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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!

12 hours in Lund

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At barely 20 minutes from Malmö you will find the only city in the world that is not close to water and that could still conquer my heart. The university town of Lund is small enough to immediately make you feel at home, but large enough to discover new, nice addresses even after a few visits.

Perfect day trip from Malmö

Lund is a perfect day trip from Malmö. The city has 115,000 inhabitants, 40,000 of which are students. In the summer months Lund can feel a bit empty. You have this in more Swedish cities when the inhabitants go to their summer houses, but because of the absence of the students you feel this even more in Lund.

In a few hours you can check off many highlights of the Swedish university city. Lund is a very relaxed city. Take your time to discover the town and Lund will certainly surprise you!

University town

Kunghuset Lund

We start our day with a walk in the university area of Lund. On Lundagård you can see both the main university building, Kunghuset (which was built in 1584 as the residence for the Danish king and later became the first main building of the university) and Lund Cathedral.

The university library is photogenic in all seasons.


In the morning we visit Kulturen. This is an open-air museum with also an indoor museum where you can learn more about how people used to live. Like a Skansen in miniature.

Kulturen Lund

The astronomical clock

After Kulturen, continue walking towards Lund Cathedral. The building is not only impressive from the outside, the main reason for a visit can be found inside. Here you will find a unique astronomical clock. You can see the clock’s spectacle at 12 noon and 3 pm.

Domkyrka Lund

Have lunch in Saluhallen

For a nice lunch we go to Saluhallen. Here you can choose from various restaurants, anything from Asian to Swedish. For a quick bite or for a more extensive lunch.

Botaniska trädgården

Botaniska trädgården Lund

Another place that is enchantingly beautiful in any season is the Lund Botanical Garden. Here you can discover many unique plant and flower species. On cold winter days you can warm up in the greenhouse and on hot summer days it is nice and cool in the shadow of the many trees.

Botaniska trädgården Lund


A real must see is Hökeriet. This is a small grocery store from a bygone era. You see old packaging on the shelves and you can also buy traditionally made sweets and juices.


Of course you get a bit tired of all that discovering and walking around time. Ideal for a typical Swedish coffee break at St. Jakobs Stenugnsbageri. Order a kanelbulle with coffee or something else (personally I can really recommend the biskvier here).

Skissernas museum

Now that we regained some energy, we move on to the renovated Skissernas museum. This museum focuses on the artistic and creative process. Here, you will find, among other things, the largest collection of sketches in the world. Be sure to reserve enough time for a visit. The collections are spread over 6 buildings.

Skissernas museum


Want to get some fresh air? Especially in the summer months it is light for a long time and you can take an evening walk in the city park. If you are in Lund with children, you can certainly spend several hours here.


To end the day, we made diner reservations at Klostergatans vin- & delikatess (Klostergatan). My other favorite address Pintxos is unfortunately closed. I still hope they will reopen someday.

Practical information

How do you reach Lund?

From Malmö to Lund, it takes about 20 minutes. If you travel from Copenhagen with the Øresundståg, you can continue to Lund. You can of course also go to Lund by car. Parking in the center can be a bit more difficult. Most car parks are paying.

Tourist office

Be sure to visit the tourist office of Lund. They are happy to help you with all information and practical tips.

Toeristische dienst Lund

Hotels in Lund

I do a daytrip to Lund when I am in Malmö or in transit. But I once stayed the night in Winstrup. Other hotels that are on my list (but where I haven’t stayed myself yet) are Grand Hotel Lund and Scandic Hotel Star Lund.

Grand Hotel Lund

Want to spend the night in Lund? Compare the prices of hotels in Lund here.

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29 December 2020

Sankta Lucia: Bella Voce in Bosebo church in Lund

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Sankta Lucia

It was high on my wish list: Attending a Sankta Lucia celebration in Sweden. When I heard that a Lucia concert is held every year in the wooden Bosebo church of Kulturen in the pleasant town of Lund, it seemed a beautiful and unique opportunity for my first Lucia celebration.

Luciaconcert by Bella Voce

The Bosebo church in Kulturen in the university city of Lund has for years been the setting of a highly appreciated Lucia concert by the Bella Voce choir. The number of tickets is limited (even though the concert takes place 4 times that evening) and the tickets are sold out in no time every year. On the Facebook event you see messages popping up from people who almost beg for a ticket. So I was very happy that I could be there. Thanks to Visit Lund and Kulturen I was even allowed to sit on a privileged spot so I had an optimal view.

Candles and Lucia celebration

At 19h they turned off the lights in the church and it became silent. The choir walked into the church, with Lucia in the lead. As the tradition goes, Lucia wears a crown in her hair with real candles on. The other choir members follow, also dressed in a white robe with a red bow. They wear a wreath in their hair and hold a candle in their hands. The only light in the church came from the candles of the choir.

