Lund is at its fastest 10 minutes by train from Malmö and an 47 mins to/from Copenhagen, including its airport. All trains (pågatåg, öresundståg) stop at Lund, including the X-2000 expresses from Gothenburg and Stockholm. There are also buses from Malmö.
Lund is certainly small enough to see most of it in an afternoon's walk. You can pick up a city map at the tourist office at Stortorget square (adjacent to the Town Hall).
The local Skånetrafiken buses can get you to most areas of town. The hubs are around the train station, Botulfsplatsen, and the University Hospital (Universitetssjukhuset). Tickets are 17 SEK for as far as you want to go, if you're under 19 it's 10 SEK. If you are traveling as a pair, ask for a Duo ticket to save a few SEK. Note that, as in the rest of Skåne, the busses do not take cash, so you have to buy your ticket in advance! You can do this with an sms (if you have a Swedish sim card) or at the Pressbyrån stores, there are three by the station and one by Botulfsplatsen. The yellow, regional, busses take credit cards.
The best places to catch a cab is by the train station or by Botulfplatsen. Unfortunately you can not rent bikes anymore at the station (state: June, 2012).
- Lund Cathedral (Domkyrkan) was built in 1103 and is the second-largest cathedral of the Nordic countries. There's a free organ concert every Saturday morning at 10:00, and the elaborate astronomical clock (on your left after entering) puts on its show twice a day (12:00 and 15:00). This clock show is highly recommended even if you're not interested in the church, due to its nostalgic value.
- Ingvar Kamprad Design Centrum, part of the Lund University LTH and home of the Industrial Design program; the building was funded by Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
- Kulturen, Tegnersplatsen. Scania's regional museum of cultural history, which includes, in the second oldest skansen in Sweden, a great number of preserved rural buildings from the past two centuries, as well as indoor displays of history and crafts.
- Lunds Konsthall, Mårtenstorget. A modern art museum (temporary exhibitions). Free entry.
- The Museum of Sketches for Public Art. Owned by the university and displays sketches for various works of public art, mostly by 20th century Swedish artists.
- The Historical Museum. Also owned by the university and was established in 1805. Has, among other things, many of the findings from Uppåkra, the nearby archealogical site of what was probably southern Sweden's biggest town during the Stone and Iron Ages.
- The Botanical Garden is a few blocks east of the town center. It's very nice for walks, and there are greenhouses which house many exotic plants. Good place to take kids.
- The City Park is on the south side of town. On Walpurgis Night (April 30), it's the place where people gather (about 20 000 people) to light a gigantic bonfire and revel through the night.
Being a university town, Lund has good arts and entertainment for its size.
- Lunds Stadsteater, Kiliansgatan 13, +46 46-13 14 15. The city's main performance hall.
- Lunds Teaterförening. Often performing.
- Mejeriet, Stora Södergatan 64, ☎ +46 46-211 00 23. An arts center and performance hall which occasionally has concerts by internationally known pop and rock performers as well as local music groups.
- The Kino, Kyrkogatan 3. Movie theater which has a good art-movie schedule.
- Filmstaden, Västra Mårtensgatan 12, is the main cinema which shows all the blockbusters.
- Game Center, Östra Mårtensgatan 15, is a gaming cafe with high end computers running all the latest games. 35 SEK per hour for non-members, members pay 10-30 SEK per hour.
- Cyrus, Allhelgona kyrkogata. This restaurant is a little run-down, but their marinated grilled chicken pieces ("Juje kebab") are simple and delicious.
- Mondo, Kyrkogatan 23. Across from Lundagård, this cafe serves great sandwiches, soups, and pie for reasonable prices. Crowded during lunch hours, although takeaway is available.
- Tandoor, Bantorget. Indian restaurant. Once featured in national Swedish tabloid "Aftonbladet" due to poor hygienic and employee conditions. Current hygiene/employee situation unknown though the restaurant is best avoided.But the food is still in good taste
- Hemma hos Greken, Sandgatan. This basement lunch establishment has a large student clientele but is open to all. Not your standard Greek tourist fare, but a menu of traditional Greek dishes. The bean soup, lentil soup (with or without garlic) and the meatloaf ("köttfärslimpa") are cheap and delicious. Large portions, and you can usually ask for more if you're still hungry afterwards.
- Govinda's, Bredgatan 28. Hare krishna vegetarian lunch restaurant. Unusual and often tasty food.
- Portofino, Sofiavägen 3, +46 46-14 92 10. Friendly neighborhood pizzeria with delivery.
- Lundakebab, Saluhallen, Mårtenstorget. Somewhat pricey, but their 100% Swedish beef kebabs are the best in Lund.
- Lunds Falafel, on the main street just south of Stortorget. A hole in the wall.
- Pölsemannen, Danish pölser (hot dogs) are sold at Mårtenstorget next to the kebab stand. Good prices and equally good hot dogs.
- Viggos diner, Bangatan 1. Without doubt the best and biggest burgers in town. You can even supersize them. 75kr for a basic burger dish. Beer is also available. Located right next to the Central train station.
- Konditori Svensson , Trollebergsvägen 88A. For amazing and tasty pastry.
- Spisen (previously called Papaya), Magle L. Kyrkogata and Kiliansgatan, +46 46-37 04 02. Mid-range Swedish and Mexican.
- La Piazza, off Mårtenstorget, formerly known as Café Finn. Offers lunch and à la carte at a great location.
- Stortorget, Stortorget, Reasonably priced good food.
- Tabemono, Vårfrug 8A (by Botulfs square), +46 46-15 91 41. Overpriced Japanese fare.
