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Uppsala, archaic spelling Upsala, is a university city in Sweden, 80 km north of Stockholm, and the capital of Uppsala County. With a population of 158,000 (200,000 in the municipality), it is Sweden's fourth largest city. The Uppsala Cathedral, built in the 13th century, is the largest church in the Nordic countries.

Uppsala Municipality also contains the Uppsala countryside.

Understand[edit]

Uppsala cathedral

Uppsala is located along- and separated by- the Fyris River, which flows into lake Mälaren, which is in turn connected to the Baltic sea. The city has historically been subject to a "town and gown" division, with burghers residing on the eastern side of the river, while clergy, academia and royalty has resided on the western shore. This division still exists today, as the main shopping areas are still located in the eastern part of the city centre, while most university campuses, student nations, and historic landmarks are located on its western side.

The Uppsala area is very flat except for Uppsalaåsen – an esker which stretches across Uppland in a north-south direction. Uppsala Castle is strategically located at the top of the esker. Due to the flat terrain Uppsala's silhouette with the characteristic Castle and Cathedral towers can be seen from a great distance. In order to preserve this skyline most other buildings in Uppsala are quite low.

In 1643 Uppsala adopted its first city plan, and got the grid-lock street pattern it still has today. The city limits where set to Kungsgatan, Strandbodgatan, Kyrkogårdsgatan and Skolgatan, and didn't expand past these limits until the latter part of the 19th century. Uppsala's city centre still fairly accurately coincides with this city square.

Most Swedish children recognize Uppsala as the city of "Pelle Svanslös" (Peter-No-Tail), a tail-less cat whose life and adventures in Uppsala are described in a series of children’s books by author Gösta Knutsson. Cinema lovers will recognize the area surrounding S:t Erik's square from the movie "Fanny & Alexander" by Uppsala native Ingmar Bergman.

While Uppsala sometimes stands in the shade of Stockholm, and many of the inhabitants are students from other parts of Sweden, the city maintains a sophisticated identity.

History[edit]

Gamla Uppsala mounds, with the church in the background and the museum to the right.
Uppsala Cathedral as seen from the Castle... One reason for building the castle was to show unruly clergymen who was in charge.
See also: Vikings and the Old Norse, Nordic history

In the 3rd and 4th centuries Old Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala), located some 5 km (3.1 mi) north of today’s city center became the political and religious center of Sweden. It housed a famous pagan temple and the thing of all Swedes; the governing assembly of pre-historic Sweden. It maintained this position throughout the Viking Age. In the 11th century Sweden was Christianized and the temple at Uppsala was destroyed. Instead Old Uppsala became the archbishopric of Sweden.

The city we today call Uppsala was founded as a port-city of Old Uppsala, and was originally called Aros. According to legend the Swedish king Erik Jedvardsson was killed in battle in Aros in 1160. From his corpse sprung a well of fresh water, which remains today as a pump on S:t Erik’s square north of the Cathedral. Although never officially canonized by the pope the Swedes considered "Erik the Holy" their patron saint, and his relics can still be seen inside the Cathedral. Aros eventually came to eclipse its mother-city and in 1273 Aros overtook Old Uppsala's role as archbishopric, at the same time overtaking the name Uppsala. The same year the construction of Uppsala Cathedral was initiated. The Cathedral was inaugurated more than a century and a half later in 1435. In 1477 Uppsala University was founded, as the first university in the Nordic countries.

In 1527 the Protestant Reformation began in Sweden, and much power and wealth moved from the church in Uppsala to the king in Stockholm. Consequentially Uppsala declined during the 16th century. During this era Uppsala Castle was constructed, partly in order to check Uppsala clergymen who disliked the reformation. In the era of the Swedish Empire during the 17th century the city and its university experienced a revival, and Uppsala became something of a second capital of Sweden. Much of the city burnt down in 1702. This did not prevent Uppsala from rising as a scientific stronghold during the Age of Liberty (frihetstiden) 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.

During the early 19th century both professors and students at the university was heavily influenced by romanticism. Many of Uppsala's student traditions, as well as the image of the typical Uppsala student as a sorrowless, punsch-drinking and serenade-singing youngling in a tailcoat and a student cap, can be traced to this era. This "student uniform" can still be seen at formal occasions and gasque's (student dinner parties). Throughout the 20th century Uppsala and Uppsala University grew rapidly. During the tenure of the principal Torgny T:son Segerstedt 1955–1978 more students were admitted to the university than during its entire previous history combined! In the 20th century the eastern half of the city experienced an extensive urban renewal. The western half was however spared from most of the demolition due to its proximity to the cathedral and the university, and has therefore preserved more of its historical character.

Climate[edit]

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 0.2 0.7 4.7 11.1 16.6 20.4 23.5 21.9 16.7 9.9 4.5 1.4
Nightly lows (°C) -4.9 -5.2 -2.6 1.2 5.6 9.9 13.1 12.1 8.1 3.5 -3.4 -4.4
Precipitation (mm) 38 32 28 33 41 64 56 75 48 50 53 45

Average conditions for Uppsala

Uppsala lies on the 59th parallel north and has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. Due to its northerly location, Uppsala experiences over 18 hours of visible sunshine during the summer solstice, and under six hours of sunshine during the winter solstice. Even though Uppsala lies so far north on the globe, the winter is not as cold as other cities on similar latitudes, mainly due to the Gulf Stream. For example, in January Uppsala has a daily mean of −2.7 °C (27.1 °F). In Canada, at the same latitude, Fort Smith experiences a daily mean of −22.4 °C (−8.3 °F). Winter normally arrives in late November, and lasts until the middle of March when spring arrives. Summer usually arrives in the middle of May, and lasts until late September when autumn arrives.

Tourist office[edit]

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

1 Uppsala Central Station has a modern, accessible building since 2016, 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 kr. 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. 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. Snälltågets night trains between the northern ski resort Åre and the southern city of Malmö pass through Uppsala. 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 39 kr.

Public transport company UL operates services to Västerås and Sala, as well as Arlanda Airport. Buses also connect Uppsala with Västerås Airport (200 kr return ticket), operated by Flygbussarna. 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 IATA), 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 kr, which covers both the train and the airport surcharge (as compared with 80 kr to or from Stockholm; attempts to exit at Arlanda 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 depart every half-hour during the day, from in front of terminals 2 and 5. They cost 90 kr if bought in advance and 100 kr 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. 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 kr 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 kr) 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. There is a 100 kr surcharge if you buy the ticket onboard the train.
    • Taxis are available in front of terminals 2, 4 and 5. They offer fixed prices to Uppsala (usually indicated by a large 'Fast Pris Uppsala-Arlanda/Arlanda-Uppsala' sign near the back of the car). This usually amounts to 350–500 kr 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 IATA), 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 kr (101 kr for people under 20) and takes around 2 hours to Uppsala.
  • Ryanair also serves Stockholm Västerås airport (VST IATA) 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 kr (113 kr for people under 26) if booked well in advance.

Get around[edit]

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. A walk across the entire city centre takes no more than 20 minutes, so as long as you plan on staying within the city centre you won't need any means of transportation.

By bike[edit]

A good way to travel in Uppsala is by bike, especially if you plan on leaving the city centre and visit Uppsala's peripheral districts or Uppsala countryside. 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 bike rental places exist in town. Aktivt uteliv (Bergsbrunnagatan 8, +46 18-10 88 04) and Ski Total (Dragarbrunnsgatan 46 A, +46 18-105040) offer rental bikes at 200 kr for the first day and around a 100 kr for every additional day. 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, 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 kr for city zone if bought in advance, and is valid for all travels within 75 minutes. A map of the city-traffic route network can be found here.

