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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

Back in time: Kulturen in Lund

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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 (1)

The first houses

In the open air museum you can find authentic buildings from all over Sweden. The association 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.


Kulturen Lund (1)

The Church of Bosebo is a wooden church from 1652. The church stood in Bosebo in 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.

Kulturen Lund (2)

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



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.

Practical information

Kulturen Lund (2)

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.

15 March 2017

Botanical garden in Lund

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The Botanical Garden in Lund (Botaniska trädgården) is part of the university. The garden is centrally located in Lund, the university town in southern Sweden. When I was there for the first time, it was snowing. The garden was covered in white and looked so lovely! A few months later I went back when the flowers were in full bloom. Also Café Botan was opened at this second visit (from the Easter holidays until September).

Botaniska tradgarden in Lund (2)

Botanical garden of the university of Lund

Botaniska tradgarden Lund (1)

The Botanical Garden in Lund has a unique collection of more than 7,000 different plants, flowers and trees and is part of the University of Lund. The garden has been constructed in 1690 in another place (where now the main building of Lund’s University stands) and moved some 100 years later to its current location along Östra Vallgatan, in Tornalyckan district. By 1868 the main part of the plants were moved already.

Botaniska tradgarden Lund (2)

In the vast (8 ha) garden you’ll find some university buildings, the Botanical Museum (Botaniska museet) and Gula villan. There are also a number of art works by Swedish artists. The garden still serves as a research area for the university of Lund.

Botaniska tradgarden in Lund (1)

The greenhouse

Botaniska tradgarden Lund (4)

In the middle of the botanical garden of Lund you will find a conservatory greenhouse with over 2,000 species of plants and trees from nine different climate zones. You will find plants from the desert and from the rainforest. The greenhouse dates back to 1865. They regularly hold plant-related exhibitions in the adjacent Orangerie. When I was there in the winter I liked feeling in the tropics while outside it was snowing. Definitely search for the palmtree of more than 100 years!

Good to know:

The garden opens every morning at 6am and stays open until 20h (winter) or 21:30 (summer months). Access, even to the greenhouse, is free. The greenhouse is open daily between 11am and 15h.
In the middle of the garden, next to the conservatory you will find Café Botan. This is a great place for fika or simply to give your legs some rest while wandering around. They are only open during the summer months. Café Botan is part of the well known Patisseriet.

Botaniska tradgarden Lund (3)

5 March 2017