I spent approximately 5 hours in Lund, Sweden, and it was the perfect amount of time (of course I could have stayed longer, but we were just stopping by). I took the train from Copenhagen, and in less than an hour, we had arrived in Lund. It is one of the oldest cities in Sweden, dating back to the 10th century.
It’s a quaint village. Small, with an atmosphere that almost makes you want to whisper. This town is a bit off the beaten path, and because it is so small, you can easily hang around for half a day and see the city by foot. It is the perfect day trip if you’re visiting from Copenhagen or another part of Sweden.
The train from Copenhagen is wonderful. It’s fast, relaxing, and fields of yellow rapeseed make up the view for most of the ride. Throughout Lund, there are cobblestone streets, tiny, colorful houses (it reminded me a bit of Ireland) and bikes.
This town was a very important one during the Middle Ages, both religiously and culturally (It still resembles a town from the Middle Ages in my opinion!). I’ve compiled a small list of how to spend your day in Lund, Sweden.
See the Lund Cathedral
This cathedral dates back to 1050. The outside is gray and faded and looks like a castle, with two towers on either side of it. It is a large structure for the surrounding area and very hard to miss. A lot of changes have been done to the cathedral since 1050, due to fires and internal reconstruction. The inside is dark but beautiful as well, with organs, tall ceilings, and even a crypt.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
Beautiful, vibrant flowers is the sight to see in this park. They are golden yellow, magenta, and purple, and stick out especially if it’s overcast (like it was when I went). As you walk through the park, nature surrounds you with 7,000 different plant species. There is a greenhouse in the center of the park as well.
This residential area in Lund mimics a type of setting that would have been found in the Medieval Era. It is near the Botanical Gardens. Made up of cobblestone, crooked windows, and wooden doors, it’s a nice scenery change especially if you are coming from Copenhagen.
Visit Lundågard Park
This park is situated between Lund University (which is Sweden’s second oldest University) and the Lund Cathedral. In the center of the park is a large statue. As a nature lover, I found this park and the Botanical Gardens very pretty and a great place to rest after walking around for hours.
Eat at Saluhallen
Saluhallen is a food market in the center of the city. There are many different kinds of restaurants to choose from, and they have food that ranges from local Swedish food to international food. They even have an American Store!
This market opened just a few years ago. There are also cozy cafes and restaurants every couple of feet throughout Lund. I ate at Cafe Mondo, and their food was scrumptious. I highly recommend their chai latte. I had a green spinach salad with hummus, eggplant, tomato, avocado sandwich on sourdough bread. It was gone in less than a minute.
If anyone else has visited Lund and has any other recommendations of what to do in the city, please feel free to comment!