Malmo in Sweden is called the ‘City of Parks’ for good reason. With so many to choose from, here’s my favourite 3 best parks in Malmo.
Located in the city centre, just west of Malmo City Hall, Kungsparken (Kings Park) is not only the oldest park in Malmo, it’s probably the prettiest and most romantic.
Opened in 1872, it was designed by the Danish architect, Ove Hoegh Hansen, and created on land that was formerly part of the castle Malmohus.
It’s known for its collection of over 130 mature and exotic trees as well as beautifully landscaped gardens with spectacular flowers including rhododendrons and azaleas. Along with ponds, lakes and trails.
You can’t miss the dramatic cast-iron fountain in the centre of the park that dates back to 1882.
The legend behind the fountain comes from an ancient Nordic poem. It tells the story of giant Loki’s punishment for murdering Balder. Loki was tied under a serpent, Ormet, who dripped poison on him.
Hence the fountain drips water from the snake’s tongue to a carved bowl below, with each drop dramatically dropping from quite a height.
This is lovely place to take a stroll or sit and relax and enjoy a picnic, with plenty of benches placed around the park.
Alternatively, you could rent a pedal boat and take a delightful water tour all around the park. Kungsparken is also a popular place for jogging/running, with purpose made scenic trails.
This beautiful, historic and picturesque park is definitely one of the best 3 parks in Malmo.
For a fun and inexpensive way to explore Malmo including a visit Kungsparken, the City Exploration Trail is a self guided tour.
Located in the Kronoborg neighbourhood and covering 45 hectares, Pildammsparken (Willow Pond Park) is the largest park in Malmo.
It was after the 1914 Baltic Exhibition took place in this area, that planning for Pildammsparken began. With it eventually being completed in 1926, after world war I.
This enormous park has something for everyone. With a large lake, flower beds, wooded areas, a historic reservoir and water tower, a pretty pavilion and a delightful cafe/restaurant.
In the summer families and friends meet in Tallriken (the plate). This circular meadow is perfect for picnics, chilling or playing pétanque.
For the really active, Pildammsparken has two outdoor exercise areas. As well as running and cycling trails and adventure playgrounds for the children.
If you fancy cycling through the park, Malmö: City Bike Rental has some good options. With prices starting at 206 SEK (approx £16) for the day.
Alternatively, there are plenty of benches around the park to sit, relax and enjoy the views. Or watch the many species of birds that inhabit this park.
The historic Margaretapavilion, in the centre has a beautiful flower lined walkway, which makes it a popular spot for weddings.
In addition, Pildammsparken has its own amphitheatre which has regular free music concerts and performances, especially during the summer.
When you visit Pildammsparken, with its acres of beautiful, peaceful grounds to stroll through and enjoy, it’s easy to forget that you are in the middle of a busy city!
Hence it makes it to the list of 3 best parks in Malmo.
3. Folkets Park
Located in the centre of Malmo, just off Amiralsgatan, Folkets Park (People’s Park) is the oldest folk and amusement park in Sweden. Opening to the public in 1893, it covers an area of 2.4 hectares.
Folkets Park is a little different to some of the more tranquil Malmo Parks. It is, in fact, a very busy and popular urban park that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
There’s plenty of natural beauty around this park to enjoy. Along with an array of entertainment venues, playgrounds, a children’s petting farm, miniature golf and plenty of eateries.
During the summer months there are festivals, concerts and films, all shown in the open air. As well as an amusement park offering carousel rides and other fun activities.
Families gather to relax in the lawned picnic areas during the warm weather. As well as meet up to make use of the free barbecue grills.
Furthermore, the Moriska Paviljongen is known as one of the city’s best places to enjoy a gig or a club night.
In fact, with families flocking to the park during the day and adults visiting for the great nightlife, this park definitely lives up to its name ‘People’s Park’.
With something for everyone, you can understand why this vibrant park is a favourite of my best 3 parks in Malmo.
Where To Stay In Malmo
Luxury – MJ’s
MJ’s is located only 50 yards from Lilla Torg Square in central Malmö. This hotel offers free WiFi and rooms with a seating area and flat-screen TV.
All rooms at MJ’s feature a work desk and beds from Grange, as well as wall-to-wall carpeting.
Breakfast is available in MJ’s fresh breakfast garden. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a drink in the bar. Several restaurants are available in the immediate area.
The King’s Park with the Malmöhus Castle is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Malmö Central Station is 350 yards away.
Mid-Budget – Radisson Blu Hotel Malmö
Only 5 minutes’ walk from Malmö Central Station and a few blocks from the main shopping streets, Radisson Blu Hotel Malmö offers free WiFi, gym and sauna access.
The modern, spacious rooms feature a seating area, cable TV and air conditioning.
Radisson Blu Malmö’s restaurant and bar, Thott’s, is located in one of the cities oldest wooden buildings. It serves a popular breakfast buffet as well as a variety of Swedish lunch and dinner dishes.
Radisson Malmö is less than a 5-minute stroll from the 14th-century Church of Saint Peter. Buses for Copenhagen Airport stop nearby.
Budget – UNITY Malmö
Situated within 1.1 miles of Triangeln Shopping Centre and 4 miles of Malmo Arena in the centre of Malmö, UNITY Malmö features accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. This 4-star aparthotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a lift. The aparthotel has family rooms and facilities for disabled guests.
At the aparthotel, every unit comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. A dishwasher, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. At the aparthotel, all units are allergy-free.
The aparthotel features a garden and sun terrace.
For more places to stay in Malmo, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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