(CNN) -- Old and new coexist harmoniously in Malmo, which is home to medieval squares as well as modern architectural marvels.
Folkets Park draws locals from all walks of life.
The city is compact, making it ideal to explore by foot. A good place to start is Malmohus Castle. Built by King Christian III of Denmark before Malmo passed into Swedish hands, the castle is the oldest surviving Renaissance castle in Scandinavia.
These days its home to the city's Art Museum -- which boasts one of the largest collections of 20th century Nordic art -- as well as the Natural History Museum and City Museum. With a vast array of exhibitions on offer, there's something for everyone here.
Don't leave without stopping by behind the castle. There you'll find Slottstradgarden, an organic market garden. You'll also find a charming cafe there. Stop for a coffee and slice of the cafe's famous carrot cake if you need a pick-me-up.
In nearby Slottsparken you'll find the exquisite City Library. The modern addition of the library, called the Calendar of Light, has monumental glass facades designed so that light entering the main hall changes with the seasons.
Next make your way to the city's Old Town. There you'll find the 14th-century S:t Petri kyrka (St. Peter's Church). Malmo's oldest building, the church is an exceptional example of early Baltic Gothic architecture.
Sweden is synonymous for innovative design, so you won't want to miss a visit to the Form Design Center. Situated in the courtyarded Hedmanska Garden, this is the place to view the latest in Swedish and Scandinavian design.
Numerous canals run through Old Town, and one of the best ways to explore the waterways is by boat. In the spring and summer, rent a pedal boat or canoe. Or if you prefer to sit back and relax, pack a picnic basket and take a guided "Rundan" boat tour.
Wind up at the historic Lilla Torg, a perfect place to stop for lunch. With its cobbled streets lined with cafes, restaurants and bars, the medieval square is an ideal spot for people watching.
Next make your way to the iconic Turning Torso tower located on the waterfront in the city's hip Western Harbor district. The 623-foot twisted skyscraper designed by Santiago Calatrava consists of nine cubes stacked vertically, with each rotating from the one below. It's a sight not to be missed.
If you're feeling up to it, take a stroll along the Ribersborg beach, or the "Ribban" to locals. A promenade runs along the edge of the beach, making it friendly to cyclists, walkers and rollerbladers alike.
A visit to the city isn't complete without checking out the Oresund Bridge, an engineering marvel that links Sweden to Denmark. Spanning nearly 10 miles, the bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. To get there, hop on a bus from Central Station or rent a bike and cycle their yourself.
Known as the City of Parks, there's no shortage of green space in Malmo. Folkets Park (People's Park) is one of the most popular and captures the soul of the city. Filled with exotic trees and flowers, Kungsparken (King's Park) is a gardener's dream.
Make time to explore the Mollevangen district, where the city's multicultural heritage is on full display. With a food market and a number of night clubs located here, this area is humming from day to night.
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