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Uppsala, archaic spelling Upsala, is a university city in Sweden. Uppsala is not only the capital of Uppsala County, but, with a population of 158,000 in the city and a total population of 200,000 in Uppsala Municipality, it is the country's fourth-largest city. It was once the political and religious centre of Viking-era Sweden, became seat of the Church of Sweden and is the home of the largest church in the Nordic Countries, the Uppsala Cathedral. Uppsala University was founded in 1477 as the first Nordic university.

Understand[edit]

Uppsala Cathedral

Uppsala is 70 km (43 mi) north of Stockholm, on the Fyris River (Fyrisån) that flows south into Lake Mälaren. The name "Uppsala" is derived from the words "Up", as in "upstream", and "Sal", which means "hall". Historically, Uppsala has been divided between "townies and gownies", with burghers residing on the eastern side of the river, while clergy, academia and royalty have resided on its western shore. To some extent, this division still exists today, as the main shopping area is in the eastern part of the city centre, while most university campuses, student nations, and historic landmarks are on its western side.

In 1643, Uppsala adopted its first city plan and got the rectangular street grid it still has today. The city limits were set to Kungsgatan, Strandbodgatan, Kyrkogårdsgatan and Skolgatan; it 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; it's rather small in relation to the size of Uppsala's population. Due to its regular street patterns and its highly visible landmarks, orientation in Uppsala is rather easy.

The Uppsala area is very flat except for Uppsalaåsen — an esker which stretches across Uppland in a north-south direction. Uppsala Castle is strategically positioned 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.

Many famous Swedish authors have resided in Uppsala, often as students at the university. Notable examples include the playwright August Strindberg, the poets Gustaf Fröding and Karin Boye, and the Nobel Prize laureates Erik Axel Karlfeldt and Pär Lagerkvist. Most Swedish children recognize Uppsala as the city of Pelle Svanslös (Peter-No-Tail), a tailless 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 St Erik's square from the movie Fanny & Alexander by Uppsala native Ingmar Bergman. Uppsala is also one of the main stops on Nils Holgersson's Journey Across Sweden.

While Uppsala sometimes stands in the shade of Stockholm it maintains a sophisticated identity of its own. Compared to the Swedish capital, Uppsala is less frantic, with more of a small-town atmosphere, influenced by the student culture and academic traditions of Uppsala University.

History[edit]

Gamla Uppsala mounds.
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

Since the Ice Age, the Scandinavian landmass has been rising from the sea. The Uppsala plains were below sea level until around 1,500 BC, at the beginning of the Iron Age. The country's youngest land became the cradle of the Swedish nation.

In the 5th century, Old Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala), some 5 km (3.1 mi) north of today’s city centre, became the political and religious centre of Sweden. According to legend, it was founded by the pagan fertility god Freyr, from whom the first Swedish kings claimed to descend. The site housed a famous pagan temple, a royal hall, and three monumental burial mounds which can still be seen today. It maintained its position as the most important place in Sweden 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 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 St 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, overtook Old Uppsala's role as archbishopric, at the same time overtaking the name Uppsala. The same year, the construction of the 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 1567, the new castle became a scene for the "Sture Murders": during a fit of madness, the Swedish King Eric XIV had six nobles thrown into the castle dungeons and massacred. The wars of the 17th century (including the Thirty Years War) established the Swedish Empire. 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, professors and students at the university were heavily influenced by romanticism. Many of Uppsala's strong student traditions can be traced to this era, including the archetype of the typical Uppsala student as a sorrowless, punsch-drinking and serenade-singing youngling in a tailcoat and a student cap. This "student uniform" can still be seen at formal occasions and gasques (student dinner parties). Throughout the 20th century Uppsala and Uppsala University grew rapidly. During the tenure of the principal Torgny T:son Segerstedt between 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 university, and has therefore preserved more of its historical character.

Climate[edit]

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Uppsala has a humid continental climate and is on the 59th latitude north, comparable to Fort Smith in Canada and Saint Petersburg in Russia. Because of its northerly position, Uppsala receives less than 6 hours of visible sunlight during the winter solstice, and more than 18 hours during the summer solstice. Due to the Gulf Stream, which brings warm water from the Caribbean to the North Sea, Uppsala and Sweden are not as cold as other regions on similar latitudes. As an example, during January, Fort Smith has a daily mean temperature of −22.4 °C (−8.3 °F), compared to Uppsala's daily mean temperature of −2.7 °C (27.1 °F). Summer usually starts in the middle of May and lasts until late September. Autumn typically continues until late November, when winter arrives. Spring normally arrives around the middle of March.

