Lund is a university city in Scania, the southern part of Sweden. Lund is one of the oldest cities in Sweden and has also played an important part in Danish history. It has a population of about 90,000 people, and is only a few minutes away from the larger cities Malmö and Copenhagen. The University of Lund is the second oldest and one of the largest in all of Sweden. The city also has many high-tech companies. This tradition of world class research and high tech infrastructure certainly played a role in the decision to put the European Spallation Source (ESS) into Lund. The ESS will be the strongest neutron spallation source in the world when it opens in stages between 2023 and 2025.
Unlike most Swedish cities Lund has preserved its medieval non-regular street pattern. Even though it is very charming it also makes it rather difficult to navigate through the city. Unlike many other cities Lund also lacks major natural boundaries like rivers to navigate by. One of the few boundaries to orient by is the railway which runs in a north-south direction west of the city. The cathedral can also be used as a landmark in order to find your way through Lund.
The first major settlement in the area was a Viking-era village known as Uppåkra, 4 km south of present day Lund. This area was supposedly a cultural and religious centre with a pagan temple. Unlike other comparable sites, like Old Uppsala and Hedeby, it is not mentioned in written sources.
Around 990 Uppåkra was abandoned and Lund is established. The founding of Lund is often considered to be an important step in the founding of a unified Danish state. It soon became a Christian centre and in 1103 the Archdiocese of Lund became its own ecclesiastical province, including all of the Scandinavian countries. At the same time Lund Cathedral was built; according to local legend by "the giant Finn". Malmö was founded as a port city for the Archbishop of Lund, but came to eclipse its mother city as a commercial centre during the 15th century.
In 1658 Scania and Lund were conquered by Sweden. As a step in the "Swedification" of Scania the University of Lund was founded in 1666. Although it is the second oldest university in present day Sweden, it was the fifth Swedish university. (Universities were founded in Uppsala 1477, Tartu 1632, Åbo 1640 and in 1648 Vorpommern with the already existing University of Greifswald was incorporated into Sweden.) In an attempt to re-conquer the Scanian provinces Denmark launched the Scanian war against Sweden in 1675. In December 1676 Sweden won a decisive victory at the Battle of Lund - one of the bloodiest in Nordic history - and Scania stayed Swedish.
Copenhagen Airport CPH IATA is the largest Airport in the Nordic countries and the major point of entry to the Öresund-region. Lund is connected to Copenhagen and its airport by direct trains. Malmö 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 Malmö, and 50 minutes and 140 kr from Copenhagen and its airport. All trains (pågatåg, öresundståg) stop at Lund, including the X-2000 expresses from Gothenburg and Stockholm. There are also buses from Malmö.
Lund is between the highways E6 and E22, which continue towards Malmö in the south. In the other direction the E22 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 is small enough to see most of it in an afternoon's walk. You can pick up a city map at the tourist office at Stortorget square (adjacent to the Town Hall).
Over 120 years after the first proposal, Lund finally opened its first light rail line in 2020. It goes from the main train station to the European Spallation Source science complex.
The local Skånetrafiken buses can get you to most areas of town. The hubs are around the train station, Botulfsplatsen, and the University Hospital (Universitetssjukhuset). Tickets are 25 kr for as far as you want to go, if you're under 19 it's 15 kr. If you are traveling as a pair or family, ask for a Duo ticket (45 kr) to save a few kronor. The Duo ticket is valid for a maximum of 5 people where max 2 of those are over 19. Two children under 7 can travel for free with an adult.
As in the rest of Skåne, the buses do not take cash, so you have to buy your ticket in advance. You can do this with an sms (if you have a Swedish sim card) or at the Pressbyrån stores, there are three by the station and one by Botulfsplatsen. The yellow, regional, busses take credit cards.
The best places to catch a cab is by the train station or by Botulfplatsen.
- 1 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.
- 2 Ingvar Kamprad Design Centrum, Sölvegatan 26. Part of the Lund University LTH and home of the Industrial Design program; the building was funded by Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
- 3 University Hall (Universitetshuset), Paradisgatan 2 (In Lundagård garden). A grand classicist building inaugurated in 1882.
- 4 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 Uppåkra, the nearby archaeological site of what was probably southern Sweden's biggest town during the Stone and Iron Ages.
- 5 Lunds Konsthall, Mårtenstorget 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.
- 6 Kulturen, Tegnérsplatsen 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.
- 7 Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and 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.
- 8 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.
- 9 Uppåkra Arkeologiska Center (Uppåkra Archaeological Centre), Stora Uppåkravägen 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 Uppåkra. 50 kr.
- 10 Botaniska trädgården (Botanical Garden), Östra 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.
