08/05/2011 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

The impressive Øresund Bridge and the Drogden Tunnel connect Denmark and Sweden. The overall structure combines a twin track railway and a dual carriageway. The first part of the journey (if you are coming from Copenhagen) involves travelling though the 4km long tunnel to the artificially created Peberholm island which sits in the middle of the strait. From there the nearly 8km long bridge completes the connection to the Swedish mainland.

During the construction of the bridge 16 unexploded World War II bombs were found, but in spite of this the build was completed ahead of schedule.

Upon arriving at Malmö Central Station we realised that we would have to make a 3km walk to the hostel. Taking the bus was simply not an option partly because we only had Danish Krone, Euros and a £10 note, but also because we had no idea which bus to take. Neither of us wanted to risk “winging it” and instead find ourselves at the local branch of Ikea.

The walk to the hostel was pretty much in a straight line, which made everything seem much further away than it probably was. There also seemed to be very little in the way of stand out features.

What with the heavy weight of our rucksacks it took us a good hour to find the hostel which looked to be located next to the main carriageway leading into Malmö.

For the first time on the tour Chris and I were given a room to ourselves. This allowed us to get some serious clothes washing done in the sink and then hang our things up all around the room without getting any disapproving looks from fellow travellers.

Later in the evening we made the long walk back into town in search of something good to eat. We settled on a place called Mello Yellow located in Lilla Torg (Little Square). The restaurant had been recommended by the Lonely Planet travel guide so we were expecting the food to be pretty good. Although it was a cold evening we were still able to sit outside because of the excessive number of outdoor heaters that had been deployed. You could sense that they were probably melting a rather large hole in the ozone layer. Being close to the ocean we decided that fish would be an excellent option. Chris settled for a Tuna steak whilst I went for a Salmon fillet. Both turned out to be excellent choices and were washed down nicely with a couple of “pints” of Falcon Export.

After the meal we headed inside where we were able to watch the Manchester United vs Shalke match and drink some more depressingly expensive beer. It’s amazing how long you can make a drink last when it costs £6.

The next morning, following a hearty breakfast, we headed into town to see what (if anything) Malmö had to offer. Out first stop was to take in the Turning Torso skyscraper located on the City coastline. The building is a 190m tall residential tower block and is so called because of the upwards spiral design it adopts.

The Turning Torso residential tower block.

From there we took a stroll along the beach. Apart from the occasional dog walker or jogger the place was largely deserted and all of the ice cream huts were closed. I’ve no idea what tourism is like in Malmö but I can’t imagine the beach gets busy even in the height of summer.

We took a walk out along one of the piers. The water was surprisingly clean and very shallow. In England you expect to find tyres, plastic bottles and tesco’s carrier bags bobbing about in the water. Stood out on the pier you can look out across the bay and get a reasonable view of the Øresund Bridge. We took the opportunity to put our limited photographic skills to the test by taking some “edgy” low angle shots of the pier and the beach. If only I had photoshop installed on my netbook I could have turned the pictures black and white, or sepia and added a touch of lens flare here and there to make them look even more “cool”.

It's hip to take photographs

From looking at the map we estimated that the Øresund Bridge was probably another 5 or 6km away and wisely decided against making the journey. Instead we headed back towards the town centre in search of something to drink. On the way we passed through one of Malmö’s rather attractive parks. Chris and I decided that all parks can instantly be improved with the introduction of a lake or large pond.

We arrived in the centre and headed for a corporate chain coffee shops as we assumed it would be cheaper than going to an independent retailer. I’m all for using independent retailers but not when they insist on charging comedy prices. Anyway, our assumptions about the “lower” prices were correct and we spent the next 4 hours drinking lattes and putting the world to rights.

Malmö is a fairly average place. There is nothing to dislike about it but there also isn’t anything which particularly stands out about it. It just exists.

The hostel we stayed in was great, the food was excellent and the Swedish people are friendly and welcoming. These things said I can have very little to complain about.


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