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Sweden's southernmost national park is only little, but to someone from further north, it is still exotic. It is mainly famous for its beech forest which is hardly a unique scenery in continental Europe, but quite rare in Scandinavia. You can stroll along the paths, beginning by this parking place with its pretty stone wall. Should you be a real trekker, you can buy a map and carry on towards the Torna Hällestad beech forest or to the nearby Billebjer hill with its views of the surrounding countryside. Or why not Skrylle bird area which are also in the neighbourhood, although a bit more crowded than the others due to easy access and a visitors centre. I will make separate tips on these when I have photos. The area all this is in, just east of Lund, is gorgeous with rolling forested hills full of lovely farms and the odd historical ruin as it is on the verge of the Romele Ridge, and you can check my general Dalby page for further information on things to see and do. The national park is hard to reach by public transport but it IS walkable from Dalby itself and if you visit in May to early June or mid August to September, you can go with the Nature Bus (see second link below).
Address: Dalby Söderskog
Directions: Follow the road signs out of Lund towards Sjöbo, then further signs to Dalby.
Other Contact: http://www.naturbussen.se
Dalby is the oldest stone church in all the Nordic countries and one of the loveliest churches I have seen in Sweden. Its official name is the Church of the Holy Cross and its history starts in 1060 when the Danish king Sven Estridsen gave Lund and Dalby their own bishoprics instead of belonging to Roskilde. Bishop Egino of Hildesheim in Germany was invited to build a church and this he did in local Scanian stone. If you enter the church, you will see a stone column from this time which has its equal in Hildesheim Cathedral! The church has since been expanded for centuries and in the 13th century it was a lot bigger than today and resembled many of today's German cathedrals if you are to believe the church leaflets. This kept happening until the 15th century when it also included a monastery. Then came the reformation in the 16th century and the adjacent monastery was closed and the property given to the Crown which lead to the church being short of funds and so it shrunk again until at 1758 it got to what we see today.
The interior is incredibly nice and apart from the stone pillar mentioned earlier also has a font made by a 12th century Gotland stonemason. The crypt (fifth pic) is a miniature Lund version with the additional well in a corner and it is this well that was previously used as a local gathering point in times of reckoning (see Dalby Court Hall tip). You can read more about the village on my Dalby page.
Directions: In the middle of Dalby village.
The most famous item currently on display here is the "Uppåkra lion" recently found in excavations at the ancient village of Uppåkra just outside Lund and making international headlines thanks to looking like a prehistoric Mickey Mouse. As with other museums, it is closed Mondays. To be ctd.
Address: Kraftstorg 1, Lund
Directions: Behind the cathedral.
Phone: 046-222 00 00
No, it cannot be compared to Aachen, York or St Pete's but it is nevertheless one of the most visited buildings in Sweden and said to be the foremost piece of roman architecture in Scandinavia. Most people come to see the astronomical clock play twice a day (12.00/13.00 or 15.00) or to see Finn, the giant, a legend associated with Lund. The oldest part of the cathedral is the crypt from the 1080s (see travelogue) whilst the twin towers are only from the 19th century. Through the Historical Museum, you have access to the Cathedral museum where you can learn more about it.
Lund Botanical Gardens was founded in the university area near the cathedral in the 17th century. It then grew during its heydays when Swedish botanist Linnaeus also got his only academic qualifications in life here, before going on to greater world achievements in Uppsala. Finally, it outgrew its place in the citycentre and moved to the place it has now, at the edge of the centre, in the late 19th century. Today, apart from the research done here, you will find a lovely park to stroll around in along with students and locals, and the hothouses have enough to keep you interested for a while, certainly if you have young children.
Directions: Follow signs from the cathedral.
Lund and Uppsala are the "Oxbridges" of Sweden and "the" places to have studied. Whilst Uppsala is the oldest in Sweden, Lund University was founded in 1666 to tie the newly aquired former Danish provinces closer to Sweden. Today, there are 34000 students enrolled which makes the city very academic even if some of them study in Helsingborg and Malmö too.
One of the oldest open air museums in Scandinavia, this museum ("the Culture") houses buildings from all over southern Sweden, both beautiful and historical. Apart from that, the museum houses exhibitions on Lund history (which to a Swede means Danish history until mid 17th century!), other historical facts, fashion and textile and other art related things. In the garden and at the entrance you will find several viking rune stones and the restaurant has a decent buffet. See more pictures in my travelogue.
These stones did not stand here (Lundagård, near the university) originally, but in various places around the county. It is still nice to be able to see them here as many stones have been smashed up by farmers by mistake as they are often found in agricultural areas. Most stones here are from Christian times although there are earlier ones in Skåne. They all have messages in memory of brave warriors who died abroad or similar in runic script. You will find more stones in the Kulturen museum and in the University library and can mail me for more all over Sweden if this appeals to you.
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