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Favorite thing: Pildammsparken (the Willow Lake Park) is the largest park in Malmö. It was laid out in connection with the Baltic exhibition that was held here in 1914. One remnant of this exhibition is Margaretapaviljonen (Crown Princess Margareta's pavilion).
This large park features large ponds, open lawns and groves, flower alley, Queen Silvia’s rose garden and many natural bird ponds. In the southern end of the park is an open-air theatre that houses performances and concerts during the summer.
See my travelogue for more photos from Pildammsparken.
Park is situated south of Malmö Opera house, you can walk from the centre or take buses 11 or 20.
Favorite thing: Bulltoftaparken is large recreational area in western outskirts of Malmö, designed in early 1980s in the area of former Malmö’s Bulltofta airport. The size of the park is 75 hectares, and it is a green oasis surrounded by Malmö’s residential suburbs, some light industry and big shopping centres.
The park is divided into three zones: Natural zone with natural biotopes, arboretum-like Park zone and Sports & recreational zone. It features lakes and meadows, natural woods areas and is well connected with pedestrian trails and running paths.
The park received Swedish landscape architecture prize.
Bulltoftaparken can be reached from Inre Ringvägen ring road (turn to Sallerupsvägen) or take bus no. 22 (direction Svågertorp) or 12E (direction Riseberga), 12C (direction Kvarnby) from the centre.
Favorite thing: Ankarparken (or The Canal Park, as it is also referred) is the urban park designed by danish landscape architect Stig L. Andersson west of the Bo01 Expo area. It is conceived around the canal that has saltwater from the sea and is continually circulated. The paths in the park are made of asphalt and wood, laid in order to form a pattern that seldom takes you on the shortest, but probably the most exciting route. The paths are raised as they pass by the marshy and wet areas, to keep your feet dry.
The park has lots of different interacting biotopes, each constituting a miniature eco-system of its own, and these include an alder marsh, an oak grove and a beech grove. In addition to the various biotopes, the plant life consists mainly of grass: high, lush grass, low hills and traditional lawns. The park's biotope theme is part of Malmö's project for using the city's parks as outdoor classrooms for educational purposes.
See more pictures in my travelogue.
Favorite thing: Scaniaparken is a waterfront park north of Daniaparken, in the Västra Hamnen area. It is more natural in its concept, with less design features, and fulfills one of the aims of the transformation of this once industrial area into an attractive environment for people from the whole region. It is nice place for walking or jogging along the Öresund Strait.
See my travelogue for more photos.
Daniaparken & Sundspromenaden
Favorite thing: Sundspromenaden starts as a waterfront promenade of Bo01 Expo housing area in Västra Hamnen, and gradually continues into Daniaparken further to the north. Wooden deck on Sundspromenaden is great to watch the sunsets over Öresund strait, admire the view to the Öresund bridge; feel the sea and the wind…
The area being exposed to all the powers of the nature, it is no surprise that the theme of Daniaparken are Senses. It ends with the Big Ramp which leads up to the Stone Table - an open site and good viewpoint.
The parks and the area were created at the beginning of the new Millennium, marking Malmö’s transition from the industrial centre to post-industrial era.
See my travelogue for more photos.
Favorite thing: Öresundsparken is situated between Ribersborg neighbourgood and Ribersborg beach park. It was created in 1920s, and features formal part with straight-lined trees as well as natural area around narrow lakes.
It's a nice place for walking, resting or finding shade during the summer, and makes a great transition between the quiet neighbourhood and active beach open to the weather changes of the Strait.
Favorite thing: Park along Kungsgatan is one of the parks in residential parts of Malmö. It was established in the 1930s, together with the neihgbourhood. It is a long avenue-like park with St.Pauli Kyrka, six-cornered central-plan church dating from 1882 situated in the middle of the park.
On the photo is Jonas Froding's statue "Flora" from 1936.
Kungsgatan is easily reachable from the city centre - follow the canal on the south of the centre towards west - Kungsgatan is parallel with the Drottninggatan (the street directly on the canal.
Kungsparken & Slottsparken
Favorite thing: Kungsparken (the King’s Park) is park around Malmöhus Castle, the oldest renaissance castle in Scandinavia built in 1437. The castle had its glory days in 16th century when the Danish kings used it as their residence. The King’s Park was the first large park opened to the public in Malmö in 1872 by the Swedish King Oscar II. The park is filled with flowers, rare trees and shady avenues. It is connected with the bridges over canal with the Slottsparken.
Slottsparken (the Castle Park) was opened in 1900 and was designed as an open-air park with large green spaces. It features large wooded areas with lawns and ponds typical of 19th century landscape gardening, as well as many different sculptures, a small Japanese garden and a birds colony close to one of the park’s lakes.
Slottsträdgården (the Castle Garden) behind Malmöhus Castle is an organic garden, created a few years ago by a British gardener. It is open to the public all year round, with a small café open during the summer season. You can buy plants and flowers, get some advice on gardening or just enjoy the beautiful setting of the garden.
A.R's General Tip
Fondest memory: It is not hard to understand why Malmö is often called 'a city of parks'. Kungsparken, Slottsparken, Pildammsparken and Beijers Park are situated right in the middle of the city, like green oases. Take the opportunity to visit them while here. Enjoy a bit of theatre, some music or - in the summer - a music festival.
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