Tourist office[edit]

  • Uppsala Tourist Center, +46 18-727 48 00, e-mail: . Opening hours vary between InfoPoints. Has eight staffed "InfoPoints" scattered around town. These provide basic maps and brochures and can be found at Uppsala University Hospital (Entrance 70), Godsmagasinet (Roslagsgatan 1), Fullerö Handel (9 km (5.6 mi) north of Uppsala), Fyrishov Stugby & Camping (Idrottsgatan 2), Gamla Uppsala Museum (Disavägen), City Library (Svartbäcksgatan 17), Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (Vaksala Torg 1) and Uppsala Art Museum (Uppsala Castle, Entrance E).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

With no commercial airport of its own, Uppsala is served by the same airports as Stockholm. Indeed, the main airport, Arlanda, is closer to Uppsala than to Stockholm.

  • Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN IATA), 35 km (22 mi) south of Uppsala on the main road and railway route to Stockholm, is by far the largest aircraft hub in Sweden. To reach Uppsala the main options are trains, buses, car rental and taxis.
    • By train SL commuter train or pendeltåg run every 30–60 min between 05:00 and 01:00 and take 18 min to Uppsala Central. A single ticket costs 225 kr, which includes the airport surcharge (compared to 117 kr to or from Stockholm. Attempts to exit at Arlanda with a ticket to Stockholm are surcharged). The trains have low floors and wide doors for easy access by passengers with wheelchairs or bulky luggage. The national train operator SJ also run irregular trains between Arlanda and Uppsala at rates and travel times similar to SL. All trains for Uppsala depart from Arlanda Central station ("Arlanda-C") within the airport Sky City — don't go to Arlanda South or North as these only serve express trains to Stockholm city. You must buy your ticket before boarding. There is a ticket counter and machines at the station.
    • By bus UL buses 801 (daytime) and 593 (at night) run from the stations beneath terminals 2, 4 and 5 to bus terminal C at Uppsala Central Station. They run every 30 min, taking 30 min. The fare is 97 kr if bought in advance (e.g. at sj.se as PDF or SMS ticket) and around 20 kr more if bought onboard from the driver (only card payment, cash not accepted) or at the information desk in front of the exits from airport terminals 2 and 5. The night bus might be your only transport option between midnight and 05:00. Flexibus run budget buses between Arlanda's Terminal 5 and Uppsala. At 30–60 kr these are significantly cheaper than UL's buses, but with departures about once every third hour they are also significantly less frequent.
    • 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 or Arlanda-Uppsala sign near the back of the car. This is around 400–520 kr for 1–4 persons, so it's a good option for 3–4 persons, and avoids public transport costs within Uppsala city. You must ask for the fixed price before commencing the journey, otherwise the driver might charge per kilometre, which will be far more.
    • The major car rental companies have desks in the arrivals halls. Highway E4 will take you from Arlanda to Uppsala in about 30 minutes.
  • Skavsta Airport (NYO IATA), is in Nyköping, about 170 km (110 mi) south of Uppsala. It is served by several budget carriers such as Ryanair and Wizzair. From the airport, take local bus 515 to Nyköping Central Station and change to a regional train for Stockholm Central, where you can change to a train towards Uppsala. This costs circa 200 kr in total and takes about 2 hours to Uppsala. For 140 kr you can also take the 80 minute air coach Flygbussarna from the airport to central Stockholm where you can change to a train towards Uppsala.
  • Västerås airport (VST IATA) is in Västerås 80 km (50 mi) west of Uppsala. It is served by Ryanair, who offer flights to a handful of destinations in Britain and Spain. Your cheapest and fastest bet is to take a local bus from the airport to downtown Västerås, then change to the regional bus 774 to Uppsala. The journey takes 2 hours and costs 140 kr in total.

By train[edit]

Uppsala's old station building is now a restaurant.

The national railway SJ operates regional express trains from Stockholm every half hour. This takes 40 minutes and costs 95 kr. These are complemented by occasional regional trains running LinköpingNorrköpingStockholm–Uppsala–Gävle, with similar speed and costs. 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.

Regional commuter trains (pendeltåg) also run the route Älvsjö–Stockholm–Uppsala twice an hour. A ride to or from Stockholm C costs 110 kr and take about 55 minutes, as stops are more frequent. Aside from Stockholm C the trains also stop at Arlanda Airport, Solna, Odenplan in Vasastan, Södermalm and Älvsjö in Söderort. As Uppsala and Stockholm belong to different counties ordinary local Stockholm tickets and passes are not sufficient to reach Uppsala. Commuter trains do not have a toilet on board.

A few private travel companies also serve Uppsala. Snälltåget's 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.

1 Uppsala Central Station (QYX IATA). Is the main traveling hub in Uppsala. The old station building from 1866 is now a restaurant. The new station, inaugurated in 2011, is adjacent south in a modern building. Here too the eating-places are rapidly encroaching! The regional traffic operator UL has a staffed service centre on the upper floor of the building, open M–F 07:00–19:00 and Sa 09:00–17:00. Tickets can also be bought from machines scattered around the station. Left luggage lockers are next to the toilets downstairs. Exit the station west for city centre, local buses and taxis, exit east for out-of-town taxis and buses including rail replacement services. Uppsala Central Station on Wikipedia Uppsala Central Station (Q2522177) on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

Traveling to Uppsala by bus is often considerably cheaper than going by train, but departures are also considerably less frequent. Flexibus runs 80 minute coaches from Stockholm's Cityterminalen at rates from 30 kr. They also run budget buses between Uppsala and Gothenburg, Borås, Jönköping, Kalmar, Linköping, Norrköping, Södertälje, Gävle, Umeå, Härjedalen and Arlanda. Ybuss carry passengers from Stockholm northwards along to coast of Norrland to Umeå, stopping both at Arlanda and Uppsala on the way. While tickets to Stockholm and Arlanda are rather expensive at 110 kr, they might be a good option for travelers coming to Uppsala from northern Sweden.

