The city, believed to have been founded around 990 when Scania belonged to Denmark, is popular for its cathedral and university. Lund University, founded in 1666, is Sweden’s second oldest university and one of the country’s largest. The city also has many high-tech companies. The city of Lund has a population of about 85,430 (114,000 in Lund’s municipality), and almost half of its population is comprised of students. Lund is very close to Sweden’s third largest city, Malmo, as well as the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Access : Coordinates: 55.703889, 13.195 / Copenhagen Airport CPH IATA is the largest Airport in the Nordic countries and the major point of entry to the Oresund-region. Lund is connected to Copenhagen and its airport by direct trains. Malmo Airport MMX IATA serves 20 international flight operators and is 25 km from Lund. The airport shuttle “Flygbussarna” carry passengers from the airport to central Lund for about 100 kr.
1 Lund Central Station is 10 minutes and 50 kr by train from Malmo, and 50 minutes and 140 kr from Copenhagen and its airport. All trains (pagatag, oresundstag) stop at Lund, including the X-2000 expresses from Gothenburg and Stockholm. There are also buses from Malmo.
Lund is between the highways E6 and E20, which continue towards Malmo in the south. In the other direction the E6 carries traffic to Karlskrona and then follows the Swedish coast north. The E6 continues to Helsingborg and then follow the Scandinavian Western coast to Gothenburg, Oslo, and across Norway. In Helsingborg it connects with the E4, which is the fastest way towards Stockholm and Svealand or Norrland.
- Lund Cathedral (Lunds Domkyrka), Kyrkogatan 4. M-F 08:00-18:00, Sa 09:30-17:00, Su 09:30-18:00. Built in 1103, it is the second-largest cathedral of the Nordic countries. There’s a free organ concert every Saturday morning at 10:00, and the elaborate astronomical clock (on your left after entering) puts on its show twice a day (12:00 and 15:00). This clock show is highly recommended even if you’re not interested in the church, due to its nostalgic value. Free.
- Ingvar Kamprad Design Centrum, Solvegatan 26. Part of the Lund University LTH and home of the Industrial Design program; the building was funded by Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
- University Hall (Universitetshuset), Paradisgatan 2 (In Lundagard garden). A grand classicist building inaugurated in 1882.
- Kulturen’s main building. The Historical Museum, Krafts torg 1 . Tu-F 11:00-16:00, Sa Su 12:00-16:00. Also owned by the university and was established in 1805. Has, among other things, many of the findings from Uppakra, the nearby archaeological site of what was probably southern Sweden’s biggest town during the Stone and Iron Ages.
- Lunds Konsthall, Martenstorget 3 . Tu W F Su 12:00-17:00, Th 12:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00. A modern art museum (temporary exhibitions). Free entry. Free.
- Kulturen, Tegnersplatsen 6 . May-Aug: daily 10:00-17:00, Sep-Apr: Tu-Su 12:00-14:00. An open air museum founded in 1892, encompassing two blocks in central Lund. It contains a large number of old preserved houses from the middle ages to the 1930s, and some 20 exhibitions. May-Aug: 120 kr, Sep-Apr: 90 kr.
- The Museum of Sketches for Public Art, Finngatan 2 . Tu W 11:00-17:00, Th 11:00-21:00, F 11:00-18:00, Sa Su 12:00-17:00. Owned by the university and displays sketches for various works of public art, mostly by 20th-century Swedish artists. 80 kr.
- Nasoteket, Sandgatan 2 (“Athen” in AF-borgen) . M-F 09:00-18:00 during university terms. Perhaps one of the strangest exhibitions in Sweden, Nasoteket is a collection of cast noses from several different famous Swedes.
- Uppakra Arkeologiska Center (Uppakra Archaeological Centre), Stora Uppakravagen 101 (4 km south of Lund city centre) . Jun-Aug: W-Su 10:00-14:00; Sep: Tu-Sa 12:00-15:00. A historical museum by and about the Viking-era archaeological site Uppakra. 50 kr.
- Botaniska tradgarden (Botanical Garden), Ostra Vallgatan 20 (A few blocks east of the town center) . Mid Sep-Mid May: 06:00-20:00 daily; Mid May-Mid Sep: 06:00-21:30 daily. Greenhouses are open 11:00-15:00 daily. It’s very nice for walks, and there are greenhouses which house many exotic plants. Good place to take kids.
- Stadsparken (City Park), Svanegatan (On the south side of town). On Walpurgis Night (April 30), it’s the place where people gather (about 20 000 people) to light a gigantic bonfire and revel through the night.
Activities : Being a university town, Lund has good arts and entertainment for its size.
1 Filmstaden, Vastra Martensgatan 12 . The main cinema which shows all the blockbusters.
2 Kino, Kyrkogatan 3. Movie theater which has a good art-movie schedule.
Lunds Judoklubb, Springgatan 3. M-Th 16:30-22:00, F 13:30-21:30, Sa 12:00-16:00. It’s free for anyone to try out Judo or come by to watch the games.
3 Mejeriet, Stora Sodergatan 64 . An arts center and performance hall which occasionally has concerts by internationally known pop and rock performers as well as local music groups.
4 Lunds Stadsteater (Lund City Theatre), Kiliansgatan 13. The city’s main performance hall.
Lunds Teaterforening . Often performing, using several stages around the city