So now we know our Eurovision destination is going to be Malmö, next year. For all those among you that had hoped for Stockholm, here is twelve points to convince you that Malmö is not that bad a destination either. Twelve points about Malmö that a tourist should know:
++ 01 ++ Turning Torso - Don't miss architect Santiago Calatrava's spectacular apartment building in the Western Harbour, the building everyone talks about. At 190 metres, Turning Torso is the tallest building in Sweden. The building was inspired by a sculpture "Turning Torso" by Calatrava himself. Turning Torso consists of nine cubes with a total of 54 floors, with a 90° twist from base to top. The top two floors boast the exclusive meeting rooms of Turning Torso Meetings.
++ 02 ++ Stapelbäddsparken - A favourite place to hang out. If you are a skater that is, or like to admire their acrobatics. This park has been designed by... and is one of Europe's biggest skating parks in a former factory area. In 2006 the industrial area got transformed in what it is now. Apart from a skating park, Stapelbädsparken offers a lot more in the field of art, culture and modern media. Check it all out here.
++ 03 ++ Lilla Torg - Malmö's most charming square and one of the most popular meeting places in the city was built in 1592 as a market square. There are several interesting buildings dating from the 16th century and later around Lilla Torg. Hedmanska Gården is an enclosed courtyard where the oldest half-timbered house dates from the 16th century and the youngest building, a warehouse, is from the late 19th century and is now home to Form/Design Centre, which mounts exhibitions related to design and architecture. Outdoor concerts are held at Hedmanska Gården in July. From March to October Lilla Torg is filled with outdoor restaurants and cafés and the atmosphere is enchanting.
++ 04 ++ The City Library - One of the most intriguing buildings in Malmö is situated in Slottsparken. The library consists of two buildings, one older and one newer, that are linked to each other. The new part, which is called the "Calendar of Light" was designed by the notable Danish architect Henning Larsen and opened in 1997. The older section of the library dates from 1899 and was designed by architects John Smedberg and Fredrik Sundbärg.
++ 05 ++ Malmöhus Castle - Malmöhus was originally a minor citadel whose construction was ordered in 1434 by Erik of Pomerania, king of the Kalmar Union which brought Norway, Sweden and Denmark together under a single monarch.
In the 16th century King Christian III of Denmark and Norway rebuilt the citadel to create a modern defensive fortress, an imposing castle and the home of the Governors of Malmöhus County.
This is where Denmark´s money was coined in the Middle Ages, where Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark held wild parties in the 16th century and where prisoners were decapitated in the castle courtyard during the 19th century when the castle served as a prison. Today Malmöhus has been restored in the spirit of the 16th century and forms part of Malmö Museer. The castle is part of Sweden´s cultural heritage and is managed by the National Property Board.
The castle presents historical exhibitions. By Order of the King is an exhibition about the 17th-century wars over Skåne and how Skåne became Swedish in 1658. Power over People depicts the history of Malmöhus Castle over the past 300 years.
++ 06 ++ Malmö Konsthall - Malmö Konsthall was opened in 1975 and is one of Europe’s largest exhibition halls for contemporary art. Architect Klas Anshelm has created an exhibition hall with great flexibility, generous space and fantastic light. The construction materials are light and simple: concrete, glass, wood and aluminium. Most of the gallery has a ceiling constructed like a latticework of 550 domes with both natural and artificial light sources. The height of the ceiling varies. The light well - with the higher ceiling - has a big sloping skylight towards the north. Klas Anshelm got inspiration for the construction when visiting the sculptor Constantin Brancusi in his Paris studio. The result is a gallery that is both functional and aesthetic. An exhibition space that presents the artist with endless possibilities.
Malmö Konsthall arranges exhibitions with an international focus which encompasses both the classics of modern art and current experiments.
++ 07 ++ Moderna Museet - Moderna Museet Malmö was inaugurated on 26 December 2009 in one of Sweden's most beautiful exhibition spaces - John Smedberg's former power station from 1901. Moderna Museet Malmö will feature exhibitions of the most prominent contemporary artists and modern classics, together with a selection from Moderna Museet's rich collection. The museum also features a café and a small version of Stockholm's Moderna Museet's famous museum shop.
++ 08 ++ Saint Peter's Church - The oldest building in Malmö, dating from the early 14th century, peeks out from behind the City Hall. The church was built in "Baltic Brick Gothic" and is very similar to St Mary's Church in Lübeck. The medieval paintings that covered the church vault were whitewashed during the Reformation in the 16th century, but the original paintings in the Tradesmen's Chapel were successfully uncovered during a restoration in the early 20th century. The pulpit, baptismal font and retable are all Renaissance works.
++ 09 ++ Folket's Park - The first Folkets Park in Sweden opened in 1893 and has always been a popular park and entertainment venue for the people of Malmö. At first, it had a strong political connection to the Social Democratic Party and it was a model for many community parks all over Sweden. The first buildings in Folkets Park were strongly influenced by Tivoli in Copenhagen. The Moorish Pavilion and the Little Entrance, in a Japanese-inspired style, are still standing from that period. Amiralen, then the largest dance venue in Scandinavia, was built in the late 1930s. Today, Folkets Park is mainly oriented towards family activities from April-September, a large playground, children's theatre, a terrarium and "miniature farm" with pony rides, fun, entertainment and a colourful flea market.
++ 10 ++ Kallbadhuset - The sandy beach of Ribersborg - or "Ribban" in the vernacular - is within walking distance of the city centre. The water stays shallow a long way from the shore and there are wonderful, expansive green spaces for play, games and sporting activities. The park and beach were laid out in the mid 1920s. The sand was harvested from Öresund and transported from the Port of Malmö by rail to Ribersborg. The beautiful Kallbadhuset from 1898 is a popular destination for swimmers and café guests alike, who can enjoy saltwater swimming and a wood-fired sauna year-round.
++ 11 ++ Mollevången - The most colourful district in Malmö. The market trade is lively here and the shops and restaurants have roots all over the world. Möllevången was the first planned, large-scale working class neighbourhood in Malmö and the result of the growing industrial city in the late 19th century. The labour movement gained tremendous influence here. The worker's newspaper Arbetet and the cooperative association Solidar were founded in Möllevången, which was also the site of the first Folkets Park ("Community Park") in Sweden.[/numbers]
++ 12 ++ Gamla Väster - In the heart of the city, west of the Lilla Torg square, is the picturesque Gamla Väster area.The streets are quieter here and the pace slower. The area features a potpourri of low, colourful street buildings and grand stone and brick establishments. Take a stroll among private homes,
designer boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.
Read more about tourism in Malmö at Malmotown.com