A visit to the Traditional & Modern city…
The visit to Malmo (one of the biggest Swedish city) just across the Oresund strait….
The earlier reason for avoiding it…. was to experience the journey on the Oresund Bridge by bus (not by train) when the sky is clear.
This bridge-tunnel seems to be the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. On the Danish side, a tunnel has been constructed under the sea starting from Kastrup Airport (Copenhagen) upto the reclaimed land in the middle of the sea. Then the bridge starts…
Pic courtesy: Wikipedia
Even though the climate was still hazy, the trip was exciting… Seems, the bridge has one of the longest cable-stayed main spans in the world at 490 metres. The total length of the bridge is around 8 kms.
The height of the pillars are around 200 metres…..
(Somehow, this structure reminded me of the Penang Bridge, the length of which is longer than this by another 6 kms connecting the Penang town with the Mainland Malaysia)
The road lanes are on the top of the bridge and the rail tracks beneath them… Now, you know my reasoning for the bus option… :-)
Indeed, the design was extraordinary....
Pic courtesy: Malmo Tourism
I went around couple of places in the Malmo city, like the city square and shopping district.. which were more or less like what I experienced in any other European city.
But the main attraction was this Turning Torso, which seemed to be unique to this region…
Isn't it a perfect Desktop picture?
Sometimes, my digicam does some good job :-) :-)
Designed by one Mr.Santiago Calatrava and opened a year back (Aug-05), this claims to be the second tallest apartment building in Europe. [Pl. note.... this is not a commercial building; So,obviously the place around the building was very calm]
The tower has 54 stories with a height of 190 metres…
The twisting is too much….. isn’t it..
The top-most segment appears to have a twist of ninety degrees clockwise with respect to the ground floor.
Since I had visited couple of other castles in Denmark by then, decided to skip The Malmöhus Castle.
However the park around the castle was beautiful … So, had a pleasant stroll around the park.
I liked those yellowish/brownish leaves… which were ready to fall anytime.
This traditional wind mill in that park, reminded me of the one which Bharathi Raaja showcased in ‘Captain Magal’…
Whatever be the post, I couldn't resist myself from linking something or the other to a movie, which I had seen... :-)
The tiring but wonderful day ended with those ducks in the canal.....
and some more subsequent shopping :-)
My other Copenhagen Posts:
Can we adapt one more day?
That entertaining one hour…?
Sea side, Lake side and what else?