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Atlas Obscura Runstenskullen (The Rune Stone Hill)

Runestones are inherently tied to Scandinavia and are perhaps some of the most recognizable Viking age remnants in the country. For Scandinavians, they represent history, and a link back to an age long gone. They are so treasured today, it’s unthinkable to remove a rune stone from its location. However, this was not always the case. In the past, these stones were used as building materials, destroyed, or relocated to more accessible locations. 

The latter occurred in Lund in 1868, when the Association for Skåne’s ancient monuments donated seven local rune stones to the university in celebration of its 200th anniversary. The stones were erected around a little hill, with six of them surrounding the hill and one large runestone placed on the crest. The central stone was deemed too fragile a century later and was moved to the entrance of the library in 1956.

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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.05km
Meridianen för den Akademiska Kvarten (Meridian for the Academic Quarter)

Discover Meridianen för den Akademiska Kvarten (Meridian for the Academic Quarter) in Lund, Sweden: The marker that allows students all over the world to be late for class.

Audio Guide 2017
16.27km
Audio Guide
Malmö Audio Guide
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Brutalism
1.42km
Sparta Student Housing
Atlas Obscura 2020
0.49km
Newton’s Apple Tree

Discover Newton's Apple Tree in Lund, Sweden: A living descendant of the famous tree that helped Isaac Newton develop the theory of gravity.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.2km
Intighet (Nothingness)

Discover Intighet (Nothingness) in Lund, Sweden: The indecision over what to place in this square was immortalized with a plaque.

Place
16.41km
Malmö
Atlas Obscura 2017
5.06km
A Medieval-Style Swedish Town Built in the 1990s

Charming throwback or Potemkin facade?

Atlas Obscura 2018
16.42km
‘The Knotted Gun’

Discover 'The Knotted Gun' in Malmö, Sweden: This poignant sculpture of a gnarled weapon is a symbol of non-violence.

Audio Guide
17km
Audio Guide
CITY WALK: Malmö labour history // STADSVANDRING: Malmö arbetarhistoria
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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.75km
Lund Observatory Clock

Discover Lund Observatory Clock in Lund, Sweden: This antique clock once gave the most accurate time in the area.

Atlas Obscura 2020
12.5km
Gryteskogen Troll Trees

Discover Gryteskogen Troll Trees in Lund NO, Sweden: This collection of Dwarf beech trees were once believed to be enchanted trolls in disguise.

Atlas Obscura 2020
16.27km
Emoji Stained Glass Windows

Discover Emoji Stained Glass Windows in Malmö, Sweden: These unique stained glass windows were designed by local children using a modern flair.

Atlas Obscura 2017
16.82km
There Are Tiny Shops for Mice Throughout Malmö, Sweden

Discover Tiny Mouse Shops of Malmö in Malmö, Sweden: Swedish mice can dine at the Nuts of Life restaurant or take a date to the amousement park.

Atlas Obscura 2018
16.82km
Disgusting Food Museum

The project was designed to challenge one's notions of repulsion.

Atlas Obscura 2020
16.5km
Malmo Möllestenen (The Malmo Millstone)

Discover Malmo Möllestenen (The Malmo Millstone) in Malmö, Sweden: This millstone commemorates a gruesome tale that may have been the source of the city's name.

Audio Guide
0.81km
Audio Guide
Sound map Lund
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Audio Guide 2014
17.43km
Audio Guide
Slussen Project
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Brutalism 1969
15.94km
Flower Kiosk, Östra Kyrkogården
Audio Guide
17.2km
Audio Guide
I’m Every Lesbian – Malmö
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Atlas Obscura 2017
0.2km
The Modern, Secular Virgin Mary Motif

The Mother Mary in Skyddsmantelmadonnan protects all people.

Audio Guide
16.16km
Audio Guide
Teaser Hop-on Hop-off Malmö
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
0.15km
The Lagom Standard Measure

Discover The Lagom Standard Measure in Lund, Sweden: The standard measure of Lagom, a measure of what is enough.