The local public transport company UL operates services to Västerås and Sala. Tickets are 148 kr if bought on board, 120 kr if pre-purchased and 92 kr if bought with a travel fund. See the section Get around below for details on UL tickets.

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. In the other direction it continues north past Sundsvall and Umeå to the Finnish border at Haparanda. Road 55 carry traffic to Enköping and continues to Norrköping where it reconnects with the E4. Even though it is some 10 minutes slower it might be a preferable alternative to E4 since it is more scenic and avoids Stockholm, thereby skipping tolls and minimizing the risk for traffic stockings. In Enköping route 55 crosses the highway E18 which continues westward towards Västerås, Örebro, Karlstad and Oslo, or from Örebro towards Gothenburg as highway E20. The smaller national roads 72 and 288 carry traffic to Sala and Östhammar.

Get around[edit]

Town maps are available from the tourist office "InfoPoints", scattered around town.

By foot[edit]

Most tourist sights are within the central area of Uppsala and can easily be reached on foot. A walk across the entire city centre takes no more than 20 minutes. However, to reach points of interest outside of the city centre, such as Gamla Uppsala or Linnés Hammarby, you will need some other means of transportation — or some really good walking shoes.

By bike[edit]

See also: Urban cycling

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 for the city to earn the nickname "Bike Town." There are paths parallel to nearly every road, and many places to store bikes outside. As the terrain surrounding Uppsala is rather flat, it is easy to bike, even for inexperienced biciclysts.

The cheapest way to rent a bike is via the local bike sharing company EU-Bike. You rent one of their easily recognizable green bikes by acquiring their smartphone app, and scanning the bike's QR-code. The first 10 uses are free, while additional usage costs 5 kr per 30 minutes. There are also several conventional bike rental places in Uppsala (listed in the section on Sports). A typical price for a conventional rental bike is 200 kr for the first day and around 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, operated by the regional company UL, and you're never more than a few hundred meters from the closest bus stop. Local buses, also called "zone 1" or "Stadstrafiken", are green and numbered 1–31 while regional buses are yellow and numbered 100 and above. Most local bus lines pass by either the central station, city hall or the main square, all within a few hundred meters of each other, making it easy to transfer between different bus lines. A map of the city-traffic network can be found here.

A ticket on a green "Stadstrafiken" bus costs 22 kr when bought with a traveling fund, 28 kr if bought in advance and 35 kr if bought on-board, and is valid for all travels within 75 minutes. A 24-hour ticket costs 88 kr in advance or 95 kr if bought on-board. If you are planning to stay for long, you can also buy a 30-day travel card for 800 kr. Children aged 19 and below can buy discounted tickets of all types, and children aged 11 or below ride free in the company of an adult during weekends and holidays. Seniors and students may buy discounted 30-day travel cards. Groups of 10 people or more can buy discounted group tickets.

Tickets can be bought in advance at machines at the central station and on the main square. If you have a Swedish phone you can also buy pre-purchase tickets by SMS. Send a message to +46 704-20 22 22 with the text "V1" for a local adult's ticket and "U1" for a children's ticket. You must, however, register for payment before use. Tickets can also be bought by credit card on the bus. Cash is not accepted on board. Travel fund cards can be bought and charged in the train station or at one of UL's ~60 sales agents, marked out with yellow UL-flags. A list and map of sales agents can also be found here.