- 11 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.
Being a university town, Lund has good arts and entertainment for its size.
- 1 Filmstaden, Västra Mårtensgatan 12, ☏ . The main cinema which shows all the blockbusters.
- 2 Kino, Kyrkogatan 3, ☏ . Movie theater which has a good art-movie schedule.
- [dead link] Lunds Judoklubb, Springgatan 3, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Södergatan 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 Teaterförening, ☏ . Often performing, using several stages around the city.
- 1 Clemenstorget (By the train station). On this square there are often different shops and flea markets stalls.
- 2 Hökeriet, S:t Annegatan 9, ☏ . Sa Su 12:00-16:00. A gifts and souvenirs shop reconstructed into a traditional store from the early 1900. It is run by the organization Kulturen.
- 3 Nova Lund, Företagsvägen 10 (Some 3 km North of the city center). M-F 10:00-20:00, Sa Su 10:00-17:00. A large shopping mall.
- 4 Saluhallen, Mårtenstorget 1. A market hall with plenty of restaurants and food stores, including a Systembolaget alcohol retail store.
- 5 Världsbutiken Klotet, Stora Tomegatan 48, ☏ . M-F 11:00-18:00, Sa 11:00-15:00. A fair trade gifts and souvenirs store.
- 1 Cyrus, Allhelgona kyrkogata 4, ☏ . M-F 11:30-22:00, Sa 16:00-22:00. This Persian restaurant is a little run-down, but their marinated grilled chicken pieces ("Juje kebab") are simple and delicious.
- 2 Govindas, Bredgatan 28, ☏ . Hare krishna vegetarian lunch restaurant. Unusual and often tasty food.
- 3 Lundafalafel, Stora Södergatan 5 (on the main street just south of Stortorget), ☏ . M-Th 11:00-22:00, F Sa 11:00-04:00, Su 12:00-22:00. A hole in the wall.
- 4 Mondo, Kyrkogatan 23 (Across from Lundagård), ☏ . This cafe serves great sandwiches, soups, and pie for reasonable prices. Crowded during lunch hours, although takeaway is available.
- 5 Pizzeria Portofino, Sofiavägen 3, ☏ . M-F 11:00-21:00, Sa Su 16:00-21:00. Friendly neighborhood pizzeria with delivery. 85 kr for a pizza.
- 6 Viggos Restaurang & Bar, Bangatan 1 (Located right next to the Central train station.), ☏ . M-Th 11:00-00:00, F Sa 11:00-01:00, Su 11:00-23:00. Without doubt the best and biggest burgers in town. You can even supersize them. Also offer beers. 75kr for a basic burger. Meals are 90-135 kr.
- 7 Italia Il Ristorante, Lilla Fiskaregatan 11, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00, F 11:30-22:00, Sa 12:00-22:00, Su 13:00-21:30. Great atmosphere, great pasta and great service. Probably the best Italian restaurant in town. Mains 105-240 kr.
- 8 M.E.A.T., Kattesund 8, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-23:00, F 11:30-00:00, Sa 12:00-00:00. Serves a modern US-inspired steak house cuisine. Great relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Usually fully booked during weekends, and during many weekdays as well, but there is a bar for drop-ins. Mains 190-275 kr.
- New Delhi Tandoor, Bantorget 5A, ☏ . Named the region's best Indian restaurant 2007 and 2008 by a local paper. Food served include a buffet. 149-169 kr.
- 9 Spisen, Kiliansgatan 15, ☏ . M Tu 11:00-23:00, W Th 11:00-01:00, F Sa 11:00-02:00, Su 11:00-23:00. Mid-range Swedish and Mexican. Mains 120-220 kr, pizzas 65-110 kr.
- 10 Stortorget, Stortorget 1, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-23:00, F Sa 11:30:01:00, Su 12:00-18:00. Reasonably priced good food. 120-220 kr.
- 11 Tatung, Bantorget 6, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-22:00, F 11:30-23:00, Sa 12:00-23:00, Su 13:00-22:00. Good, reasonably priced Chinese. Mains 100-130 kr.
- 12 V.E.S.P.A, Karl XI Gatan 1, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-22:00 F Su 12:00-22:00. Trendy restaurant just north of the station. Pizza and pasta using fresh ingredients. Mains 100-150 kr.
- 13 Grand Hotel, Bantorget 1, ☏ . M-F 11:30-23:00, Sa 13:00-00:00, Su 12:00-22:00. Serving good Swedish food in a classic atmosphere. Mains 245-425 kr.
