Uppsala

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Uppsala [ˈɵpˈsɑːla], archaic spelling Upsala, is a university city in Uppland in Sweden, 80 kilometres north of Stockholm. With a population of 158,000 (200,000 in the municipality), it is the fourth largest city in Sweden. The two universities dominate the city, so there are lots of young lively people everywhere. It holds Scandinavia's largest cathedral, originally constructed in the 13th century.

Destination Uppsala AB [1], Fyristorg 8, phone: 018-727 48 00. E-mail: info@destinationuppsala.se.

Uppsala Municipality also contains the Uppsala countryside.

Understand[edit]

Uppsala cathedral

During the Viking Age, Uppsala was the place of a pagan temple, believed to have been torn down in the 11th century, as the Swedish people were christened. In the 12th century, Uppsala became the seat of the Swedish archbishop, and the university was founded in 1477, as the first in Scandinavia. Much of the city burnt down in 1702. This did not prevent Uppsala from rising as a scientific stronghold during the Age of Liberty in the 18th century, with world-famous scientists such as Carl von Linné, founder of taxonomic biology, and Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Uppsala Central Station has recently completed a major multi-year expansion that replaced the station house with a modern, accessible building, and improved integration with local buses.

The national railway SJ operates regional express trains from Stockholm every half hour. This takes 40 minutes and costs around 80 SEK. These are complemented by occasional regional trains running Linköping–Norrköping–Stockholm–Uppsala–Gävle, with similar speed and costs.

Some Stockholm commuter trains (pendeltåg) also run the route Älvsjö–Stockholm–Uppsala. This takes about 55 minutes from Stockholm C as stops are more frequent, but is useful for passengers coming from one of Stockholm’s suburban stations. Note that ordinary Stockholm tickets and passes are not sufficient to reach Uppsala, and that commuter trains do not have a toilet on board.

All trains from Norrland also call here, including the Sundsvall express and the night trains from Luleå and Narvik. From anywhere west of Stockholm or south of Linköping, it’s usually necessary to change at Stockholm Central.

A few private travel companies also serve Uppsala. During winter, Veolia runs night trains to the northern ski resorts that call here. The luxury first-class Blå Tåget from Gothenburg to Stockholm also continues to Uppsala.

By bus[edit]

For those really on a budget, Uppsala is accessible by bus. Swebus runs coaches from Stockholm's Cityterminalen, as well as Gothenburg, Malmö and other cities in Sweden. Also, Bus4You runs coaches on the route Göteborg - Stockholm - Uppsala with one-way tickets from Stockholm to Uppsala for 39kr [2].

Public transport company UL operates services to Västerås and Sala, as well as Arlanda Airport. Buses also connect Uppsala with Västerås Airport (200&nbsP;SEK return ticket), operated by Flygbussarna [3]. These are timed to coincide with the arrival and departure of Ryanair's daily flights to London.

By car[edit]

The north-south highway E4 passes east of the city and stretches south to Stockholm, Norrköping, and all the way to Helsingborg in southern Sweden. Likewise it continues north past Sundsvall and Umeå to the Finnish border at Haparanda. The smaller national roads 55 and 72 carry traffic to Enköping and Sala, respectively 288 to Östhammar.

By plane[edit]

With no commercial airport of its own, Uppsala is served by the same airports that serve Stockholm. In fact Arlanda is closer to Uppsala than to Stockholm.

  • Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 35 km south of Uppsala, less than halfway to Stockholm. It's a hub for SAS and served by most main European airlines and a number of Asian and American carriers. From there trains, buses, rental cars and taxis will be waiting to whisk you away – which one to take is up to you.
    • The standard option is the SL commuter train, or pendeltåg. Trains run half-hourly or hourly between 05:16 and 00:46 and take 18 minutes to Uppsala Central. Follow the signs to Arlanda Central station ("Arlanda-C") within the Sky City complex; it's about a 15 minute walk to or from the station from Terminal 2 where most international flights arrive and depart. Tickets aren't sold onboard, so buy them at the station ticket counter or at one of the Information Desks in Terminals 2 and 5. A single ticket costs 165  SEK, which covers both the train and the airport surcharge (as compared with 80  SEK to or from Stockholm; attempts to exit at Alanda with a ticket to Stockholm are surcharged). The trains usually have low floors and wide doors for easy access by passengers with wheelchairs (or luggage).
    • UL buses also exist, also departing every half-hour during the day, from in front of terminals 2 and 5. They cost 90 SEK if bought in advance and SEK 100 if bought onboard, and take a bit over 40 minutes to arrive in front of the Central Station in Uppsala. Tickets can be bought at either the Information Desk in front of the exits from Terminals 2 and 5, or from the driver. They run round-the-clock and might be your only option between midnight and 05:00, even though they take far longer to arrive in Uppsala. Note that if you buy your ticket on the bus, you cannot pay by cash.
    • In addition to SL, there are a (small) number of long-distance and regional trains calling at both Arlanda and Uppsala. These trains are operated by SJ, the national train company. Tickets are usually more expensive than in the case of SL (around 160–170 SEK one way - there is no fixed price, as SJ uses an airline-style flexible demand-based system), but can be significantly cheaper (down to ca. 75 SEK) if booked well in advance. Tickets can be bought in similar fashion as in the case of Pendeltåg, plus from the blue or gray machines available in Uppsala Central Station. Note however that there is a 100 SEK surcharge if you buy the ticket onboard the train.
    • Taxis are available in front of both terminals 2, 4 and 5. They offer fixed prices to Uppsala (usually denoted by a large 'Fast Pris Uppsala-Arlanda/Arlanda-Uppsala' sign near the back of the car). This usually amounts to 350–500 SEK for 1–4 persons, making it a cost-effective option for 3–4 persons (especially if factoring in public transport costs within Uppsala city). You must ask for the fixed price before commencing the journey, otherwise the driver might employ the per-km charge, that usually amounts to far more.
  • If using Ryanair or Wizzair or other similar budget carriers, they serve Skavsta Airport (NYO), in Nyköping, about 170 km south of Uppsala. From there, take local bus 515 or 715 (NOT the airport coaches) to Nyköping Central Station and change to a regional train for Uppsala (sometimes direct, but often with a change in Stockholm). This costs in total 119 SEK (101 SEK for people under 20) and takes around 2 hours to Uppsala.
  • Ryanair also serves Stockholm Västerås airport at Västerås 80 km west of Uppsala, to a handful of destinations in Britain and Spain. Getting to Uppsala was relatively easy in the past, as a direct shuttle used to exist. Right now, however, your best/cheapest/fastest bet is to use a taxi shuttle operated by the airport to downtown Västerås, then change for a local train to Sala, and change again for a train to Uppsala. Total travel time is approx. 80 minutes and the price 124 SEK (113 SEK for people under 26) if booked well in advance.

Get around[edit]

Uppsala town center

Town maps are available from the tourist office on Kungsgatan (near railway station) and elsewhere.

By foot[edit]

Most tourist sights are within the old central area of Uppsala; walking between them is easy and allows the visitor to appreciate the character of the place.

By bike[edit]

The best way to travel in Uppsala is by bike. As any visitor will notice, there are a lot of cyclists here, enough so for the city to earn the nickname "Bike Town". There are paths paralleling nearly every road, and many places to store them outside. Several rental places exist in town. As a side note, locals have a saying that everyone who lives there has had a bike stolen at some point in their lives. While this is not entirely true (it's more a reflection on the popularity of biking than any level of crime), it's probably a good idea to lock your bike.

By bus[edit]

Uppsala boasts an excellent bus system [4], and you're never more than a few hundred meters from the closest bus stop. A ticket on a green "Stadstrafiken" (city traffic) bus costs 25 SEK if bought in advance, or 30 SEK onboard, and is valid for all travels within 90 minutes.

If you have a Swedish phone, paying by SMS is most convenient. Just send a message to 72472 with the text "UV" if you're 20 or older, and "UU" if you're 19 or younger. Otherwise, you can nowadays pay by credit card on the bus, cash is no longer accepted on board. Tickets are otherwise sold at vending machines or kiosks near many of the major bus stops. Consider buying a värdekort if you're staying a few days; they're prepaid, refillable (in any amount) bus cards, and by using it the price lowers to 18 SEK per trip.

