“We can go to Malmö when we visit Copenhagen,” John said to me, as he went online to book our flight. “It’s linked by a bridge and only 30 minutes by train.”
“Great!” I was delighted and my voice raised in excitement. “It’s the one featured in the TV series The Bridge, isn’t it?”
If you are a Scandic-Noir fan, and intelligentsia like us, who could forget the fabulous Scandinavian crime drama television series The Bridge (Danish: Broen; Swedish: Bron) which had gripped us when it was shown on BBC 4? The opening scene was a body of a politician being discovered in the middle of Øresund Bridge. In my view and many other viewers, the two main characters, the somewhat autistic Malmo police detective Saga Norén, and Martin Rohde, her Danish counterpart, are wonderful creations. No wonder the Nordic Noire has attracted phenomenal responses in recent years.
Obviously we did not expect to find any bodies when we crossed the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe on a sunny, early Autumn day. What we saw from the fast moving train was the shimmering of the sea and a row of shining wind turbines.
As the third largest Swedish city and in its post-industrial era, Malmö is a lovely city, especially on a crisp, warm and bright day, with beautiful blue sky and white puffy clouds. We located our hotel in the centre, minutes away from the train station, on a cobbled pedestrian street. There was no need to buy a pass as most sights are within walking distance.
A lovely walk around the castle park, we saw some fabulous modern art in both Malmö Castle and Moderna Museet . Of course, we had to pay a visit to the Turning Torso, a skyscraper with a twisting design. At 190 metres tall, the majority of which residential, it is Malmö’s landmark building, also the tallest in Northern Europe.
To me, the best thing about Malmö is the sea and the sunset. I was determined that we would witness the sunset, following the near miss on our first evening. Thankfully we picked a perfect day and we were rewarded with the most amazing feast of Nature.
How can I describe the awesome display of a natural wonder? Pictures speak a thousand words so I shall leave you with the stunning visual aid. Aren’t they some of the best sunsets over the beautiful Baltic?