. Two return tickets cost 166PLZ (about 35 pounds sterling). However an inexpensive option  ended with getting off the plane at Malmö airport. From then on, one word applied – expensive . But after all we are here not to talk about money . Our flight from Gdansk to Malmö airport took about 35 minutes. Just a quick ‘hop’ over the Baltic sea.

Malmo airport is rather small, all in yellow and blue national colours.. Greeted by a smiley Zlatan Ibrahimovic hanging on the wall amongst other famous Swedish celebs [whom we didn’t recognize]. But we recognized Zlatan. We are Manchester United supporters.

The only bus service from Malmö Airport to Malmö city [which is 30 km away], is provided by Flygbussarna Airport Coaches. They depart directly outside the airport building and take you to central Malmö stopping at numerous points on its way through the city. The journey takes about 40 minutes.

“The timetable is adapted to fit the majority of flight departures and arrivals, so that you can choose to take public transport and thereby reduce the amount of carbon emissions compared to travel by a private car or taxi. The airport coaches in Malmo run 100% biofuel”

We purchased our tickets for the bus in advance by visiting their website. Tickets can be also bought from the tickets machines or on board [but here with debit/credit cards only – No cash].  https://www.flygbussarna.se/ean/malmo

We got off at the final stop close to the Central Station. As a matter of fact, very close to our accommodation that we booked  with  AirBnB. The studio flat turned out to be in the very city centre. Great location for sightseeing in every direction. And that is what matters: location, location, location.

          

There were less than two days at our disposal to hang around in Malmö which is Sweden’s third-largest city, and we really enjoyed walking around the place. From the old town – Gamla Staden with majestic St.Peter’s Church, showpiece squares, Ebba’s house – the smallest house in Malmö  to  cosmopolitan promenades of Vastra Hamnen‘s redeveloped waterfront. Here, Scandinavia’s tallest building – Turning Torso – twists its way skyward. Impressive but unfortunately there is no way to view Malmö from Turning Torso’s top. Unless you have a ‘well heeled’  friend living in the building.

                    

The Waterfront leads to the urban beach and a pier far into the sea with cafe and ‘nude’ bathing at the end of it. We had a snack in the cafe while we soaked up the sun and  declined a swim in the open sea pool [even though we didn’t need costumes].  The admission fee to the pool – 70 Sek.

There are lovely parks in the city. Kungsparken, next to Gamla Staden, offers alot to see. A fortress called Malmöhus slott , the old windmill,  charming mini-gardens, park canals and an exquisite cafeteria where we stopped for another ‘refreshment’ break. Pildammsparken is another park worth a visit. Large green space with ponds, jogging paths, picnic areas and enormous lofty and immaculately trimmed trees.

          

We loved Malmö.  It’s a cosmopolitan city, colourful and clean. With interesting architecture where The Old meets The New.  Very enjoyable place to visit. And additionally to our delight the weather was wonderful.

     

Next StopCopenhagen…..

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