- 14 Klostergatans Vin och Delikatess, Klostergatan 3, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-23:00, F 11:00-00:00, Sa 12:00-00:00. Great Swedish and French food with bread from the next door bakery, Patisseriet. Mains 220-300 kr.
The Student Nations
Ever since its founding the students of Lund University have organized themselves by geographical origin into Nations. Initially they worked as an extra family for the student, but today the 13 Nations are more oriented towards social activities such as bars and clubbing. They push alcohol prices to around half that of non-nation bars, but keep their activities exclusive to members and guests. As the Nations tend to crowd out non-nation nightlife, buying a nation card will greatly increase your bar options .
Anyone who has a valid student ID can buy a guest card. They cost 60 kr for a duration of 7 days, and can be bought at any nation during their office hours. It doesn't matter where you buy your guest card, as a guest card bought at any nation is valid at every nation.
- 1 Bishop's Arms, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 7, ☏ . M 16:00-22:00, Tu-Th 16:00-00:00 F Sa 16:00-01:00, Su 16:00-22:00. Expensive English pub with a good selection of British beers which are unfortunately often served ice-cold instead of the correct temperature. Good selection of whiskeys. Try the Röde Orm beer (78 kr), locally brewed in Lund.
- 2 The John Bull Pub, Bantorget 2, ☏ . M-Th 11:30-23:00, F Sa 11:30-01:00, Su 11:30-22:00. English pub with an impressive but overpriced selection of draft beers. Features a live dixieland jazz band every Tuesday night, and a karaoke contest on Saturdays.
- 3 Rauhrackel, Stora Algatan 5, ☏ . M-Sa 17:00-00:00. Austrian pub which serves lovely beer and nice, big sized, portions of mostly meat. Order a "meter of beer" to get a sample of some of the beers they offer.
- 4 Cafe Ariman, Kungsgatan 2, ☏ . M 11:00-00:00, Tu-Th 11:00-01:00, F Sa 11:00-03:00, Su 15:00-23:00. Where the alternative crowd hangs out. Also has a bunch of oldtimers who spend their days playing board games. The best coffee shop, also has beer and club events on weekends. It serves also soups (53 kr) and sandwiches for lunch. Beers around 50/60 kr.
- 5 Coffee Break, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 3, ☏ . M-F 08:00-20:00 Sa Su 09:00-19:00.
- 6 Graffiti Cafe, Stora Gråbrödersgatan 4, ☏ . M-F 10:30-21:00, Sa 10:00-19:00, Su 11:00-19:00.
- 7 [dead link] Martas Café, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 6 (In the City Library), ☏ . Sep-Apr M-F 08:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 11:00-16:00, Apr-Sep M-Th 08:00-19:00 F 08:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-15:00.
- 8 Mormors Bageri, Fältspatvägen 1A, ☏ . M-F 06:00-17:00, Sa 07:00-16:00. A pastry and cafe.
- 2 Hotel Concordia, Stålbrogatan 1, ☏ . Good central location. Rooms are run down and way below its four star rating. Double from 1200 kr.
- 3 Hotel Djingis Khan, Margaretavägen 7, ☏ . A ways from the center, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Apartment rooms available for long-term stays. Doubles from 850 kr.
- 4 Hotel Finn, Dalbyvägen 20, ☏ . Modern and fresh. A bit away from the center. Double from 670 kr.
- 5 Hotel Lundia, Knut den Stores torg 2, ☏ . Just a block from the train station. Doubles from 1250 kr.
- 6 Scandic Hotel Star, Glimmervägen 5, ☏ . A bit away from the center. Scandic-Hotels standard hotel. Doubles from 750 kr.
Lund is an extremely safe town by international standards and there is no need to avoid certain areas. Even late-night walks through the darkest and most desolate back streets are relatively safe and most local residents walk home at night without any second thought.
On weekend nights, you may encounter rowdy groups of drunk people (mostly students). However, they are seldom violent to third persons unless you engage them.
Other than rampant bicycle theft, crime is virtually non-existent.
The only violence you are likely to encounter is from night club/student nation bouncers, which are notoriously rough.
- The 7-Eleven on Lilla Fiskaregatan 5 has three workplaces for Sidewalk Express, an internet-point chain. You can pay with a credit card (30kr for 2h of surfing) and use your code in other towns too.
- 3 Public Library (Lund Stadsbibliotek), Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 6, ☏ . M-Th 09:00-20:00, F 09:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 13:00-17:00.
- Tourist Information, Botulfsgatan 1A on Stortorget, ☏ . M-Th 08:00-16:30, F 08:00-16:00. has computers to use for 15 minutes.
- There's no more main post office, but most major convenience stores have post office branches inside where you can buy and send everything from postcards to bigger parcels.