By taxi[edit]

If you would like to travel by taxi, use the four major taxi companies: Uppsala Taxi, Taxi Kurir, Taxi Direkt and Taxi 020. There are also a lot of smaller companies, but they might have their own view on what you should pay and might also have less geographical knowledge. Be sure to negotiate the fare in advance of getting in the taxi if no guaranteed fare is posted.

See[edit]

(Note: admission prices as at summer, 2013)

The botanical garden
  • Uppsala University. Was established in 1477, making it the oldest university in Scandinavia.
  • Uppsala Cathedral (Domkyrkan), Domkyrkoplan 2 (From the center of town or the train station, look up, and walk towards the huge spires on the other side of the river.),  +46 18 187173. The Cathedral is open 8AM-6PM; the museum is open 10AM-5PM Apr-Aug, Noon-3PM Sept.-Mar. The Uppsala Cathedral ("Domkyrkan" in Swedish), in the Gothic style, is one of the focal points of Uppsala and it dominates the city skyline. It is simultaneously the largest church in Scandinavia, the burial site of many a Swedish royal, and the seat of the Church of Sweden. It shouldn't be missed, but given its towering size, how could you? Free English language guided tours are available. Daily Mass celebrated at 12 noon; all welcome. Free for Cathedral entrance, 30 SEK for museum.
  • Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott),  +46 18 54 48 11. Uppsala's other huge landmark is stocked with large halls and paintings, as well as older remnants of the 16th century castle built by the Vasa dynasty. Some of the space is also being filled by Uppsala Konstmuseet, a local art museum. Konstmuseet 40SEK.
  • Carl Linnaeus GardenSvartbäcksgatan 27 +46 18 471 25 76. Museum is in Linnaeus' former home and describes his work and domestic life. 60SEK Price includes museum (with audiotour) and garden..
  •    Botanical GardensVillavägen 8 +46 18 471 28 38. The bigger garden at the university. price=free, except for Tropical Greenhouse (40SEK).
  • The Uppland MuseumS:t Eriks gränd +46 18 16 91 00. Located in a former water mill building. free.
  • Bror Hjorth's HouseNorbyvägen 26 +46 18 56 70 30. Especially interesting for those who like naivist paintings.
  •    Carolina RedivivaDag Hammarskjölds väg 1 +46 18 4713900, e-mail: . M-F, 8:30AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-6PM. The Uppsala University library and an enormous one at that, with over 5 million volumes. Exhibition of prized examples, including the famed Silver Bible, dating to the 6th century. Adults, 20 SEK, Children under 12, Free.
  •    Old Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala) (North of Uppsala, bus 2 calls here.),  +46 18-169100. home of several pre-Viking, pre-historic burial mounds and an associated museum. There is also an old church and the open-air museum Disagården with old Swedish houses [5].
  •    Gustavianum/University MuseumAkademigatan 3 +46 18-4717571. The main University museum. Main points of interest are the old anatomical theater from the 17th century and the Augsberg Art Cabinet. There is also a collection of Egyptian sarcophages and artifacts as well as a collection of historical scientific artifacts belonging to the university. 50SEK.

Do[edit]

Linnéträdgården (The Linnean garden)
  • swimming +46 18 727 49 50. Go at Fyrishov, Idrottsgatan 2.
  • Kulturnatten (Culture Night). On the second Saturday of September every year, most people working in culture in Uppsala show their talents downtown to masses of people walking around.
  • In the winter, the traditional Swedish sport of bandy, like field hockey played on ice, is played at Studenternas Idrottsplats just south of the City Gardens. The local team, Sirius, are in the Swedish top division. Studenternas also plays host to the final of the national championship, decided in March every year.
  • Attend the Valborg celebrations, held on the last of April every year. [6] [7]. During the day, tens of thousands of people are out on the streets and parks. Lots of champagne is consumed (or sprayed) and the whole town is like one big festival. At 10AM, students riding decorated rafts race down the Fyris river, usually crashing in the two waterfalls. At 3PM, lots of people gather below Carolina Rediviva and put on their white student caps at a signal, and the masses rejoice. At 9PM, a choir is singing an ode to spring by the castle.
  • Go on a boat-trip on the river Fyrisån that takes you to the lake Ekoln, a part of Mälaren. Continue to the castle Skokloster in Enköping.
  • If you are a student at any university or college and have brought with you your student ID card, you should strongly consider purchasing an Uppsala University Student Nation Guest card [8]. The guest card admits entrance to the 13 Nations. The nations are student fraternities that run night clubs, pubs, balls and many other activities. Food and beverage are about half price. A meal will set you back around 70 SEK and a beer 25-35 SEK. An event calendar is available here. [9]
  • Ice-skating on the lakes. Vikingarännet is the world's largest annual ice-skating race from Uppsala Stockholm.
  • Biotopia.

