When you think about The Alps region, what countries do you think of. Often Switzerland comes to mind first… Then probably Austria and France, maybe even Italy. But often the German Alps are an overthought. This was my second time visiting the German Alps – also commonly known as the Bavarian Alps, because of it’s location in the Bavaria state of Germany. The first time I visited was earlier in my travelling days where just about everything seemed magical. And while I am still often very guilty of romanticizing travel experiences and enjoying every small detail, I was a bit worried that my return to Germany just wouldn’t be quite as special as it was the first time. Luckily, I was wrong.

As a more seasoned traveller, my summer trip to Germany focused on travelling a bit deeper in the country. I knew I wanted to return to the Alps. The last time I was in Germany, I visited to two locations that are typically at the top of every tourist itinerary: Berchtesgaden and the Füssen area (which is home to Neuschwanstein Castle). This time, my mountain adventures took me to the area of Garmisch Partenkirchen. A popular winter skiing destination in Germany, this area is home to Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze, as well as many beautiful lakes, trails, and scaling mountains. So there is plenty of things to do in Garmisch Partenkirchen in the summer.

While this guide will focus mainly on things to do in Garmisch Partenkirchen (also known as GaPa … which is much easier to pronounce), I’ll also share some tips about things you must do in some of my other favourite Bavarian Alps regions.

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THINGS TO DO IN Garmisch Partenkirchen

The Garmisch Partenkirchen area is a stunning mountain regions along southern Germany, hugging the Austrian border. It is about an hour south of Munich by car.

While GaPa, as locals so affectionately call it, is a popular winter sports destination, it is also an amazing place to visit in the summer months to enjoy the hiking and biking trails, and breathtaking mountain views. Here I’ll break down some of my favourite things to do in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Karwendelspitze Hike

zugspitze: the highest peak in germany

I’m going to start off with the biggest attraction in GaPa, Zugspitze, which is the highest point in the German Alps. This peak can (literally) not be missed while you’re exploring the GaPa region, as it cascades over the towns. It really is quite impressive.

Now, full disclosure, we opted not to go up to the summit of Zugspitze. After talking to a few locals, and reading some forums, we arrived at the decision that the large price tag was simply not worth it to us. In fact, many people said that Zugspitze is best seen from the ground or other surrounding mountain summits (I’ll dish the details on some of these spots in my next recommendations).

Is Zugspitze worth it? This is a difficult question to answer for someone who didn’t go up to the summit. However, I have heard the views are incredible and many people seemed thrilled with their visit. One thing you’ll want to consider is what the weather is like on the day you plan on visiting. I have heard of many people going up on a clear day, only to discover the top of the mountain is covered in clouds and they are unable to see anything. I would highly recommend checking out this link to see the current cloud coverage and weather conditions. This should help you make the right decision for you.

How much does Zugspitze cost? You’ll pay 59.50 EUR per person for an Adult to venture to the top (prices are reduced for children). You can check out the latest prices here.

Want to know the best Zugspitze alternative? I’ve got you covered…

take a cable car to the top of karwendelspitze in mittenwald

If you’re looking for a Zugspitze alternative, this is it. In fact, I would visit this mountaintop either way because it was truly fantastic. Karwendelspitze is the second-highest peak in Germany, and from the top you can get a panoramic view of the German and Austrian mountains below. At the top you’ll find hiking trails suitable for families and beginners with many lookout points and a restaurant to grab a beer or food.

Similar to my Zugspitze recommendations, this spot is best visited on a clear day. You can check out the live cam here to view current weather conditions. When we visited Karwendelspitze, it was the most perfectly clear day. And, ironically, you could see Zugspitze covered in clouds in the distance. When considering what to wear to Karwendelspitze, it is important to remember this is a mountaintop, and temperatures are much chillier than they are on group. In August, I needed to wear a sweater.

How to get to Karwendelspitze peak: To get up the peak, you’ll want to hop on the Karwendelbahn cable car. From there, it takes around ten minutes to get up to the summit.

How much does the Karwendelbahn cable car cost? It is significantly cheaper to visit Karwendelspitze vs. Zugspitze, with the price tag of 32.50 EUR per adult (check here for latest prices).

Karwendelspitze Hike
Karwendelspitze Hike
Karwendelspitze Hike
Karwendelspitze Hike

enjoy sunrise at lake eibsee

Lake Eibsee at Sunrise

Lake Eibsee is a top attraction in the GaPa region and when you see it, you’ll understand why. This lake is the perfect hue of turquoise, with a stunning view of Zugspitze sitting atop the lake.

The best time to visit Lake Eibsee: While Lake Eibsee is beautiful at any time of the day, it can get quite busy in the afternoon with tourists. For that reason, I suggest getting up at sunrise like we did. We ran into a few early risers and photographers, but mostly had the area to ourselves. And the lighting over the lake was almost surreal.

Just take a look at these photos and dream of visiting Eibsee.

Where are the best Lake Eibsee photography spots? I wanted to know where to go to get the perfect shot at Eibsee and stumbled upon this blog post. Check it out for all the best photo spots, and other details about visiting Lake Eibsee.

Cost to visit Lake Eibsee: Free! But if you’re arriving by car, you’ll need to pay to park your car at Hotel Eibsee. The cost for early risers was slightly discounted to 2.50 EUR, but this can vary depending on the time of day you visit.

Lake Eibsee at Sunrise Photography
Lake Eibsee at Sunrise Photography
Lake Eibsee at Sunrise Photography

the best hiking in Garmisch Partenkirchen

Since we arrived in GaPa in the middle of an August heatwave, we weren’t feeling too ambitious to go on an overly complicated hike, so we were mainly focused on easy hikes. Many people choose to hike on the Zugspitze side of the mountain range, but because of mudslides a few days prior, we were recommended to opt for the mountain range opposite the highest peak.

Our hotel concierge recommended the St. Martinshütte hike and we were off. Along the route to this alpine rest stop you’ll come across beautiful nature, churches, and other stumble upons. If you’re feeling more ambitious than us (or perhaps if the weather is a bit cooler), continue up toward Eisenkanzel for a beautiful viewpoint. Just make sure you stop at the restaurant at St. Martinshütte for an ice cold beer (or water) on the way.

