Lundagård with its tall majestic trees is truly Lund’s heart. This has been the site of a garden since the early Middle Ages, but in the park of today traces remains of Swedish architect Carl Hårleman’s 1730s plan. Here you find the University´s main building, the old Palaestra gymnasium, the Lund University Historical Museum, the Cathedral and the students’ own castle the AF-borgen. Also in the park is the 16th-century red brick building Kungshuset – The King’s House, originally used by Denmark’s Fredrik II when visiting Lund.
Lund Cathedral is open from early morning to late evening. Here you can sit down for a while in peace and quiet, and perhaps enjoy one of the many concerts that are given year round. The beautiful medieval astronomical clock plays every day at noon and at 15.00.
The church is the finest example of Romanesque architecture in the Nordic countries, built of local sandstone and consecrated in 1145. Next to the church is the visitor centre, which has received several prizes for its groundbreaking architecture.
Every Saturday at 10.00 there is an organ concert, and the entry is free.
View from the tower of the dome, overlooking Krafts torg.
The Lund University Botanical Garden
In the Lund University Botanical Garden, with over half a million visitors every year, you can enjoy the changing seasons in a peaceful and amazingly beautiful park. The present Botanical Garden, laid out in 1862-67, today holds some seven thousand species of plants in an area of almost eight hectares (little short of twenty thousand acres) in central Lund. In the gardens you’ll also find a tropical plant greenhouse and a popular summer café.
Kulturen is a unique open-air museum spread over two whole blocks in the heart of Lund. Of the thirty some buildings, many were moved here on threat of demolition, while a few remain in their original places as important parts of the city’s history. The ambition is to give insights as to how the nobility, clergy, burghers, farmers and peasants lived and worked.
Bosebo church, a wooden church moved here from Småland province, is a very popular wedding church. As well as featuring interesting exhibitions year round, the museum hosts traditional Midsummer’s Eve celebrations and a well visited Christmas market the first weekend of December.
Lund with young children
Lund has a lot to offer younger as well as older children. Many of the city’s museums and cultural institutions have ambitious children’s programs, among them the Kulturen, The Historical Museum, The Museum of Public Art, and the LTH Faculty of Engineering Water Hall – Vattenhallen. .
The City Library’s children’s department is a lovely oasis with many activities, and you will also find books in other languages there. There are two really nice playgrounds in the city centre, one in the Kulturen Museum, and one in the City Park. The birds in the aviaries and the ponds are highly appreciated by the youngest. The Sagohuset Theatre offers children’s theatre, and the Filmstaden multiplex as well as the Kino and Södran cinemas have good children’s programs.
Visit Högevallsbadet, the largest and most modern bath house in Scania. Here you find an adventure bath with 213 m long waterslides, several swimming pools and a jungle pool for the youngest children, a five minutes walk from Lund central station.
There are many beautiful well preserved old buildings in the whole of central Lund. Take a walk in Kulturkvadranten, the area between Lundagård and the Botanical Garden. Great parts of the street plan originates from the Middle Ages, and the winding, cobbled streets are flanked by low buildings, the majority from the 1800s. And don’t miss the Hökeriet shop, an old grocery which is open during the weekends.
Museum of Public Art
The Museum of Public Art – Skissernas Museum – was founded in 1934 as an archive for sketches, models and photographs of public art. The collection is unique in its kind, and today consists of some thirty thousand works from all over the world, by among others Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore. The beautiful halls also hosts temporary exhibitions with international and Swedish art, always connected to the creative process from sketch to finished piece.
The museum is closed for renovation and will re-open in 2017. The Awarded Founders of Mat & Destillat Will Run The Museum’s new Restaurant : )
Lund University Historical Museum
Lund Universitets Historiska Museum, fotograferat från Domkyrkans torn.
The Historical Museum in Lundagård features the evocative and exciting exhibition Barbaricum about Iron Age findings from Uppåkra, the town nucleus just southeast of Lund, regarded by contemporary researchers as Lund’s predecessor. Here you’ll also find 17th century intellectual and university headmaster Kilian Stobaeus’ cabinet of curiosities, a great numismatic collection and many fascinating medieval objects from churches in southern Sweden.
The City Park – Stadsparken – is the city’s green lung and a veritable family room for natives as well as for tourists. The park got its present layout at a national exhibition in 1907, from which the pretty pavilion originates. In connection with the park there are the Högevall indoor public pools and water park, the Park Café and the Mejeriet cultural centre with concerts, cinema and cultural happenings.
Söderlyckans Skatepark, Stadsparken
Cinema in Lund
Lund is the city in Sweden where people go to the movies most, and the residents of Lund are used to a large and broad selection of films. Beside the Filmstaden SF seven screen multiplex, Folkets Bio shows quality movies at kino on Kyrkogatan and Södran on Mejeriet.
Music in Lund
The musical life is very rich in Lund, and the regrowth is in safe hands thanks to the musical education at Lund’s School of Arts – Kulturskolan. In Lund there are several small ensembles which play classical music and arrange concerts on a regular basis. The Mejeriet Cultural Centre is an amazing stage for pop and rock as well as for jazz and blues. Grand Hotel hosts the very popular Grand Soul & Jazz every year. The Song Festival in early August has become a much appreciated tradition as well.
Song tradition is strong in Lund. The most well known choir is the Lund University Male Choir – Lunds Studentsångare, which every May 1st sings to the arrival of the spring on the stairs of the university´s main building, which is broadcast on national television. Svanholm singers is another male choir which tours the world with great success.
Lund Choral Festival takes places every second year, involving several thousand choir singers. The Spontaneous Choir – Spontankören rehearses almost every week in the Svaneskolan school, welcoming everyone who takes joy in singing.
The municipal art gallery by the Mårtenstorget square was created by local architect Klas Anshelm in 1957. The gallery is a scene for international and Swedish contemporary art. The gallery is open all week except for Mondays, and entry is free. Every Thursday and Sunday at three pm there are free guided tours open for all. Tuesday-Friday at 12.15 there is a lunch tour.
The Student Town Lund
Having Lund University’s near forty thousand strong student body in town, naturally puts its mark on Lund all year round. Year round and around the clock you can see students in tailcoats and evening dresses on their way to or from the many student balls. Walpurgis Night, or the Last of April, as the day is called in Lund, is the students’ greatest festivity. Then up to twenty-five thousand students get together in a gigantic party in the City Park.
The fall semester starts with the initiation ceremonies. The first Saturday of April, called the Toddy Day, is the medical students’ own day. You will then most likely be entreated by insistent Toddy-magazine sellers. This is also the day when the city’s children get to chase the “fox” in Lundagård park among many other playful activities.
Markets and Flea markets
Monday-Saturday the lively market on the Mårtenstorget offers of fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish from local growers and producers.
A flea market is held every Saturday during the greater part of the year, at Södra Esplanaden.
Mårtenstorget Monday-Saturday 6.30 am – 2 pm
Clemenstorget Monday-Saturday 6.30 am – 6 pm
Södra Esplanaden Saturday 6.30 am – 3 pm
Why not come along on one of the many guided city walks that are available year long and have several different themes: Lund’s backyards, Lund in the literature, Strindberg’s Lund, Ghosts and Oddities, Strolls in the Old Town, etc. All information about the city walks are available at the Tourist Office on the Stortorget square.
There are many public works of art in Lund by great Swedish and international artists. Among the most well know are Eduardo Chillida’s “Spacefield of Peace” on the Stortorget square, and Egon Möller’s “Tufsen” which is loved by the generations of children that have played by it at the City Park playground.