Buy[edit]

Typical opening hours in Uppsala are 11:00-18:00 or 19:00 from Monday to Friday, and 11:00-15:00 or 16:00 on Saturday. On Sunday, most shops are closed, including many cafés and restaurants, which makes the city extremely quiet.

  • Svartbäcksgatan is the main shopping street in town, two blocks from Centralstationen. On it lies the Stora Torget, the main square in Uppsala. It is closed to cars.
  • Akademibokhandeln, Forumgallerian, Dragarbrunnsgatan 43-45, top floor. A big, well-stocked book store. A good Sci-Fi & Fantasy English language section.
  • Studentbokhandeln, Sysslomansgatan 7. A book store owned by the Student Union and Uppsala University.
  • The Uppsala English Bookshop. S:t Olofsgatan 32. All kinds of books in English.
  • Uppsala Skivbörs, Svartbäcksgatan 39. A cozy record store with both new and used records in various genres.
  • Saluhallen, S:t Eriks Torg 8. A fashionable market hall with various types of expensive, highly qualitative food and drinks in various shops. There are also some restaurants there.
  • Gränby Centrum. Marknadsgatan. The biggest mall in Uppsala. It has 85 shops, 4 restaurants, 3 cafés and is located 3 kilometers (1.2 miles) east of the city centre. Use bus 10 to "Gränby C".
  • Boländerna, Rapsgatan. The biggest district for buying "not everyday stuff" (electronics, furniture, cheap bikes) in Uppsala. This is where you find the second biggest IKEA in sweden, MediaMarkt, Bauhaus, Elgiganten and so on. The parkings can hold nearly 8,000 vehicles, which makes this one of the biggest concrete jungles in Sweden. Located 3 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the city centre. Use the buses (12 best choice), 13, 20, 41 or 42 to "Coop Forum/IKEA".
  • Galleria Dragarbrunn. Dragarbrunnsgatan 24. A brand-new small mall located in the city. It is a fashionable mall with mostly expensive brands.
  • Pressbyrån, S:t Persgatan 10. A well-stocked magazine store with lots of international and Swedish magazines.
  • Svavagallerian (Dragarbrunnsgatan 50), Forumgallerian (Dragarbrunnsgatan 43-45) and S:t Per-gallerian (Svartbäcksgatan 7-11) are three centrally-located shopping malls. They can't compare to the malls in nearby Stockholm though.

Eat[edit]

Uppsala, being a college town, is not a city that is big on fine dining. There are a number of good restaurants to be found, however, and most of them are not far from the main landmarks in town. If you're on a budget, try one of the kebab places in town, Jalla Kebab or Kebab House for a lot of food for not a lot of money. For something more on the high-end, Saluhallen is a great spot for lunch given the huge variety of different types of food. Unknown even to many locals, some of the student Nations serve simple, yet well cooked, lunches for around 50 SEK (or even less), and you do not need to be a student to eat there. More info at [10].

Budget[edit]

  • Indian kitchen, Kungsgatan 25. Good indian food to a reasonable price (large portions) and great service.
  • Jalla KebabStora Torget 1 +46 18 10 35 35, e-mail: . M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa-Su 11AM-9PM. 50-80 SEK.
  • Luthagens Kök & Bar, Börjegatan 11. Serves hamburgers and pizzas and does it well.
  • Pizzaköket, Kungsgatan 47. High quality pizzas.
  • Rosa PanternSysslomansgatan 11.
  • Ultuna Thai +46 18 67 33 67. Ulls väg 25, Ultuna. Genuine, inexpensive thai food of good quality on the campus of the Swedish Agricultural University.