Another great location for beginner hikes is the trails behind the Olympic Ski Jump. To get there, head to the famed ski jump and follow the trails that lead behind. 

For more GaPa hiking trails, click here.

St. Martinshütte hike

explore gapa by bike

Biking Trails GaPa

There are many mountain biking trails surrounding GaPa, and you can read about some of these trails here

We opted for a bit of a more leisurely bike ride (however I use that term lighting because there were SO many steep hills) and rented e-bikes from our hotel. We had a blast riding the e-bikes through the mountainside trails. For a leisurely ride and beautiful views, explore the bike paths south of the town of GaPa, along the Olympic Trail. This historical path starts at the Olympic Ski Jump and heads west toward Grainau (you can see the views from this ride in the photo below). Here’s a map of the route.

Additionally, if you want to bike into the mountains instead of hiking, you can take your bikes to St. Martinshütte, which is the location I recommended for hiking,

Garmisch Partenkirchen valley

visit partnach gorge

Partnach Gorge is another beautiful location located near GaPa, and is easily one of the most popular tourist hot spots of the region. We didn’t visit this spot because it was actually closed due to high water. In the days prior to our visit, the region was experiencing 30-40 mm of rain a day. Luckily we just missed it and were greeted with perfect weather.

Even still, I’ve heard this place is absolutely beautiful so I still wanted to include it on the list.

Read more about Partnach Gorge here.

be blown away at geroldsee


Once of the most breathtaking spots we visited was Geroldsee, a lake located in the tiny town of Gerold, near GaPa. The lake is a popular swimming spot, but is also a dream location for photographers who are looking to capture that perfect “The Sound of Music”-inspired moment. It was easily one of my favourite things to do in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

How to get to Geroldsee: Head to the town of Gerold and park your car in town. From town, you’ll see signs to hiking paths and the lake. Follow these signs and you’ll be greeted by these insane views of Geroldsee with mountains cascading in the distance.

Tip: If you’re having trouble locating Geroldsee on a map, look up Wagenbrüchsee, which is another name or the lake.


relax at a garmisch partenkirchen spa

The region offers many alpine spas to relax and unwind with beautiful views of the mountains. We stayed at Hotel Staudacherhof, a spa hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and it was the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Onsite the spa had indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, sauna, showers, and plenty of spots to lounge in the sun. You can also book onsite treatments, like massages and manicures.

Check out a list of other GaPa spas here.

Staudacherhof Spa

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Looking to extend your trip?
Here's some Other towns in the Bavarian Alps to consider.

There are so many towns in the Bavarian Alps, it can be overwhelming to know which ones to visit. While I still have many spots in The German Alps to visit, here’s a couple of my other tops pics for first time visitors!

Füssen to see Neuschwanstein Castle

No trip to the German Alps is complete without visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. The famed castle is said to have been a huge inspiration for Walt Disney, and the parallels between this popular tourist spot and Cinderella’s Castle are uncanny. It is truly magical, and is only an hour away by car from GaPa, which makes it easy to visit both.

A few quick Neuschwanstein Castle tips:

  • Arrive early, ideally as early as sunrise (or alternatively at sunset). This spot gets VERY busy with day trip visitors from Munich and is best experienced during these quiet hours,
  • Make sure you take a tour! The stories of King Ludwig II were so interesting, and the interior is so special.
  • Stay overnight in Füssen or Schwangau and enjoy the region. This area has so many more gems than just Neuschwanstein Castle to explore. Hohenschwangau Castle is another castle nearby, and although I didn’t do a tour, it was fun to explore the grounds. Schwansee and Alpsee are also really gorgeous lakes. And if you’re looking for a bit of a thrill in the mountains, the summertime luge tracks in Schwangau are really fun!
Neuschwanstein Castle


The Berchtesgaden region is stunning. I really wanted to visit this spot again, but we simple just did not have time. However, if you are looking to extend your trip in the Bavarian Alps, this spot is amazing. Here’s a few things to do in Berchtesgaden:

  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest: This historical spot is a really interesting piece of history that I would highly recommend visiting (especially on a clear day).
  •  The Berchtesgaden Salt Mines: We visited this spot a few years ago, and quite honestly, I wasn’t blown away. It was interesting, but I could take it or leave. However I figured I would mention it since it is a popular spot for visitors.
  • Königssee and Obersee: These lakes have become VERY Instagram famous in recent years, so it’s a popular spot for photographers. With that being said, they are gorgeous and I’ve heard the boat ride across Königssee is a great experience.
  • Parish Church of St. Sebastian: This pretty white church sits in front of the most beautiful mountain backdrop and has a turquoise river alongside it. It’s no wonder people love to visit it!

ready to head to the bavarian alps?

Now that I have told you all my favourite things to go in Garmisch Partenkirchen and The Bavarian Alps, are you feeling eager to visit? This area is such a gem that I am surprised more people don’t visit. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway in nature, this spot absolutely needs to be considered.

Heading to Munich? Check out my post on my favourite Munich hotel!

Bavarian Alps
Bavarian Alps


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Welcome to the jungle. A very trendy jungle, that is. I am going to start off this post very strong by saying that 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is one of my favourite hotels, ever. Not only is every corner of this jungle-themed hotel quite literally begging to be photographed, but I also feel confident saying that this trendy Berlin hotel is the best place to stay in Berlin.

If you’re looking for a super unique and fun hotel experience, look no further. Located next to the Berlin zoo, this hotel has adapted a jungle theme and offers the most surreal views of the city, the friendliest staff, and quirky premises that can be explored for hours on end. It is the perfect place to stay, eat, and play in Berlin. Read on to find out why this is the best place to stay in Berlin and find out why it should be on your list for your next visit to Germany’s biggest city.

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin Hammock

Disclaimer: I was a hosted guest of 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. However all thoughts and opinions regarding my stay are my own.

25hours bikini berlin location

One of my absolute favourite things about 25hours Bikini Berlin was the location – right next to the beautiful Berlin Zoo. The location is one of the reasons why it is the best place to stay in Berlin because it is central within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions. Since Berlin is such a huge city, it is important to not just be central but also be close to a metro or train station – and this Bikini Berlin hotel is within five minutes walking distance from both.