If you have a Swedish phone, paying by SMS is most convenient. Just send a message to +46 704-202222 with the text "V1" if you're 20 or older, and "U1" if you're 19 or younger and will travel within Uppsala city (all green buses except numbers above 100). You must register for payment before use. For tours, tickets and traffic information, please visit UL's English website.

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 falls to 18 kr per trip. There is also 24-hr tickets available for zone 1 (city) or zone 1-3 for 80 or 150 kr.

By taxi[edit]

If you would like to travel by taxi, use the three major taxi companies: Uppsala Taxi (+46 18-100 000), Taxi Kurir(+46 18-123 456) and Taxi 020 (+46 18-202020). 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]

Uppsala Castle.
  • 1 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. 08:00-18:00. The Uppsala Cathedral, 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 12:00; all welcome. Free. Uppsala Cathedral on Wikipedia
    • Treasury Museum (Skattkammaren), +46 18-430 36 30. Apr–Aug: 10:00–17:00; Sep–Mar: 12:00–15:00. The cathedral also contains the a Treasury Museum in the north tower, which contains royal Regalia and a collection of medieval textiles, including the world's only preserved medieval feast dress. 50 kr.
  • 2 Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott), +46 18-544811. Uppsala's other huge landmark is stocked with large halls, paintings, and older remnants of the 16th century castle built by the Vasa dynasty. as a royal residence and a military fortification. It is today the official residence of the governor of Uppsala county, and houses several museums. Due to its location on the top of Uppsalaåsen the Castle area offer some of the best views of Uppsala. "RoofWalk" offer guided tours on the castle roof (see "Uppsala Castle Roof Walk" under section "Do".) Uppsala Castle on Wikipedia
    • Uppsala Art Museum (Uppsala Konstmuseum), Entrance E, +46 7272482. F–W 12:00–16:00, Th 12:00–20:00. A local art museum with contemporary Swedish and international art. Has plenty of Uppsala ceramics and temporary exhibitions. Free.
    • House of Peace (Fredens Hus), Entrance A2, +46 18-500008. W–F 15:00–18:00, Sa Su 12:00–18:00. A museum housing exhibitions concerning peace, conflict and human rights. Has a permanent exhibition about former secretary-general of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld who grew up in the castle. Free.
    • Vasaborgen (The Wasa Castle ruins), Kung Jans port, +46 703-907989. Daily Jun 11–Aug 13 and on weekends late August: 10:00–18:00. The 16th century castle ruins of Uppsala castle. 100 kr.

Uppsala University[edit]

Uppsala University was established in 1477, making it the oldest university in the Nordic countries. University campuses are scattered around the western part of the city. If you want to experience the student life at Uppsala you should go to one of the 13 Student Nations (see infobox under section Drink).

  • 3 The University Hall (Universitetshuset), Biskopsgatan 3. is constructed in Italian renaissance Beaux-Arts style and was completed in 1887. Here major University events and occasional public concerts take place. University Hall (Uppsala University) on Wikipedia
    • Uppsala University Coin Cabinet (Uppsala universitets myntkabinett), +46 18-471 17 22. Last Saturday of every month 13:00–16:00. Apr–Oct: Tu 16:00–18:00. The University Hall also contains the University's comprehensive coinage cabinet. Guided tours every open day. Free.
  • 4 Carolina Rediviva, (Dag Hammarskjölds väg 1, +46 18 4713900, e-mail: . M–F 08:30–21:00, Sa 09:00–18:00). Is the University library; and an enormous one at that, with over 5 million volumes. The library has a museum department which exhibits prized examples – including the famed Silver Bible, written in the 6th century in the extinct Gothic language. The museum department is however closed due to renovations until spring 2019. Adults, 20 kr, Children under 12, Free. Carolina Rediviva on Wikipedia
  • 5 The University Museum Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3, +46 18-4717571. Sep–May: Tu–Su 11:00–16:00, Jun–Aug: Tu–Su 10:00–16:00. Is the oldest standing structure of the University. Beside exhibitions regarding the history of Uppsala University and the history of science main points of interest are the old anatomical theater from the 17th century and the Augsburg Art Cabinet. There are also two archeological exhibitions with Egyptian artifacts, mummies and sarcophagus, and findings from the Viking era boat burials in nearby Valsgärde. Guided tours in English at 13:00 every Saturday and Sunday in Sep–May and on every open day Jun–Aug. 50 kr for adults, 40 kr for seniors and students and free entry for children under 19. Gustavianum on Wikipedia

Old Uppsala[edit]

5 km north of Uppsala. Bus 2 and the hike "Eriksleden" (which starts at the cathedral) calls here. By car: Follow Svartbäcksgatan 4.5 km north, then take a right turn onto Ärnavägen and follow it another 1.5 km.

This was the political and religious centre of Viking era Sweden, with a royal estate, the "Thing of all Swedes" (political assembly) and a renowned pagan temple. The Viking heritage can still be seen in the landscape due to the three monumental burial mounds, historically attributed to the gods Odin, Thor and Freyr. A Viking era boat burial field can be found at Valsgärde, 2 km north of Old Uppsala proper. The findings from the burial field are exhibited at the University museum Gustavianum. If you get hungry there is a nearby restaurant and café called Odinsborg, ( +46 18-323525. M–F 10:00–16:00, Sa Su 10:00–18:00) which brew its own mead. Groups of 20 or more can book Viking feasts with traditional clothing and food.

  • 6 Gamla Uppsala museum (Old Uppsala Museum), +46 18-239312. Jan–Mar & Oct–Dec: M W Sa Su 12:00–16:00. Apr, May, Sep: daily 11:00–17:00. Jun–Aug: daily 10:00–16:00. Houses many of the Viking era archeological findings. 80 kr. Gamla Uppsala museum on Wikipedia
  • 7 Disagården, Disavägen, +46 18-169100. Jun–Aug: daily 10:00–17:00. Is an open-air museum which provides a picture of how a historical Uppsala County village would have looked. The house interiors are accessible during the daily guided tour at 13:00, the daily children's tour at 14:00, and the open house hour between 15:00 and 16:00 daily. Free.
  • 8 Gamla Uppsala kyrka (Old Uppsala church), +46 18-4303777. This 12th-century church is said to be located on the site of the long destroyed pagan Uppsala temple. Free. Gamla Uppsala museum on Wikipedia

Gardens, natural history and the Linnaean heritage[edit]

Carl von Linné

Carl von Linné.jpg
Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778), ennobled von Linné, was a biologist and one of the most influential scientists Uppsala University has ever produced. His great scientific contribution was to formalize the way which plants, animals and minerals are organized, as well as coming up with the system of two Latin scientific names for all species; such as Homo Sapiens for humans. His contributions earned him the epithets ”father of modern taxonomy" (method of arrangement) and "the second Adam", referring to his naming of the animals. Linnaeus himself, not a very humble man, summarized his deed with the words "God created, while Linnaeus organized".

He was a very popular teacher, and often took his students out on excursions around the Uppsala countryside. These are still preserved as "The Linnaeus Trails". Many of his disciples went even further and travelled around the globe in search for new organisms to put into Linnaeus's system. He also re-planted the university gardens, making it a major tourist attraction even during his own days. The people of Uppsala are still very fond of their great botanist. If you want to you can visit the Linnaeus Museum in the Linnaean Garden along Linnaeus Street opposite of not one but two Café Linnés, where you of course can get a signature "Linné bun". He is buried inside Uppsala Cathedral.

