Contemporary Sweden is a great and exciting destination for a curious tourist, especially when it is so close to Copenhagen. A trip to Malmo and Lund will bring the diversity to your holiday, as they are not far from each other, which makes it possible to visit these cities within one day.
We invite you on a trip during which we will find out how it happened so that the original Danish areas of Malmo and Lund transited to Sweden; what the province of Skone looks like, where those cities are situated; how the locals fell about themselves (it is well known that 11% of the local population do not consider themselves either Swedes or Danes); why merchants called the city of Malmo an "Elbow" in old times, why in Lund over a half of the population are students and how the relationship developed between those two countriesover the past 500 years.
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Our way will lie across the Sound strait, along the 16-kilometre bridge, which is already an adventure itself. Our first stop in Malmo will be the medieval fortress Malmøhus, one of the oldest castles of the Renaissance.
Here we will learn about the history of Malmo, and will look at one of the local sights – a 190-metre building called Turning torso, which among the residential buildings in Europe yields only to Moscow 264-metre Triumph Palace. During the walk in Malmøhus castle you will hear the story of this place, which was erected in the first half of the 15th century, learn how the building changed transiting from a fortress to a printing house for making coins, and then it was converted into a castle, where the heir Frederik II organized such great parties and feasts that all the nobles of the time dreamt of. You will learn why this place turned into the largest prison in the 19th century and under what circumstances it became a museum.
One of the stops in our tour will be the centre of Malmo, where we will visit the oldest building in the city – Sankt Petri Church built in 1310. Just within a few metres from the church there is the City hall square, where we will see the sculpture of the person who managed to take Malmo from the Danes, and also will walk along the pedestrian street, full of small shops and souvenir stalls. Malmo is famous not only for its architectural monuments but also shopping since prices here are about 20% lower than in Copenhagen.
We will also attend to the historic centre of the city where we will see different buildings of the 16th century and will pay a visit to the symbol of the city – a Griffin wearing a gilded crown – is sitting in the fountain on the top of the globe. Having walked along this square and having felt the spirit of the Middle Ages we will get into the car again and will leave for the city of students Lund.
Lund is the oldest city in Sweden after Sigtuna, and it is also the oldest city related to the Danish history. Lund used to be a residence for Danish kings several times, as well as the residence of the Danish bishops. From the early 11th century and till the reformation of 1536, the main cathedral of the country was in Lundе.
Our first stop in this city will be in the ancient cathedral, which is the centre of Lund history, culture and science. This is the heart of the city, which has already been beating for over 800 years. Being faced with sandstone that gradually gained the noble grey-yellowish colour, it is situated in the centre of a contemporary city, emitting peace, confidence, stability, loyalty to itself and its guests. Coming inside the cathedral or standing next to it, you start sensing – I mean it, an unbelievable thought of the eternity.
Lund cathedral has mainly been preserved the way it was built in the early 12th century. However, the history of the cathedral is older. Lund cathedral was the place where the first Academy was established. It was the only place where you could get the highest contemporary education in the middle ages. Lund University was formed on the basis of this Academy step by step.
The modern university emerged in 1667, when the Swedes took the territory of Skone and started the process of spreading of Swedish culture. This policy implied the use of Swedish language only. All the subjects were taught in Latin and Swedish. Originally there were 4 faculties: theological, medical, philosophical and law. The number of students in the very beginning was 100 people. To compare, today there are 45 000 of them, whereas the number of the city residents is 80 000. Lund is indeed a student city as more than a half of local dwellers are students.
Today the university offers 50 different specializations – faculties and has branches in Helsinborg and Malmo and at the same time is in the Top 100 best universities of the world. Having walked around this hospitable city, we will have lunch in one of the local restaurants, and then get back into the car to return to Copenhagen, where on our way back we will visit a place called the ”Air Fortress”, which gives a charming view on the bridge, which was built across the Oresund strait in 2000, connecting Danish Copenhagen and Swedish Malmo.
During the tour to Malmo / Lund you will see:
Øresund bridge, Malmohus castle, new residence area Vastra Hamnen and skyscraper Turning torso, Vastra Hamnen waterfront area, Central train station and Royal waiting rooms, new city Square, Old posthouse building, Malmo universitet, Spectrum monument, Old Exchange building, Bagels square and port authority building, Malmo live concert hall and the "singing bridge", Franz Suell statue, Korkehus - the house of Malmo's previous Governor and the owner of the mint, House with the ghosts, City hall square, Gustav Adolfs residence, who was one of the most controversial swedish kings, City hall, Karl Gustavs statue, Sankt Petri Church, the Tech house and the oldest pharmacy of 18th century, Optimists orchestra statue, pedestrian street, Market Square of 16th century (Lilla torget), medieval architecture in the old part of Malmo, the symbol of Malmo - Griffin, Lund catedral, historical part of the city Lund, "Luftkastellet" - the best observation point over the Øresund bridge.
Tour length: 7 hours
1 - 3 people 650 euro
4 - 7 people 650 euro plus minibus rental (around 200 euro)
8 - 15 people upon request.
The price includes: car rent and Copenhagen - Malmo - Lund - Malmo – Copenhagen transfer, two-way tickets for the paid bridge, entrance tickets to Malmohus, guide’s services - 7 hours. Food and drinks are not included into the price.
Specific features of the trip: this trip will be interesting for all those who would like to see how today’s Sweden lives. Over the time of the trip we will visit Malmo – the 3rd largest and one of the most rapidly developing cities in Sweden. In addition, the tour will be interesting for shoppers as price level in Malmo is much lower than in Denmark. Lund is actually the oldest city in Sweden and it will impress with its exciting architecture and with the abundance of students in city streets. During the excursion you will hear lots of unusual stories about the life of these cities and will be able to take many beautiful photos of the contemporary and medieval Sweden.
Send your requests to our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +45 20 66 30 93 and we will make you visit to Copenhagen unforgettable. Do not forget to indicate the desired date of the tour, the name of the hotel, where the plan to live in Copenhagen, the number of participants and your mobile phone for communication. You request will be replied within 24 hours.