A quick walk to the Berlin Zoologischer Garten metro stop and you can get virtually anywhere you need to go in the city. When arriving to 25hours Bikini Berlin by train or metro, this is also the stop you will want to get off at.

If you’re arriving by car like we did, parking is also very convenient with 25hours Bikini Berlin parking close by. We parked next door at Bikini Berlin Parkplatz and the cost was 20 euros a day. However, if you get the parking validated by the hotel, you can get this price reduced  by 2-3 euros per day and added to to your hotel bill. Don’t forget to ask about this at the reception!

the hotel facilities

the hotel rooms

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin Bed

And the award for my favourite hotel room ever goes to…

Honestly though, this was easily one of the most unique hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. If you’re able to upgrade your room, this is the hotel to do it at. We stayed in a Medium Jungle room, which was an industrial designed jungle-themed room with the most spectacular views of the Berlin Zoo. And the best part – the room had a hammock that you could lounge in and watch the monkeys play at the zoo. From our room on the seventh floor, you could easily see the monkey habitats, and every morning we were awoken to the sounds of them playing and eating outside. Seriously, SO COOL.

Rooms range in size from Medium to Extra Large and if you want a hammock and a zoo view like us, you’ll want to opt for a Jungle room. If you aren’t in the position to splurge, it doesn’t matter. You can still lounge in hammocks overlooking the zoo from the lobby area of the hotel.

The room itself was all open concept (including the sink/shower, but the toilet was private) and was outfitted with a king size bed and air conditioning. The quirky jungle themed details really made the room special, and the floor to ceiling windows (that opened) offered so much natural light and a fresh breeze. 

Just take one look at these photos and you’ll surely want to add this to your hotel bucket list.

neni berlin restaurant

NENI Berlin, 25hours’ onsite restaurant, is popular with both guests and locals! Since it’s located in the trendiest hotel in Berlin, you would have high expectations for this spot – and it delivers. The decor is beautiful, with tons of greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows that give the most beautiful views of Berlin from up high. With seating both inside and outside on a terrace, this is a must-try Berlin restaurant.

25hours Bikini Berlin breakfast is served in the morning from this amazing space at NENI. The breakfast spread was diverse, fresh, and delicious. I would highly recommend adding this to your reservation so you can fuel up before you hit the streets of Berlin.

If you’re looking for dinner, NENI is a great option. We didn’t have a chance to try the Berlin location, but I ate here at the 25hours Munich location and it was fantastic. . The menu is international-inspired, with references to the founder’s Israeli heritage, as well as other Mediterranian cuisines. Make sure you book a reservation, this spot is popular.

NENI Berlin
NENI Berlin

the monkey bar

Clever name, right?! 25hours Bikini Berlin is home to The Monkey Bar Berlin – which just happens to be one of Berlin’s most popular bars! This trendy Berlin bar sits a top the city, and offers incredible views of the zoo and city skyline from its rooftop terrace. The space is designed with fun, colourful details and is the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail.

I had heard this bar was popular, but I didn’t realize just how popular. In fact, every time we came back to our hotel, there was a line out the front door with people waiting to go up to The Monkey Bar Berlin. 

other amenities

I could go on and on about some of my favourite things about 25hours Bikini Berlin and why I think it is the best place to stay in Berlin. Here’s a few of the many highlights:

The Jungle Sauna: On the 9th floor of 25hours Bikini Berlin, you’ll find a relaxing sauna that is free to use for hotel guests. Here you will also be rewarded with stunning views of the zoo.

McFIT Gym Collaboration: Want to get a workout in? 25hours Bikini Berlin has a collaboration with a nearby McFIT gym location where you can get a day pass for 10 EUR.

Sustainability: If you’re looking for a sustainable hotel in Berlin, look no further! 25hours takes many steps to put sustainability first, which is one of my favourite things about this small hotel chain.

Complimentary Minibar: Yes, it’s free! Fridges in the room are stocked with local beer, soda, and water – and can be restocked daily upon request. Make sure you try the local favourite, Fritz Cola (I seriously regret not bringing a few of these back to Sweden with me).

Woodfire Bakery: Looking for a good cup of coffee and fresh baked goods? You don’t even have to leave the hotel! 

Cosy Common Spaces: Onsite you’ll find tons of trendy common spaces to get cosy. The Newsroom offers a relaxing environment to sit back, relax, and read. And alongside the reception area you’ll also find hammocks overlooking the zoo!

So, are you feeling ready to get cosy at the trendiest hotel in Berlin?!

25hours Bikini Berlin Patio

ABOUT 25hours hotels

25hours Hotels have locations all over Germany, as well as in France, Austria, and Switzerland. This sustainability-minded hotel chain is designed with the modern urban traveller in mind. Each location features it’s own locally-inspired quirky design that begs to be photographed, and little luxuries that make you feel at home – even when on the road.

Read More: Read about my experience at 25hours Hotel Munich The Royal Bavarian.


And stay tuned for lots more Germany content – coming soon!
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When you check into 25hours Hotel Munich The Royal Bavarian, you’re not just checking into the best place to stay in Munich. You’re also guaranteed to walk into an entirely unique hotel experience. At first glance, you won’t know where to look. With quirky details and charm around every corner, I think it’s safe to say that this is the most photogenic or instagrammable hotel in Munich. Each room tells a story, often tying in local Bavarian design cues, so you’ll want to make sure you have your camera ready. Let’s just say going through my camera roll and editing some of these photos was a TON of fun.

But it isn’t just about the design – it’s also filled with history. The Royal Bavarian offers a complete premium experience. Located in a stunning historic building, it was build between 1869 and 1871, and was originally home to “The Main Postage and Royal Telegraph Exchange.” 

From the on-site amenities, to the staff that goes above and beyond – and everything in between. I’m excited to share with you exactly why I think this is the best place to stay in Munich.

Disclaimer: I was a hosted guest of 25hours Hotel the Royal Bavarian. However all thoughts and opinions regarding my stay are my own.