In 2009 much of Uppsala's Linnean heritage, including The Linnean Garden and The Linnean Museum, Linnaeus' Hammarby, The Linnean Trails and the natural reserve Hågadalen-Nåsten was nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage.

  • 9 The Botanical Garden, Villavägen 6-8, +46 18-471 28 38. Park: Daily May–Sep 07:00–21:00, Oct–Apr 07:00–19:00. Orangery: Tu–F 09:00–15:00. Tropical Green House: Sep–May Tu–F 09:00–15:00, Sa Su 12:00–15:00, Jun–Aug Tu–F 09:00–15:00, Sa Su 11:00–16:00. Is the main garden at the university. It consists of the Baroque garden itself, the Orangery and the Tropical Greenhouse. Free, except for Tropical Greenhouse (40 kr). University of Uppsala Botanical Garden on Wikipedia
  • 10 The Linnaean Garden and The Linnaeus Museum (Linnéträdgården och Linnémuseet), Svartbäcksgatan 27, +46 18-471 25 76. The museum is open daily May-Sep, Jun-Aug 11:00–17:00, and all days except Mondays in May & Sep. The gates to the garden close at 20:00. The botanical garden was originally planted by Olof Rudbeck in 1655, making it the oldest in Sweden. After a period of decline it was restored and maintained by Carl von Linné, the founder of taxonomic biology, and it became considered a major attraction during Linnaeus own lifetime. The building in the southern corner of the garden served as the residence of the Linnaeus family between 1743 and 1778. Today it is a personal museum dedicated to Linnaeus' professional and personal life. Is part of the proposed Linnean UNESCO World Heritage. 80 kr which includes the museum (with audio guide) and the garden. Free entry to the garden after 17:00. Guided tours are included in the entry fee and are held in English at 14:30 every open day. The ticket can also be used at Linnaeus' Hammarby. The Linnaean Garden on Wikipedia
  • 11 Linnaeus' Hammarby (Buses 102 and 186 pass the station "Linnés Hammarby vägskäl" 2 km from the museum. The 16-km Linneaus Trail "Danmark" calls here.), +46 18 471 28 38. May & Sep F–Su 11:00–17:00, Jun–Aug Tu–Su 11:/0–17:00. Was the Linnaeus family's summer residence and is located about 9 km south east of Uppsala. Today it is used as a museum for 18th-century biology and farming. The main building can only be accessed during guided tours which are held at 12:30 in English and 11:30, 14:30 and 15:30 in Swedish on every open day. Even if you don't speak Swedish you can join one of the Swedish language tours in order to see the house interior. Is part of the proposed Linnean UNESCO World Heritage. 80 kr. The ticket can also be used at the Linnean Garden and the Linnaeus Museum. Linnaeus' Hammarby on Wikipedia
  • 12 Linnaeus' Sävja, Carl von Linnés väg 3 (Next to Sävja church, some 5 km from Uppsala city centre. Bus 20 stops here.), +46 70-5169095. May–Aug: Sa Su 12:00–17:00. Another farm which was owned by Linné. While Hammarby was used for work and social relations Sävja was his refuge. Today the main building is a personal museum with a café. Throughout the season the site houses several events such as art exhibitions and concerts. 40 kr.
  • 13 The Museum of Evolution of Uppsala University (Evolutionsmuseet), Villavägen 9, +46 18 471 27 39, e-mail: . Tu–Su 12:00–16:00. Is a natural history museum containing the largest fossil collection in Scandinavia. The museum is divided into a paleontological, a botanical and a zoological section, housed in three separate buildings on the same block. 50 kr. Museum of Evolution of Uppsala University on Wikipedia
  • 14 Biotopia, Vasagatan 4, +46 18 727 63 70. Tu–F 09:00 –17:00; Sa Su 11:00 –17:00. A museum of Uppland's geology and biology, with dioramas of stuffed animals in their natural environment. Appropriate for families. Is located in a beautiful park and has a nice café in the same building. Free.

Other sights[edit]

  • 15 The Uppland Museum (Upplandsmuseet), S:t Eriks gränd, +46 18-16 91 00. Tu–Su 12:00 –17:00. Located in a former water mill building. Permanent exhibitions regarding the history and pre-history of Uppsala and Uppsala County, often with some additional temporary exhibition. Free. Upplandsmuseet on Wikipedia
  • 16 Bror Hjorth's House, Norbyvägen 26, +46 18 56 70 30. Th–Su 12:00 –16:00. 20 June–20 Aug: Tu–Su 12:00 –16:00. The home and studio of the 20th-century sculptor and painter Bror Hjorth is now a museum dedicated to his art and personal museum. Especially interesting for those who like naivist paintings. 40 kr, under 19 free. Bror Hjorths Hus on Wikipedia
  • 17 The Museum of Medicinal History (Medicinhistoriska museet), Eva Lagerwalls väg 8 (By Ulleråker 3 km south of the city centre. Buses 1, 12 and 20 pass the nearby bus stop "Kronparksgården".), +46 18-611 26 10. Tu Th 13:00 –17:00. A museum concerning health and sickness in body and mind throughout history. The psychiatric exhibition regards the nearby psychiatric hospital Ulleråker, which was active in the 19th and 20th centuries. Free.
  • 18 The Pump House (Pumphuset), Munkgatan 2, +46 18 727 94 00. A museum for public utilities: water, sewage and power. Closed due to renovation until fall 2017. Free.
  • 19 Stones of Mora (Mora Stenar), Östunavägen. Was the place where Swedish kings were elected from the 13th to the 15th centuries, comparable to the more known Scottish "Stone of Scone". The stones can be seen in a small building located along Östunavägen. If you use a GPS to find the location, make sure that you don't confuse it with the nearby rest area with the same name on the parallel highway E4. Stones of Mora on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Linnéträdgården (The Linnean garden)

Performing arts & cinema[edit]

  • 1 Filmstaden and Spegeln, Västra Ågatan 12 & 16, +46 8-562 600 00. Two nearby cinemas, both runned by SF Bio.
  • 2 Fyrisbiografen, S:t Olofsgatan 10, +46 18-15 03 46. Started in 1911 and is Sweden’s oldest cinema still in business. They mainly focus on world cinema and independent movies.
  • 3 Reginateatern, Trädgårdsgatan 6, +46 18-727 83 40. A theatre with a lot of different acts, many of which are international guest performances. Houses its own poetry festival "Ordspråk" every fall.
  • 4 Slottsbiografen, Nedre Slottsgatan 6, +46 18-10 11 01. Known as the cinema of Ingmar Bergman, who grew up in the neighborhood and saw his first movies here as a child. He also frequented it as an adult and had his own designated seat. Today it is runned as a film club and not a cinema, wherefore you will have to buy a membership rather than ticket. Screenings are rather scarce. A membership and 4 screenings costs 180 kr.
  • 5 Uppsala City Theatre (Uppsala Stadsteater), Kungsgatan 53, +46 18 14 62 00, e-mail: . Uppsala's main theater. Houses both theatre, dance performances, musical concerts and guest performances. Occasionally features plays in English.
  • 6 Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (UKK/Musikens hus), Vaksala torg 1, +46 18 727 90 00, e-mail: . Uppsala's main concert hall was inaugurated in 2007. By then discussions of building a concert hall had been going on for a hundred years! Since then the building and its modernist design has kept on creating controversy. The concert hall has a varied calendar which includes both orchestras, dance performances, modern music as well as conferences and seminars. From the top floor you get a great view of Uppsala.
  • 7 Parksnäckan, Stadsträdgården, +46 18-711 411, e-mail: . An open-air guest stage in the city park with a busy and varied summer schedule