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 18-20 20 20). 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 Castle (Uppsala Slott), +46 18-54 48 11. This major Uppsala 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. As the castle was damaged in the 1702 city fire, the current building is smaller than it was in the 17th century, but is nevertheless built in the same style. Today it is 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. Uppsala Castle on Wikipedia Uppsala Castle (Q1475894) on Wikidata
    • Fredens Hus (House of Peace), Entrance A2, +46 18-50 00 08, e-mail: . W–F 15:00–18:00, Sa Su 12:00–16:00. A museum housing exhibitions concerning peace, conflict and human rights. Has a permanent exhibition about the life of the former secretary-general of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld, who grew up in the castle. While the permanent exhibition feature information in English, some temporary exhibitions only feature information in Swedish. Free. (Q10498685) on Wikidata
    • Uppsala Konstmuseum (Uppsala Art Museum), Entrance E, +46 727 24 82, e-mail: . 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. (Q10710245) on Wikidata
    • Roof Walk, Uppsala Castle, Drottning Christinas väg 1A, +46 18-12 18 00, 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 per person. Exclusive tour for two 2,500 kr.
    • Vasaborgen (The Vasa Castle ruins), Kung Jans port, +46 703-90 79 89, e-mail: . 10:00–18:00 daily, early Jun–mid Aug and weekends late Aug. The 16th-century parts of Uppsala castle damaged in the 1702 fire. Among other things the ruins contain the dungeons where the 1567 "Sture murders" took place. Guided tours at 14:00 F–M are included in the entry fee. Adult's tickets are 120 kr. Children's, student's and senior's tickets are 60 kr.
  • 2 Uppsala Cathedral (Domkyrkan), Domkyrkoplan 2 (Look up, and walk towards the huge spires...), +46 18-430 36 30, e-mail: . 08:00–18:00 daily. Mass celebrated at M–Sa 12:45 and Su 11:00; all welcome. Uppsala Cathedral, built during a century and a half between 1272 and 1435 in Gothic style, is one of the focal points of Uppsala and it dominates the city skyline. It is simultaneously the largest church in the Nordic countries, the burial site of many Swedish royals, and the seat of the Church of Sweden. Here you can see relics of Eric the Holy and Saint Bridget, and in the far end of the cathedral you will find "Vasakoret" – the royal crypt of Gustav I Vasa, "father of the Swedish nation". The walls of the crypt are covered in national romantic frescoes depicting Vasa's reign and his war for Swedish independence. Other notable burials include the 17th-century polymath Olaus Rudbeck, the 18th-century botanist Carl Linnaeus, the 18th-century mystic Emanuel Swedenborg and the theologian, archbishop and Nobel peace prize laureate Nathan Söderblom. It shouldn't be missed, but given its towering size, how could you? Free English language guided tours are held at 12:30 on the first Saturday of every month and daily late Jun–late Aug, M–Sa 10:00 and 15:00, and Su 15:00. Free. Uppsala Cathedral on Wikipedia Uppsala Cathedral (Q850042) on Wikidata
    • Skattkammaren (Treasury Museum), +46 18-430 36 30. May–Sep: 10:00–17:00 M–Sa, 12:30–17:00 Su; Oct–Apr: 10:00–16:00 M–Sa, 12:30–16:00 Su. Guided tours 13:30 on the first M every month and daily late Jun–late Aug. In its northern tower, the Uppsala Cathedral exhibit highlights from its collection. The collections include plenty of royal regalia used in the many coronations which took place in the Cathedral. They also exhibit one of the finest collections of historic textiles in the world, including the world's only preserved medieval feast dress, used by Queen Margaret of the Kalmar Union. Another exceptional, but somewhat gruesome exhibit, is the clothing worn by three members of the Sture noble family when they were massacred by the insane King Eric XIV in Uppsala in 1567. Despite being covered with visible stab-wounds and blood stains, these are the best-preserved 16th-century male feast dresses in the world. 50 kr.
  • 3 Uppsala Gamla Kyrkogård (Uppsala Old Cemetery), Villavägen 1, +46 18-430 35 50. The largest cemetery in Uppsala is a beautiful place for a walk. Notable burials include the national romantic poet and historian Erik Gustaf Geijer; the poet Gustaf Fröding; artists Olof Thunman and Bruno Liljefors; Nobel laureates Kai Siegbahn, Arne Tiselius, Svante Arrhenius and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dag Hammarskjöld, who died under mysterious circumstances during his tenure as secretary general of the UN. Uppsala old cemetery on Wikipedia Uppsala old cemetery (Q4353116) on Wikidata
  • 4 Helga Trefaldighets kyrka (Church of Holy Trinity), Odinslund 4 (Just South of the Cathedral), +46 18-430 35 00. 09:00–17:00 daily. Mass Su 11:00. Night open with fika and music F every odd week 18:00–00:00. King Erik "the Holy" was killed in battle in or by the church in 1160. The current church building was erected in the latter part of the 13th century, making it older than Uppsala Cathedral. The interior is decorated by Sweden's most famous medieval church painter, Albertus Pictor. Architecture buffs can compare its roman architecture to the Gothic style of the cathedral. Free. Holy Trinity Church (Q10519482) on Wikidata
  • 5 Medicinhistoriska museet (The Museum of Medicinal History), Eva Lagerwalls väg 8 (By Ulleråker 3 km south of the city centre. Bus 3 pass the closest bus stop "Kronparksgården".), +46 18-611 26 10, e-mail: . Tu Th 13:00 –17:00. A museum concerning health and sickness in body and mind throughout history. In the 19th and 20th centuries the area was used a psychiatric hospital called Ulleråker, and many of objects used at Ulleråker are today exhibited at the museum. Free. Medicinhistoriska museet i Uppsala (Q18914807) on Wikidata
  • 6 Mora Stenar (Stones of Mora), Östunavägen (11 km (6.8 mi) south east of central Uppsala. If you search for directions, make sure that you don't confuse it with the nearby rest area with the same name on the parallel highway E4.). 24 hours daily. 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 inconspicuous hut by the road side. Free. Stones of Mora on Wikipedia Stones of Mora (Q304555) on Wikidata
The Uppland Museum
  • 7 Upplandsmuseet (The Uppland Museum), S:t Eriks torg 10, +46 18-16 91 00, e-mail: . Tu–Su 12:00 –17:00. The official regional museum of Uppsala County can be found in an old building that used to serve as water mill. Extensive permanent exhibitions regarding the pre-history and history of Uppsala and Uppsala County, covering not only political and building developments, but also people's everyday life. In addition, they always exhibit some temporary exhibition. Most but not all exhibitions feature information English. Free. Upplandsmuseet on Wikipedia Upplandsmuseet (Q7899155) on Wikidata

