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For some reason my family has always been very fond of Scandinavia, so naturally I wanted to go there too and see what it was all about.
As my first Nordic destination I picked Stockholm back in 2008. Needless to say I followed the family tradition and immediately fell in love with the place! I've been back many times since and have also traveled to Finland, Norway & Denmark. Something I really love about Sweden is the simple beauty that seemingly surrounds everything: the cities, the architecture, fashion - I mean there's a reason why Scandinavian Design is a global trend these days - just think IKEA and H&M!
Two of my favorite cities in Scandinavia are Malmö & Göteborg.
Malmö is in Skåne, a county in the very South of Sweden. The easiest way to get there is to fly into Copenhagen/Denmark and then take the train from the airport straight into Malmö. The journey itself is pretty spectacular as you're going across the uber-cool Øresund bridge which connects Denmark and Sweden. The ride takes just about 30 minutes and starts in a tunnel before you suddenly come out on the bridge and are surrounded by water - it's pretty awesome! If you're renting a car you can also drive on the bridge yourself.
Malmö is a hip multi-cultural city with beautiful market squares, laid-back locals and lots of vegetarian and vegan-friendly eateries (you can get anything from the traditional cinnamon buns to "fish & chips" in this place - all plant-based!).
One of the main attractions are the piers on which you can sit & from where you can see the Øresund bridge in clear weather. There are several beautiful parks to stroll around, you can admire the Turning Torso - a weirdly twisted high-rise - or simply get lost in the old town with all it's shops, boutiques and restaurants.
And then there is Göteborg, or Gothenburg, on the West Coast of Sweden. This is Sweden's second biggest city after Stockholm. And while it does have its own airport we decided to tie it in with a trip to Oslo and took a 3-hour bus ride down to Göteborg. The city is big but can still be easily explored on foot as the center is fairly compact. Since you're close to the sea here it's really worthwhile walking along the piers and checking out some beautiful sailing ships. Another favorite of mine is Avenyn which is basically the main boulevard in Gothenburg. It's lined by parks, restaurants and clubs and leads past the beautiful Theater & Opera building and makes for a really beautiful walk. But enough talk, here are some more pictures!