Day out Copenhagen: Medieval Lund

2015-12-25T15:37:02+00:0022 July 2015|Borders, Daytrip, Denmark, Sweden|

How about a pleasant day trip from Copenhagen which involves crossing an international border on a famous bridge?

I’m in Lund for the day, a city I’ve been meaning to visit for quite some time. With me, I have my iPhone, wallet and sunglasses. That’s all. Travelling super light today.

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Lund is a lively university town just 40 minutes from Copenhagen Airport by the Öresund train. If the name Öresund sounds familiar, you may have seen the Scandinavian crime series The Bridge, which I hear is rather popular in the UK. The series starts out with a body being discovered on the Öresund Bridge, right on the Danish/Swedish border.

From 990, this is one of two towns vying for the title Sweden’s oldest. Die-hards will claim the other contestant for the title, Sigtuna, is really the oldest. Lund might be equally old, they say, but this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark in the 900s, so Lund was Danish rather than Swedish then.

As I’m neither Swedish nor Danish, I’ll stay neutral in that particular dispute. And whether oldest or second oldest, history is very visible throughout town, from the 10th century rune stones in the front garden of the wonderful open-air cultural history museum Kulturen, to the imposing cathedral from 1103.

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As I wander along main street, I’m in for a spot of time travel as well: men in medieval garb on horses similarly decked out, rides past, to advertise for a jousting tournament at nearby Hovdala Castle.

My favourite part of Lund, however, is wandering through the narrow cobbled streets with the medieval, colourful architecture.

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It’s not all ancient history, of course. Lund has a lively art, café and pub scene, as one would expect from a university town. You’ll find plenty of places to enjoy fika, that ubiquitous Swedish tradition of socializing over coffee and cake. I try the rhubarb meringue pie (yum) at Patisserie near the cathedral. I also try the large, comfortable sofas outdoors at Kulturen, but only coffee this time; no room for any more cake.

There are numerous quaint and fun little shops as well. They draw me in, even though I’m not normally that interested in shopping.

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As the day turns to evening – a gliding transition during the Nordic summer – I’m reminded it’s time to cross the Bridge once again.

Have you been in Lund? Do you like day trips?

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12 Comments

  1. Gilla 23 July 2015 at 0708 - Reply

    Beautiful pictures and great story!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 July 2015 at 1317 - Reply

      Thanks, Gilla. So many beautiful spots in Scandinavia 🙂

  2. Rossi @ The Digital Nomad 27 July 2015 at 0736 - Reply

    I love the medieval architecture, and thanks for the great write up.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 July 2015 at 1317 - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

  3. Cathy Sweeney 29 July 2015 at 0613 - Reply

    For me, “..wandering through the narrow cobbled streets” of an old European city is often the highlight. Looks like I would enjoy Lund a lot. Thanks for the tip on a lovely side trip from Copenhagen as well as on the Scandinavian crime series. I’ll see if I can get it on Netflix.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 July 2015 at 1318 - Reply

      It’s an interesting series. I read somewhere that they did an American spin-off, too – on the border of the USA and Mexico.

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} 6 August 2015 at 0516 - Reply

    What a beautiful town! I love the colorful architecture. Wandering and getting lost on Europe’s cobblestoned streets is one of our favorite ways to see a city. This is great to know if we go back to Copenhagen. We did cross the Oresund Bridge when we were there to go to Malmo.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 October 2015 at 1621 - Reply

      Lund is just the next stop on the train after Malmø 🙂

  5. Ana O 12 August 2015 at 0033 - Reply

    You crossed a bridge into a different country, a different city and a different era! Love it!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 October 2015 at 1621 - Reply

      Me too 🙂

  6. Lev Raphael 16 October 2015 at 1559 - Reply

    I love The Bridge, jag pratar lite svenska, and I’ll be teaching in Lund next summer–can’t wait!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 October 2015 at 1620 - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Lev. Lund is a lovely town, you’ll enjoy your stay there, I’m sure 🙂

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