Copenhagen -> Malmö
One of the biggest draws of studying in Copenhagen was the prospect of traveling easily within Europe. It’s not as simple as it would be if I was located somewhere more central, say – France or Germany. But, still. Copenhagen is close enough to other places that NOT taking advantage of (1) cheap airfare, and (2) seamless borders is pretty blasphemous. And I definitely haven’t been taking advantage of it (hello, ‘ello, – Paris, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna!)
But I’d yet to do simple sightseeing in the immediate area surrounding Copenhagen. Well, on Saturday, I fixed that and finally made my way over the Øresund Bridge to SWEDEN! Malmö, to be precise.
Copenhagen is literally just a 30 minute train ride from southernmost Sweden – a quick trip over the water and you’re into an entirely different country. Such a strange concept for this California girl. It’s almost a crime that it’s taken me this long to finally make the trip over!
So when my friend Nadja suggested we do a little day trip, I was on the YES train in about 3 seconds.
Random side note: gotta love how the Copenhagen Central Station is riddled with American brands. Wooo, commercialism. I mean, Dunkin’ Donuts!? What are you doing here??
A roundtrip ticket over the bridge is around 144kr per person (if you choose the “family” ticket meant for two), or about $22 dollars.
Apparently it used to be very easy to cross the bridge in no time at all. It’s still easy, but there’s an added security step because of all the drama with the migrant crisis: you have to present your passport before boarding the train and then they check it again enroute.
No biggie for people enjoying a leisure day trip, but I can imagine it gets annoying for the people who commute over this bridge everyday for work.
And here we are, on the other side of the bridge. Can you tell we’re not in Denmark anymore?
The weather had been gorgeous all week – cold, but mostly sunny – and of course the day we decide to go to Malmö it is CRAZY FOGGY. Thanks a lot, mother nature.
Ok, so this is obviously not the prettiest part of Malmö. We ended up cutting through the rundown, creepy looking industrial section to get to the Turning Torso – a high rise residential building with awesome architecture.
It was super sketchy, but what’s exploring without a few horror movie scenes??
Besides, we were at the Turning Torso in no time.
Crazy to think people actually LIVE here.
The views must be absolutely insane. You know, on the less foggy days.
The area around the Turning Torso is filled with the tiniest, most adorable little houses.
I wanna live here!
No handholding in this area??
Privacy is overrated.
If you walk passed the houses, you get to the harbour. It was FREEZING, but so picturesque. It must be awesome in the summertime.
On the clear days you can actually see Denmark across the water.
But today it was just us, the fog, and this lonely little swan.
More Malmö adventures to come…