Sweden's southernmost national park is only little, but to someone from further north, it is still exotic. It is mainly famous for its beech forest which is hardly a unique scenery in continental Europe, but quite rare in Scandinavia. You can stroll along the paths, beginning by this parking place with its pretty stone wall. Should you be a real trekker, you can buy a map and carry on towards the Torna Hällestad beech forest or to the nearby Billebjer hill with its views of the surrounding countryside. Or why not Skrylle bird area which are also in the neighbourhood, although a bit more crowded than the others due to easy access and a visitors centre. I will make separate tips on these when I have photos. The area all this is in, just east of Lund, is gorgeous with rolling forested hills full of lovely farms and the odd historical ruin as it is on the verge of the Romele Ridge, and you can check my general Dalby page for further information on things to see and do. The national park is hard to reach by public transport but it IS walkable from Dalby itself and if you visit in May to early June or mid August to September, you can go with the Nature Bus (see second link below).
Knivsåsen ("Knife Ridge") is a wonderful ice age ridge made of thousands of little stones packed together. It is the southwesternmost part of the much bigger Romele Ridge and one of the most scenic places I know in Scania. You can approach it from the main Lund to Sjöbo road where you will first come across the Dalby quarry Lake along the road (see tip) and then the ridge itself with its hiking trails down to Torna Hällestad or up the Romele Ridge. It is if you walk along the Torna Hällestad one that you will come across the Knivsåsen itself which looks very much like a "goat's back ridge" with a sharp middle summit. It is full of juniper and you can see it even better on my intro page.
Dalby is the oldest stone church in all the Nordic countries and one of the loveliest churches I have seen in Sweden. Its official name is the Church of the Holy Cross and its history starts in 1060 when the Danish king Sven Estridsen gave Lund and Dalby their own bishoprics instead of belonging to Roskilde. Bishop Egino of Hildesheim in Germany was invited to build a church and this he did in local Scanian stone. If you enter the church, you will see a stone column from this time which has its equal in Hildesheim Cathedral! The church has since been expanded for centuries and in the 13th century it was a lot bigger than today and resembled many of today's German cathedrals if you are to believe the church leaflets. This kept happening until the 15th century when it also included a monastery. Then came the reformation in the 16th century and the adjacent monastery was closed and the property given to the Crown which lead to the church being short of funds and so it shrunk again until at 1758 it got to what we see today.
The interior is incredibly nice and apart from the stone pillar mentioned earlier also has a font made by a 12th century Gotland stonemason. The crypt (fifth pic) is a miniature Lund version with the additional well in a corner and it is this well that was previously used as a local gathering point in times of reckoning (see Dalby Court Hall tip).
In the early days, Dalby people met to settle disputes and hold "Things" at Arendala in what is now the national park known as Dalby Söderskog. They then continued holding by the well where the famous medieval church was later built, but since the church was built above the well legal matters had to move, and court hearings were in fact held at the inn until this cheerful looking court building was finally built in 1783! Since the 1950s and Dalby's incorporation with Lund, that is of course where citizens have their court these days and the Court Hall is instead used for local gatherings of all sorts. A kind of Assembly Hall if you like.
I have not been here yet as I have only recently found out about it but the Bally museum is a place full of jukeboxes and slot machines from bygone days owned by a slotmachine collector also dealing in spare parts and so on. It is open afternoons from May to September at weekends only, although if you are a whole group you can call the owner for a visit.
Also known as Osberg Mill after one of its owners, this beautiful mill was built in 1854 and very famous in its heydays but had to close in 1949. Today you have to ask Lund City Council if you want to know more.