Malmö, or Malmöghae as it was originally called, is mentioned as far back as the 12th century. Being such an old city, countless events have taken place over the years. Some are still visible in the now more modern city landscape and some will forever be lost in history.
As the owner of Blå Båten and the recently opened Grand Circus Hotel, Valle Westesson is a familiar name in Malmö. A fan of local tourism, he’s written both a book on the topic and made the alternative guide Map of Malmö. In the Map of Malmö, Valle Westesson and Lupus Nensén list nice places to visit in Malmö as well as some curios historic events.
Here are four things about Malmö you probably didn’t know:
The sinking of Amalthea
In 1908 there was a terror incidence in the port of Malmö. A group of socialists tried to sink a ship full of British workers that had been brought in to replace workers in Malmö during a strike. The vessel was never sunk, but one British worker died and 23 others were wounded. The name of the ship was Amalthea, and the leader of the leftist terrorists was dubbed The Amalthea Man. Today the area is one of the most active areas with Malmö University, start-up incubators and co-working spaces right around the corner.
The restaurant at Malmö Town Hall
Malmö Town Hall at Stortorget dates as far back as 1530. It’s gone through a few renovations since, and the façade was redesigned in the mid 19th century, but the original building still stands and, in the cellar, you will find the Rådhuskällaren restaurant. In 1967 there was nothing in the world to equal The Beatles. They were so huge and so popular that no artist could, and still can’t, compare their career with the Fab Four. Everywhere they went people opened their doors to them, boys screamed and girls fainted all around the globe – except in Malmö. Here, the doorman wouldn’t let Paul McCartney and George Harrison in. The reason: They weren’t wearing ties. Remember that next time someone goes on about “the good old days”.
This charming little house was where Ebba Olsson’s family moved in 1911, when the area was one of beerhouses, mental asylums and brothels. Almost all the small houses were torn down in the ’60s and ’70s, but Ebba refused to move, and when she died in 1989, the city decided to preserve it as a museum. Ebba’s house is located on Snapperupsgatan 10 in the Caroli neighbourhood and inside it looks just like it did when Ebba’s family moved there in the beginning of the 20th century.
Located at the former Kockum’s wharf – now Media Evolution – you will find this odd looking tower. It looks a bit like a concrete ant house, but it’s a lot sturdier than that – or at least somewhat. This type of military bunker was designed around WW1, when the bombs carried by fighter planes still weren’t very heavy. The idea of the construction was to let the bombs strike the bunker and hope that they would bounce off and explode at a safe distance and in this case save the workers at Kockums. Today the old industrial buildings of Kockum and Varvstaden is going through a big reformation with food courts, workspaces and residential buildings on the way.
For more fun facts and great tips of what to do in Malmö, check out mapofmalmo.com!