Art and galleries[edit]

While Uppsala's largest art establishment is Uppsala Art Museum (in Uppsala Castle, listed above) there are also several other smaller art venues in the city.

  • 8 Bror Hjorths Hus (Bror Hjorth's House), Norbyvägen 26, +46 18-56 70 30, e-mail: . Th–Su 12:00 –16:00. Late Jun– late 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 life and art. Especially interesting for those who like naivist paintings. Free. Bror Hjorths Hus on Wikipedia Bror Hjorths Hus (Q3369210) on Wikidata
  • 9 Galleri 1 (Å-huset), Vattugränd 2, +46 18-10 54 10, e-mail: . W–F 15.00–19.00, Sa Su 12.00–16.00 during exhibition periods. A gallery operated by Uppsala Konstnärsklubb, an association of Uppsala based artists, exhibiting works made by their members.
  • 10 Galleri Upsala, Svartbäcksgatan 21, +46 760-95 95 90, e-mail: . A small gallery which is rented by different artists who exhibit and sell their own works in person. The opening hours are irregular as they depend on the schedule of the artist currently using the gallery.
  • 11 Mollbrinks konst, Kungsgatan 43, +46 18-14 80 80, e-mail: . M–F 10.00–18.00, Sa 11.00–14.00. A family owned gallery selling and exhibiting Scandinavian fine art from the 19th century and onward. They are specialized in works by the Swedish 19th century artist Anders Zorn.

Gamla Uppsala[edit]

Old Uppsala burial mounds, with the church visible in the background and the museum visible to the right.

5 km (3.1 mi) 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.

With the help of augmented reality technology, you can also see what the site would have looked like at its historical peak in 650 AD. When looking at site through your smartphone, the app Augmented History: Gamla Uppsala adds an additional layer to reality, which contains all the different structures archaeologists have discovered on the site, including the old Temple at Uppsala and the Royal hall, enabling you to see and even interact with the Viking settlement. As of 2018, the app is only available on iOS. If you don't have your own equipment, visitors to Gamla Uppsala museum can borrow iPads for up to 30 minutes without any extra charge. The iPads are available between 15:00–16:00 during weekdays and 11:00–13:30 during weekends, and are booked at the museum counter.

  • 12 Disagården, Disavägen, +46 18-16 91 80, e-mail: . Jun–Aug: daily 10:00–17:00. This open-air museum consists of an old preserved farm, and provides a picture of what life in Uppland's countryside was like in the 19th century. The house interiors are only 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. (Q10474049) on Wikidata
  • 13 Gamla Uppsala kyrka (Old Uppsala church), +46 18-430 37 77. Sep–May 09:00–16:00 daily, Jun–Aug 09:17:00 daily. This 12th-century church, said to be on the site of the long-destroyed pagan Uppsala temple, was the seat of the archbishop of Sweden between 1164 and 1273. It is also known as the final resting place of Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius thermometer. Free. Gamla Uppsala kyrka (Q8342836) on Wikidata
  • 14 Gamla Uppsala museum (Old Uppsala Museum), +46 18-23 93 12, e-mail: . Oct–Jan: Sa–M W 12:00–16:00. Apr, May, Sep: 10:00–16:00 daily. Jun–Aug: 11:00–17:00 daily. Tell the history of Uppsala's Viking heritage and exhibit many of the archaeological findings discovered in Gamla Uppsala. In the summer, there are daily guided tours in English at 12:30 and 15:30. 80 kr. Student's tickets are 60 kr and children up to the age of 18 are free. Gamla Uppsala museum on Wikipedia Gamla Uppsala museum (Q20669931) on Wikidata
  • 15 Valsgärde (3 km (1.9 mi) north of Gamla Uppsala. Follow "Vattholmavägen" north, then take a left at the "Valsgärde" road sign.). At the bank of Fyris River, there is a small moraine hill which does not look like much to the eye. However, it covers one of the most important Viking-era archaeological sites ever excavated. Between the 5th and 11th centuries AD, this site was used as a burial site. Archaeologists have discovered some 90 graves, including 15 lavish boat burials. Since the same site was used continuously for such a long time period, archaeologists use its findings to compare how the same culture developed over time. Today, there are no noticeable remnants at the site. These can be found at the University museum Gustavianum, in central Uppsala. However, you can still visit Valsgärde to appreciate its beautiful landscape and historical atmosphere. Valsgärde on Wikipedia Valsgärde (Q2096449) on Wikidata

The Linnaean heritage[edit]

Carl von Linné

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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, and to invent 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" 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. You can visit the Linnaeus Museum in the Linnaean Garden along Linnaeus Street opposite of two Café Linnés, where you can get a signature "Linné bun". He is buried inside Uppsala Cathedral.

