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Malmö was founded during the first half of the 1300th century and has been under Danish crown. Malmö became Swedish in 1658 but it took almost 200 years before the integration bore fruit. As an industrial city, Malmö flourished right up until the shipbuilding industry declined in the early 1970's – with emigration and failing self-confidence as a consequence. But in recent years, Malmö has lifted itself again – and with a vengeance. In June 2000, the Öresund Bridge reconnected the city with Denmark. The following year, the Housing Exhibition finally opened the city up to the waterfront and Europe’s tallest – and perhaps most spectacular – apartment block was built. Turning Torso rises up in the old shipyard district and attracts large numbers of fascinated spectators. In the surrounding district, the University and knowledge-intensive companies are competing for the palatial new offices. The city has been rejuvenated and revitalized, while immigration is continually breaking new records. There are foundations for the newly-won optimism of Malmö’s residents. Copenhagen is needed less and less. But, just in case you want to go there, "the village" is still there – closer than ever - with three train departures per hour. Parks form a natural element in the city of Malmö. For pick-nicks and slow walks the Kungsparken and Slottsparken are the given places. Pildammsparken offers large open areas and two large lakes that attracts a rich bird life. Head to Möllevångstorget with its open market. In this lively square trade you will find almost any- and everything whilst soaking up the special air of “Möllan”. Those who are hungry will be pleased to hear that this area is the eatery densest meeting place throughout Malmö. Those who are looking for a party can find several clubs with a wide variety of music in the Möllevången area. KB, Babel, Debaser, the Moorish Pavilion and Cuba Café are a few well known examples. The rich variety of restaurants attracts with scents from all the world’s cuisines. Malmö has a rich cultural life with performances, galleries and museums. In recent years Malmö has built two large Stadiums, Malmö Arena and Swedbankstadion, both of which are relying on large public events, and sport of course! It’s easy to get to the arenas by bus and train. Malmö offers proximity to Copenhagen and Oresund Bridge boasts between the two cities. It is one of the largest architectural structures in Europe and it takes less than 15 minutes to cross the 8 km long bridge. Communication is good, with departures every 20 minutes, during the day, all days. Take a day trip and go visit Tivoli and do some shopping in the Danish "byen"(village). Proximity to Copenhagen are even more notable, since the City tunnel was opened in December 2010.
Art and culture life in Malmö has gained a well-deserved reputation as of very varied and high class. Here you will find a rich variety of cultural experiences for the whole family. Malmö invests in a broad cultural range, with both large institutions and many smaller operators and activities. Malmö also offers the best of Scandinavian and international design in the shape of furniture and furnishings, jewellery and textiles. Malmö works for sustainable tourism so it is easy to choose a sustainable stay here. Many hotels are environmentally certified and restaurants and cafés have a wide selection of organic and local produce on their menus. Malmö is a cycling city with over four Swedish “mil” bike lanes and city buses that run on natural gas. The city has lots of green areas in the city centre and around town. For example, Kungsparken, Slottsparken and the large Pildammsparken. Malmö Folkets Park is Sweden’s oldest "folkpark" and has beautiful lawns to sit in, tivoli, cafés, restaurant, terrarium, adventure golf, horse riding and live entertainment in summer. Don’t forget: Malmö’s glorious two-kilometre long beach Ribersborg Beach & Kallbadhuset, or "Ribban" within walking distance from the town centre.
Concerts, fairs, musicals and festivals – in Malmö, there are exciting events for all tastes, whether you’re after the biggest stars or the small golden grains. For more information on events in Malmö search in the event calendar at: www.malmotown.com
In Skåne, you can play golf year-round. Use Malmö as a base for your golf vacation, and you can spend a number of days at any of the nearly 100 golf courses within an hour radius from Malmö. That way, in the evenings, Malmö’s restaurants and non-stop entertainment are all just around the corner from your hotel.
No other city in Sweden beats Malmö’s epic diversity of international restaurants. Priding itself on over 600 restaurants and cafés, Malmö takes the cake on Sweden’s densest concentration of dining establishments. Here is a sampling of some hot new addresses, and already established names:
Sit down at one of the city's many cafes and soak up all the new impressions. The "café life" in Malmo is varied and you will find everything from large established chains to small, cosy cafés.
Rarely do you see the Danish influence as well as when it comes to nightlife. Malmö residents have fun! And often until four or five in the morning. If all Malmö’s nightlife still doesn't do it for you, then you can always hop the train to Copenhagen and continue the party. Places like Club In has several dance floors and stay open till ten in the morning.
Malmö has a large selection of designer boutiques and young, trendy fashion. The most commercial pedestrian mall stretches from the Great Square (Stortorget) along Södergatan, Skomakaregatan and Baltzarsgatan by Gustav Adolf Square and Södertull, and further down the Södra Förstadsgatan to Triangeln och Möllevången. Most of the area is free of traffic. Make any trip to picturesque Gamla Väster, trendy David Hall, or Stora Nygatan and Friisgatan. Take a break with sea views in West Harbour or in the crowd at Little Square. The best part is that most things are within walking distance!
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