Outdoor life[edit]

Beaches[edit]

  • 8 Fjällnora (follow road 282 17 km eastward, then take a right towards "Fjällbo" and follow this road for another 3 km). Is a recreation area with two beaches in lakes Trehörningen and Ramsen. Besides bathing one can also fish, go kayaking or bike or hike on the nearby trails. In winter it is possible to go skiing in the trails or skating on the lakes.
    • Go Adventure "Adventure course", info@goadventure.se, +46 18-121800. Open for pre-booked groups of at least 5 people Sunday to Friday and for single visitors on Saturdays May to September at 12:30. Is a web of ropeways, nets and suspension bridges among the treetops. 400 kr (single ticket) 600 kr (per person in pre-booked group).
  • 9 Hammarskog (Take bus 108 and get off at the bus stop "Hammarskogs herrgård"). Is a recreation area some 10 km south west of central Uppsala. You can fish, bathe, or skate on lake Ekoln, or hike or ski around the local tracks. The site is also popular among ornithologists. The old Hammarskog mansion (+46 18-727 06 08) has been rebuilt into a cafe and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. Rowing boats can be rented at the mansion during weekends or at the carpentry (+46 18-727 03 96) during weekdays.
  • 10 Lyssnaängen (Take bus 11 towards Gottsunda. Get off at the station "Lyssnavägen"). Is a public bathing area in Lake Mälaren by the southern outskirts of Uppsala, some 10 km from the city centre.
  • 11 Storvad (500m north of Old Uppsala). Is a public bathing area in Fyris River by the northern outskirts of Uppsala, some 6 km from the city centre.

Hiking, biking & jogging trails[edit]

As the terrain around Uppsala is very flat none of these hikes are very difficult, and could therefore be performed by inexperienced hikers or cyclists. For information about bike rentals see section "Get around".

  • Eriksleden is a 6-km hike between Uppsala Cathedral and Old Uppsala Church. During the medieval era Saint Erik was revered as the patron saint of Sweden, and his relics was carried in procession between these two destinations every year.
  • The Linnaeus Trails are eight different hikes which were created by Carl Linnaeus as biological excursions for his students. The trails measure from 6 (3.6 miles) to 20 km (12.4 miles) one way, and are marked up by blue signposts. 7 of the hikes start at the old city entrances, in today’s city center, while the last one starts in the village of Jumkil. The trails are part of the proposed Linnean UNESCO World Heritage.
  • The Yellow trail is a 10-km path which stretches through a continuous green belt within the urban area. The scenery include a 300-year-old pine tree forest as well as pastures. The trail starts by Studenternas sports stadium south of the city centre and leads down to the shores of Lake Malären by the southern suburbs of Uppsala.
  • Upplandsleden is an alternative for those who desire a longer hike. It stretches 450 km through the province of Uppland, from Lake Mälaren in the south to the Dal River in the north, and passes through the southern part of Uppsala. It is marked up with orange signposts.

Natural attractions and reserves[edit]

  • 12 Fiby Urskog (Fiby Primeval Forest) (Located 16 km west of Uppsala.). An 87 hectare (215 acre) natural reserve and ancient woodland, virtually untouched by humans for several hundred years. It has become a habitat for many unusual species of birds, insects and fungi. A hiking trail will take you across the woodlands and make sure that you don't get lost.
  • 13 Hågadalen-Nåsten (Located 3 km West of Uppsala. Buss 2 calls here). An 1 700 hectare (4200 acre) natural reserve within walking distance from the city centre. One of the main sights in the reserve is Hågahögen (aka Kung Björns hög), a bronze age burial mound. It is the gold richest bronze age tomb in Scandinavia, and dating from around 1000 BC it is twice as old as the more famous Old Uppsala burial mounds. The natural reserve is part of the proposed Linnean UNESCO World Heritage.

Sports[edit]

If you want to watch sports the main outdoors sporting arena is Studenternas Idrottsplats (Ulleråkersvägen 6, on the western shore of the river just south of the City Gardens) while the main indoors arena is Fyrishov (Idrottsgatan 2, on the eastern shore of the river 1 km north of the city centre). The home team IK Sirius play soccer and the traditional Swedish winter sport of bandy in Sweden’s top divisions. The men's team Uppsala Basket and the women's team Sallén Basket play in Sweden’s top divisions for basketball. Uppsala 86ers was one of the first American football teams in Sweden, and play in the highest division Superserien.

Uppsala also has ample opportunities for doing sport.

  • Cross country skiing – There are several pre-plowed tracks for skiing around Uppsala. Equipment can be rented at Aktivt uteliv (Bergsbrunnagatan 8, +46 18-10 88 04), the Sunnerstabacken cabin (Dag Hammarskjölds väg 270, +46 18-727 02 19) or Ski Total (Dragarbrunnsgatan 46 A, +46 18-105040). Major tracks include:
    • King Björn's track and the Hammarskog-track, which starts by "King Björn's mound" in Håga 3 km west of Uppsala centre.
    • Lunsen is a natural reserve with several tracks. You can start by "Planstskolan", next to road 255 8 km south of the city, where you can find booklets with suitable tracks.
    • Tracks can also be found by Sunnerstabacken (see below by "Downhill Snowsports").
    • The safest bet for snow is the rather short kap-track, south of Studenternas IP, as excess snow is brought here from the sports stadium.
  • Curling
    • 14 Curlingcompaniet, Naturstensvägen 13 (5 km west of the city centre. Buses 5 and 12 towards Stenhagen pass the nearby station "Stenhagens Centrum"), +46 46 80 70, e-mail: . Season from Sep trough Apr. Accept groups from 4 to 10 people, while a group of 8 is recommended. 1500-1900 kr (depending on the day) for one isle during two hours. The price include an instructor and gear.
  • Downhill snowsports
    • 15 Sunnerstabacken (Uppsala Alpina Center), Dag Hammarskjölds väg 270 (7 km south of the city centre. Bus 8 towards Sunnersta pass the nearby station "Sunnerstabacken"), +46 18-727 02 19, e-mail: . Ski lifts are usually open 17:00–21:00 M–F and 10:30–16:00 Sa Su. Has got the largest slopes in Uppsala, with a height of about 40 meters. The main slope has both jumps and rails. Equipment can be rented in a cabin at the site. 100 kr per day or 600 kr for the entire season.
  • Golf
    • 16 Söderby Golf (Located along route 55 about 8 km west of the city centre), +46 18-430 19 70. Is a golf club with one 18 holes track and one 9 holes track.
    • 17 Upsala Golfklubb (Located along route 55 about 8 km west of the city centre), +46 18-46 01 20. Is a golf club with one 18 holes track and one 9 holes track.
  • Ice skatingGränby ishallar (Råbyvägen 71) and the next door Relitahallen, 2.5 km north east of the city centre are the main indoor skating arenas. Studenternas IP and Svandammen ("The Swan Pond", between Uppsala Castle and Fyris River) are often open for ice-skating in the winter. Natural ices can usually be found by Ekoln, a part of Mälaren 10 km south of the city centre, and Fjällnora, 20 km east of the city. Natural ice ice be dangerous and should be avoided without proper equipment, training and company. Equipment can be rented at Aktivt uteliv (Bergsbrunnagatan 8, +46 18-10 88 04). Vikingarännet is the world's largest annual ice-skating race from Uppsala to Stockholm. It is held in February, but the precise date is often decided on short notice depending on weather conditions. Some years the race has been canceled all together due to poor ice conditions.

