Built by the Danes around the 1st millennium, Lund is the second-oldest city in Sweden. It’s also one of its prettiest, circled by beech trees’ copses and shining with an extraordinary architectural legacy. Its sumptuous, ancient old town is gathered on its strikingly impressive cathedral. Flashing around it is the country’s oldest, most prestigious university (c 1666). Perhaps ironically, the university keeps Lund young, its vibrant, involved youth driving lively culinary and art scene. You’ll feel it buzzing along the old town’s photogenic lanes, flanked by bars, cafes, and charming museums.
Lund is tiny enough to see most of it in a day’s walk. You can pick up a city map at the travel office at Stortorget square, which is located adjacent to the Town Hall.
Places to Visit in Lund, Sweden
Skissernas Museum: The exhibition rooms here, with their visual feast of sculpture and paintings, are intended for art immersion and maximum impact. Several statues and fittings are enormous, including the 6m-high Women by the Sea by Ivar Johnsson. Once a private collection, it includes works by some of the world’s greats, including Raoul Dufy, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, and Sonia Delaunay. A sculpture park covers work by Henry Moore.
Lund University: Lund University is one of the world’s top 100 schools and is one of Europe’s oldest educational establishments. It’s structures are scattered about the city, making it largely ‘barrier-free’ with the lines between Lund’s old town and campus delightfully blurred.
Lunds domkyrka: Lund’s twin-towered Romanesque cathedral is magnanimous. Try to jump in at noon when the marvelous astronomical clock strikes up In Dulci Jubilo (a popular Christmas carol) and the top whirr’s plank figures into action. You’ll find Finn, the fictitious giant who helped build the cathedral, and a 16th-century well, carved with comical scenes within the crypt.
Kulturen: Built in the late 1800s, this vast open-air museum crosses two whole blocks. Its 30-odd structures include everything from the most popular birch-bark hovel to magnificent 17th-century houses. Permanent exhibits include Lund in the Middle Ages, ceramics, vintage toys, glass, and silver; ask about guided tours in English. The famous outdoor cafe runs numerous rune stones.
Botaniska trädgården: Botaniska trädgården is a botanical garden located in central Lund, open to the daily public free of cost. The 8 hectares site contains 7000 species of exotic plants, of which 200 are located in the greenhouses representing nine distinct climate zones.
What to eat at Lund?
Are you looking for food “to go” or want a quick snack? Bite into a pizza at one of Lund’s pizzerias, or enjoy a falafel in town, or try some Asian fare. If you have time, stroll along Klostergatan, the “food street” where you’re bound to find something for your kicks. Options include fine dining, Chocolaterie, juicy hamburgers, and cafés.