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

  • 16 Biotopia, Vasagatan 4, +46 18-727 63 70, e-mail: . Tu, Th F 09:00–17:00; W 09:00–21:00, 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 — children can discover and experience nature. It is in a beautiful park and has a nice café in the same building. Free. (Q10429834) on Wikidata
  • 17 Botaniska trädgården (The Botanical Garden), Villavägen 6-8, +46 18-471 28 38, e-mail: . Park: Daily May–Oct 07:00–21:00, Nov–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, W, F 09:00–15:00, Th 09:00–18:00, Sa Su 11:00–16:00. The main garden at the university consists of the Baroque garden, the Orangery and the Tropical Greenhouse. It was originally planted in 1664 as a castle garden, but, in 1787, it was donated to the university. Free, except for Tropical Greenhouse, which is 50 kr. University of Uppsala Botanical Garden on Wikipedia Botaniska trädgården (Q2755982) on Wikidata
  • 18 Evolutionsmuseet (The Museum of Evolution of Uppsala University), Villavägen 9, +46 18-471 27 39, e-mail: . Tu–Su 12:00–16:00. The zoological section is temporarily closed due to renovation, but the paleontological section remains open. A natural history museum containing the largest fossil collection in Scandinavia. The museum is divided into a paleontological and a zoological section, housed in separate buildings on the same block. Many of the exhibited objects were collected by Linnaeus' apprentices as they traveled around the world. It also exhibits the largest collection of Chinese dinosaurs outside of China. 50 kr. Museum of Evolution of Uppsala University on Wikipedia Paleontological Museum of Uppsala University (Q10492852) on Wikidata
  • 19 Linnés Hammarby (Buses 102 and 186 pass the station "Linnés Hammarby vägskäl" 2 km from the museum. The 16-km Linnaeus Trail "Danmark" calls here.), +46 18-471 28 38. May & Sep F–Su 11:00–17:00, Jun–Aug Tu–Su 11:00–17:00. The Linnaeus family's summer residence is about 9 km (5.6 mi) southeast of Uppsala. Today, it is used as a personal museum about the family, and 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 Linnaean UNESCO World Heritage. Café Sara Lisa is in the same building as the museum gift shop and offers fika and lunch. 80 kr during opening hours. The ticket can also be used at the Linnaean Garden and the Linnaeus Museum. Free entry to the garden after 17:00. Linnaeus' Hammarby on Wikipedia Linnaeus Hammarby (Q1669062) on Wikidata
  • 20 Linnés Sävja, Carl von Linnés väg 3 (Next to Sävja church, some 5 km SE of Uppsala's city centre. Bus 9 stops here), +46 70-516 90 95. Mid May–mid Jul: 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. Guided tours are held Sa 14:00, or on request for companies of at least two persons. Guided tours 40 kr. (Q10562862) on Wikidata
  • 21 Linnéträdgården & Linnémuseet (The Linnaean Garden and the Linnaeus Museum), Svartbäcksgatan 27, +46 18-471 25 76. The museum is open 11:00–17:00, daily Jun–Aug and Tu–Su May & Sep. The gates to the garden close at 20:00. The botanical garden was first 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 and became a major attraction during Linnaeus' own lifetime. In the garden orangery, you can find exhibitions about Linnaeus' successors and disciples. 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 Linnaean 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 11:30 and 14:30 every open day. The ticket can also be used at Linnaeus' Hammarby. Linnaean Garden on Wikipedia Linnaean Garden (Q1515798) on Wikidata

Uppsala University[edit]

The University Museum Gustavianum. Built in the 1620s, is the oldest standing structure of Uppsala University. The characteristic dome contains an old anatomical theater.

Uppsala University was established in 1477, making it the oldest university in the Nordic countries. It is associated with 8 Nobel Prize laureates and is frequently ranked among the best 100 universities in the world. University campuses are scattered around the western part of the city centre. 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).

