The city center of Malmö - part 1

This part is about the historical city center of Malmö. The city center stretches from the modern triangle shaped place Triangeln, via Gustav Adolfs Torg that is a little bit more oldfashioned and actually a larger kind of square, to Stortorget (Main Square) that is Malmö´s largest square and its historical heart together with Lilla Torg (Little Square). The harbour is and the central station are situated just across a street and a canal from Stortorget. All the way from Triangeln to Stortorget, you can walk on pedestrian streets. But central Malmö is more than just the city center. Several blocks northeast of Triangeln is Värnhemstorget and Östercity is located with many shops and nice buildings (otherwise pretty dead area). Architecturally, you can find everything from historic 15th century buildings to modern highrises. The silhouttes of central Malmö can be seen in the skylines section. Some of the photos below where taken during Malmöfestivalen 2009.



Stortorget, Malmö´s largest square and historical heart. The building in the center is the majestic Town Hall (Rådhuset, not to be confused with the city hall, stadshuset). from 1547. The tall church in the background is St Petri Church. Stortorget is also sort of a financial center with many banks located there.

Stortorget with the equestrian sculpture of King Karl X Gustav.

Stortorget panorama (click to enlarge). The statue of king Karl X Gustav on his horse was erected year 1896 to celebrate the man that was considered to liberate Skåne from Denmark. The white castle like building to the right behind it is the Scandic Hotel Kramer. The Kramer stood empty for years until it was renovated in the 1990s. The town hall can be seen to the right, with St Petri church behind it. On some facades, old advertizment has been preserved. In 2009, a plan to transform the square was revealed, including a skating-rink and to move the statue to the corner. Currently (2013 the plans are un hold).

Rådhuset, the old Town Hall at Stortorget. The Dutch Renaissance facade is from the 1860s. It is a free interpretion of the original facade by the
architect Helgo Zettervall. The facades sculptures represent for Malmö important historic people like Jörgen Kock and Mattias Flensburg.

Details of Rådhuset, the Town Hall.

Stortorget with the temporary ferris wheel, that were put on place winter 2009. It is 40m high and of the same model as many new ferris wheels in European cities.
It will stand there during the renovations of the square.

The renovation of Stortorget with the statue of Karl X Gustav and the Christmas tree. To the right is Hotel Kramer.

Scandic Hotel Kramer at Stortorget. This 4 star hotel, designed like a French renaissance castle, was built in 1875.

Länsresidenset, the representation building for the major of Malmö, was built in the end of the 16th century, and is situated just next to the Town Hall.

Storgorget. Apoteket Lejonet, or Techska palatset, a renaissance building from 1896. Lejonpassagen is a passage that goes through the building (the right side). The yellow building to the left of it hosts Café Mäster Hans and the large snobbish nightclub Etage. To the right is the cinema Spegeln.

This coppar fountain at Stortorget is a popular tourist attraction.

Stortorget has recently got Malmö's first Max hamburger restaurant.

Detail of historic building at Stortorget.

Details from Stortorget with Rådhuset and Petrikyrkan.

Stortorget and the North end of the Södergatan pedestrian street. Note the restored historical ads on the left facade.



Gustav Adolfs Torg, west part. A historic square, located halfway between Triangeln and Stortorget, that now is a major bus hub in the heart of Malmö. This picture was taken during Malmöfestivalen. This particular street is sometimes called "Rivieran" because of the many white buildings.

Close-up of the west part of Gustav Adolfs Torg.

One of the globes with griffins at Gustav Adolfs Torg. Gripen is Malmö's coat of arms, and has here company with a yellow bear.

Gustav Adolfs Torg is very crowded during the Malmö festival.

The city's first McDonald's can be found in this historic building at Gustav Adolfs Torg.

Ice sculptures during christmas time outside a jugend building at Gustav Adolfs Torg.

Gustav Adolfs Torg is a square in the heart of Malmö. When it was reconstructed in the late 90s several
fountains, greenery and sculptures were made at the square. To the right in the shot is Malmö's largest H&M
store and S:t Jörgen Hotel. The two exclusive shopping gallerias Hansacompagniet and Hansagallerian and
Malmö´s first McDonald´s are also close to the square.

One of the fountains at Gustav Adolfs Torg, that can be seen with fire flames during the night.

Refurbished historic buildings at Gustav Adolfs Torg. To the right there is a cemetery.

The different cultures of Malmöfestivalen, Sweden's largest festival.

