Malmo Castle

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Malmo Castle showing interior views and a castle

This 15th-century fortress is a former Danish stronghold and the home of museums dedicated to natural and cultural history. 

Malmo Castle is Sweden’s oldest remaining Renaissance castle. Come to learn about Malmo’s cultural past and visit an aquarium and traditional fish market.

The castle was constructed by King Eric of Pomerania in 1436, then rebuilt by King Christian III of Denmark in the 1530s. Although little of the original castle remains, history enthusiasts will appreciate its historical significance. Its original purpose was to protect the west side of the city and control shipping trade in the Oresund strait. In the late 1500s, Danes used the castle as a prison for James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary Queen of Scots. In the 19th century, beheadings took place in the castle’s courtyard.

Rent an audio guide for a small fee to learn about the castle’s history. Allow two hours to complete this self-guided tour, which includes an exhibition on 17th-century wars between Sweden and Denmark. If you are visiting in summer, join the free guided tour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Go inside City Museum (Stadsmuseum) to learn about the cultural history of Malmo. Visit the Knight’s Hall to see royal paraphernalia from late Medieval to Renaissance periods, which include items from St. Canute’s guild. Younger visitors can enjoy spotting stuffed animals in the Natural History Museum. These include 12,000 birds, a giraffe and foxes. There is also a small aquarium with coral reefs and exotic fish.

Outside, don’t miss the Fiskehoddorna, a collection of fisherman’s huts built in the 1800s. Local fishermen sell fish here from Tuesday to Saturday.

The castle is situated on the north side of Kungsparken and Castle Park, a short walk from Malmo’s city center. Pay-and-display parking is available in front of the castle. In the summer a tram runs from the castle to Malmo City Library in Castle Park. Visit the official Malmo Tramway website for a timetable and ticket prices.

Malmo Castle is open daily, except some public holidays. Complete opening hours are available at the Museums section of the official Malmo Stad website. The castle’s admission fee covers entrance to the museums. Admission is free for visitors under 19 years old.

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