The charming university town
Lund is full of contrasts. Along quaint cobblestoned streets and old half-timbered houses, tradition and innovation are subtly incorporated. Not only architecturally, but also in the old and new institutions and businesses that flourish in this town. It is said that you can live your whole life in Lund without having seen all of the unique spots and beautiful buildings. Also, Lund equally consists of scenic plains, with its enchanting beech trees and golden rapeseed fields, where day hikes are effortlessly combined with everyday city life.
Lund Cathedral is one of Lund's (and Sweden’s) main attractions and most beloved buildings. The church has fascinated visitors since the 1100’s, and welcomes approximately 700,000 visitors per year. Natives of Lund and visitors come here for quiet reflection, religious services and concerts. No matter which direction you approach Lund from, you can almost always catch sight of the cathedral’s two tall towers in the distance. Up close however, the cathedral seems almost breathlessly tall in an otherwise fairly small town.
A city ageing with beauty
The city has aged with beauty over the last 1000 years and the central parts of town still obtain the most charming old aspects, such as the medieval town planning with traditionally built houses lining the streets. The many colourful facades and crooked cobblestone streets contribute to Lund’s friendly and cosy feel.
With its 1000 years of existence, Lund is one of Sweden’s oldest cities. The magnificent cathedral from the 1100’s, and the world-famous university from the 1600’s have both shaped the city, which today is synonymous with history, culture, knowledge and innovation.
On the one hand, Lund is a small city and exudes a conviviality and picturesque atmosphere – walking distance to a large variety of cafes, intermingled with unique shops and fascinating museums. Still, on the other hand, Lund appears large and smart in its capacity of university research and innovative incuse. And that’s just scratching the surface!
Modern day student life
Amidst all the gravitas of history, knowledge and tradition, Lund’s near 50,000 Swedish and international students contribute a great deal to the hustle and bustle of the city. Lund University was founded in 1666 and is today an internationally well-known and sought after institution – appreciated both for its science and the social activities available outside of studies.
Not only great innovations and important research, but several of Sweden’s more important cultural personalities, such as actors, comedians and musicians, come from Lund. Equally, the students of Lund have left their mark on many of the town’s traditions and cultural expressions, such as the traditional singers on the first of May, Lund Comedy Festival and Walpurgis on April 30th. Walpurgis has a long tradition in Lund, when 20-30,000 students gather in the main park, Stadsparken, for a huge spontaneous picnic.
So come and meander by foot between history and the future, or why not jump on a bike as the residents of Lund do – together pedalling enough to circle the globe five times every day!