A city ageing with beauty
Lund has aged with beauty over the last 1000 years and the central parts of town still obtain the most charming old aspects, such as the medieval town planning with traditionally built houses lining the streets. The many colourful facades and crooked cobblestone streets contribute to Lund’s friendly and cosy feel. With its 1000 years of existence, Lund is one of Sweden’s oldest cities. The magnificent cathedral from the 1100’s, and the world-famous university from the 1600’s have both shaped the city, which today is synonymous with history, culture, knowledge and innovation.
Uppåkra - the original Lund?
Uppåkra is five kilometers south of Lund, where Southern Sweden's largest and longest-lasting iron age settlement has been discovered. There are theories that this was the original Lund, which was moved around 1,000 years ago to its current position. Here, over 20,000 objects have been discovered including gold, silver and bronze, some of which you can see at the Historical Museum in the centre of Lund.
Historic churches in Lund
Several of Lund's many churches carry a rich history. In Dalby there is the Holy Cross church, consecrated in 1060, when Denmark was divided into nine dioceses, one of which in Dalby. It is the oldest preserved stone church in the Nordic region, and visitors can find relaxation, energy and admire the beautiful interior. Lund Cathedral is the most visited church in Sweden, but not the oldest. It was consecrated in 1145. One of the famous attractions in the cathedral is the astronomical clock from around 1424.
The underground church in central Lund
Drottens Kyrkoruin, two floors under today's surface, is an excellent place to explore in central Lund. There's an underground medieval museum with a buried stone church from the 11th century. The museum contains excavated remains from one of Lund's oldest and most interesting church buildings displaying finds from excavations.
The Battle of Lund
December 4, 1676 was a terrible day in the city’s history. It was when the battle of Lund took place. The invading Danish army fought the Swedish army in a battle to rule Skåne. About 21,000 soldiers fought and it is one of the bloodiest battles on Nordic soil, with around 9,000 Danish and 5,000 Swedish soldiers being killed. Today you can see signs where the different parts of the battle occurred, they are marked out in a folder you can download/link/ here or download from our store. Try the app to experience the battle.
Visit historical sites
It is difficult to visit Lund without enjoying its cultural heritage. At Kulturen, Lunds Open Air Museum, you can go back in time. In an area of two blocks you can go into old houses and see how people lived in southern Sweden in the past. For more ideas check out our visitor guide, /link/ or download brochures and maps here/link/. You can also visit our Tourist Information Office to find out more.