3 days in Sweden
Hi everyone! How is your week going so far?
For today's Travel Week post, I'll be talking about my trip to Sweden. We visited the southern region of Skåne, and it was a lot of fun! We visited smaller cities than I'm used to in Europe, and I could definitely see myself living in one of these areas. Read on to see where we slept, ate and explored!
First, a few facts:
-Skåne (or Scancia) County is the southernmost county in Sweden. The largest municipality in this region is Malmö, and Lund is the third largest (these are the two cities I visited).
-The Øresund Bridge connects Sweden and Denmark and is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. It's an incredible-looking bridge, and the train we took was the quietest I've ever experienced! It was amazing!
-Valborg is an annual festival that celebrates the start of spring. While we were in Lund, there were tons of parties, concerts, outdoor drinking and bonfires. It was a huge event that included both students and families. We went to the university area, and there were choirs singing songs welcoming spring and everyone wore white caps. You can read more about it and see a picture of the festivities below!
-The main source of transportation is the bicycle. In Malmo especially, the biking system was incredible. There were thousands of bikers out and bike paths lined every road. There were stop lights and stop signs specifically for the bikers, and even garbage cans angled for easy disposal while riding. I was amazed by the sheer number of bikers out (Copenhagen and other European cities I've visited didn't even compare!)
SleepIn Malmo, we stayed at the Scandic St Jorgen. I loved this hotel and would highly recommend it! The hotel was close to the train station and near the central shopping areas. Included with your stay is a breakfast buffet which was phenomenal. There were lots of vegetarian, gluten-free and organic options, as well as a juicer and blender. It was the best breakfast I've ever had from a hotel!
EatLilla Kafferosteriet was my favorite (one of the popular chains was Espresso House, which was also great). This cafe was made up of small rooms, filled with mis-matched furniture and large windows. It felt like I was at a friend's place for a cup of coffee and loved the cozy atmosphere! The drinks were also beautiful and tasted great.
For dinner, we ate both nights in Lilla Torg, a touristy square in the center of town that is a must-see. There are lots of different options (even a TGI Friday!). We tried out Moosehead and Mello Yellow. Moosehead specializes in burgers, which were huge and delicious. Mello Yellow (above) serves traditional Swedish food, which I enjoyed!
In Lund, we visited the supermarket- Coop. It was HUGE and had such a wide variety of fresh foods. I like to cook as often as possible when I'm traveling, so we didn't actually stop in any restaurants in Lund. I would highly recommend checking out supermarkets and putting together a picnic while you're enjoying a new city.
ExploreMalmo Castle and Kungsparken, and we spent a lot time walking around the park. The grounds were so beautiful- full of small lakes, manicured paths, different types of flowers and trees, and tons of birds. It was such a beautiful and peaceful area that I couldn't help but spend hours wandering around and even went on a few runs through the endless paths! The castle itself is now home to a few museums, and is one of the more interesting buildings I've seen.
Turning Torso - an incredible-looking building close to the Sound in Malmo. We spent some time walking around the area and followed the beach back down to our hotel. The building itself is very striking, and is the tallest skyscraper in the Nordic countries at 54 stories! If you're interested in seeing how the Turning Torso was built, the construction of part of this building was featured on Discovery Channel's Extreme Engineering.
Pildammsparken. This one featured a huge lake (Pildammarna) as well as an outdoor gym and lots of beautiful gardens and open fields. There were a lot of runners out jogging around the lake, and even more birds! There's also an outdoor stage- it would be a perfect setting for an evening concert!
cathedral. It's a huge, formidable building that was just as stunning on the inside. There is also a huge astronomical clock that was built in 1380, and stored from 1837 to 1923.
I hope you enjoyed a quick peak into my trip to Sweden! It was a lot of fun, and I hope to go back one day to experience Stockholm and northern Sweden. I love the atmosphere and the attitudes of the locals- resourceful, respectful and active. I definitely learned a lot while I was there (mostly from my friend Steve, who's studying Industrial Environmental Economics. He taught Dan and I a ton about how to be less wasteful and healthier!)
Have you ever visited Sweden? What was your experience like?
What is your favorite thing to do when visiting new cities?