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ragnvaeig Lund - A travel report by Amanda
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Lund for the unpretentious goth

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I spent several days doing research in Lund in March of 2006. The town and its people are very friendly to both goths and non-goths alike. If you're staying in Sweden or making a day-trip from Denmark, Lund is a great place to visit.

Lund University Library
Lund University Library
Lund is a small city in the south-west Swedish province of Skåne, boasting about 100,000 inhabitants and a major Scandinavian university. The town was founded around AD 990, and incorporates over a thousand years of history in its small city centre. Lund is very easily accessible by rail, being a major transit hub for the south-west.

Favourite spots:
The Domkirke dates back to the eleventh century, and has a medieval crypt that’s free to tour. Keep an eye open for the skull-and-crossbones motif that’s so prevalent in Swedish religious art.

What's really great:
There’s really high-quality graffiti along the rail lines leading into and out of Lund. My favourites are along the line to Malmö.

Rune stone
Rune stone
If you’re a serious scholar of history, you can probably give the Lund History Museum a miss, but definitely swing by Kulturen (, the largest museum in Skåne. They have artefacts from the major archaeological digs in the area around Lund, and the grounds are the home of historical buildings from all over southern Sweden.

Accommodation is quite expensive, so I stayed at a friend’s flat for the week I was in Sweden. If you don’t have that option, there are a few hostels in town; the tourist office in the railway station has information, as does the municipal website (

Rooks in the Trees
Rooks in the Trees
The Lund University campus is home to dozens of rooks, and the trees are filled with their croaks and caws. Say hello to Hugin and Munin.

Ebbas Skafferi ( on Bytaregatan has fantastic food at reasonable prices (for Scandinavia). I had a large plate of lasagne and a mocha for 90:-, and that was one of the more expensive items I could have ordered. Both were fantastic, as are their desserts. Emma’s Café on Lilla Fiskaregatan has an amazing salmon bagel for under 50:-, and it was at least as good as any I’ve had in New York. On Allhelgonas Kyrkogatan, there are a Persian and a vegetarian restaurant about which I’ve also heard good things, but didn’t have time to try them.

Other recommendations:
Lund's medieval rampart
Lund's medieval rampart
Part of the surviving medieval rampart is visible in the Stadsparken to the south of the railway station, but it's nowhere near as impressive as the walls of York.

Published on Monday April 3th, 2006

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Tue, Apr 04 2006 - 12:46 PM rating by terje

Hi Amanda! Great to see another goth report. Keep on doing this your own way! ;-)

Tue, Apr 04 2006 - 03:30 AM rating by marianne

Good photos, but the report is a bit short in some sections. I am sure there is more to see than the sights you mentioned.

Tue, Apr 04 2006 - 02:40 AM rating by gloriajames

dear amanda,
nice report though lacking details i believe... btw... whats a rune stone?

Tue, Apr 04 2006 - 01:12 AM rating by downundergal

Amanda, I was so excited when I clicked on to Globo and saw two reports on what I think of my "hometowns" (Lund & Malmo) in Sweden as I studied there for a year as a student in the 80s. I wanted to see and read about the "Gamla Stan" and the Stortorget and so much more...I'm sorry but there was too much info lacking for me.

Mon, Apr 03 2006 - 10:05 AM rating by davidx

Really interesting. I particularly like the photos of the rookery and the rune stone. This shows marvellously when clicked. Thanks for information.

Mon, Apr 03 2006 - 08:34 AM rating by rangutan

Amanda, a very short but interesting report with superb pictures. We have so few reports on Sweden so this well appreciated.

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