Weekend Breaks to Malmo
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Top 10 Things in Malmo on a Short Break
A hotel with many charming corners, frescoed ceilings, substantial-looking antiques, and elaborate draperies in some of the public areas. The comfortable, guest rooms have been upgraded, with furnishings and parquet floors that would suit a prosperous private home.
The medium-size bathrooms are equipped with shower-tub combinations.
The hotel is located on an all-pedestrian street, keeping things relatively quiet inside.
Facilities include: Breakfast room, lounge, room service, laundry/dry cleaning. Expected prices: Mon-Thurs 1,080 - 1,600SEK ($114-$170) double, Fri-Sun 850 - 1,350SEK ($90-$143) double. Rates include breakfast. Located Sodergatan 20. Tel: 040/665-5700.
For more information visit - www.baltzarhotel.se
One of the most prestigious restaurants in Malmo and built in the 1480's. In its own richly Gothic way, it has the most unusual restaurant setting in town. Menu items change with the seasons. Likely to be featured are fried monkfish with parsley butter, salmon roe, and Norwegian lobster, filet of venison (in an herb-crust with chanterelle mushrooms and juniper-berry sauce), Swedish beefsteak with red wine and potato gratin. The chocolate terrine, with cloudberry sorbet and a compote of blackberries, is delicious. Prices for main courses: 190-325SEK ($20-$34); fixed-price lunch 150-280SEK ($16-$30); fixed-price dinner 320-450SEK ($34-$48). Reservations are recommended. Located Frans Suellsgatan 3. Tel: 040/23-09-10.
From May to September, locals head for the Park. It offers sprawling amusement grounds and pleasure gardens, dancing pavilions, vaudeville performances, and open-air concerts. Children will enjoy the puppet theater, a reptile center, playhouse, and a small zoo. There is also restaurants on the grounds. Hours are daily from 3pm to midnight in summer, noon to 6pm in winter. Admission is free; however, some performances require an admission price of 50 to 110SEK ($5.30-$12). Located Amiralsgatan 35. Tel: 040/709-90.
Nordic arts and crafts are sold here. You will find Viking jewelry (in pewter, bronze, silver, and gold), and traditional pendants, bracelets, and knives. They also sell handicrafts from Swedish Lapland. Located Davidshallstorg 7. Tel: 040/97-49-60.
Juvelerare Hugo Nilsson - Established in 1927, this shop features some of the most famous names in Danish jewelry making, including Georg Jensen, Rauff, and Ole Lynggaard. Jewelry by Finnish designers (such as Lapponia) is also sold here. Located Sodra Tullgatan 2. Tel: 040/12-65-92.
Roda Traden - You will find clothes designed by the well-known designer Maria Haid, plus handicrafts and souvenirs. There is a selection of unique ceramics, studio-designed glass, bronze and silver jewelry, and decorative tiles. On the top floor is an art gallery. Located Adelgatan 5. Tel: 040/23-70-46.
Silverbergs i Malmo - This famous store has a stunning collection of glassware, crystal, furniture, and gifts. Located Baltzarsgatan 31. Tel: 040/740-80.
Founded in the 15th century, and rebuilt by Christian III in the 16th century. The castle houses the City Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Aquarium and Tropicarium, and the Konstmuseet, in what once was a prison. The latter contains a collection of old artworks by Scandinavian masters. The collection of Russian oil paintings from around 1900 (the largest collection outside Russia), is most interesting. It also houses some modern art and good samples of Swedish furniture and textiles. Admission cost 40SEK ($4.25) for adults, 10SEK ($1.05) for children 16 and under. The site is located west of Stortorget, on Malmohusvagen. Tel: 040/341-000.
A military museum and a piece of history in its own right. The museum displays military artifacts and equipment. The site is located across the street from the castle of Kommendanthuset.
Teknik-Och Sjofartsmuseet - The Museum of Technology exhibits the ancient means of communication, as well as the submarine U-3. Technical history from the steam engine to the jet can be traced, and the children's department even has a pirate ship. In summer, an old-fashioned tramway is in operation. The museum is located on Malmohusvagen, near the Kommendanthuset.
The Vagnmusset - Housed in the former military horse stable at Drottningtorget, the Carriage Museum displays carriages from the 18th century, coaches, and cycles. An interesting exhibition, not to be missed.
The museums are open daily from noon to 4pm. Buying a ticket, costing 40SEK ($4.25) for adults, 10SEK ($1.05) for children 16 and under, admits you to all sites mentioned above (if visited on the same day).
St. Peter's Church, lies a block east of the Radhus. This Gothic church originated in the 14th century, and was modeled on Marienkirche, a famous church in Lubeck (Germany). The church's most stunning feature is its Kramarkapellet from the 1400s. Amazingly, the original artwork remained. Noticeable is the New Testament figures, surrounded by decorative foliage, on the vaulted ceiling. The tall retable (1611) and a masterly carved black limestone and sandstone pulpit (1599), add to the splendour of this site. The pulpit and octagonal baptismal font (1601) are the works of master craftsman, Daniel Tommisen. The church is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free. Located on Goran Olsgatan. Tel: 040/35-90-40.
One of the country's most outstanding art museums. What had been an electricity-generating station at the turn of the 20th century, was converted into this elegant museum (in 1988). It was the idea of an art collector, Fredrik Ross (1951-91), whose desired to showcase modern art movements, through a series of thematic exhibitions and shows. The exhibitions are international in scope, but particularly strong on Nordic art. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm, and the cost is 40SEK ($4.25).Located on Gasverksgatan 22. Tel: 040/121-716.
Founded, in 1530, as a fortress and later partially converted into an Italian-style palace. It houses a museum of paintings, furnishings, and tools (dating primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries). The museum is open April through June and September through December, Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Admission to the castle is 40SEK ($4.25) for adults and 20SEK ($2.10) for children. The establishment is located between Malmo and Ystad, and is owned by the Svaneholm Castle Cooperative Society Ltd. For information, write Svaneholm Museum, S-274 00 Skurup. Tel: 0411/400-12.
There is also a restaurant on site, serving regional specialties. Tel: 0411/450-40.
The best replica of a British Pub, found at the Savoy Hotel. They serve some of the best and coldest beer in town, and there is always a congenial crowd. Attendees tend to be over 35.
A capable kitchen staff serves traditional pub lunches and there is a varied menu to choose from.
Main courses cost from 100 to 165SEK ($11-$17), and beverage prices are reasonable. Located on Norra Vallgatan 62. Tel: 040/702-30.
Turning Torso and Västra Hamnen - Tourist Attraction
A new district in the city most famous for Turning Torso, the twisting skyscraper designed by Santiago Calatrava. A walk in the area with its closeness to the sea and the special architecture accompanied by a visit to the many cafés and restaurants is highly recommended, especially in the summertime.
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