Six Hours in Sweden: From Copenhagen to Malmö

“There is this bridge from Copenhagen to Malmö. Trains connecting Denmark with Sweden leave about every half hour, so just take any one you like.” Martin, our wonderful local Danish host, tells us with a smile. Easy. Together with my brother Julian, we have travelled to Denmark in order to rock at Roskilde Festival and spend a few days’ time with “our local Danes” Martin & Niels. So why would we go to Sweden, then? Because it is tempting. Because it is out there. Because it is beckoning on the horizon, strolling down harbour lane in Copenhagen. “I do not even carry my passport”, I laugh sitting on the train in the middle of the North Sea crossing over the 20 kilometre stretch to Sweden. But it doesn’t matter! Around 30 minutes later, we arrive at Malmö Main Station. And make straight for … coffee. And cake. It is late afternoon already, after all. Time to refresh, head into town, out to the harbour and find a nice seaside restaurant for dinner later on before hopping back over the ocean to Denmark. Easy. Isn’t it?

Yes, we have landed with Starbucks International Coffeehouse. But their raspberry cheesecake is just delicious!

Yes, we have landed with Starbucks International Coffeehouse. But their raspberry cheesecake is just delicious!

Getting fresh coffee before heading into town for the first time: Always a good idea.

Getting fresh coffee before heading into town for the first time: Always a good idea.

“Hello, Swede!” Our greeting when heading into the old town …

“Hello, Swede!” Our greeting when heading into the old town …

… which is lovely for a stroll around Malmö.

… which is lovely for a stroll around Malmö.

The city library building: Old from the outside, very modern and worth popping in on the inside.

The city library building: Old from the outside, very modern and worth popping in on the inside.

On our way to the harbour, we cross the city’s large and beautiful park …

On our way to the harbour, we cross the city’s large and beautiful park …

… where we come close-up with the local, er, geese. Yeah!

… where we come close-up with the local, er, geese. Yeah!

By the sea, eventually, modern maritime sculptures invite us to relax and enjoy the view …

By the sea, eventually, modern maritime sculptures invite us to relax and enjoy the view …

… beautiful, isn’t it? Hanging out on a late summer night in Malmö, Sweden. :D

… beautiful, isn’t it? Hanging out on a late summer night in Malmö, Sweden. 😀

 

I love spontaneous travelling. Malmö perfectly matches up for it.

To be honest, my brother and I did not have much of a plan, nor profound knowledge prior to heading out for Malmö. We got a map and some advice from the local tourist information at the central station, designing a walking trail covering parts of the old city, the city’s park and canal system as well as the modern harbour district. The latter one features lots of shiny new flats as well as the so-called “Turning Torso“, a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity and clearly worth seeing. It stands amidst a very modern housing district where beauty clinics, sports fanatics and visitors like us mingle enjoying the late summer evening atmosphere. Daylight until 10.00 p.m. One of the most magnificent sunsets I have ever seen. Free music concerts all July long. And a wonderful seafood salad. Our six hours in Sweden shape up to be just perfect! 😉

The harbour district in Malmö: Fancy going for a walk at sunset?

The harbour district in Malmö: Fancy going for a walk at sunset?

My gourmet seafood salad tastes even better with a glass of wine overlooking the sea …

My gourmet seafood salad tastes even better with a glass of wine overlooking the sea …

… the sun setting …

… the sun setting …

… local music in your ears …

… local music in your ears …

… the crowds listening, relaxed against the beautiful sunset. Wow!

… the crowds listening, relaxed against the beautiful sunset. Wow!

Summer evening delights in the North: Bring a blanket (or two)!

Summer evening delights in the North: Bring a blanket (or two)!

The harbour bridge connecting Denmark with Sweden, as seen from the city of Malmö.

The harbour bridge connecting Denmark with Sweden, as seen from the city of Malmö.

We just looove this sunset, one of the most beautiful I have ever come to witness.

We just looove this sunset, one of the most beautiful I have ever come to witness.

The “Turning Torso” in the harbour district of Malmö.

The “Turning Torso” in the harbour district of Malmö.

Late night romance with swans swimming out into the open ocean …

Late night romance with swans swimming out into the open ocean …

… thank you, dear brother for joining me on this trip! :D

… thank you, dear brother for joining me on this trip! 😀

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