Other activities[edit]

  • 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 or Sigtuna. The ships set of from Islandsfallet in Fyris River just south of the city centre. The main shipping companies are M/S Kung Carl Gustaf (+46 733–303042) and Strömma (+46 8-12004100).
  • 18 Fyrishov, Idrottsgatan 2, +46 18 727 49 50. M–F 06:15–21:30; Sa Su 07:30–09:00. A combined arena and recreational swimming hall-complex. The swimming hall houses both a tropical water park, olympic size indoors pools, child pools, and two outdoor pools. The outdoor pools are open May-Aug. Until September 2017 the water park section will be closed due to renovation, while the other pools stay open. The facilities also include restaurants, relax areas, saunas and a SPA & massage area. Aside from bathing Fyrishov also has a bowling alley, mini golf courses and drop in zumba classes. 100 kr.
  • 19 Lennakatten (Upsala–Lenna Jernväg), Stationsgatan 11, +46 18 13 05 00, e-mail: . Sundays June 4th to September 10th. Saturdays June 24th to September 9th. W & Th June 28 to Aug 10. Several trains run on these days. A heritage railway which stretches from Uppsala Central Station and 33 km east into the Uppsala countryside. The price depends on how far you go. 105–200 kr for a two way ticket.
  • 20 Leo's lekland, Åkaregatan 8, +46 18 71 21 00, e-mail: . 10:00–19:00. A kids-oriented play land with slides, trampolines, ball pools and sports arenas. 140 kr per child. Free entrence for adults.
  • Uppsala Castle "Roof Walk", Uppsala Castle, Drottning Christinas väg 1A, +46 18-121800, e-mail: . 12:00 every Saturday May–Sep. Offer guided tours on the roof of Uppsala Castle. The tour takes about 90 minutes. 600 kr.
  • 21 Uppsala Aviation Society (Uppsala flygklubb), Sundbro 425 (Uppsala-Sundbro airport), +46 18-35 70 13, e-mail: . Offer glide flying across Uppsala County. Experience Uppsala from a height of 1000 meters and try to operate the glider yourself! 1850 kr for a 20-30 minutes pre-booked 1000-m flight. 700 kr for a 15-minute 500-m flight.

Annual events[edit]

Valborg celebration outside of Carolina Rediviva.
  • Uppsala Beer & Whisky Festival, +46 18 10 00 65, e-mail: . Is held annually at Fyrishov (Idrottsgatan 2) one weekend in late February. The festival is guested by some 10,000 attendees and more than 80 different international and local beverage companies. 250 kr for a day, 450 kr for the full festival.
  • Valborg (Walpurgis Night). Held on the last of April every year, Valborg used to be a pagan spring feast but became particularly popular among Swedish students in the 19th century, thus earning a special place in the Uppsala calendar. 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 10:00, students riding decorated rafts race down the Fyris River, usually crashing in the two waterfalls. At 15:00 , lots of people gather below Carolina Rediviva and put on their white student caps at a signal, and the masses rejoice. At 21:00, a choir is singing an ode to spring by the castle.
  • Kulturernas Karneval (Carnival of Cultures), +46 76-426 03 98, e-mail: . Is a two-day carnival parade and festival with concerts, dance performances, theatre, foods and crafts, held one weekend in May. The event is intended to celebrate and highlight the diversity of cultures in Uppsala. The main festival area is in Engelska parken behind the University library Carolina Rediviva.
  • Uppsala Reggae Festival (Uppsala Reggaefestival), e-mail: . Scandinavia's largest reggae festival with approximately 10,000 attendees. Run one day in August, hosting both Swedish and international acts. 600–875 kr (Prepurchase) 1000 kr. Uppsala Reggae Festival on Wikipedia
  • 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. The program consists of more than 600 cultural activities, and is estimated to be visited by 175,000 people.
  • Uppsala International Guitar Festival (Uppsala internationella gitarrfestival), Vaksala torg 1, +46 700 909 399, e-mail: . Is held annually in the beginning of October in the main concert hall Uppsala Konsert & Kongress. The festival includes seminars, workshops a guitar fair and concerts by some 300 performers. Uppsala International Guitar Festival on Wikipedia
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Uppsala Internationella Kortfilmfestival), Contact: Klostergatan 1. Films are showed in several different theaters around town, +46 18 12 00 25, e-mail: . An annual festival usually held during one week in the latter part of October. More than 300 short films from around the world are showed together with lectures and seminars. All films have English dialogue or English subtitles. One screening: (4-8 films) 80 kr. All screenings: 400 kr. Uppsala International Short Film Festival on Wikipedia
  • Christmas at Uplands Nation (Jul på Uplands), S:t Larsgatan 11, e-mail: . Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 12:00—22:00. Every Christmas Uplands Nation arranges a free traditional Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet). Originally it was intended for exchange students who were unable get home for the holidays, but today it attracts all kinds of people. Nation card is not required — everyone is welcome. The event is alcohol and drug free and done on a completely volunteer basis, with the food being donated by local shops and restaurants. If you're lucky you might even get a gift from Santa!

Learn[edit]

  • 2 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet / SLU), +46 18-67 10 00. The second and less well-known university in Uppsala. SLU campuses are scattered around Sweden, with most of the administration and the faculties of "Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences" and "Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science" being located in Ultuna 6 kilometers South of Uppsala. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on Wikipedia
  • 3 Uppsala University, +46 18-471 00 00. Founded in 1477 it is the oldest university in the Nordic countries, and one of the largest in Sweden. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in humanities and arts, social sciences, law, business, sciences, engineering, and medicine. Campuses are scattered along central and southern Uppsala. It has about 20,000 full-time students, and some 6,000 employees. Uppsala University on Wikipedia Uppsala University (Q185246) on Wikidata

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 make the city extremely quiet. Svartbäcksgatan is the main shopping street in town, two blocks from Centralstationen. On it lays the Stora Torget, the main square in Uppsala. It is closed to cars. 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.

  • 1 Boländerna (Located 3 km (1.2 miles) south of the city centre. Use the buses (12 best choice), 13, 20, 41 or 42 to "Coop Forum/IKEA"). The biggest district for buying "not everyday stuff" (electronics, furniture, bikes) in Uppsala. This is where you find the second biggest IKEA in Sweden, MediaMarkt, Bauhaus, Elgiganten and so on. The parking's can hold nearly 8,000 vehicles, which makes this one of the biggest concrete jungles in Sweden.
  • 2 Galleria Dragarbrunn, Dragarbrunnsgatan 24. A brand-new small mall located in the city. It is a fashionable mall with mostly expensive brands.
  • 3 Gränby Centrum, Marknadsgatan (Located 3 km (1.2 miles) east of the city centre. Use bus 10 to "Gränby C"). The biggest mall in Uppsala. It has 85 shops, 4 restaurants, 3 cafés.
  • 4 Jaber, Fyristorg 6, +46 18 135050, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. A family owned fashion warehouse. The beautiful building was once a hotel called "Gillet".
  • 5 Rådhuset, Stora Torget 10, +46 18 4905200, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–19:00; Sa 10:00–17:00; Su 12:00–17:00. Located in the old town hall this building was recently renovated into a fashion department store. Even though the clothes are pricey it is free to enter the building to enjoy its architecture. One can also book guided tours about the history of the building.
  • 6 Saluhallen, S:t Eriks Torg 8. M–Th 10:00–18:00; F 10:00–19:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. A fashionable market hall with various types of expensive, highly qualitative food and drinks in various shops. There are also some restaurants there.