  • 22 Carolina Rediviva, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 1, +46 18-471 39 00, e-mail: . M–F 08:30–21:00, Sa 09:00–18:00. The University library; and an enormous one at that, with over 5 million volumes. The upper floors are accessible via an elevator and will provide you with a great view of Uppsala. 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. While it is free to enter the library, the museum costs 20 kr for adults over the age of 12. Carolina Rediviva on Wikipedia Carolina Rediviva (Q1044419) on Wikidata
  • 23 Gustavianum (The University Museum), Akademigatan 3, +46 18-471 75 71, e-mail: . Sep–May: Tu–Su 11:00–16:00, Jun–Aug: Tu–Su 10:00–16:00. Gustavianum is the oldest standing structure of the university and exhibits a selection of the most interesting objects from the university collections. Of course this includes a comprehensive history of science and of Uppsala University, with items such as an original Celsius thermometer, lecture notes from 1477, and instruments used during the scientific revolution of the 19th century. The museum also contain two archaeological exhibitions with Egyptian artifacts, mummies and sarcophagus, and findings from the Viking era boat burials in Valsgärde. The two main attractions of the museum is however the old anatomical theater from the 17th century, where human bodies where dissected to educate medicinal students, and the Augsburg Art Cabinet, the world's best-preserved 17th-century curiosity cabinet. It contains some 1,000 different artifacts, and when it was built in 1632 the cabinet costed about as much as a palace or a smaller principality. The cabinet can also be viewed online for free. Guided tours in English at 13:00 every Saturday and Sunday in Sep–May and on every open day Jun–Aug (included in entrance fee). In winter time, the museum is relatively cold, especially anatomical theater which is not isolated by intention. 50 kr for adults, 40 kr for seniors and students and free entry for children under 19. Gustavianum on Wikipedia Gustavianum (Q1506922) on Wikidata
  • 24 Universitetshuset (The University Hall), Biskopsgatan 3, +46 18 471 49 62, e-mail: . M–F 08.00–16.00. Constructed in Italian renaissance Beaux-Arts style and was completed in 1887. Here major University events and occasional public concerts take place. In the hall you will find a café, a shop and a small exhibition about the history of Uppsala University. In the main hall you can also find Uppsala University's comprehensive coin cabinet, but it is only open to the public on special occasions. The controversial aphorism "Tänka fritt är stort men tänka rätt är större" (which translates into "Thinking free is great, but thinking right is greater"), attributed to the 18th century philosophy professor Thomas Thorild, are engraved at the auditorium entrance. The phrase "think right" has been misunderstood as "think as the authorities do". Thorild was however a radical for his time; his aphorism should be read as "think reasonably". Free. University Hall (Uppsala University) on Wikipedia University Hall (Q10709729) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Fyrishov tropical water park.
  • 1 Boat-trip (The ships set of from Islandsfallet in Fyris River just south of the city centre). 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 main shipping companies are:
    • M/S Kung Carl Gustaf, Hamnplan Kajplats 1, +46 18-18 88 99, e-mail: . Skokloster cruises depart at 11:00 and return to Uppsala at 16:30, weekends in May and September and Th–Su Jun–Aug. Evening cruises depart at 18:30 and return at 22:30, W–Sa May–Sep. The ship M/S Kung Carl Gustaf was constructed in 1892. M/S Kung Carl Gustaf's Skokloster cruise is 250 kr, including a guided tour, and an evening cruise on Mälaren is 700 kr.
    • Strömma, +46 8-12 00 41 00, e-mail: . Cruises are held in July and the first half of August. Skokloster cruises depart at 11:30 and Shrimp cruises at 19:00. The ship, M/S Enköping, was constructed in 1868 making her the oldest operating passenger ship in the world, according to "Lloyds register". Strömma's "Mälaren shrimp cruise" is 430 kr, including the buffet, and their Skokloster cruise is 230 kr.
  • 2 Fyrishov, Idrottsgatan 2 (on the eastern shore of the river 1 km north of the city centre), +46 18-727 49 50, e-mail: . 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 indoor pools, child pools, and two outdoor pools. The outdoor pools are open May–Aug. 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. Children 0–3 free, children 4–15 90 kr, adult's 110 kr,. Fyrishov on Wikipedia Fyrishov (Q5511301) on Wikidata
  • 3 Lennakatten (Upsala–Lenna Jernväg), Stationsgatan 11, +46 18-13 05 00, e-mail: . Weekends Jun–mid Sep, also W & Th Jul–mid Aug. Several trains run on these days. A heritage railway which stretches from Uppsala Central Station and 33 km (21 mi) east into the Uppsala countryside. The price depends on how far you go. 110–200 kr for a two-way ticket. Upsala-Lenna Jernväg on Wikipedia Upsala-Lenna Jernväg (Q4412566) on Wikidata
  • 4 Leo's lekland, Åkaregatan 8, +46 18-71 21 00, e-mail: . 10:00 19:00 daily. A kids-oriented play land with slides, trampolines, ball pools and sports arenas. 160 kr per child. Free entrance for adults.
  • 5 Pelle Svanslös lekplats (In Engelska Parken, behind the University Library "Carolina Rediviva"). 24 hours daily. A Pelle Svanslös-themed children's playground. The small playground has swings, slides, and a bicycle carousel, and looks like a miniature version of Uppsala. Free.
  • 6 Uppsala Segelflygklubb (Uppsala Aviation Society), 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.
  • 7 Turbo Sport Zone & Adventure, Takpannegatan 21, +46 18-750 50 60, e-mail: . 10:00–19:00 daily. A sport and training centre (or as some would call it; playground for adults) with a multisport area, "Ninja Warrior", trampolines, an AirTrack, climbing walls, and a parkour zone. 160 kr M–F, 180 kr Sa Su.

