The city center of Malmö

This part is about central 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.

Gustav Adolfs Torg. 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.

View from Gustav Adolfs Torg towards Södra Tullgatan.

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.

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 building 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.

The pedestrian street Södergatan ends at Stortorget.

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). The tall church in the background is St Petri Church. Stortorget is also sort of a financial center with many banks located there.

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.

Residenset, the residence building to the Town Hall. The temporary ferris wheel mirroring in a historic building.

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.

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

Detail of historic building at Stortorget.

Details from Stortorget with Rådhuset and Petrikyrkan.

Lejonpassagen that leads to Kalendegatan.

Hippodrompassagen that leads from Kalendegatan to Djäknegatan.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Hotel Baltzar's iconic tower.

Södergatan 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.

Södra Förstadsgatan above the canal, towards Triangeln.

Events at the canal during Malmöfestivalen.

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 and Gustav Adolfs Torg and the lively people and tents of Malmöfestivalen, that's what the name of this photo comes from.

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.

On some facades, old advertizment has been preserved.

Hilton Malmö City at Triangeln is real landmark of Malmö. This postmodern hotel was built in 1989 as a Sheraton, and is 69m high and has 20 floors. For a while it was called Scandic Triangeln, later Hilton and in 2013 it switched the name back to Scandic. It features a large glass atrium where you can take one of the three glass enclosed elevators to the top. Triangeln is a triangular place that were tranformed completely in the late 80s. A new large shopping galleria, a new apartment building and the highrise hotel was built then. In 2013 the mall was renovated and extended and a 18-storey highrise are about to be completed behind the hotel.

This nice postmodern fountain was completed about 10 years after the highrise hotel. As you can see, the hotel's exterior has seen better days.

Triangeln. In 2013 the facade was finally cleaned and the hotel switched back to the name Scandic Triangeln - again!

The fountain in front of an older building at Triangeln.

Hilton from the back (about 2008), with the integrated Triangeln shopping mall before construction of the new highrise, the city tunneln station entrance and extention of the mall.

Kv Kaninen is a 17-storey residential highrise under construction (lthe picture is from December 2013) that is integrated with the Triangeln mall. It will be completed in 2014.

Kaninen highrise (that means "the Rabbit") from the west. It is designed to not stand out, unfortunately, by typical Swedish standards. This with help from a lowrise podium that includes the 2-storey mall, offices and apartments.

The skyline of Triangeln in 2013, with Kv Kaninen residential highrise u/c to the left, Scandic in the middle and the St Johannes Church to the right.

The skyline of Triangeln in 2013, with Kv Kaninen residential highrise u/c to the right and Scandic Hotel Triangeln to the left. Malmö Konsthall (modern art exhibition) in the center.


Hilton's atrium seen from its exterior glass panorama elevators at night.

Triangeln Köpcentrum (shopping mall) opened in 1989 as a part of the refurbishment of the Triangeln area. In 2013 the mall was extended bu about twice its size and heavily rebuilt. It originally had 78 stores, but after renovation it had about 90 stores and more are planned to open, plus 12 restaurants and cafés. It is the 4th largest shopping mall in Malmö (Empira, Entré and Mobilia are larger). The picture above shows the renovated old part.

The new part of Triangeln mall with its funky interior, situated closer to the Citytunneln undeground train station.

Looking up towards Scandic Triangeln (formerly Hilton) from Triangeln Mall, that is integrated into the mall.

Part of the 2nd floor with its sloping glass roofs. In some way it was lighter before the renovation.

Triangeln before renovation.

S:t Johannes Kyrka is situated right on the backside of Hilton and Triangeln. It is 61 meters high and was built in 1907.

Johanneskyrkan (middle), Malmö Konsthall old wing (left) and Citytunneln Triangeln North station (right).

The south entrance to Citytunneln's Triangeln station. One of 2 futuristic buildings. Click here to visit the Citytunneln section.

The interior of the south entrance ot Triangeln city tunnel station.

Citytunneln Triangeln, North entrance. Click here to visit the Citytunneln section.

Södra Förstadsgatan, between Triangeln and Gustav Adolfs Torg. Malmö´s pedestrian streets go through the whole downtown from the south to the north. I also live at Södra Förstadsgatan, but many many blocks to the south of Hilton´s back.

Yes, there are even commie block in the city center, mixed-use though. Otherwise, this is a nice place, they have recently built this stair with narrow water falls leading down to the canal, where the popular pedal boats go.

Friisgatan with its curved facades is situated between Triangeln and Möllevången.

Malmö Opera and Music Theater is situated right next to Pildammsparken and Fersens väg. Note the sculpture with fireflames in front of it. "Black Silk" is an opera based on Nighwish's music.

Fersens Väg, the closest you come to a hilly boulevard in Malmö's city center.

Intersection Fersens väg/Regementsgatan. Malmö's former prime minister Göran Persson lived here.

Kronprinsen, Sweden´s tallest residential building and Malmö´s tallest highrise until Turning Torso surpassed it. Completed in 1964, the building has 29 floors and is 82 meters tall to the mast and 75m to the roof. You can see the views from it's top floor in the "Views from Kronprinsen" section.

Kronprinsen means "the crown prince" and was the first building in Sweden to serve as a "city within the city" (John Hancock Center in Chicago was its prototype).
There is a restaurant on the top (Översten) and the ground floors contains a shopping mall. The building is not situated right in the city center, just a few blocks southwest of it. Kronsprinsen was designed by Thorsten Roos, the same architect that designed the much critized Rosengård neighbourhood.

Another view of Kronprinsen, from the backside at Regementsgatan.

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

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. It is situated at Hjälmarekajen, a harbour area close to the central station and the Old Town.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Quality Hotel Konserthuset. This complex hosts Malmö´s concert hall (home of Malmö´s famous symphony orchestra) and a 44m tall highrise hotel that was formerly, and still, known as the Scandic Crown Hotel. It was built in the late 80s.

Kvarter Mården. This relativly new residental highrise is 44m tall and is situated at the eastern beginning of downtown, in the district Lugnet.

Kvarter Davida is situated between Konserthuset (to the left) and Mården. Just a few years old, this glass and brick office building is one of my favourite modern buildings in Malmö.

The district Lugnet ("the calmness"), centrally located between Triangeln and Konserthuset, is a modern
New Yorkish residential area, that replaced the rough and bohemic, but popular art district in the 80s.

A light atrium with panorama elevators and greenery is situated in the building´s core.

The atrium of the brand new galleria Storgatan, mainly focused on fashion for people under 30. The floors above the 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).


Davidshallsgatan, a bus street between Triangeln and Gustav Adolfs Torg.

Residential area between Pildammsparken and Slottsparken.

Davidshallstorg with the green facade of the old police office building, still in use.

There are plans to remove the parking lot at Davidshallstorg since it has turned to a hip square with designer stores and cafés.

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

Regementsgatan, a nice boulevard, just west of Kronprinsen.

Nya Hovrätten (New Court of Appeal) from 2009 to the right and Malmö Högskola's modern university building to the left. Nordmills factory in the background.

This university building was one of the first buildings belonging to the university that was invented in the 1990s. It has a futuristic atrium.



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.