The historic university campus of Lund is an hour’s drive from Malmö.
Today, about 120,000 people live here and half of them are students of Lund University.
Lund — one of the oldest Swedish cities, was founded in 990 by the king of Denmark, Sven I, the Fertilizer (the son of Harold Sine-teeth). At that time, Skåne was part of Denmark.
One hundred years later, Lund became the center of the Scandinavian archbishopric. That is why the main cathedral of Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia was built here (before the transfer of the region of Sweden) — the Lund Cathedral, where the chair of the only archbishop in Scandinavia was located, and the kings met with the nobility. Lund was the spiritual center and was called Northern Rome.
In 1658, the Diocese of Lund was transferred to Sweden, but after 18 years the Danes tried to return Scone.
In 1676, the most bloody battle of the Danes with the Swedes took place near Lund, which was a turning point in the war for the Skåne region.
Due to the destruction and fires, most of the city was destroyed, but some buildings were still able to be saved.
Today the city lives a rich cultural life — film festivals, festivals of humor and literature are held annually, the Harvest Festival and Walpurgis Night are vigorously celebrated.
In summer, the region’s largest organic festival is held: everything from music to food is organic and healthy, and at Christmas the Christmas fair takes place here.
The city has many interesting museums, for example:
Kulturen Open-air Historical Museum (www.kulturen.com)
Museum of Life, Science Center, Museum of Sketches, Gallery of Modern Art (www.lundskonsthall.se).
Almost all the streets in the center of Lund are pedestrian, so the main mode of transport in the city is a bicycle.
The cathedral was built in 1080-1085. This is the best example of the Romanesque style in Scandinavia.
The cathedral has five organs: the main one (one of the largest in Sweden) plays concerts on Saturdays at 10 am, and the smallest plays a melody twice a day in the astronomical clock of the cathedral.
The astronomical clock of the 15th century plays music twice a day — at 12.00 and 15.00.
In the cathedral, you can visit the ancient crypt, which remains unchanged from 1123 to see a lot of sculptures. For example, the figure of a man hugging a column.
According to legend, this is the Giant Finn, who grabbed the pillar to destroy the temple, but was turned into stone by the monks.
The cathedral is open to the public daily from 9.00 to 18.00.
In addition to worship services, solemn ceremonies for awarding the degree of doctor are held here.
Also, concerts of sacred music are often held here. Thanks to its location in good weather, the cathedral is visible in many parts of the Skane region.
Kyrkogatan 6 222 22 Lund
Grand Hotel (Grand Hotel Lund)
The hotel is located in the heart of Lund between the two main pedestrian streets with shops — Klostergatan and Lilla Fiskaregatan, a five minute walk from the Central Railway Station. Lund’s main hotel is a luxurious 19th century building with Art Nouveau interiors, Persian carpets and crystal chandeliers. Each of the 83 rooms has an individual design, for example, there is a number for ladies in pink with a basket for knitting (scarves, knitted by guests, are annually sold at auction, the proceeds from which go to the Red Cross).
For men — billiards, sauna, cigar room and wine cellar.
Bistro Gambrinus and Grand’s Matsal Restaurant
The Grand Hotel has two gastronomic places of power — the Gambrinus Bistro and the Grand’s Restaurant Matsal with a cigar lounge and an impressive wine cellar, one of the top five in Sweden!
In the collection of about 10,000 bottles of excellent wine.
The most expensive — Romaneeconti 1989, 15,000 crowns per bottle.
But the cuisine here is very refined, because the chefs are the numerous winners of the “Best Chef of the Year” award, local stars Robert Nilsson and Martin Hanson.
For their classic Scandinavian dishes, they use only local organic products that are procured by local farmers.
There is even a map in the kitchen, where the flags of all suppliers are marked with flags.
True, due to the volatility of the eco-harvest, every two weeks the menu is updated.
The covered market in Lund has been a meeting place for food men since 1909. Then it was possible to buy fresh meat and milk, which brought farmers from around the area.
But over the past century, farmers gradually crowded out stores with standard products, and the market lost popularity.
A few years ago, the city authorities repaired and expanded the historical building of the market, thanks to which many cafes and restaurants with delicious food appeared here. This is where you can try Skone region specialties, for example, a pork sausage with spices (knake), which is made in Lund according to a secret recipe since 1907 and is served exclusively with mustard (11 kroner). In addition to local food, you can try dishes from almost all cuisines of the world: French, Italian, Chinese, Thai, American, etc.
Students and office workers have a favorite market place for lunch.
The Malmstens brothers are responsible for the fish in the market, which they only do not have: oysters, snails, and various types of fish, fresh, salted and smoked.
All this can be tasted right at the counter.
Cheese traders have more than 350 species.
If you buy one a week, then everything can be tried only after 7 years.
This cozy shop has been operating since 1932. Here you can buy everything you need for a delicious tea party: 300 types of tea from all over the world, 50 types of coffee, elegant porcelain cups, various cute things and accessories.
It was here that the original city tea was invented — Lundablend, the recipe of which is kept secret.