As mentioned before, Malmö is a city of contrasts – a mix of old and new in every sense! When it comes to architecture, the historic city district “Gamla staden”, which literally means “Old town”, is a stark contrast to the newest and most modern district “Västra Hamnen” – walking its narrow, winding, cobbled streets history enfolds you, making it easy imagining life a long time ago.
Gamla staden is the oldest part of Malmö, and this historical area is home to many popular sights, such as; Malmöhus Slott, Fiskehoddorna, Posthusplatsen, Malmö City Library, Malmö Central Station, Spegeln, Apoteket Lejonet, Lilla Torg, Gamla kyrkogården, Stortorget, Moderna muséet, Malmö City Hall and Kungsparken. Many of the district’s buildings date back hundreds of years – like the complex “Tunneln” – Malmö’s oldest surviving building, which is more than 700 years old and still in use as it’s part of modern-day hotel Mayfair.
Nowadays the district mostly consists of former residential quarters from different eras with a mix of business establishments and private owners as tennants. Strolling these streets is like time-hopping and allows for a discovery of Malmö’s history, from its founding days to the present day. I love the crooked multi-coloured houses huddled together with roses clinging to the walls. I also love that for example at Lilla Torg, several of the medieval buildings are home to boutiques and restaurants, providing an opportunity to explore the inside as well! In this part of town, one can transcend centuries in a single stride!