Celebrate Eurovision by Exploring Malmö

17 May 2013

When Swedish pop princess, Loreen performed Euphoria in Baku, Azerbaijan at the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest she literally sent the live audience and indeed Europe into a state of euphoric glee. The singer, who shot to fame on the Swedish version of Idol, won the singing competition with 372 points and in line with tradition, gave her home country the chance to host the event in 2013 for the fifth time. This weekend Europe will battle it out for this year's title - but rather than hosting the event in the capital of Stockholm, the Swedish authorities have chosen to present the singing competition in Malmö, a quaint town in the south of the country that's linked to Denmark by the famed Øresund Bridge.

Given the focus on Malmö, here at Flight Centre we thought we'd profile some Eurovision-related attractions in this picturesque destination.

 Malmö Town Hall

Malmöhus Castle
A must for all visitors to the city, there has been a castle standing on this site since 1434 when King Eric of Pomerania decided to build the structure; the original building was demolished in the 16th century and was replaced in the 1530's by King Christian III of Denmark. Today the impressive structure has been lovingly restored to recreate the sense and feeling of the 1500's.

St Peter's Church
It would be remiss to visit a European city without admiring at least one church. On this occasion you could pray that your favourite performer delivers the goods at the Eurovision final. Dating back to the 14th century, St Peter's Church is the oldest building in Malmö and was built in a gothic style. It's tower reaches 105 metres into the sky and the artistry in the Tradesmen's Chapel is particularly impressive.

Øresund Bridge
Not necessarily a strict tourist attraction, the Øresund Bridge is an engineering marvel and should be admired both as a man-made wonder and the fact that it makes heading into Copenhagen extremely easy. The bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and was formally opened in 2000 after five years of construction. Interestingly to celebrate the completion in 1999, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden met midway.

Malmö Town Hall
A highlight of all European cities, Malmö's gothic Town Hall dates to 1546 but the façade was redecorated in the Dutch Renaissance style in the 1860s. Regardless of the patchwork architectural styles, the structure is still very impressive and is used today for official receptions and weddings.

Lilla Torg
After the Eurovision winner is announced this Sunday, head to this scenic central square and enjoy a celebratory meal or drink a toast to the singers. Lilla Torg, which features buildings constructed in the 17th century, is the heart of the city's night life.  So while you're enjoying the festivities be sure to appreciate the surrounding architecture and history.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.