Pildammsparken is the largest park in this Swedish city and it has so much to offer. Here’s my complete guide to Pildammsparken In Malmo.
How To Get To Pildammsparken In Malmo
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.
Pildammsparken is located in the Kronoborg neighbourhood 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. Pildammsparken is about a 30 minute walk from the central train station.
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.
Furthermore, once you reach Pildammsparken there are lots of cycle paths around the park to enjoy.
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.
Bus numbers 1, 3, 10, 35 and 150 all have routes that pass near Pildammsparken.
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 the main attractions.
Pildammsparken In Malmo Entrance Fee
It is free to visit.
Pildammsparken In Malmo Opening Times
Open all day, every day.
Best Time To Visit Pildammsparken In Malmo + Tips
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.
Pildammsparken is worth a visit at any time of year. However, during the summer is the best time to enjoy all the facilities and the events that take place in the warmer weather.
Summer is obviously when the park is at its busiest but it stretches over such a large area that you are sure to find a spot to yourself if you prefer it a little quieter.
This is the perfect place for a picnic, although there is a nice cafe if you want to purchase food whilst visiting.
People also recommend visiting Pildammsparken during the autumn months, when it is said to be filled with a variety of stunning, autumnal colours.
What To Pack
Covering 45 hectares, Pildammsparken is the largest of the parks in Malmo. The area that it covers was originally a system of ponds that were created as a water reservoir for the city back in the 17th century.
Willows were planted around the ponds to strengthen their banks, hence the name Pildammsparken, meaning Willow Pond Park.
In 1914, the Baltic Exhibition took place here and after this was when the planning for Pildammsparken began.
However, due to the famine during World War I, this area had to be used to cultivate potatoes and Pildammsparken was not completed until after the war in 1926.
In the middle of the park it’s possible to see the only remaining building from the 1914 Baltic Exhibition – the Royal Pavilion, now called the Margaretapavilon.
The pavilion had its original gardens designed by Princess Margareta, the grandmother of both the current King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
What To Expect At Pildammsparken In Malmo
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 circular meadow, which is perfect for picnics, chilling or playing pétanque. It also often has free organised group events like yoga, with everyone welcome to join in.
For the really active, Pildammsparken has two outdoor exercise areas, running and cycling trails as well as adventure playgrounds for the children.
Alternatively, there are plenty of benches around the park to sit and relax, enjoy the views or watch the many species of birds that inhabit this park.
The Margaretapavilion, in the centre of the park, is open all your round and usually has a free exhibition to view. This lovely, historic pavilion also 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!
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.