Long story short…
Pretty much the entire Malmö canal system has been shaped throughout the centuries, serving the dominating needs of the city at each period in time. This makes the canals of large historical and cultural importance for the city.
Two time periods have proven particularly important for the character of the canals:
1. The 1600s, when the canals were part of the city fortifications. You can still clearly see this today in the shape of the different bastions lining the north side of the canal.
2. The 1800s, when the canals were repurposed as places of recreation and leisurely walks. Today, the people of Malmö still enjoy the footpaths along the canal.