- Tatung, Bantorget 6, +46 46-211 15 06. Good, reasonably priced Chinese.
- V.E.S.P.A, Karl XI Gatan 1, ☎ +46 46-12 71 27. Trendy restaurant located just north of the station. Pizza and pasta using fresh ingredients. Mains 71-105 SEK.
- Masala Hut, Bangatan 4, ☎ +46 46-128555. An excellent Indian restaurant, made to a Swedish taste (if you really want it spicy, make sure to request REALLY INDIAN SPICY). A nice selection of dishes and drinks in a relaxed venue. They serve lunches of great value as well.
- New Delhi, Stora Fiskaregatan 15, ☎ +46 46-152561. Named the region's best Indian restaurant 2007 and 2008 by a local paper. Food served include a buffet.
- Italia Il Ristorante, Lilla Fiskaregatan 11, ☎ +46 46-14 80 80. Great atmosphere, great pasta and great service. Probably the best Italian restaurant in town. Mains 105-240 SEK.
- M.E.A.T., Kattesund 8, ☎ +46 46-12 78 65. Serves a modern US-inspired steak house cuisine. Great relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Usually fully booked during weekends, and during many weekdays as well, but there is a bar for drop-ins. Mains 100-200 SEK.
- Klostergatans Vin och Delikatess, Klostergatan 3, ☎ +46 46-14 14 83. Great Swedish and French food with bread from the next door bakery, Patisseriet.
- Klostergatans Fisk, Klostergatan 12, ☎ +46 46-12 07 85. Serves and sells fish and seafood of high quality.
- Les Halles, Mårtenstorget, ☎ +46 46-13 63 16. Situated in the newly addition to the indoor market in Lund, this restaurant offer a contemporary French Bistro menu. Friendly staff, high quality food, and a good selection of wines. Mains 200-300 SEK.
The nightlife circles a lot around the student nations. You need a student ID and a guestcard to be allowed entry to those.
- The Old Bull Pub, Bantorget 2, +46 46-14 09 20. English pub with an impressive but overpriced selection of draft beers. Features a live dixieland jazz band every Tuesday night, and a karaoke contest on Saturdays.
- Bishop's Arms, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 7. Expensive English pub with a good selection of British beers which are unfortunately often served ice-cold instead of the correct temperature. Good selection of whiskeys. Try the Röde Orm beer (78kr), locally brewed in Lund.
- Gloria's, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 9, sports bar.
- Cafe Ariman, Kungsgatan 2. Where the alternative crowd hangs out. Also has a bunch of oldtimers who spend their days playing board games. The best coffee shop, also has beer and club events on weekends. It serves also soups (53kr) and sandwiches for lunch. Beers around 50/60 kr.
- Rauhrackel, Stora Algatan 5. Austrian pub which serves lovely beer and nice, big sized, portions of mostly meat. Order a "meter of beer" to get a sample of some of the beers they offer.
- Herkules Bar, Stortorget 1. The pub of adjacent Restaurant Stortorget. Has a large outdoor serving area during the summer.
- Myntha kök och Bar, Mårtenstorget 9 (at the top right hand corner). 18:00 to 03:00. Myntha is a restaurant/bar/club concept popular in Scandinavia. It serves good afterwork food and drinks. On Thurs-Sat it is open until 3am and is a good and cheap alternative (free entry) to the other clubs in Lund. Popular at weekends after 1am. free.
- Harrys bar/restaurant, opposite Lund Central station. Restaurant/Bar chain within Sweden. Quiz nights Wednesdays and Irish musik night on Thursday. Open until 1am at weekends. One pint of Czech beer is around 70kr.
- Ibis Hotel Lund.
- Hotel Concordia, Stålbrogatan 1, ☎ +46 46-13 50 50. Good central location. Rooms are run down and way below its four star rating.
- Hotel Lundia, Knut den Stores torg 2, ☎ +46 46-280 65 00. Just a block from the train station.
- Hotel Djingis Khan, Margaretavägen 7, ☎ +46 46-33 36 00. A ways from the center, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Apartment rooms available for long-term stays.
- Scandic Hotel Star, Glimmervägen 5, ☎ +46 46-2852500. A bit away from the center. Scandic-Hotels standard hotel.
- Hotel Finn, Dalbyvägen 20, ☎ +46 46 280 63 00. Modern and fresh. A bit away from the center.
- Grand Hotel, Bantorget 1, ☎ +46 46-280 61 00. The oldest hotel in town, dating to 1899. Old fashioned European style, overlooking a small park.
Risks in Lund
Lund is an extremely safe town by international standards and there is no need to avoid certain areas. Even late-night walks through the darkest and most desolate back streets are relatively safe and most local residents walk home at night without any second thought.
On weekend nights, you may encounter rowdy groups of drunk people (mostly students). However, they are seldom violent to third persons unless you engage them.
Other than rampant bicycle theft, crime is virtually non-existent.
The only violence you are likely to encounter is from night club/student nation bouncers, which are notoriously rough.
- The 7-Eleven on Lilla Fiskaregatan 5 has three workplaces for Sidewalk Express, an internet-point chain. You can pay with a credit card (30kr for 2h of surfing) and use your code in other towns too.
- Game Center, Östra Mårtensgatan 15.
- Public Library (Lund Stadsbibliotek), Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 6, +46 46-35 59 90.
- Tourist Information, Botulfsgatan 1A on Stortorget (+46 46-35 50 00), has computers to use for 15 minutes. Unfortunately it's almost always closed when needed (Mon-Thu 08.00-16.30, Fri 08.00-16.00)
- There's no post office as such but most major convenience stores have Post office branches inside where you can buy and send everything from postcards to bigger parcels.