Gustav Adolfs Torg. Odd Fellowpalatset, home to the Odd Fellows order, and one of the green local buses.

View southwards from Gustav Adolfs Torg towards Södra Tullgatan.

American Store close to Gustav.


Södergatan is the pedestrian street between Gustav Adolds Torg and Stortorget. Here you can find historical buildings as well as these 2 modern glass buildings.

Historical building at the intersection Södergatan/Baltzargatan (left). To the far left is Lilla Torg.

Hotel Baltzar's iconic tower.

Baltzar City, a new controversial glass building was built right in the city center´s historic pedestrian street intersection Södergatan/Baltzargatan in 2001. The popular historic building Butterickshuset was torn down. But old meets the new, as the old buildings are mirroring into the modern office building. Baltzar City hosts TV4 and other media companies and has a small galleria with stores on the ground floor.

Södergatan seen from Stortorget. The tower is Baltzar Hotel.

Södergatan, looking towards Gustav Adolfs Torg. To the right is Åhléns City, a department store, whose exterior has been remodeled twice, now with a glass facade.
To the left is the newly renovated facade of Scandic St Jörgen Hotel.

Södergatan as seen from Gustav Adolfs Torg, with Stortorget at the end of the square. You can see the mirroring Baltzar City to the right and the new glass facade Åhléns City to the left. Biopalatset to the right is an old cinema.


S:t Petri Kyrka. At 105m it has been Malmö´s tallest building ever since it was built. But in 2004, it has finally been heavily surpassed in height by Turning Torso.
The gothic S: t Petri Church (or Petrikyrkan) is Malmö´s only cathedral and was built as in the 14th century.

Looking up S:t Petri Kyrka.

3 towers: Petri Church, Turning Torso and Savoy Hotel.

Norra Vallgatan and St Petri Church seen from the new Malmö Live complex.

Kalendegatan towards Petrikyrkan. This street has recently been turned to a pedestrian street. To the right is the grandiose (inside) Hipp theater.

Hippodromen, inaugurated in 1899 as a circus building, now a grandiose theater. The architect was Theodor Wåhlin.

Hippodrompassagen that leads from Kalendegatan to Djäknegatan.




Lilla Torg.Some of Malmö's oldest buildings can be found here. To the right is the house that hosts Form design center. To the left is the wellknown record store Folk å rock.

Lilla Torg (Little Square). Situated just next to Stortorget, this small historic square has much of an old-time feeling and is a very popular pub area.

Lilla Torg with the "touring lamp sculpture".

Faxeska huset at Lilla Torg. It was built in the 1760s. It is owned by the Faxe family, that has a vine firm.

The courtyard of Hedmanska gården, the same building that hosts Form/design center. This section is from the 18th century...

...but this part is older, from 1596. The courtyard is popular for jazz concerts. Seen from Form/design center, an exhibition center that contains craft shops and a café.

A pretty new residential building next to the historic Hedmanska gården.

Hedmanska gården and Hotel Anglais at Stortorget seen from Form/design center.

Skomakargatan that leads from Lilla Torg to the glass building Baltzar City and Baltzar Hotel.



Södra Förstadsgatan, the part of the pedestrian street that goes between Gustav Adolfs Torg and Triangeln.

Mixed historical buildings, the one in the middle is nice jugend style.

Södra Förstadsgatan above the canal, towards Triangeln. This part of Södra Förstadsgatan is the part that leads between Gustav Adolfs Torg and Triangeln.

The "blue bridge" called Kaptensbron with P-huset Anna in the background. Anna is parking garage in black glass that has become famous because it is allowed to create graffity on one of the walls on the ground floor.

"Lively people, dead buildings". Looking towards the ugly 60s midrises of Södertull and Gustav Adolfs Torg and the lively people and tents of Malmöfestivalen, that's what the name of this photo comes from.

Södertull is a popular place to relax at the sloping terrace/stairs next to the canal, despite the ugly highrises, the only commie blocks in the city center.

Södra Förstadsgatan, the part of the pedestrian street that goes between Gustav Adolfs Torg and Triangeln.

Mixed historical buildings, the one in the middle is nice jugend style.

A canal at Drottninggatan in central Malmö. Kronprinsen is in the center. All the flags are ads for Malmöfestivalen.

The atrium of the former galleria Storgatan, that was closed some years ago. The floors above theformer galleria hosts the customs office.
This building, situated on a downtown pedestrian street, was formerly known as Telia's headquarters (that now has moved to a brand new building in Västra Hamnen).