25hours hotel munich location

Before we dive into the hotel details, I need to share one of my favourite things about this hotel: the location. 25hours Munich is located right next to München Hauptbahnhof (Munich central station), which makes it especially convenient for those arriving to the hotel by train. It is also a central Munich hotel within easy walking distance from all of Munich’s most popular attractions.

If you’re arriving by car like we did, parking is also very convenient with 25hours Hotel Munich parking close by. While there are a few secured parking garages around, we parked next door at Karstadt Parkhaus and the cost was 15 euros per day.

the hotel facilities

the hotel rooms

Our hotel room at 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian was perhaps one of the cosiest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in – and definitely the quirkiest. We were hosted in a Large room (also known as a Chamber room), but room sizes vary in size from Small to Suite. No matter which room you choose, they are all outfitted to make you feel like a queen (or king).

The room itself was spacious with a king size bed and air conditioning (which was so welcomed during during the August Munich heatwave we experienced). It had all kinds of fun details that could keep you busy for hours. Details like the vintage typewriter (that actually worked), the “secret” window to the bathroom, and the bottle opener that shouted “prost” (which means “cheers” in German) when you opened a bottle made the whole experience so much fun.

The room was uniquely designed with Bavarian-inspired cues, like the tiered royal headboard and books that substituted traditional bed frame legs. The bathroom was beautiful, with white and black tiles and bronze accents. And had other fun little additions, like a bucket hanging from the ceiling to hold the towels.

I mean, just look at these photos!

neni munich restaurant

NENI Restaurant Orangery Munich

NENI restaurant Munich, 25hours’ onsite restaurant, is not just popular with hotel guests. Not only is the decor so beautiful, with tons of greenery and stained glass, but the food was also great.

If you’re opting for hotel breakfast, which I highly recommend you do, you’ll eat in the morning at NENI. The 25hours Hotel Munich breakfast was arguably the most diverse breakfast spread I have ever seen. We ate breakfast here everyday and it was the perfect spot to fuel up for our busy days in the Munich summer sun.

On our first night in Munich we also had the pleasure of trying NENI restaurant. We naively headed down after checking in without a reservation and it was packed. Luckily they were able to find us a table, but I’d recommend booking ahead because this spot is popular with tourists and locals alike. Serving a unique international-inspired menu, with references to the founder’s Israeli heritage, as well as other Mediterranian cuisines, NENI is a must-try dinner spot in Munich (especially if you’re looking to step away from traditional Bavarian fare for a night like we were).

NENI is also home to the NENI Deli, and the hotels most beautiful (and instagrammable) space: The Orangery.

Boilerman bar

Just when you thought that staying at 25hours Hotel Munich couldn’t get any better…

It also has a super cool speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar located on the first floor of the hotel. Boilerman Bar is a popular onsite bar that serves cocktails until the early hours of the morning. Their signature drink, the Highball, can be served in a variety of ways and is described as a small uncomplicated drink that is prepared without a shaker and is both delicious and affordable. The design is cosy, creating a great ambiance to gather and socialize in the heart of Munich.

Boilerman Bar
Boilerman Bar

other amenities

The list of amenities at 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian never seems to end! Here’s a few more reasons why this is the best place to stay in Munich:

Bike Rental: Getting around Munich by bar is easily one of the best ways to see the city. With a bike rental from 25hours and a route map carefully curated by Munich locals, it makes navigating the city a breeze.

Sauna: At the top of 25hours Munich, you’ll find a relaxing sauna that is free to use for hotel guests.

Fitness Room: Wanna work off those steins of beer? 25hours has you covered with an onsite gym.

Sustainability: Perhaps not an amenity, but if you’re looking for a sustainable hotel in Munich, this is a great option. They have friendly reminders all around the hotel to help you make environmentally-conscious choices, which is perfect for the modern traveller.

Complimentary Minibar: It’s not often that the minibar is free! At 25hours, you can take advantage of the in-room minibar which is stocked with local beer, soda, and water – and is restocked daily upon request.

Drive a Mini Cooper: Get free use of the hotels own fleet of Mini Coopers! We didn’t use this service but it sure sounds fun. Reach out to the hotel reception for more info on this unique opportunity.

ABOUT 25hours hotels

25hours Hotels have locations all over Germany, as well as in France, Austria, and Switzerland. This sustainability-minded hotel chain is designed with the modern urban traveller in mind. Each location features it’s own locally-inspired quirky design that begs to be photographed, and little luxuries that make you feel at home – even when on the road.

Read More: Read about my experience at 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin


And stay tuned for lots more Germany content – coming soon!
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Malmö City Library

As a Malmö local, I feel so lucky to live in this beautiful city with seemingly never ending things to do. Not only is Malmö the gateway to the rest of southern Sweden, it is also more than just a day trip from Copenhagen. Spend a few days in Malmö and you’ll surely understand why many locals are to thankful to call this city home. Looking for a local Malmö experience? I’m dishing all my favourite things to do in Malmö here in this Malmö city guide.

13 Things to Do in Malmö

gamla stadan (malmö old town)

Gamla Staden, or Malmö Old Town, is undoubtedly the most charming neighbourhood in Malmö. Narrow streets lined with beautiful old buildings, you’ll find yourself transported back in time and dreaming of what once-was. You’ll find the most picture-perfect alleyways and cobblestone streets in Gamla Vaster Malmö, specifically on Jakob Nilsgatan and Jöns Filsgatan.

Pretty streets in Gamla staden, Malmö
Pretty streets in Gamla staden, Malmö

lilla torg and stortorget (little square and big square)

Located in the Malmo old town, Lilla Torg and Stortorget are picturesque squares surrounded by restaurants and old buildings. Lilla torg is a great place to grab a drink when the sun in shining, or take in one of Malmo’s festivals. Stortorget is home to Apoteket Lejonet, a beautiful old pharmacy that is worth checking out.

möllevången neighbourhood

This neighbourhood is the multicultural epicentre of Malmö with trendy bars and restaurants, parks, and other cultural activities. Here you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Malmö. Grab a drink at the main square, Möllevångstorget. It is in this square that you will also find a great farmers market during the afternoon, where you can pick up fresh produce.