Bookstores[edit]

Pressbyrån is a well-stocked magazine store chain with lots of international and Swedish magazines, which can be found at several locations in the city.

  • 7 Akademibokhandeln, Stora torget 3, +46 10-7441400. M–F 10:00–19:00; Sa 10:00–17:00; Su 12:00–17:00. The largest and most well-stocked book-store in the city.
  • 8 Drottninggatans bokhandel, Drottninggatan 7, +46 18-141717. M–F 10:15–18:00; Sa 10:15–16:00. A all-around independent bookstore.
  • 9 Läslusen, Drottninggatan 6, +46 18-134700. M–F 11:00–18:00; Sa 11:00–15:00. A children's bookstore.
  • 10 Omnikvariatet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 53, +46 72-3006960. M Tu Th & F 10:00–17:00; Sa 10:00–15:00. A second-hand bookshop.
  • 11 Röda rummet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 56 & 58, +46 18-133295. M–F 10:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. A second-hand bookshop.
  • 12 Seriezonen, Drottninggatan 8, +46 18-134320. M–F 10:30–18:00; Sa 10:30–15:00. A comic book store.
  • 13 Studentbokhandeln, Sysslomansgatan 7, +46 18-653330. M–F 09:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–15:00. Is jointly owned by the Student Union and Uppsala University, and has an impressive selection of mainly course literature.
  • 14 The Uppsala English Bookshop, Svartbäcksgatan 19, +46 18-100510. M–F 09:00–18:30; Sa 10:00–17:00; Su 12:00–15:00. Has all kinds of books in English.

Flea markets[edit]

  • 15 Fyris Park (Located behind the mall Ica Maxi, follow road 55 6 km westward. Bus 5 passes the nearby "Stenhagen Centrum"), +46 18-46 12 75. Held weekly on Sundays. Runned by a local dance association. In summer it turns into a car boot sale.
  • 16 Loppis Poppis, Råbyvägen 97 (Located in Gränby 3 km north of the city centre. Bus 3 passes the nearby bus stop "Östra Nyby"), +46 70-786 55 34. M–F 12:00-18:00 Sa Su 11:00–16:00. Some 200 booths selling second hand objects.
  • 17 Ulva mill (By the old Ulva mill 8 km north of the central city, close to Old Uppsala). Sundays 11:00–15:00 from May–Oct. A large car boot sale. The season ends with a major crafts fair and autumn market (Sep 2 & 3 2017). A Christmas market is held in the last weekend before Advent Sunday (Nov 25–26 2017).
  • 18 Vaksala torg (Next to the main concert hall, 300m north of the central train station). Held weekly on Saturdays. A centrally located traditional fleamarket. Sellers include professional antiques dealers, private persons and school classes. The annual "Disting" market have been held in Uppsala since pre-historical times, originally in conjunction with the blóts (sacrifices) at Uppsala temple. In modern times the market is held at Vaksala square on the first Monday and Tuesday in February.

Gifts and souvenirs[edit]

Many museums, including the Cathedral, Upplandsmuseet and The Linnean Garden have gift shops with general Uppsala souvenirs as well as objects more closely related to their exhibitions. Uppsala Tourist Center (Kungsgatan 59) sells plenty of Uppsala themed merchandise. The best place to find Uppsala University themed merchandise is the gift shop in the University Museum Gustavianum (Akademigatan 3).

  • 19 Godsmagasinet, Roslagsgatan 1 (Behind the train station). Is a small design and craft mall located inside the old train station warehouse.
  • 20 Mamsell K, S:t Eriks gränd 6 (On a small alley between the Cathedral and the river), +46 18-131101. M–F 11:00–18:00, Sa 11:00–15:00. Is a cramped but cozy store, maybe most known for their hand-made Uppsala themed Christmas baubles.
  • 21 Öster om ån, Svartbäcksgatan 18, +46 18-711545. M–F 11:00–18:00, Sa 11:00–16:00. Is a craft cooperative runned by some 20 Uppsala craftsmen who sell their own goods in the store.

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. If you are interested in something lighter most cafés mentioned bellow offer dishes like sandwiches, lasagna or salad.

Most days at least one of the 13 Nations serve simple, yet well cooked meals. Unknown to most locals lunches are also open for non-students (since there is no alcohol serving). If you have a nation guest card you can also dine at the Nations. To know which nations are open any given day check the calendar at Nationsguidien. Prices range around 50 kr for lunch and 70 kr for dinner.

Most restaurants have at least one vegetarian dish on the menu. Vegan food is however not as common. Good places for vegan food would be the vegetarian restaurant Légume (Drottninggatan 12, +46 18-12 01 60, M–W 11:00–14:00, Th–F 11:00–14:00 & 17:00–21:00, Sa 16:00–22:00) and the vegan restaurant Souk (Drottninggatan 1, +46 18-12 25 55, Tu–Th 17:00–22:00, Sa Su 17:00–01:00).

Budget[edit]

Budget priced food trucks can be found around town. At Sankt Eriks square (just north of the Cathedral) you can usually find three falafel trucks. They open at about 11:00 and stay open until 20:00 on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays they stay open late (04:00 – late enough to serve drunk students on their way home from the bars) while being closed on Sundays. One falafel goes for about 30 kr. Food trucks can also be found on the main shopping street Svartbäcksgatan and on the square Vaksala torg.

  • 1 Jalla Kebab, Stora Torget 1, +46 18 10 35 35, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–21:00, Sa Su 11:00–21:00. 50–80 kr.
  • 2 Luthagens Kök & Bar, Börjegatan 11, +46 18-529600. M–F 11:00–14:00, 16:00–22:00; Sa 13:00–22:00; Su 13:00–21:00. Serves hamburgers and pizzas and does it well. Mains 70–185 kr.
  • 3 Rosa Pantern, Sysslomansgatan 11, +46 18-121560. M–F 11:00–03:30 Sa Su 11:00–04:00. A night open convenient store with a barbecue and buffet restaurant, specialized in kebab. Only take away, except for a few bar stools. 65–90 kr.
  • 4 Ultuna Thai, Ulls väg 25, Ultuna, +46 18-673367. M–F 08:00–18:00. Genuine, inexpensive Thai food of good quality on the campus of the Swedish Agricultural University.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 5 Aaltos, Sysslomansgatan 14, +46 18-100908, e-mail: . Opens at 17:00 daily. Kitchen closes at 22:00 M–F and 23:00 Sa & Su. Large outdoor seating area in the summer. The restaurant is named after its architect, the renowned Finnish modernist designer and architect Alvar Aalto. Pizzas 125–140 kr, other main courses 165–275 kr.
  • 6 Crêperie Lemoni, S:t Olofsgatan 32E (Is located in a courtyard which can be accessed both from S:t Olofsgatan and Svartbäcksgatan), +46 18-133034, e-mail: . M–Th 11:00–22:00; F–Sa 11:00–23:00; Su 12:00–18:00. A cozy restaurant that specializes in crêpes and galettes. 95–145 kr.
  • 7 Golden China, Kungsängsgatan 23, +46 18-138636. M–F 11:00–21:00 Sa Su 12:00–21:00. Chinese restaurant specializing in more traditional Chinese cuisine. Have vegan options. 90–180 kr.
  • 8 Indian kitchen, Kungsgatan 25, +46 18-126071. M–F 11:00–21:00; Sa Su 12:00–21:00. Good Indian food and great service. Mains 135–210 kr.
  • 9 Koh Phangan, Övre Slottsg. 12, +46 18-134848. M–F 16:00–23:00, Sa 13:00–23:00, Su 13:00–22:00. Thai food restaurant offering good food in a fun and kitschy atmosphere. Mains 140–200 kr.
  • 10 Messob African Restaurant, Sturegatan 4 A, +46 18-500020. M–Th 17:00–22:00, F Sa 17:00–23:00. Good Ethiopian and Eritrean food and very friendly staff. Have vegan options. Mains 85–180 kr.
  • 11 Tilltugg, Vaksalagatan 24, +46 18-129701. M–Th 17:00–23:00; F 16:00–23:00; Sa 17:00–01:00. Good tapas restaurant. Table reservations not possible. 50–60 kr per tapas.
  • 12 Trattoria Comedia, Skolgatan 31, +46 18-711540. M–Sa 17:00–23:00, Su 15:00–23:00. A cozy Italian restaurant. 110–200 kr.
  • 13 Tzatziki, Fyristorg 4, +46 18-150333. M–F 16:00–23:00; Sa 13:00–23:00; Su 13:00–22:00. Greek restaurant in a beautiful environment just by the Fyris River and below the Cathedral. Mains 100–150 kr.

