Saturday, August 10, 2019

Quick trip to Lund and Malmo, Sweden

An afternoon exploring Lund and Malmo Sweden

Ambling Around Lund and Malmӧ in Sweden

Øresund Bridge connects Denmark and Sweden making it easy to add a visit to Sweden onto a trip to Copenhagen. We opted to take a tour for this portion of the trip and enjoyed a nice spot to view the Øresund from Sweden.


Admiring the Øresund Bridge at a viewpoint in Sweden.
Admiring the Øresund Bridge!

The Øresund Bridge is both bridge and tunnel. We noticed it when we first flew into Copenhagen and marveled about it. Little did we know we would be driving across the Øresund a few days later. We savored the spectacular weather and views of the magnificent structure!

While we did enjoy our tour of Lund in Malmo, in the future we would probably visit on our own. We just did not have enough time to look around as much as we would have like to. You can take the train connecting via the airport. The trains run pretty often, so definitely an option!

Romanesque Lund Cathedral sits prominently. You can't help but admire it beauty.
Romanesque Lund Cathedral sits prominently. You can't help but admire it beauty.
Lund

Lund Cathedral proves a stunning focal point for the city. The cathedral was consecrated in 1145. In the 1200's a fire resulted in extensive reconstruction of the cathedral. The church houses an enormous astronomical clock that was constructed in about 1380. Really, it is a sight to behold you will get a little lost in all of the dials! What an incredible piece!

The astronomical clock in Lund is mesmerizing! So much to study!
The astronomical clock in Lund is mesmerizing! So much to study!
We are so fortunate this piece crafted so long ago is here today to appreciate and learn from. A little more of the detail:


Lund University:

Near Lund Cathedral is Lund University as well as a few museums. For me, the library was quite a breathtaking site. The ivy melding with brick and Swedish design was so picturesque. Lund University Library was established in 1668 and is one of Sweden's oldest. Lund University itself was founded in 1666. So, a walk around treats you to a number of historical buildings.

The Lund University Library is quite picturesque with the melding of ivy and brick.
The Lund University Library is quite picturesque with the melding of ivy and brick.

Lund's Botanical Garden

Lund's Botanical Garden creates a relaxed natural experience. We visited on a gorgeous summer day and plenty of visitors were moseying about and relaxing. In addition to several gardens, there were a few greenhouses. Admission is free. Such a spectacular place to lounge around! I can truly appreciate why we found so many people enjoying its environs during our visit!



Kulturen:

Kulturen is an open air museum in Lund full of historic buildings. Some are from Lund and others have been moved from other parts of Sweden. You can see some of Kulturen's buildings from outside. If we had more time, I would have preferred to pay for admission and go inside. Pictured below are a student house constructed in the 18th century and the Dean's House which has portions constructed in the 13th century.

Historic buildings of Kulturen date back to the medieval times to the 1900's in Lund, Sweden.
Historic buildings of Kulturen date back to the medieval times to the 1900's.

Malmӧ

From Lund, we headed for an afternoon in Malmӧ. We visited Lilla Torg which is a market area and the nearby square with the stunning Malmӧ Town Hall. The town hall was constructed in 1546 and renovated in the 1800's.


We strolled around the alleys surrounding the Lilla Torg in Malmӧ. You will discover some of the oldest buildings in Malmӧ  here.

The Merchant's House from the garden in Lilla Torg of Malmo
The Merchant's House from the garden.
We visited the old merchant's house dating to the late 16th century. There is a quaint inner garden which dates to the 1700's.

Malmӧhus Castle stands regally over its surrounding moat.
Malmӧhus Castle stands regally over its surrounding moat.

We walked over to Malmӧhus Castle which dates to the 15th century. It has also been used as a fort and a prison. Today it is a museum. The castle is very beautiful and there is a nice spot nearby for a little repose.

Turning Torso

Our last stop in Malmӧ was a photo stop to take a nice look at the Turning Torso building. The building is quite a architectural marvel. I love how it stands without other tall buildings around!

Turning Torso cuts quite a figure in Malmo, Sweden
Turning Torso cuts quite a figure!
We enjoyed our little adventure in Sweden and found our little discoveries to be quite lovely. We would have liked a little more time to amble through both cities. We found both to be beautiful with plenty of treasures and avenues to wander. Such a pleasant afternoon!

Quick trip to Lund and Malmo, Sweden


No comments:

Post a Comment