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.

Cathedral in the summer © Kristina Strand Larsson
© Kristina Strand Larsson
Domkyrkan in Lund first opened 1145
Summer walk in Lund © Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
© Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
A summer walk in Lund
street in lund
© Leif Johansson
The beautiful street Tomegapsgatan in Lund
Tulips in the Botanical garden in Lund © Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
© Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
Botanical garden in Lund
Street environment in Lund © Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
© Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
Take a break in one of Lund's many open-air cafes
People having a picnic by Domkyrkan in Lund © Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
© Leif Johansson, Xrayfoto
Picnic by Domkyrkan
Lund Cathedral
© Leif Johansson
The majestic Lund Cathedral

Lund Cathedral

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

One of the quaint shopping streets in Lund
© Leif Johansson
One of the quaint shopping streets in Lund

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!

student choir in Lund
© Leif Johansson
The tradition of students singing on the 1st of May

Modern day student life

Lund Cathedral
© Martin Spencer
Students relaxing at the sunny side of the Cathedral

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! 

Lund cathedral

Lund cathedral

Lund Cathedral is an imposing Roman cathedral building with twin spires that tower above the roofs of central Lund. It is one of the most visited sites in Skåne. Join over 700,000 visitors and 85,000 worshippers each year who come to see the altar that dates back to 1398. One of the main attractions is the Astrological Clock built around AD 1380. Two knights mark the hours on top of the clock. The upper board of the clock is the astronomical clock. It shows the different phases of the Moon and where the Sun sets.

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Skissernas Museum - The museum of sketches

Skissernas Museum - The museum of sketches

At Skissernas Museum, in the center of Lund, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and preparatory works for international and Swedish art. The museum focuses on artist’s creative process and you get to follow the creative process from an artist’s first idea until the final model or sketch. The museum was founded in 1934 and consists of seven large galleries where you will find a variety of sketches and models, from small copper web models, the size of a fingernail, to large sculptures more than five meters tall.

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Kulturen in Lund – entertainment for the youngest

Kulturen in Lund – entertainment for the youngest

Kulturen in central Lund is one of the world’s best open-air museums. There are up to twenty different exhibitions, highlighting everything from art, design, culture and history. The children’s playground features a small water system with an old-fashioned, manual pump that keeps young ones entertained for hours. There are often temporary exhibitions especially for kids. If you get hungry, drop into the restaurant and café, or enjoy a picnic on the well-kept lawns.

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Historical Museum in Lund

Historical Museum in Lund

The Historical Museum in central Lund features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Permanent exhibitions include the Zoological Gallery, Classical Antique Collection, Cathedral Museum and the Stone and Bronze age halls. There are lots of activities for children, who can explore the museum by joining the animal hunt and look for hidden animals.

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