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We spent some time in Malmö, Sweden (which was originally part of Denmark in the earlier centuries). The main reason why I egged my husband to go was because I really wanted to see the Øresund Bridge. After watching the Discovery Channel on how the bridge was made, I've included it in my list of places to go to.

The journey from Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmö, Sweden aboard the Öresundtåg took approximately 35 minutes including stops (cars can cross the bridge too). The bridge is about 8 kilometers from the artificial island of Peberholm to Sweden. From Amager in Denmark to Peberholm is about 4 kilometers which is a tunnel so you would not see the sea from here. The Øresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. It really is a megastructure. My husband bought our tickets from a 7-Eleven store in the Hillerod Train Station for DKK344 or PHP2752 or US$65 (2 pax from Kobenhavn H or the Copenhagen Central Station to Malmö and back). 

The Øresund Bridge as seen from Copenhagen 

Tourist Tip: Trains cross the Øresund Bridge between Kobenhavn H and Malmö Central Station 24 hours everyday - every 20 minutes during the day and once per hour from 11PM to 6AM. There is no border or passport control. You can also cross the bridge by car or by bus which would be more scenic I suppose.

It was raining when we got out of the Malmö Central Station and we did not bring an umbrella. Christian and I sat in one of the sheds and talked about which way to go first because frankly we did not have a plan on what to do and where to go. I pointed to the east and so we started walking under the rain. Haha! After a few steps, I saw a tourist office so I told my husband that we should visit it to get a guide. Luckily we found a map with suggested places to visit. Well hello spontaneous travelling!

Malmö has many wonderful buildings but not as tall as the ones in Singapore, Manila or Hong Kong. The city's old charm is unemposing but you will feel at home quite easily. I can only imagine the sweetness of sunshine if it wasn't raining the day we were there.

Malmö Post Office, Green Matmarknad, The Turning Torso, Office Building, World Trade Center

We never took any public transportation while in Malmö. We just walked, walked and walked. I did a lot of walking on this trip though maybe all the calories I lost walking, I also gained eating. We preferred to walk Malmö because we really have no idea where to go. We never researched in advance. We also did not have any preference what part of the city we should stay longer. While we were walking we saw a river. I suppose the water was clean because it was clear (it didn't look disgusting and murky at all - sana ganito din mga ilog sa Pilipinas - walang basura, hindi mabaho).

We decided to get inside the Teknikens och Sjöfartens hus or the Malmö Technical Museum. Here we played with light, sound and other interactive children's knowledge workshop. There were a lot of kids that time because it was a Sunday. On another floor, there was a motorcycle and car exhibit and another floor housed trains and a submarine. Museum Fee: SEK40 or about PHP260 per person. 

We then went to visit the Malmöhus Castle. It is the oldest surviving renaissance castle. The castle was used as a house for kings and queens and other dignitaries in the mid16th century. It was also used as a prison between 1828 and 1909. It became a museum in 1937. Museum Fee: Gratis/Free

Huge thanks to my husband for bringing me to Malmö. We also planned to visit my friend in Linköping but we ran out of time and we had to go back to Copenhagen. We will plan a longer trip to Sweden when we come back for sure. We just had a little bit and we want more... 

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