See Also: A detailed food guide to Malmö.

vastra hamnen (the western harbour)

Vastra Hamnen, or the Western Harbor, is a new development in Malmo and is home to the cities most recognizable landmark: The Turning Torso. This uniquely designed skyscraper cascades over Malmö and really can’t be missed when you’re exploring the city.

While walking from the train station to the Vastra hamnen district, you can’t miss the old lighthouse in the harbor at the head of the canal. 

The waterfront in Vastra Hamnen is beautiful! Take some time to walk along the water-side parks, including Daniaparken and Scaniaparken to take in beautiful waterfront views. On a clear day, you can even see the iconic Malmö-Copenhagen Oresund Bridge in the distance. This is the perfect place to watch the beautiful Malmö sunset. And in the summer months, make sure you bring a bathing suit to take a dip off one of the many piers.

Turning Torso
Västra hamnen sunset

malmö canal boat rental

The best way to see Malmö is from the water. You can rent a boat from BookABoat, bring along your own food and drinks, and enjoy Malmö from the canals.

BookABoat Malmo
BookABoat Malmo

ribersborgsstranden (ribersborg beach)

Looking for the best beach in Malmö? This is your spot to  sunbathe and go for a swim right in the city centre.

Here, you’ll also find Ribersborgs kallbadhus, which is a convenient local option if you’re looking traditional Scandinavian baths and saunas in Malmö. It also features a restaurant and patio, with spectacular views of the Oresund Bridge and the Turning Torso.

visit the best parks in malmö

Malmö is full of beautiful green spaces. In fact, when I first moved here I was blown away by how much central city real estate was allocated to park space. The most central parks, Kungsparken and Slottsparken, offer many picturesque walking trails, flower gardens, and lakes. Here you’ll also find Malmö’s iconic windmill, Castle Mill. If you’re stopping by Castle Mill, make sure you also walk through the beautiful gardens next to them.

Other favourite parks include Pildammsparken and the green space along Kungsgatan (where you can also check out the iconic Sankt Pauli’s Church).

Pildammsparken Malmo
Pildammsparken Malmo

folket's park

Folket’s Park deserves its own section because there is so much to do in this quirky park. Here, you’ll find an outdoor stage space where there is often free live music playing. There is all kinds of sculptures and fun playgrounds for children, bars (I’d recommend Moriskan or Far i Hatten), mini golf, street art, and more. It is definitely a unique local place in Malmö that is worth exploring. 

malmö stadsbibliotek (city library)

Malmö’s city library is beautiful and features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park next door. It is absolutely worth a quick stop in!

shop in davidshall

Trendy Davidshall features some of Malmö’s coolest shops and loads of Scandinavian design stores. Local favourites include AB Smaland, Grandpa, and Designtorget, but there are also plenty of cool vintage shops and other small boutiques to keep you busy for hours.

Malmo City Library
Davidshall Malmo

eat your heart out at malmö saluhall

Malmö’s indoor food market is a great place to stop for lunch, or to shop local goods. This indoor space is home to a bunch of vendors, with food options ranging from ramen to pizza to local Swedish fare.

fiskehoddorna (fish market)

You can eat local fish at Malmö’s fish market. Here, you can have homemade fish and chips in the garden behind these picturesque fishing huts. It is also a great spot to take photos in Malmö.

hunt for street art

Malmö has all kinds of corners of hidden street art. Wander around and see what you can find! Shown below, the left photo is a piece of art int he Davidshall neighbourhood, and you can find the right quote at Malmö’s Modern Art Museum.

Street art Malmo
Street art Malmo

The Best restaurants in Malmö

Check out my blog post all about Where to Eat in Malmö Sweden for details on where to eat, drink, and have the best fika in Malmo.

Uggla Malmo

How to Get to MALMÖ

Copenhagen to Malmö: Most people access the city from Copenhagen, which is a short train ride away [about 30 minutes from Copenhagen Airport or 45 minutes from the Copenhagen city centre].

Malmö Airport: You can also fly into Malmö Airport from select cities. However, based on the location of the airport, it is often more convenient (and cost effective) to fly into Copenhagen.

If you are coming into Malmö from anywhere else in Scandinavia, both train and plane options should be available for a reasonable price.

For more details on train prices and times, download the Skånetrafiken app.

MALMÖ Transportation

Malmö is an incredibly accessible city, with a bunch of transportation options available.

Malmö by foot: One of the reasons I love this city is because you can get virtually anywhere you need to go by foot within 30-40 minutes.

Malmö bike: Get around the city the way the locals do – by bike! In fact, Malmö is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and is very easy to navigate, even for a novice rider. For more information bike rentals, visit Malmö by Bike.

Hire a Malmö scooter: There are no shortage of electric scooters available for rent in the city – they are seriously everywhere. Just make sure you download the Voi and/or Lime apps ahead of time, and finding a scooter is a breeze.

Bus and Train in Malmö: Malmö is extremely accessible by bus, or train. The buses run frequently and cover a significant portion of the city. Just download the Skånetrafiken app to easy view schedules, buy tickets, and more.

Where to Stay in Malmö

Ohboy Hotell: Located in Västra hamnen, this brand new hotel offers affordable loft style hotel rooms and boasts a unique industrial-inspired design. It is designed with sustainability in mind and offers rental bikes to explore the city.

Clarion Malmö Live: This new hotel is very modern and over looks Malmö’s harbour and The Turning Torso. It is centrally located and home to Malmö Kitchen and Table, a restaurant on the top floor that overlooks the city.

MJ’s Hotel: Arguably the more beautiful hotel you’ll find in Malmö, this trendy centrally-located hotel is hotspot for both visitors and locals. It has a chic hotel bar, and greenery-filled restaurant atrium. The rooms are tastefully designed, too.

Day Trips from MALMÖ

There are tons of great day trips you can take from Malmö. Read about all the things you can do outside of Malmö in this Things to do in Skåne Travel Guide.

