What to do with a few hours in Malmö?
I had been on a boozy weekend in Copenhagen, having met up with friends from Scotland, the USA, Canada and Denmark, which was the mid-point and a nice stopover when travelling from Hamburg into Sweden.
The train from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes a slightly more direct route than I had expected. It heads north east past Lübeck before boarding a ferry – the train actually boards the ferry – then continuing on to Copenhagen.
I took this journey around the same time there was a large increase in the number of people fleeing Middle Eastern countries, aiming to find a new home in Europe. Sweden is a country that was welcoming greater numbers of people than most and the direct train route from Germany to Sweden is from Hamburg, via Copenhagen to Malmö. There were large numbers of people on this journey from Hamburg Hbf.
For anyone who has travelled and read centralised travel advice, they will know it can often be taken with a pinch of salt. That isn’t to say people need not be weary of travelling, but the risk of trouble often seems to be overstated. Before visiting Hamburg and travelling on to Malmö this time around, I had read many comments online of the state that Malmö is in. That the central areas are like camps and that it wasn’t safe to walk the streets. This wasn’t official advice; it was anecdotal from people who wrote as if they were knowledgeable.
Arriving in Malmö on the short train trip from Copenhagen, it was apparent that there were many displaced people looking for a new home. Outside of the station was a large “welcome” sign, and it directed people to a makeshift area where it looked like there was some temporary accommodation. It was all low key and extremely peaceful.
Later on the same trip I would see people in a similar situation all the way through into Northern Sweden and onward to Northern Norway, as far as Tromsø. The circumstances leading to this are unimaginable to many of us and the kind of culture shock of moving from a familiar home with friends and family in the Middle East to well within the Arctic Circle – where the sun won’t even rise for a period during winter – is something we can only hope we never experience ourselves.
Malmö itself is entirely pleasant. It was a quiet Sunday morning when I visited and the plan was to get breakfast, see a bit of the town centre and surrounding area and then grab lunch and some beers. I was heading to Norrköping that evening while my last-remaining friend from the Copenhagen weekend was heading home to the UK.
The time of year, and it being a Sunday, meant the city centre remained fairly quiet throughout the day. The choice of bars was above expectations – with the Malmö Brewing Co Taproom and the bottle selection at the Bishops Arms being the best we found.
As per usual, I had my camera with me but took very few photos, and on a dull day where I wasn’t really looking for interesting shots, I ended up with a small selection of sub-standard photos. These are the best of them.
If you’re travelling from Copenhagen into Sweden then Malmö is a nice, easy stop you can make. It would be rude not to!