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Lund is a beautiful city in Southern Sweden that feels like taking a step back into the Middle Ages. Established in the year 900, it’s one of the oldest cities in Sweden and is filled with narrow, cobblestone streets, one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, and tons of lush, green spaces. Here are the best things to do in Lund, Sweden:
1. Explore Lund Cathedral
Lund Cathedral is almost one thousand years old, dating back to the 1100s. It’s one of the most beautiful churches in Sweden and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. There’s been a daily service held in Lund Cathedral for almost one thousand years straight, and its impressive history doesn’t stop there. The cathedral is also home to priceless artifacts, an opulent altar, and stalls that date back to the 1400s. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in the Nordic countries, so be sure to visit it and bring your camera.
2. Relax in the Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden in Lund lies in the heart of town. The lush garden makes a nice change from city life, and visitors can see over 7,000 different species of plants here. The foundations of a botanical garden have existed in Lund since the 17th century and the gardens have served as a place of respite for many locals over the centuries.
3. Visit the Kulturen Museum
The Kulturen open-air museum has around 20 exhibitions on subjects such as folk art, medieval history, and local and international culture. The museum also features replicas of buildings from medieval times to the 20th century, alongside beautifully-manicured gardens.
4. Walk around Stadsparken
Stadsparken is a picturesque park with scenic grassy areas, statues, and a nice cafe where guests can kick back with a cup of coffee. There’s also a bird museum with displays about local birdlife, plus a large playground for children. The center of the park features classical French and German gardens, while the rest of the park has an English landscape garden style. The park has hundreds of trees in a varied mixture of native and exotic woods.
5. Walk Lund’s Historic Streets
Stroll the old cobblestone streets in Lund’s historic center. See half-timber houses lining the street, alongside ancient stone-work and courtyards. Many of the houses are painted in pastel colors and the city center is incredibly charming and picturesque. Devote a few hours to purely walking and taking in the atmosphere.
6. Explore Lund University
As one of the oldest universities in Sweden, Lund University has its fair share of stunning historic architecture. The university is said to have been founded in the early 13th century and today it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. Spend some time strolling around the university and large gardens — it’s such a beautiful campus, you might even be tempted to go enroll!
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7. Go Shopping in a Historic Grocery Shop
Visit Hokeriet, which is Lund’s oldest grocery shop. The small store is set in a traditional timber building that was built in 1815. Stock up on food and craft items, or simply enjoy a coffee at the cafe. For history buffs looking to travel back in time, add these oldest countries in the world to your bucket list.
8. Visit the Flyinge Equestrian Center
Flyinge is one of the world’s oldest stud farms and is a great place to visit whether you’re a horse enthusiast or not. It’s free to enter, and visitors can walk around to see the horses and the ancient stud farm architecture.
9. Head Back in Time at the Kulturens Ostarp Farm
For a glimpse into Swedish agriculture in the early nineteenth-century visit Kulturens Ostarp, where you can see farm animals and ancient farm techniques still being used to this day. There’s a timber-framed farmhouse and an enclosed courtyard that are great to walk around. There’s also an old water mill and windmill on site.
10. Explore the Uppåkra Archaeological Center
Uppåkra is an archaeological center that lies just three miles south of Lund. It’s home to Southern Sweden’s largest Iron Age residency. From as early as the 1st century BCE until 1,000 ACE, Uppåkra was a large Iron Age city settlement. Discover more about some of the archaeological finds at the Lund University’s Historical Museum.