Seeped in history, Malmo was once under Danish rule until King Karl X threatened to invade Copenhagen, convincing the Danes to return the Skåne region to Sweden. Once an influential fishing harbour, Malmo attracted German merchants whose influence can still be seen in the city's architecture today.
In more recent years the arrival of the Øresunds Link has reconnected Malmӧ with Denmark brining a fresh wave of affluence to the city.
From his pedestal King Karl X still looks out over the main square, Stortorget, where you will spot the eye-catching façade of Rådhus (the town hall). Continue through the town to find St Petri church, a spectacular example of the city's German influences.
In the evening follow the crowds along Lilla Torg and enjoy its brilliant restaurants and nightlife. The numerous bars offer excellent entertainment and many of the city's venues host live music events, with jazz and classical performances amongst those on offer.
To the west of the Old Town lies Malmӧhus Castle. Initially built in the 15th century by the Danish to protect against Swedish attack, the fortress later fell under Swedish command after the re-occupation of Malmo. With its stunning grounds and interesting exhibits all within walking distance of the old town, Malmӧhus Castle is the jewel of Malmo.
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This gentle five-day self-drive tour through Sweden's gourmet heartland takes in the rural and coastal scenery between Malmo and Ystad. Accommodation is in two of the region's leading hotels, from where the locations from the hugely popular Wallander series can be visited.
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