Monday, January 14, 2013

Malmo, Sweden

28th October 2012

It was two years ago when I was in Paris, I saw a Eurolines bus to Oslo, Norway. I was surprised as the distance between the two cities over land was nearly 5,000 km!! North Sea and Baltic Sea separates the countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland. Going by land means crossing over to Russia, move northwards in Finland and finally go down to Oslo. It was too much of a journey for people travelling on bus. Later I did little bit of browsing to find out that a bridge connects between Europe and Scandinavia reducing the distance by thousands of kilometres.

When I decided to visit Copenhagen, I was surprised to find that the bridge was in Copenhagen. Known as Oresund Bridge (├śresund), it is a combination of 8km bridge and a 4 km tunnel connecting the cities of Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmo in Sweden.

Train from Copenhagen takes just 20 minutes to cover this distance. We would have preferred a bus as it gives better views but unfortunately the public bus does not run on Sundays. So we settled for train journey.

Malmo is a small town but what impressed us was the cleanliness of the place. I had been to several places but Sweden seems to be the neatest country (My observation only).

Malmo castle is one of the attractions of the town.

Near the castle is a windmill.

Turning Torso, the highest Skyscraper is Sweden is another attraction. This is the view from the harbor area.

The green area next to the sea.

The sea itself is very clear in harbor area.

Oresund Bridge seen from Harbour area.

Look at the railway station at Malmo. It looks traditional from outside (Like our Mysore railway station) but completely modern inside. That is typical of European countries.


R Niranjan Das said...

Wonderful photos!

Srikanth Manjunath said...

Very very nice presentation, super photos, tit bit information makes this blog an interesting one!

pc said...

Your perfect captures are adding on my interest to visit this place.very well narrated and informative too.

Anu said...

Lovely Photos. It's amazing to note that a land journey has to take such a long route. Why can't they use the bridge, and travel enroute Denmark?
Travelling to Scandinavian countries is in my travel list, and I've heard all praise about Copenhagen and Swedish and Norwegian towns. Pictures of Malmo castle and the windmill are so gorgeous!

Aravind GJ said...

Niranjan, Srikanth, Padmini
Thanks for the comments.

The route shown in the map is the one I imaged that time. But all vehicles use either bridges/ferries along Denmark route.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Very interesting... Very beautiful pictures and write up is also good...

Aravind GJ said...

Thanks for the comments!!