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Talldungen Gårdshotell

Have you ever heard so many wonderful things about a place that you begin to think it is too good to be true? I have received many travel recommendations over the years – and read many glowing reviews – only to be a bit disappointed because the experience was not the same as I imagined it to be. Before visiting Talldungen Gårdshotell Österlen, I had heard the most wonderful things about this hidden gem. That it has some of the best food in Sweden. And that the hotel and service and surroundings would blow you away. And, admittedly, I was skeptical. Can this bed-and-breakfast tucked away in the Österlen countryside really be that perfect? Well, I am here to tell you that Talldungen Gårdshotell is – in fact – that perfect.

Dare I say that this is my favourite spot I have visited in Sweden to date (or, at least among the top). I am going to share with you all the reasons why our little overnight getaway to Talldungen Gårdshotell blew me away.

Talldungen Gårdshotell
Talldungen Gårdshotell

Please note: This post is not sponsored in any way. We simply loved our experience here so much that I wanted to share the details (and the beautiful photos) of it with you.

See Also: My great big travel guide to Skåne.


Have you ever just had that feeling when travelling? The feeling of being at ease. And just genuinely, wholeheartedly happy. This is the feeling I had while we stayed at Talldungen.

Talldungen Gårdshotell Österlen – located in the town of Brösarp – will make you feel like you have been transported to the Italian countryside. The hotel owners, Emma and David, moved from the big city to Österlen to pursue their dream of living in the countryside. They used their culinary skills to open this full service Österlen gårdshotell (farm hotel) with a world-class dining experience that attracts visitors from all over Sweden – and the world.

the hotel facilities

Talldungen Gårdshotell view

The decor at Talldungen is cosy and retro, with many unique elements that appear to be sourced from local antique shops. Everything about the esthetic is a bit mismatched, a bit eclectic, a bit imperfect. And yet, so charming. I said to Sebastian at least twenty times that I wanted my entire apartment to look like the interior of Talldungen.

Outside, you’ll find a huge patio with views of the surrounding hills and farm life. While we didn’t have an opportunity to sit outside as it rained throughout most of our stay, it gives us a good reason to come back soon to sit on the terrace and enjoy the sunshine with a glass of wine.

Our room was huge, and the bed comfy, with a beautiful window overlooking the hills. We opted to save a bit of money and booked a room that had a private bathroom down the hall, which we didn’t mind at all. The bathroom was brand new and stocked with lovely personal care products.

Talldungen offers a variety of room types suitable for every budget – ranging from rooms with shared bathrooms, to modern ensuites.

talldungen restaurant

As I mentioned above, the owners of Talldungen are experienced chefs, and the hotel offers a rustic five course tasting menu experience that is perfect in every way. Using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, the dishes blend Italian, French, and Swedish influences. Full disclosure: This is one of my absolute favourite meals that I have had in Sweden.

Our meal started off with fresh bread from their onsite bakery, paired with cured ham and rooster liver pate (I normally do not like pate, but this was so good). Next up was a sweet pepper and mozzarella appetizer, followed by the main course, which offered a pork, fish or vegetarian option. The main course was followed up with some fresh local cheese and three different desserts to share: A meringue with fresh wild strawberries, a lemon curd, and homemade stracciatella ice cream.

The restaurant also has possibly the largest natural wine selection I have ever seen. While many visitors opt for the wine pairing, we decided to share a bottle of red wine instead. Our waiter listened to our requests and suggested the most perfect, unique natural wine catered to our tastebuds.

In the morning, you’ll be welcomed to an expansive breakfast with many homemade and locally-sourced options – including some of the best bread I have ever tasted that had just come straight from their bakery, homemade apple juice, and a delicious yogurt parfait with the fresh perfectly paired seasonal toppings.

The staff went above and beyond the entire weekend to offer a premium culinary experience, and were eager to help us navigate Sebastian’s food allergies. This included whipping him up some homemade bread on a whim when he was allergic to the standard option.

surrounding nature

Brösarps backar cows

Talldungen is located right in the centre of Brösarps Backer (Brösarp’s hills). This region offers beautiful nature and many hiking trails. While it rained most of the weekend, we were able to find a two hour window after we checked out to explore the region – and WOW. It is beautiful.

The Skåneleden Trail, which is over 1250 kilometres of hiking trails scattered through southern Sweden, runs through this area. While many people head straight for this path, the staff at Talldungen recommended an alternative walking path for us that combined parts of the Skåneleden Trail (orange trail markers) and Backaleden (yellow trail markers). The Skåneleden portion was mostly through the forest, whereas the Backaleden portion led up the hills through valleys and fields. One of the best things about Sweden is the “right to roam” rule, which gives you permission to hike or camp anywhere as long as you aren’t disturbing nature. This also means many of these trails navigate through private property including animal pastures – so you can count on dodging cow and horse poo through many of the trails. But hiking alongside the animals and beautiful surroundings makes it worth it.

Talldungen Gårdshotell will pack you a picnic or coffee to bring on your hike if you’d like! Make sure you talk to them and plan this for a sunny day.

See Also: The Best Beaches in Skåne.


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Things to Do in Skane

Skåne, Sweden … My home away from home. Simple and quintessentially Swedish in almost every single way. Before moving to Sweden, I had a lot of preconceived notions about Scandinavian countries. I’m sure you’ve head the stereotypes, too. Diverse nature. A great work-life balance. An environmentally-conscious, socialized, progressive culture. And these things are all true. But Sweden is so much more than just these stereotypes. And there are so many reasons why I love living in Sweden. And with so many wonder local things to do in Skåne, I feel like I could truly never get bored.

Skåne is a largely undiscovered paradise that many people still don’t know that much about. But I am convinced it is just a matter of time before this region becomes a booming travel destination. From the pristine beaches to the sprawling hiking trails, and a cutting-edge Nordic culinary scene, there seems to be never-ending things to do in Skåne. And after spending a whole lot of time travelling locally this year, I am ready to dish all the details on what Skåne has to offer.

the highlights: places to visit in skåne

» historic university town: lund
» stenshuvud national park
» skanör-falsterbo beach
» ven island
» hoganås, arild & mölle
» the best skåne farm shops
» ystad saltsjöbad spa
» holy smoke bbq
Lund University Wisteria
Ven Island Bike
Wisteria at Lund University (left); Bike on Ven Island (right)

sweden travel costs

Sweden – and Scandinavian countries in general – are notorious for being a bit expensive to visit. With taxes of 25% and high minimum wages, visiting Sweden doesn’t come cheap. However, I think many people are very intimidated by the cost to visit Sweden. However, it doesn’t have to be expensive if you know what to do – especially in Skåne. And good news! The Swedish krona is currently quite weak versus the euro and US dollar, which means now is a good time to visit.

