Beautiful Kungsparken is the oldest park in this Swedish city and it has lots to offer. Here’s my complete guide to Kungsparken in Malmo.
How To Get To Kungsparken
Malmo is quite a compact and easy city to get around, with suburbs well connected by foot and cycle paths, as well as bus routes.
Kungsparken is located in the centre of the city just west of Malmo City Hall and you have a few options to get there.
It is possible to walk to a lot of the main attractions in Malmo, if you have the time and energy and depending on your starting point. Kungsparken is very central, so easy to find if you are exploring the city centre.
Malmo is a very cycle-friendly city with 410km of very flat, off street bike routes you can explore. There are several bike rental companies around the city, including one at the central train station.
Malmö: City Bike Rental has some good options with prices starting at 206 SEK (approx £16) for the day.
There are eight main city-centre bus lines in Malmo. They are colour-coded and provide a fast and reliable alternative to walking. Journeys within the city centre are quite inexpensive at roughly 22 SEK (£1.70) per trip.
You are required to buy your travel tickets before boarding the bus but it is possible to download the Skanetrafiken app on your smartphone for easy payment.
(Skanetrafiken handles all transportation within the Skane county (Scania) such as buses and trains. If you are also going to visit Denmark from Malmo your tickets will be valid on Copenhagen’s buses and metro as well.)
Malmo also has a taxi network. However, the taxis are not regulated and fares can differ from one taxi company to another. You are advised to inquire re prices before boarding the vehicle.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
If you are keen on walking the Malmö: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour takes you to lots of Malmo’s main attractions.
Kungsparken Entrance Fee
It is free to visit Kungsparken.
Kungsparken Opening Times
Kungsparken is open all day, every day.
Best Time To Visit Kungsparken
June to September is when the weather is at its warmest in Malmo, with July and August the hottest months. You can, however, expect some showers in the summer in Malmo.
Kungsparken is worth a visit at any time of year. However, during the summer is the best time to be able to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful vistas.
Don’t forget to take a picnic!
What To Pack
Opened in 1872 by King Oscar II, Kungsparken is the oldest park in the city of Malmo. Officially called King Oscars Park it soon became known as Kungsparken.
Designed by the Danish architect, Ove Hoegh Hansen, it was created on land that was formerly part of the castle Malmohus. Interestingly, he is said to have been inspired by English landscaped gardens.
In 1881, King Oscar opened the Park restaurant. However, this building is now home to the Casino Cosmopol, Malmo’s only casino.
Following this, is in 1882, an imposing cast-iron fountain was placed in the centre of the park. As an addition to the fountain, a human-made cave was also created which proved to be a popular attraction.
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.
What To Expect At Kungsparken
Not only is this the oldest of the parks in Malmo, it is probably the prettiest and most romantic. Not the largest park in this city of parks, it is still quite spacious at just over 8 hectares.
It’s known for its collection of over 130 mature and foreign 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.
This is lovely place to take a stroll or sit and relax and enjoy a picnic, with plenty of benches to stop at. 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.
So be sure to at least squeeze one of the parks into your Malmo itinerary.
Where To Stay In Malmo
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.
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.
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.