The new skyline of Hjälmarekajen, Malmö: Malmö Live, Malmö Högskola, Scandinanvian Center, the new twisted bridge, the historic yellow building and another new highrise u/c (right).

Malmö Live, the newest skyscraper of Hjälmarekajen, Malmö, (here under construction the day before christmas day 2013) will be 85m tall and have 25 floors when completed in 2015. It will be the second tallest skyscraper in Malmö when completed, and will feature the new congress center and a tall Clarion Hotel, that now is Malmö's tallest and largest hotel. Clarion has 444 rooms. Malmö Live situated at Hjälmarekajen, a harbour area between the central station, the Old Town and Västra Hamnen.

Malmö Live, Tenoren and Petrikyrkan from Malmöhus Slott.

Inside Malmö Live.

Tenoren, Malmö Live and more brand new highrises in next to the harbour area in central Malmö.

Tenoren (middle) is the latest highrise in the Malmö Live complex. It is an 19-storey residential highrise, completed in 2016.

Sopranen, another recently built (2016) residential highrise in the Malmö Live complex. The canal divides it from the old town.

World Maritime University with it's old tower and new annex in constructivist style. The building has the status as an embassy, so you have to make an appointment to be able to see the impressive atrium inside the controversial annex building.

Malmö Live from below.

Sculptures outside Malmö Live.

The tallest of Malmö Live's 3 towers will have a skybar.

Curvy promenade with quotations written in different languages below Malmö Live.

Malmö Live/Clarion hotel and World Maritime University.

Kvarter Niagara. This futuristic highrise complex will be part of Malmö Högskola university, and will feature a light atrium.

Contrast: The brand new Niagara university building and the old Svenska kyrkan (Swedish church) building.

Malmö Live and World Maritime University with its controversial annex.

World Maritime University with its controversial annex, built 2016.

Colourful new sculptures at Hjälmarekajen, a link between the central station and the university area.

Orkanen University building.

Orkanen University building has quotations in it's mirror facade. The 14-storey grey highrise in the end is brand new (built in 2016).



The Central Station in the middle, is surrounded by highrises like Turning Torso and Malmö Live.

Close-up of the station area with Malmö Live and Kv Niagara in the background.

The Central Station with Slagthuset in the background. The station was expanded when the famous train tunnel "Citytunneln" was constructed underneath the building.

Central Station in 2013. The red brick facade (left) is about to be replaced by light colours (right), the same as the original one.

The newly renovated central station with Turning Torso visible behind its tower.

Glashallen will be the new entrance building in glass for Citytunneln's main railway station. Citytunneln is a train tunnel that will make it possible to go by train benath
Malmö the whole way to Copenhagen via Öresundsbron. It will be one of 3 stations. It is inaugurated in late 2010.

The new parking garage to the central station.

The old main post office. Situated right next to the central station.

"Glasvasen", a brand new green glass office building at Carlsgatan just behind the Central Station.

Glasvasen and Slagthuset

Central Station (old and new part) and St Petri Church.

The backside of the central station with the new so called super buses passing by, heading towards Västra Hamnen!

Carlsgatan behind the station with the large Comfort Hotel to the right. There are plans to build skyscrapers along this road!

Skånepalatset (the Scanian Palace, right) from 1905 in baroque style and the Savoy Hotel (left) that was built in jugend style for the Baltic exhibition in 1914.

Savoy Hotel (left) and Skånepalatset (right), seen from the canal.

Norra Wallgatan with the Frans Suells statue and the backside of Stortorget.

Old and new courthouse buildings.

The new Tingsrätten (courthouse) building with Turning Torso behind.

The atrium inside the courthouse.

Slagthuset (The Slaughter House), Malmö´s 4th tallest highrise since 1991. Despite the name, it is a modern office building in glass integrated with a redbrick building
containing Europe´s largest nightclub.

Slagthuset. Despite outstanding skyscraper design with see-through glass, Slagthuset´s office building is not more than 63 m and 13 floors high.


A street in Gamla Väster, the Old Town, that has its own page.


If you want to look at Gamla Väster, click at the Old Town section.

If you want to know more about busy Värnhem, fashionable Rörjöstaden or the historic Östercity, click at the East Central section.

The most picturesque district in Malmö is Möllevången, or by locals called just Möllan. If you want to know more about Möllevången and Södervärn, go to the South Central section.