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Sweden's third largest city, cosmopolitan Malmö is noted for its particularly high quality of living, and has probably existed since at least the late medieval period. In 2008, it celebrated its 350th anniversary as a Swedish city, and is now one of the most bike-friendly places in the world, with nearly 500 kilometres of cycling routes. From Stockholm, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw and a number of other European destinations, it is possible to take direct flights to Malmö Sturup Airport. Malmö enjoys pleasantly warm summers and fairly cold winters, although winter temperatures here are significantly milder than most other locations at a similar latitude.
Certainly, no visit to Malmö would be complete without seeing the awe-inspiring Øresund Bridge, which opened in 2000 and links Sweden to Denmark. The cable-stayed bridge, which is nearly eight kilometres long, includes a four-kilometre underwater tunnel, and weighs approximately 82,000 tonnes.
Spend some time in Malmö’s three picturesque square: Stortorget (Big Square), Gustav Adolfs torg (Gustav Adolf's Square), and Lilla torg (Little Square). They are surrounded by numerous elegant cafés and historic landmarks, including the impressive 16th-century Malmö City Hall (Big Square).
Originally built in the early 15th century, Malmö Castle was a strategic military stronghold for many years, and was a prison until the early 20th century. Today, the castle serves as a museum, and is regularly open to the public, who can explore the interior and enjoy a pleasant walk around the scenic grounds.
Have a stroll in the attractive Kungsparken, a public park that is known for its rich wildlife and splendid water gardens. It's a glorious oasis in the heart of the city, and is particularly beautiful when covered in snow.
One of Sweden's finest churches, St Petri is noted for its very tall tower, and was originally built around seven centuries ago.
If you're looking for sophisticated French cuisine in a truly romantic atmosphere, consider dining at the Ambiance a Vindakra restaurant or the Vollmers restaurant. For other delicious Italian dishes, try La Trattoria, head to Soder Om Smaland for fantastic Swedish recipes, or go to Lemongrass for some vibrant Asian flavours.
One of the most luxurious places to stay in Malmö is the Renaissance Malmö Hotel, where you can enjoy outstanding hospitality and stunning room decor. Other great places to stay include the friendly Comfort Hotel, the stylish Park Inn by Radisson, and the value-for-money Scandic Malmö City.
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£7.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£2.00|
|One way tube ticket||£2.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£5.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£36.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£81.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£1,918.00|