It was such an intense moment that I am convinced that every time I hear the song of Sancta Lucia, I will again be touched by the beautiful ceremony in that little wooden church in Lund. The choir performed more than 40 minutes and sang songs linked to Sankta Lucia and Christmas. Most of the songs were in Swedish, some in English. It was a truly breathtaking experience.

Bella Voce

In the Bella Voce choir there are only ladies who either study or have studied at the University of Lund. This ladies choir really brought magic. Their voices blended incredibly beautiful. If you are not in Lund around Lucia or can not get tickets for their Lucia concert, I can only recommend going to one of their other performances.

Bosebo church

I had been to Lund a few times and visited Kulturen before. I had already been in the Bosebo church and was impressed by this old wooden church. The Bosebo kyrka (= church) comes from Småland and dates from 1652. In 1894 the church would be demolished and replaced by a larger church. Luckily Kulturen could buy up the church, move and rebuild it in the open air museum in Lund.

The church organ (where I was allowed to sit very close to during the Lucia celebration) dates from 1773 and still works completely. When you look up, you see the painted ceilings (painted by Sven Nilsson Morin), also in good condition. The pulpit (1781) was decorated in rococo style by the same artist who did the painting. The church still serves as a setting for, among other things, baptism and marriage celebrations. More about the church can be found on the Swedish website.

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Sankta Lucia: Bella Voce in Bosebo church in Lund
13 December 2017

Back in time: Kulturen in Lund

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Kulturen Lund

One of the top things to see and do in Lund is the open-air museum Kulturen Lund. It is located in centre of the city and receives around 200,000 visitors each year. Kulturen Lund opened in 1892, making it the second open air museum in Sweden, just after Skansen in Stockholm that opened only a few months earlier.

Kulturen Lund

The first houses

In the open air museum you can find authentic buildings from all over Sweden. They bought houses and moved them to Lund to preserve the culture. The founder of the association was Georg Karlin and he took the initiative to buy the houses. The first houses that were bought were Herrehuset and Lusthuset. They bought these houses together with the big courtyard. These houses are still in their original place. Blekingegården was the first house that was purchased and moved to Lund. Also Borgarhuset, Uranäsboden and Måketorpsboden were part of the first collection of Kulturen Lund.

In 1894 the Bosebo church was moved to Kulturen. With this church they had a building of all the layers from the old society: nobility, priests, citizens and farmers. The following years there were many other historic buildings added to the collection.

Bosebo Kerk


The Church of Bosebo is a wooden church from 1652 and stood in Bosebo (Småland) until 1984. The Bishop of Småland, Esaias Tegner, ordered to replace a lot of wooden churches by larger (stones) churches. Kulturen Lund could therefore buy the church for a bargain. The wooden church was demolished, transported by train to Lund and rebuilt. Most wall paintings and the pulpit are the work of Sven Nilsson Morin from Gnosjö. The church is still used for weddings, baptisms and concerts.

Bosebo kerk

Events in Kulturen Lund

Throughout the year you can see how they used to live in the houses. There are also a lot of events. In May there is a folk music festival. In June they celebrate the national day (on the 6th of June) and the midsummer festival (on the Friday closest to the 21th of June). On the eve of St. Lucia there is a special ceremony in the old Bosebo church.

Plafond Bosebo kerk Kulturen Lund


The old grocery Hökeriet is also part of Kulturen. You won’t find Hökeriet in the open air museum but on the corner of Tomegapsgatan and St. Annegatan. The house dates back to 1827. The store opened in 1855. Until 1957 it was the local grocer. In 1962 Kulturen bought the building and now volunteers run Hökeriet. You can also go to Hökeriet for fika.

Hökeriet Lund

Practical information

How to reach Kulturen?

Kulturen is within walking distance of Lund Cathedral. Walk along the back of the cathedral and you will find Kulturen one street away.

Address: Tegnérsplatsen 6, Lund

Kulturen Lund

Opening hours

For up to date opening times of Kulturen in Lund you can have a look on their website. Under 18 admission is free. They regularly organize special activities for children.

During the summer months there are more things to experience in Kulturen Lund so I would recommend to go then but in the winter it is definitely worth a visit as well. I was there the first time when there was a little snow. The museum at the entry learns you more about the history and culture of Skåne. At the entrance you can find rune stones. Just outside Lund, in Östarp you can visit a second museum run by Kulturen in an old farmhouse.

Kulturen Lund Rikstelefon

In the neighborhood

Hotels in the neighborhood

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15 March 2017