City Hall & Stortorget, Malmö
Other than looking out for the nightingale at the tip of the fountain, look out for another historic marker of Malmö, the bronzy-green statue of King Karl X Gustav in Stortorget. Like any other royal European statue, this chap is green and on horseback. So what's the big deal you might ask? A helluvabig deal if you consider that this Swedish King took back Malmö from the Danes in 1658. Malmö, along with the southern parts of Sweden, actually belonged to Denmark.
Did you see the nightingale? If not, here's a better picture of the impressive Malmö City Hall (built in 1546) in Stortorget . You can see the nightingale at the tip of the fountain. Though it is ornate, the town hall still looks more impressive when it's illuminated at night. You can find it along the east side of the square.
Right after Liz and I dropped off at Malmö( mahl-mer) Central Station, we shed off our gigantic backpacks in lockers and wandered about with our daypacks. The first place that we wandered to was the Renaissance-era square called Stortorget. Dominating Stortorget was the red-bricked town hall or Rådhuset. Though there were interior tours, Liz and I gave it a miss since this won't be the last town hall we'll be looking at in Scandinavia. What captured our interest was the fountain on Stortorget. If you look very carefully, you can find a nightingale (an ancient symbol of Malmö) and a water-fountain to quench your thirst.
Immediately outside of Stortorget I started to walk down the pedestrian mall and found this amusing little group of musicians. I do not know a lot about them, how designed them or anything. But I do know that they made me smile and we a nice welcome to the pedestrian walkway.
Along with a City Hall, most cities I have visited have a large central city square. Although this is common in Europe it is not as common at home in the United States. So I am always interested in the city squares when I visit a city. And what would a city square be without some sort of equestrian statue.
Stortorget, Malmo's city square, is 12,000 square meters and is used for big events in the city. It is Malmo's oldest square. It was constructed in 1530 by Jorgen Kock. You will find this statue of King Karl X in the the square. Historically King Karl X made Skane Swedish in 1658.
Someone was not paying attention to what they were doing on the day I arrived. If you look at the flags in front of City Hall you will see that one of them is flying upside down. These are the kind of little things I love to take photo's of to remember. They make the trip more memorable when I look back on them later.
Every city I have been to when traveling in Europe has some kind of city hall. Some are beautiful, some not so beatiful. The one pictured here in Malmo is very attractive and ornate. It is located in the city's oldest square Stortorget. i was constructed in 1546 but has had many renovations over the years. As you can see, the day I arrived the sky was bright and sunny. The flags were waving in the air. But wait...look a little closer. Click on the picture for an enlarged view. Do you notice anything unusual?
Nothing beats Stockholm and Sigtuna as far as city halls in Sweden go but this one is a close third. Just don't think that this is where the local council clerks have their offices. No, they're hidden in a monstrous concrete thing near the Concert Hall these days as the city has far outgrown this representation hall. When it was still a city hall (with a slightly different facade), it was lent to king Gustav IV Adolf for a year 1806-07, as he thought Malm? a far superior location to Stockholm in times of continental wars (and never liked Stockholm anyway) and chose to move the court here, effectively making Malm? the capital of Sweden for a year! :-) However, his family loathed the provincial small town and its agricultural squares and misty weather and the 5 000 strong population of Malm? never saw much of the royals. In the end, the king lost all Swedish German lands the year after and was forced to abdicate before being expatriated...
Today, you can also dine in style in the Rådhuskällaren restaurant with its vaults. One of the classier places in the city.
Directions: You shouldn't miss it if you walk from the Central station.
Malmo has various bronze sculptures all around the town. The most famous seems to be The Optimistic Orchestra (Optimistorkestern) of the artist Yngve Lundell. It is a tribute to Lech Walesa and Martin Luther King.
Directions: The Optimistic Orchestra stands at the beginning of the pedestrianised Sodergatan, just in front of Malmo's oldest pharmacy (Apoteket Lejonet).
Stortorget is the main square of Malmo. It is surrounded by a number of interesting buildings such as the City Hall, the Residence and the Old Pharmacy Lejonet. Moreover a statue of King Karl X is placed on the square.
A second square called "Lilla Torg" was build in 1590 when Stortorget wasn't big enough for Malmo's trade. Nowadays Lilla Torg is one of Malmo's meeting places with many restaurnats, outdoor cafes and pubs.
Directions: Both Stortorget and Lilla Torg are located next to each other in the heart of Malmo's city centre.
The City Hall (Radhuset) of Malmo is an impressive late Gothic style building of the Middle Ages.
It was originally built in 1546, but has been modified several times. The current appearance is from 1864-69.
Directions: The City Hall stands on the oldest square of Malmo (Stortorget).
The Apoteket Lejonet Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacies from the turn of the 20th century. The building dates from the 1890s.
Directions: Right along by the City Hall
Malmo has a lot to offer, whether it's the shops or lovely streets with beautiful architecture, like this oldest pharmacie in town.
On Sodergatan close to Stortorget there is a group of bronze sculptures of musicians, look really good!!