Founded in 1434 by the King of Pomerania, Malmo Castle was partially demolished in the early 16th century and later rebuilt by King Christian III of Denmark. Long an important strategic stronghold for Denmark, the castle also served as a prison for the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Today, it stands as Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle and has been restored to its appearance in the 16th century. Visitors exploring the castle will find furnished state rooms, a variety of historical exhibitions and sheriff’s quarters that showcase the darker history of the castle such as the plague and methods used to execute prisoners. Look for a 17th century bible that once belonged to Danish King Christian IV and a display that traces Malmo’s development over the years from a small settlement to an important fort town.
Adjacent to the castle are several museum galleries that were added in the 1930s, focusing on natural history, photo exhibitions and Nordic art.
Malmo Castle is located just west of the Old Town, less than a 15-minute walk from the Malmo Central Station. Visitors can also take bus 2, 7 or 8 to the Malmo Hogskolan stop and then walk down Slottsgatan to Malmohusvagen. A single admission ticket lets you into both Malmo Castle and the museum galleries, so visitors can easily spend most of the day.