Splurge[edit]

  • 14 Domtrappkällaren, S:t Eriks Gränd 15, +46 18-130955, e-mail: . Lunch M–F 11:00–14:30. Dinner M–Sa 17:00–22:00. Fancy restaurant with a long history. Located in the old student prison! Have several vegan options. Mains 185-315 kr.
  • 15 Hambergs, Fyristorg 8, +46 18-712150, e-mail: . Tu–Sa 11:30–22:00. Great seafood in this relaxed atmosphere. Except for desserts they serve nothing but seafood. . Mains 170-350 kr.
  • 16 Restaurang Lingon, Svartbäcksgatan 30, +46 18-101224. M–F 11:00–14:30, 17:00–22:00, Sa–Su 12:00–15:30, 17:00–22:00. Serves Swedish dishes with a luxurious touch. During the summer, the restaurant has a riverside area. Mains 190–290 kr.
  • 17 Peppar Peppar, Suttungs Gränd 3, +46 18-131360. M–F 17:00–22:00, Sa 16:00–23:00, Su 16:00–21:00. Award winning Swedish and European cuisine. Mains 170-270 kr.
  • 18 Stationen, Olof Palmes Plats 6 (At the train station), +46 18-153500, e-mail: . M 09:00–23:00; Tu 09:00–24:00; W Th 09:00–01:00; F 09:00–02:00; Sa 10:00–02:00; Su 10:00–23:00. 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. 180–400 kr.
  • 19 Villa Anna, Odinslund 3 (Next to the Cathedral.), +46 18-5802010. Lunch Tu–F 11:30–13:30, Dinner Tu–Sa 17:00–22:00. Award-winning chefs serve classic dishes with constantly innovative touches. Dinner is an culinary experience. Situated in the cultural district. Four-course dinner 575 kr. Six course dinner 750 kr.

Drink[edit]

The Student Nations

Södermanland-Närkes nation
Since the 16th century Uppsala’s students have organized themselves by geographical origin into 13 Student Nations. These worked as an extra family for the students, who often came to Uppsala from far away without having any connections in town. Today they are mainly oriented towards public activities such as eating, drinking, dancing and clubbing – somewhere between an Oxford residential college and an American fraternity/sorority.

Due to special legislation the nations can push alcohol prices (a beer at a nation will set you back between 25 and 30 kr, compared to double the price at a normal pub) – provided that they keep their alcohol-related activities exclusive to members and guests. Anyone with a valid student ID (from any University around the world) and a valid ID can get a guest card. These cost 75 kr for a week and can be purchased at the Students' Union (Studentkår) or any of the nations during office hours. Buying a guest card at any nation gets you into every nation.

As the nations have a tendency to out crowd competing clubs getting a guest card will greatly increase your nightlife range. Even if you don't have a guest card you can still get a low priced lunch or a day time fika at the nations, since these do not involve any alcohol serving. In the summer most students skip town and consequentially the nation activity decreases.

The local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning has a calendar listing 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.

As in the rest of Sweden, the government-owned chain of liquor stores Systembolaget is the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% alcohol. The two Systembolaget stores in the city centre are located on Dragarbrunnsgatan 48A and Vaksalagatan 30. They are open M-F 09:00–19:00, and Sa 09:00–15:00. Additional Systembolaget stores can also be found by major shopping malls in the more peripheral districts of the city.

Bars and clubs in Uppsala are obliged to close no later than 03:00. Most student nations close at 01:00 unless there is any special event.

Cafés[edit]

While coffeehouse chains are not unheard of cozy traditional independent cafés are abundant in Uppsala. 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. To know which nations are open any given day check the calendar at Nationsguidien.

  • 1 Konditori Fågelsången, Munkgatan 3, +46 18-145265. M–F 07:30–19:00 Sa Su 09:00–18:00. A cafe with the possibility to sit outdoors in the summer. They serve sandwiches as well as traditional Swedish cookies and cakes.
  • 2 Güntherska Hovkonditori & Schweizeri, Östra Ågatan 31, +46 18-130757. M & Tu 09:00–19:00, W–F 09:00–19:30 Sa Su 10:00–18:00. An elegant combined café and sourdough bakery located at the eastern bank of Fyris River. They also serve hot and cold meals, as well as alcoholic beverages.
  • 3 Café Linné Konstantina and Café Linné Hörnan, Svartbäcksgatan 22 and 24, +46 18-155510. M–Sa 08:00–22:00, Su 09:00–22:00. are two cozy cafes, often used as a meeting place for various clubs or political groups.
  • 4 Ofvandahls Hovkonditori, Sysslomansgatan 5, +46 18-134204. M–F 07:00–18:00; Sa 09:00–17:00; Su 11:00–17:00. 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.
  • 5 Kafferummet Storken, Stora Torget 3, +46 18 15 05 22. M–F 09:30–22:00, Sa 10:00–21:00, Su 12:00–21:00. A cozy café, located at the second floor with rather anonymous entrance towards the main square.
  • 6 Café Tar, Sysslomansgatan 9, +46 18-133813. M–F 10:00–19:00, Sa Su 10:00–18:00. Italian coffee bar. Excellent espresso served between spartan walls decorated with paintings by local artists.
  • 7 Café Årummet, Östra Ågatan 9, +46 18-710750. M–F 08:00–22:00; Sa Su 09:00–22:00. A nice place by the riverside. Notable for serving plenty of fresh fruit with their cakes.

