Lund is a small, compact city so it was easy to walk round to all the principle sites. The map leaflet was very handy to ensure we didn’t miss anything. We included some window-shopping and book shop browsing and a bit of eating and tea drinking throughout the day. The route starts at Lund Cathedral where we joined a tour in English.
Rear of Lund Cathedral
It has an astronomical clock very much like the one in Lübeck
And we were taken into the crypt where our guide told us the legend behind the man embracing a pillar : Finn the Giant [the story is retold here]
This is Hökeriet Lund’s oldest grocery shop located in a traditional timber building dating back to 1815. It still exists as a shop and there’s also a small cafe but as we passed it was not yet open.
Kulturen is a museum of urban and rural life throughout the ages. It occupies to blocks of buildings in the centre of Lund and exhibits date from the Middle Ages up to the 1930s. There are also activities for children. These buildings you can see from the street but we didn’t actually visit.
We did however visit the Museum of Sketches for Public Art. Once inside we did understand what this was all about and very interesting it was too. The gallery presents sketches and models not only of the winning entries for competitions for public art but also unsuccessful entries.
“Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art is a unique art museum focusing on the artistic creative process. Here is the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and models for Swedish and international public art.”
In the gallery foyer the windows formed frames for our own ‘art’ photography.
Our final visit in Lund was to the Historical Museum. Post to follow …
After breakfast on Monday 3 July at precisely 9.30am as predicted our taxi transfer arrived to pick us up and transport us to Simrishamn train station and at 10am (also on the dot!) our holiday with Macs Adventure came to end. And so the final couple of days of my Big Adventure were to be spent in the cultured and historic university city of Lund.
The train journey involved a change of train and we decided to take the bus instead; a journey of about an hour and a half.
Lilla Hotellet, Lund
After dropping our bags at the hotel right in the centre of town we picked up a walking tour of Lund leaflet (a formula that worked well in Ystad) and headed for the Botanical Garden which has a cafe and where Alison had visited before.
Founded as part of the Medical Faculty in 1690. It was replaced by a new garden (on the same site) in the mid-18th century. In 1750 a ‘disciple’ of the famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus was appointed manager: Jacob Georg Agardh. The garden established on its own present site in the heart of Lund in 1862-67.
We then had a walk around the old part of the University. Last year the University was 350 years old (but the original foundation of a studium generale dates back to 1438) It’s the oldest university in northern Europe and the highest rated university in Sweden. It’s world class and ranked in the Top 100. It also has some beautiful historic buildings:
This year the Abbey at Ystad celebrates its 750th anniversary.
The final country of my Big Adventure this year was Sweden. I’ve visited Germany and Denmark several times before (although I’d never been to any of the places I visited on this occasion) but this was my first ever trip to Sweden.
Very early in the morning of 27th June Bärbel and I left the Alte Strandvogtei and drove back to the port at Rønne – the capital of Bornholm. Bärbel’s ferry left at 8.00 and mine at 10.30.
The postcard featured at the end of the previous post more or less sums up the distinctive features and character of Bornholm (maritime and colourful) and a couple of its most famous structures including Hammershus Castle.
On our last day we had make the difficult decision as to what we would do and where we would go. We still had several “must-sees” on our list. In the end we settled on heading to the very northern tip of Rügen to visit two famous lighthouses and walk to the picturesque fishing village of Vitt. We would then drive and walk to a Neolithic burial ground (Nobbin). Travelling via the village of Altenkirchen we would then take the car Wittower car ferry over the Breetzer Bodden and finally visit the village of Gingst with its handicrafts museum, cafe and bookshop.
We caught the little road train from Putgarten to Cap Arkona
Towards the end of our hike on the Zicker Alps and through Gross Zicker we came across the delightful little village church. We’d decided not to stop and look at the Pfarrwitwenhaus Museum but the little church tempted us in and we were glad to have a look round.