Mid-Range[edit]

  • Trattoria Comedia, Skolgatan 31. A cozy Italian restaurant. SEK 110-200.
  • Yukikos Sushi. Norbyvägen 65. Probably the best sushi restaurant in Uppsala. Also take away. SEK 75-105.
  • Uppenbar, Västra Ågatan 12. Pizza, pasta and meat dishes and a nice view over the Fyris river.
  • Koh Phangan, Övre Slottsg. 12. Very popular thai food restaurant offering good food in a fun atmosphere. SEK 140-200.
  • Messob African Restaurant, Sturegatan 4 A. Good Ethiopian and Eritrean food and very friendly staff. SEK 85-180.
  • Tzatziki. Fyristorg 4, Tel.: +46 18 15 03 33. Very popular Greek restaurant in a beautiful environment just by the Fyris River and below the Cathedral. Main course 100-150 SEK.
  • Tilltugg, Vaksalagatan 24. Good and popular tapas restaurant. 40-50 SEK per tapas. Table reservations not possible.
  • Svenssons Taverna, Sysslomansgatan 14. Large outdoor seating area is very popular in the summer. Well-known for its pizzas. Pizzas 125-140 SEK, other main courses 165-275 SEK.
  • Mammas Meze, Karlsrogatan 74. Good, no-frills Lebanese restaurant in a quiet neighbourhood. 45-55 SEK per meze, 160-180 SEK for other main courses.
  • Golden ChinaKungsängsgatan 23. Chinese restaurant specialising in more traditional Chinese cuisine. 90-180 SEK.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Restaurang LingonSvartbäcksgatan 30 +46 18-101224. Serves swedish dishes with a luxurious touch. During the summer, the restaurant has a riverside area.
  •    StationenOlof Palmes Plats 6 (At the train station),  +46 18-153500, e-mail: . Located in the old central station and inspired by architecture from European train stations this restaurant is part brasserie, bar and cafe. Each with their own unique look.
  • Villa AnnaOdinslund 3 (Next to the Cathedral.),  +46 18-5802010. Award-winning chefs serve classic dishes with constantly innovative touches. Dinner is an culinary experience. Situated in the cultural district.

Drink[edit]

The university has an optional student club system called Student Nations [11]. There are thirteen nations, each with a headquarters where one can dance, drink, and meet people - somewhere between an Oxford residential college and an American fraternity/sorority. Those Uppsala students that apply for membership of any of the nations receive a 'nation card' which is required for entry to the Nations. Guest cards cost SEK 75 for a week and can be purchased in advance at the Students' Union (Studentkår) or any of the nations for those who have a valid student ID. Without a guest card, your chances of getting into any of the nations at night are just about non-existent. A beer at a nation will set you back between SEK 25 and 30, compared to double the price at a normal pub, so the guest card will have paid for itself by the third beer.

The city's live music scene is mostly centered around Student Nations like Kalmar Nation [12] or Västmanlands-Dala Nation [13].

The local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning has a calendar database [14] on various cultural and entertainment events. You can also pick up the free Nollarton magazine and the equally as free Uppsala Nya Tidning Fredag downtown for the same type of information. They are only available in Swedish though.

Of course, there are many bars and clubs of all types beyond the nations and an abundance of cozy cafés.

