Skåne is Sweden’s southernmost province. In English they sometimes talk about Scania. Although the area of Skåne is only 3% of Sweden, there still live more than 1 million people in the region (more than 13% of the Swedish population). The opening of the Öresund Bridge in 2000 had a major (positive) impact on the region.
The capital of Skåne is Malmö. Other well known towns are Lund, Helsingborg, Kristianstad, Trelleborg and Ystad. Skåne was originally Danish. Following the Roskilde Peace in 1658 Skåne became part of Sweden.
In Skåne you will find the oldest Swedish highway. In 1953 they built the first motorway of Sweden between Malmö and Lund. The oldest, still operational airport can be found in Skåne. Ljungbyhed Airport has been in function since 1910. In the 80s it was even the busiest airport of Sweden!
Lund University is one of Scandinavia’s largest universities. After Uppsala, it is also Sweden’s oldest university. There are several faculties. Universitet Lund is also popular with foreign students. Many lectures are also held in English. If I had to start over, I would have liked to study in Lund for a year or more!
If you walk through Lund, you will see several buildings related to the university. The university’s main building dates back to 1882 and was designed by Helgo Zettervall.
Besides the buildings of the university and the university library (photo at the top), there are also the buildings of the “Nation”. These are a kind of student associations.
I took the photo below in one of the university buildings while on a tour there. However, I can’t remember exactly where this was. If you happen to know, you can always let me know!
The university library is a beautiful building. The ivy makes it look different every season.
Hökeriet in Lund is undoubtedly the most adorable little shop I have ever seen. It is part of Kulturen, which I wrote about earlier.
In Hökeriet you shop as it used to be – around the turn of the century (1900). On the shelves you can see packaging from that period. Nowadays you can buy local juices, jam and “karameller”. You can have a drink on the spot in the former Hökaren office. Definitely worth a visit!
History of Hökeriet in Lund
The yellow house on the corner of Sankt Annegatan and Tomegapsgatan was built around 1815. In 1898 Elisabeth and Jöns Larsson opened their shop E.H. Larsson Win- & Diverseaffär. The billboard is still hanging above the entrance of Hökeriet in Lund. Part of the current shop layout is also original from the Larssons. This was supplemented with items from another “hökeri” from Lund, namely this one from Anna Perssons in Norrtull.
In a hökeri you could mainly find food, but they also had sewing thread and snus in their offer. Some hökerier also sold home made meals that were especially popular with single men and students. A hökeri was also a little newsagent and you could have a drink there too.
In 1962 Kulturen bought the shop in Lund and brought Hökeriet back to the turn of the last century.
What can you see and do in Hökeriet today?
Nowadays you buy local products such as juice, jam and honey in Hökeriet. Popular there are the candies that they still pack in a kind of cone bag like in the old days.
You can also go for fika on the spot: the coffee is always waiting for you! As a sweet treat they serve waffles with whipped cream and jam and they also have a limited range of fikabröd.
How to reach Hökeriet in Lund?
Hökeriet is within walking distance of Lund station. You will find the shop around the corner from Kulturen.
Address: S: t Annegatan 9, Lund
The shop is usually open on Saturdays and Sundays. Limited opening hours and deviations are possible. Volunteers keep Hökeriet open. Just like any other shop, admission is free, but buying something small or having a drink is certainly appreciated.
Like most cities in Sweden, the university town of Lund in Skåne also has many parks and greenery. The largest park is the City Park or Stadsparken in Swedish. Stadsparken came into existence in 1911 and celebrated its 100th anniversary a few years ago. It is one of the favorite places for Lundabor (residents of Lund) to have a picnic. There is also no shortage of sports options in this park. There are running routes, fields for various ball sports and even for boules. There is even a real climbing track and a skate park.
What I especially remembered about Stadsparken in Lund is the gigantic playground. It had only been opened when I was there in 2016 and it didn’t resemble to any public playground I had seen before. This really is a fantastic place for children to let off steam! Don’t you want to play in such a castle?
Walpurgis Night in City Park Lund
On April 30, Stadsparken is the place to be for those who want to celebrate Walpurgis Night. About 15,000 people gather in the park for a spontaneous party. (Due to corona, the park will be exceptionally closed on this day in 2020 and 2021.)
The city park is accessible free of charge. There are public toilets in the park. Are you bringing your dog? Then know that it is mandatory to keep the dog on a lead.
How do you get to City Park in Lund?
The park is located in the southwest of the city. Stadsparken is about 600 meters from Lund C station.
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