Bars[edit]

  • 8 Cousteau Bistro Bar, +46 18-120170. M 11:00–14:00, Tu–F 11:00–22:00, Sa 17:00–22:00. and 9 Shotluckan, Drottninggatan 12, +46 72-5771666. Tu W 18:00–01:00, Th 18:00–03:00, F Sa 17:00–03:00. Two neighboring bars which share an address and an outdoor seating with each other and the vegetarian restaurant Légume. Cousteau is the better place for a beer or a meal, and often have live music. Shotluckan (literally "The Shot Hatch") has a large range of different drinks and shots. Many shots have some adventurous twist – Like being on fire.
  • 10 O'Connor's, Stora Torget 1, +46 18 14 40 10. M–Th 15:00–03:00; F & Sa 13:00–03:00; Su 13:00–01:00. 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 45-65 kr, entrance is 20 kr M–Th and 60 kr after 22:00 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).
  • 11 O’Neill’s, Dragarbrunnsgatan 53, +46 18-107070, e-mail: . M Tu 16:00–23:00, W Th 16:00–00:00, F Sa 15:00–01:00. An authentic Irish pub opened in 2007. 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.
  • 12 William's pub, Åsgränd 5C, +46 18-140920, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–00:00; F Sa 16:00–03:00. British-themed pub with a welcoming interior and helpful staff

Clubs & music[edit]

  • 13 Birger Jarl (BJ), Nedre Slottsgatan 3, +46 18-135000, fax: +46 18-130012. F Sa 21:00-03:00. Great if you're into shots and house music. It's also referred to as a meat market, if that's what you're looking for. 50-85 kr.
  • 14 Flustret, Flustergränd 5, +46 18-100444. F Sa 22:00–03:00. Nightclub with plenty of events and concerts. Targets (and attracts) a somewhat more mature audience from ages 23 and upwards. Entry 120 kr Friday and 150 kr Saturday.
  • 15 Katalin And All That Jazz, Roslagsgatan 1 (Behind the train station.), +46 18-140680. A nice place with an active calendar of international and national touring acts, ranging from jazz to metal to comedy clubs. Houses a pub which is open Monday to Sunday, and also serves dinner.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Akademihotellet, Övre Slottsgatan 5, +46 18-155190. Has a very central location. This hotel is a perfect base for exploring Uppsala by foot. Singles from 540 kr, doubles from 660 kr.
  • 3 Sunnersta Herrgård, Sunnerstavägen 24, +46 18-324220, e-mail: . Hostel situated in an old manor, six km (3.6 miles) south of the town center. Good communications (bus/taxi, bicycle) to the town center. Singel from 715 kr, doubles from 850 kr.
  • 5 Vandrarhem Uppsala Centralstation, Bangårdsgatan 13, +46 76-185 84 85. Check-in: 14.00, check-out: 11:00. Hostel with 24-hour open front desk, a great breakfast buffet and free wi-fi. Shared kitchen and bathroom. Singel from 570 kr, doubles from 640 kr.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 6 Best Western Hotel Svava, Bangårdsgatan 24 (across the street from Central Station), +46 18-130030, fax: +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 kr, double (two beds) from 800 kr.
  • 8 Grand Hotel Hörnan, Bangårdsgatan 1, +46 18-139380, e-mail: . Older hotel located at the Fyris River close to the train station. Occasionally have good deals on rooms. The hotel has an excellent and cozy bar with the full product range of the local brewery, Slottskällan. 650–1250 kr.

Splurge[edit]

  • 11 Villa Anna, Odinslund 3, +46 18-5802010, 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.

Camping[edit]

See also: Right to access in the Nordic countries
  • 12 Fyrishov Stugby och Camping (Fyrishov camping and chalet park), Idrottsgatan 2, +46 18-727 49 60. The only camping site within walking distance of Uppsala offer sites for RVs and trailers, plots for tents, and chalets with four beds, a small kitchen and a shower. The camping area offers boule, beach volleyball, mini-golf, football and rental canoes. The max stay duration is seven days. Sep–May 700 kr per chalet, 205 kr per camping site and 115 kr per tent plot. Jun–Aug 900 kr per chalet, 225 kr per camping site and 135 kr per tent plot.

Stay safe[edit]

Uppsala is generally a safe city. As for other Swedish cities, a major risk factor for visitors is drunk brawls, especially at weekend nights, and around the Central Station. In an emergency, always call 112 for SOS Alarm, for ambulance, police, fire service, or priest on call. English-speaking operators are available.

While there are several pharmacies in Uppsala most of them close around 19:00–20:00, and none is night open. The pharmacy with the best opening hours is Lloyds apotek Samariten (Kålsängsgränd 10C, +46 18-580 21 10) which is open from 08:00 to 22:00 every day.

  • 5 Uppsala County Police (Polismyndigheten Uppsala län), Svartbäcksgatan 49, 114 14 (non-geographic number). M–F 08:00–16:00, Closed on weekends.
  • 6 Uppsala University Hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset), Sjukhusvägen, +46 18-6110000. 24 hours daily.

Connect[edit]

Uppsala city centre is a free public wifi-zone. The network is called "!uppsalawifi".

  • 7 City Library (Stadsbiblioteket), Svartbäcksgatan 17, +46 18-727 17 00. Offers several computers for free (using a queue system).
  • Sidewalk Express has three Internet cafes where you can get online for about €2/hr: one at the central station, one at the fast food restaurant "Jalla!", situated on the main square and one in Burger King in Dragarbrunnsgatan.

Cope[edit]

Stockholm with many embassies is only a short trip away.

Religious services[edit]

  • 8 Church of Sweden (Svenska Kyrkan), Visiting address: S:t Eriks torg 7, +46 18-4303500. Morning service is performed Sundays at 11:00 in the Cathedral. Have several other active churches around the city as well.
  • 9 Saint Lars's Catholic Church (S:t Lars Katolska kyrka), Slottsgränd 7, +46 18-133543. Mass: M—Th 18:15; F 12:15; Sa 11:00. Sunday mass in English: 18:15. Confession on Tuesdays 17:30-18:00 and on Sundays 10:30-11:00.
  • 10 Uppsala Baptist Church (Baptistkyrkan), Bangårdsgatan 11, +46 18-130565. Celebrates mass Sundays at 11:00. Provides simultaneous interpreting of mass into English.
  • 11 Uppsala Mosque (Uppsala Moské), Sportfältsvägen 1, +46 18-219881. Open 11:00—19:00 on weekdays, daily at prayer time, and 24 hours daily during Ramadan.

Go next[edit]

Skokloster Palace, an hour drive from Uppsala
  • Uppsala County is mostly rural except for Uppsala itself, and is therefore suitable for outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking. Uppsala County has a large number of castles and industrial heritage sites, worth visiting for the history or architecturally interested. In the east Uppsala County has a long shoreline towards the Baltic Sea known as Roslagen.
    • Uppsala countryside — contains fields, forests, and several villages. The Lennakatten heritage railway departs from Uppsala Central during summer. Carl Linnaeus' Hammarby (Tel. +46 18-32 60 94), a mansion 15 km south-east of Uppsala.
    • Skokloster Palace — +46 8-402 30 60, May & Sep: Sa & Su 11–16, Jun–Aug: 11–17 daily. Located on a peninsula in Lake Mälaren a few kilometers south of Uppsala, is one of the world’s finest baroque castles and the greatest private palace ever constructed in Sweden. It is most easily accessed by car, and the journey takes about one hour. If that is not an option you can take bus 895 towards Bålsta, get off at the station "Yttergrans kyrka", and then get on bus 311 towards Skokloster. The entire bus ride takes about one hour and 40 minutes. One can also travel from Uppsala to the castle by boat. Admissions to the castle are free for the ground floor while guided tours are 80 kr and audio guides are 40 kr.
    • Enköping — a small military and industrial town of about 20,000 inhabitants 40 km (25 mi) south-west of Uppsala.
    • Öregrund in Östhammar — located by Uppsala Counties Baltic coastline has been a popular sea-side resort among Uppsala's township since the 19th century.
  • Stockholm County; the capital region of Sweden. Is both the most populated region and the most densely populated region in Sweden. The northern half of the County makes up the historical province of Uppland together with Uppsala County.
    • Stockholm — 70 km (45mi) south of Uppsala lays the capital of Sweden and by far the largest metropolitan area in Uppsala’s immediate area.
    • Norrtälje — a city of 17,000 inhabitants with a long Baltic coast line.
    • Sigtuna — a millennial city, formerly Sweden's capital.
    • Stockholm archipelago — thousands of islands, islets and skerries which scattered along Uppland's coast.
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