Cafés[edit]

  •    Ofvandals HovkonditoriSysslomansgatan 5 +46 018-134204. A traditional old cafe with old roots and atmosphere. They sometimes have poetry slam contests and other poetry readings, but they are mostly in Swedish.
  •    Konditori FågelsångenMunkgatan 3 +46 018-145265. A cafe with the possibility to sit outdoors in the summer. They serve sandwiches as well as traditional Swedish cookies and cakes.
  •    Katalin +46 18 14 06 80. Near the train station. A nice place with an active calendar of international and national touring acts.
  •    Hugo's Kaffe & DeliSvartbäcksgatan 21. A youthful and bohemian little cafe with quirky furniture.
  • Café Linné Konstantina and Café Linné Hörnan (Svartbäcksgatan 22 and 24) are two cozy cafes, often used as a meeting place for various clubs or political groups.
  • Café Tar Italian coffee bar. Sysslomansgatan 9. Excellent espresso served between spartan walls decorated with paintings by local artists.
  • Café Vardein, Saluhallen, S:t Eriks torg 8. Its espresso is both the cheapest and the best. Also a large selection of take-home coffee, either whole beans or ground in-store.

Daytime in the weekends, many of the student nations have cafés, which always have prices significantly below those of ordinary cafés. Both students and non-students are welcome.

Bars[edit]

  • O'Connor's +46 18 14 40 10. Stora Torget 1. Opened in 1993, this "Irish" bar and restaurant is Syrian owned and run. This place has a great selection of Irish, Belgian and Swedish beers. Beers are SEK 45-65, entrance is SEK 20 M-Th and SEK 60 after ten o'clock Fridays and Saturdays when live music is performed. Coats must be handed in at the cloakroom on busy nights (for example, on Saturday nights and when there is music).
  • Buddy's +46 18 10 70 70, e-mail: . Dragarbrunnsgatan 53. An authentic Irish pub opened in 2007. The owner, Buddy Mooney, is always happy to have a chat with his guests in the cozy atmosphere. Quiet live music at times. Good food and a nice selection of Irish, English, Belgian and Swedish beers. Multi-cultural friendly staff from United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

Clubs[edit]

  •    Birger Jarl (BJ), Nedre Slottsgatan 3 +46 18 13 50 00fax: +46 18 13 00 12. F-Sa 9PM-3AM. BJ definitely caters to the young and the flashy; if you're into shots and the latest house tunes, BJ is definitely the best place in town. This is also referred to as a meat market, as most people there at there to pick something up and take that it home to cook. 50-85 SEK.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Akademihotellet +46 18 15 51 90. Övre Slottsgatan 5, very central location. Singles from SEK 540, doubles from SEK 660. This hotel is a perfect base for exploring Uppsala by foot.

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Grand Hotel Hörnan, e-mail: . Bangårdsgatan 1, Tel.: +46 18 13 93 80. Older hotel located at the Fyris river close to the train station. Occasionally have good deals on rooms. SEK 650-1250. The hotel has an excellent and cozy bar with the full product range of the local brewery, Slottskällan.
  •    First Hotel Linné +46 18 10 20 00. Skolgatan 45. Very centrally located. WiFi. Excellent breakfasts. The downside is that, this hotel does not have air conditioning. In summers especially, it can become very uncomfortable at times. The rooms are very small.
  •    Best Western Hotel SvavaBangårdsgatan 24 (across the street from Central Station),  +46 18 13 00 30fax: +46 18 132230, e-mail: . Comfortable four-star hotel inside a modernised historic building, attached to the Svava shopping centre. Great breakfast buffet (included in price), and rooms have tea/coffee maker. Single from 675 SEK, double (two beds) from 800 SEK.
  •    Hotel UppsalaKungsgatan 27 +46 18 480 50 00. Uppsala's biggest hotel with a nice location in the city centre. Affordable and good value rooms.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Villa AnnaOdinslund 3 +46 18 580 20 10, e-mail: . Luxury hotel in a newly renovated building from 1870. In the heart of the cultural district, next to the Cathedral. Suites with whirlpool and sauna! This is where the Nobel Prize winners sleep during their visit to Uppsala University.

Connect[edit]

  • The City Library offers several computers for free (using a queue system).
  • Sidewalk Express also has three Internet cafes where you can get online for about 2 Euro/h: one at the central station, one at the fast food restaurant "Jalla!", situated on the main square and one in Burger King in Dragarbrunnsgatan.
  • Port22 (S:t Olofsgatan 32) is an internet cafe and coffee shop.

Go next[edit]

  • Roslagen with Älvkarleby: A small city with beaches, the Dalälven river with salmon fishing, and golf courses.
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