Accommodation Cost in Sweden: Hotels in Skåne can be a bit expensive – but this depends on what you’re looking for. A typical farm hotel in Skåne countryside can set you back at least 120-150 EUR a night (although they often include breakfast). An Airbnb apartment to save money (especially if you just rent a room). Alternatively, hostels are a great options with beds as low as 25-30 EUR per night in Malmö. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, Sweden’s ‘Right to Roam’ law means you can set up a tent virtually anywhere in nature, as along as you aren’t interfering with private property or disturbing the environment around you. That makes camping in Skåne a really great option for cheap accommodations. . For more of saving money on hotels, check out this post.

Food Cost in Sweden: Eating out at restaurants is arguably the most “overpriced” part of living in or visiting Sweden. It can be a bit of a challenge to find a cheap meal in Sweden – but it is far from impossible. With the average dinner ranging from 15-20 EUR per person, the cost of food can add up quickly. A coffee typically costs 3-4 EUR. Good news is groceries are reasonable, if you’re keen on making your own food or picking up snacks. I’d recommend going to Willys – it is typically the cheapest grocery option. Pressbyrån is also a convenience store that offers some quick hot food options. And finally (my favourite) – street food! Did you know that you can find some of the best falafel in the world in Malmö for as little as 3 EUR? Read about my favourite restaurants in Malmö here.

Alcohol Cost in Sweden: Alcohol in Sweden is a luxury, and often one of the most expensive ticket items. A beer in a pub will typically set you back anywhere from 7-10 EUR, with a glass of wine typically starting at 9-12 EUR. Cocktails are often even more expensive, so normally I skip these options (unless it’s a special occasion). It is important to know that Sweden has an alcohol monopoly, which means you cannot buy alcohol with over 3.5% alcohol content in Swedish grocery stories. To buy your own alcohol, you’ll need to visit a Systembolaget location. Make sure to check the hours online (stores are closed on Sunday and have very limited hours on Saturday).

Activity Costs in Sweden: Activity costs, like everything else, can add up. The good news is that many of the best things to do in Sweden involve nature – and nature is free. Swimming at the beaches in Skåne, wandering around the charming towns in Österlen, hiking the Skåneleden trail – all free.

suggested moderate daily budget for visiting skåne: approx. 100-150 EUR per person

Rapeseed fields in Skane

things to do in skåne

visit the best farm shops in skåne

Skåne is home to all kinds of wonderful “Skåne gårdsbutik” or farm shops. These spots often grow, harvest, and make their own products and sell them in their shops. They are the perfect spots to pick up some unique products, and are great for souvenir shopping. Many farm shops also have wonderful restaurants attached so you can indulge in a meal made from locally-sourced ingrediants. Here’s a few of my favourites.

Ängavallen: Located just outside of Malmö in Vellinge kommun, Ängevallen is home to a farm shop, bed-and-breakfast, restaurant, and a beautiful property with animals. In the Ängevallen farm shop, you will find an assortment of goods made right on the farm – jams, cheeses, milk, and bread to name a few. I suggest staying for lunch and enjoying the farm-to-table experience. The ingredients are so fresh!

Hallongården: Also nearby Malmö, and minutes away from Ängevallen, you’ll find Hallongården (translation: raspberry farm). At this farm, you can visit in the late spring/early summer (around May and June) to pick your own raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. Then, head to the farm shop to indulge in a treat made from these local products. You can also take home jams and other goodies made from their farm-grown fruits.

Österlenkryddor: A favourite of mine in Österlen. “Kryddor” means “spices” in Swedish, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this shop. With a huge assortment of spices made in their on-site spice factory, Österlenkryddor is a must-visit. And in July, it is also home to the popular lavender fields in Skåne. Make sure you stop in for the award-winning lavender ice cream around this time of year.

Hallongarden fika
Clockwise from top left: Österlenkryddor; poppies in front of Hallongården; Ängavallen farm; fika at Hallongården

indulge in skåne's booming culinary scene at the best restaurants in skåne

Copenhagen may be the original food capital of Nordic cuisine, but just across the bridge to Skåne you’ll find a innovative and unique Nordic culinary scene. In recent years, Swede’s have been moving to the Skåne countryside to start small organic farms, while chefs are flocking from larger cities to open up boutique hotels with next-level farm-to-table dining experiences. 

In Malmö, you can indulge at Bastard, a leading restaurant that uses local in-season ingredients to creative a unique tasting menu. But in the countryside is where things get real good. We recently stayed at Talldugens Gårdshotell (more on that here) and had one of my favourite Nordic meals ever made with only locally-sourced ingredients by a couple who left Stockholm to open a farm hotel. 

If you’re looking to splurge, Daniel Berlin Krog is another tiny but famous Michelin star spot hidden in the quiet village of Skåne-Tranås, where the head chef hunts and grows most of his own ingredients. Or you can head to Vollmers in Malmö for a Nordic Michelin star experience.

Breakfast at Talldungen
Dinner at Bastard Malmo
Breakfast at Talldungen (left); Dinner at Bastard (right)

the most picturesque villages in skåne

It’s hard to know where to even begin when recommending villages in Skåne to visit because there are so many beautiful ones that look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. Here’s a few of my can’t miss favourites.

Mölle: Mölle is a charming harbor town located on the northwest coast of Skåne. Stay at the iconic Grand Hotel Mölle, which sits atop the town, and use this spot as a home base for other charming towns, including another favourite of mine: the fishing village of Arild. And don’t forget to visit Kullaberg Nature Reserve for a beautiful hike and a swim at Josefinelust. In the afternoon, you must visit Holy Smoke BBQ for amazing, authentic southern BBQ in Skåne.

Ystad: Along the southern coast of Sweden, Ystad is a cost and picturesque town. Stop in to roam the historic streets, and pop into the many shops along Stora Östergatan. If you’re looking for a lunch, the popular Söderberg & Sara Ystad offers fresh baked good, tasty coffee, and on select days, stone oven pizza!

Simrishamn: Simrishamn is a lovely beach town along the Skåne east coast. It is home to tons of lovely local shops and a beach with orange-hued sand. Simrishamn is a great spot to enjoy a traditional Swedish lunch along the coast. And while you’re there, check out Barnens Bokhandel, which was the first specialty book store in Sweden for children. 

Kåseberga: Also along the southern coast, Kåseberga is a popular vacation spot for many locals. Here you’ll find a quaint fishing village, with the best seafood in Skåne. From the town, you can walk to reach Ales Stenar, which is said to be the remains of an ancient viking shipwreck. From Ales Stenar, you’ll also be able to take in some incredible views of the sea. You’re also sure to see lots of people paragliding around this area (which you can try too if you dare).

Arild Sweden street
Simrishamn Sweden
Kaseberga Sweden
Molle Sweden
Clockwise from top left: Streets in Arild; Poppies in Kåseberga: Mölle harbor; Shop in Simrishamn


the best beaches in skåne

Did you know that Skåne is often called the Swedish Riviera? I wrote a post all about my favourite beaches in Skåne, including Sandhammaren Beach, Simrishamn Beach, Skanör Beach and more. You can read the full post here.

Skanor Beach
Sandhammaren Beach

things to do in österlen

The Österlen region is truly, in my opinion at least, the biggest gem in Skåne – which is why I am dedicating a full section to it. And others living in Sweden seem to agree, with many northern-dwellers owning a summer house in this area. There are endless things to do in Österlen, and I am going to share a few of my favourites.

Österlen Choklad: A lovely chocolate factory in Österlen with homemade chocolates and maybe the best hot chocolate I have ever tried.

Ales Stenar: An ancient viking shipwreck that can be equated to a mini Stonehenge, alongside a jaw-dropping scenic coastal background.

Stenshuvud National Park: A eastern coastal national park with beautiful walking trails, and diverse landscapes and views. You can read about my experience visiting Stenshuvud National Park here.

Kivik Musteri: An apple orchard and apple museum in Skåne, featuring lots of locally made apple goods. The best time to visit Kivik is in the fall during apple harvest season. I wrote about my autumn in Österlen experience here.

Hike & Bike: Biking or hiking in Österlen is an amazing way to get around. Visit Skåne shares a full guide to the Skåneleden Trails in Osterlen. Some of my favourite trails are located in Brösarps Backer (a hilly region near Brösarp) and Prästaskogens naturreservat (where you can find extremely rare twisted beech trees that look like they are from a fairytale).

Visit an Österlen Loppis: “Loppis” is the Swedish term for flea market or antique store. There are many of these scattered around Österlen, and the best way to find them is to just drive around and stumble upon them. However if you’re looking for a list, you can find one here. We loved the ones we found in central Brösarp, which had antiques dating back to the 1700s.

Osterlen Choklad
Twisted beech trees
Hiking in Skane
Osterlen Loppis
Clockwise from top left: Österlen Choklad; hiking at Brösarps Backer; Österlen antique shop: Twisted beech trees
Skåne Hiking Tip: Hiking trails around Skåne are well marked. You can visit the Skåneleden trail website for route maps, and then keep an eye out for markers like these ones (as well as spray paint markings on trees) to make sure you stay on track. While travelling around Skåne, you’re likely to run into these markers a lot. If you’re feeling spontaneous, just start following the path and see where you end up!
Skåneleden trail marker
Skåneleden trail

best fika in skåne

Olof Viktors: Located in Österlen, this is possibly the most famous cafe in Skåne – and for good reason. This award-winning bakery make all their baked goods and breads from scratch, and the quality is high. On a nice day, you’ll find a lovely courtyard where you can sit outside and enjoy a coffee.

Flickorna Lundgren: On the northwest coast of Skåne, you’ll find Flickorna Lundgren – a cafe that looks like it is straight out of a Pippi Longstocking novel. This historic cafe has been named best fika in Sweden before, and it is well deserved. The gardens of the property are beautiful, complete with farm animals and a pond, and the coffee and cakes are perfect.

Söderberg & Sara: With locations in both Malmö and Ystad, this is a local favourite. Their homemade breads are delicious, and they have some of my favourite coffee that I’ve tried in Sweden (and that’s saying a lot, because Swede’s love coffee).

Looking for the best fika in Malmö? Check out my Malmö Food Guide here.

Soderberg and Sara Malmo
Flickorna Lundgren
Söderberg & Sara (left); Flickorna Lundgren (right)

wineries in skåne

You might be surprised to know that Skåne is actually home to a few wineries. The winery scene is still quite new in Sweden, but there are a few spots that I would suggest checking out if you are interested in trying Swedish wine.

Organize a Kullaberg wine tour and visit Arilds Vingård, Kullabergs Vingård, and Södåkra Vingård in the Kullaberg region. And if you’re in Österlen, Nordic Sea Winery is a must visit.

best hotels in skåne

Best hotel in Malmö: Clarion Malmö Live is a relatively new hotel right in the city centre of Malmö. The rooms offer beautiful views of the harbour, and the service and facilities are premium.

Best Österlen gårdshotell (farm hotel): Talldugens Gårdshotell (check out my blog post on this spot)

Best Skåne spa: Ystad Saltsjöbad Spa is the place to go if you’re looking for a traditional Scandinavian spa in Skåne. It’s located along the water, has the most beautiful, clean facilities filled with hot tubs and saunas, and the dinner experience is lovely, too.

Most unique hotel in Skåne: Falknästet (Falcon’s Nest) in Mölle OR Glamping at Arilds Winery (in case traditional camping in Skåne isn’t your thing).

Stay at a castle in Skåne: Kronovalls Vinslott (translation: wine castle!). I haven’t been here yet, but if the interior is anything like the stunning castle grounds, then you are in for a real treat. If you don’t end up staying here, you should at least stop by. You can see some photos from my visit to Kronovalls here.

Kronovalls slott

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