Performing arts & cinema[edit]

  • 8 Filmstaden and Spegeln, Västra Ågatan 12 & 16, +46 8-562 600 00. Two neighboring cinemas, both operated by Sweden's biggest cinema group SF Bio. Spegeln is one of few remaining single salon theaters, but with 325 seats their one salon is the largest in Uppsala. Filmstaden, with its 12 salons, is the largest cinema in Uppsala.
  • 9 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. In 2018 it became the first cinema ever to be awarded the "Europa Cinemas Innovation Prize" at Venice film festival — probably the closest thing to "Golden Lion" that a cinema can receive. (Q973772) on Wikidata
  • 10 Parksnäckan, Stadsträdgården, +46 18-711 411, e-mail: . An open-air guest stage in the city park. They are only open during summer, when they offer a busy and varied schedule, mostly of musical concerts. A bar at the premise offer hot and cold drinks, fika and food.
  • 11 Reginateatern, Trädgårdsgatan 6, +46 18-727 83 40, e-mail: . One of Uppsala's largest guest stages. They don't produce any shows of their own, but rather invite guest performers, many of which are international acts performing in English. The schedule include plays, musical shows, stand-up and dance performances. Every fall in late September or early October they organize Uppsala's international poetry festival "Ordspråk", with plenty of poetry readings and spoken word performances in English. (Q10650499) on Wikidata
  • 12 Slottsbiografen, Nedre Slottsgatan 6, +46 18-10 11 01, e-mail: . This cinema was originally built in 1914 and has preserved its decor and atmosphere since. It is famous 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 only open during special events, such as Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala French Film Festival, and the sound-only cinema Ljudbio. (Q3486770) on Wikidata
Uppsala Konset & Kongress is Uppsala's main concert hall.
  • 13 Uppsala Stadsteater (Uppsala City Theatre), Kungsgatan 53, +46 18-14 62 00, e-mail: . Uppsala's main theater. Produces and presents theatre, dance performances, musical concerts and guest performances. Occasionally they feature plays in English. (Q10710226) on Wikidata
  • 14 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 orchestras, dance performances, modern music as well as conferences and seminars. From the top floor you get a great panoramic view of Uppsala. Uppsala Konsert & Kongress on Wikipedia Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (Q7899168) on Wikidata

Outdoor life[edit]

Beaches[edit]

While Fyris River crosses the city, there are no official bathing areas within walking distance of the city centre. In effect, this means that there are no official, regular controls of the water quality in the river. However, occasional tests have indicated that the water is fully safe to bathe in. Generally, the water quality is better north of Uppsala, before the south-flowing water has crossed the city centre. In the part of the river north of the city centre, there are also several bridges with rescue ladders which can be used for bathing.

  • 15 Fjällnora (follow road 282 17 km (11 mi) eastward, then take a right towards "Fjällbo" and follow this road for another 3 km (1.9 mi)). A recreation area with two beaches in lakes Trehörningen and Ramsen. Besides bathing, you can also fish, go kayaking or bike or hike on the trails scattered around the area. In winter, it is possible to go skiing on the trails or skating on the lakes. (Q10496052) on Wikidata
    • Go Adventure "Adventure course", info@goadventure.se, +46 18-12 18 00. 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. A web of ropeways, nets and suspension bridges among the treetops. 400 kr (single ticket) 600 kr (per person in pre-booked group).
  • 16 Hammarskog (Take bus 108 and get off at the bus stop "Hammarskogs herrgård"). A recreation area some 10 km (6.2 mi) south west of central Uppsala. You can fish, bathe, or skate on lake Mälaren, or hike or ski around the local tracks. The site is also popular among ornithologists. (Q55693530) on Wikidata
    • The old 17 Hammarskog mansion, +46 18-727 06 08. Sa-Su 10:00-16:00. First built in the 14th century, it has been rebuilt into a cafe. (Q10516901) on Wikidata
    • Rowing boats can be rented at the mansion during weekends or at the carpentry (+46 18-727 03 96) during weekdays.
  • 18 Lyssnaängen (Take bus 11 towards Gottsunda. Get off at the station "Lyssnavägen"). A public bathing area in Lake Mälaren by the southern outskirts of Uppsala, some 10 km (6.2 mi) from the city centre.
  • 19 Storvad (500m north of Old Uppsala). A public bathing area in Fyris River, some 6 km (3.7 mi) north of the city centre. The site is handicap-accessible and offers public restrooms, and has an adjacent area where you can bathe your dog.
  • 20 Wikbadet (By Wiks slott, 20 km (12 mi) SW of Uppsala. 30 minutes from Uppsala by bus 108). A bathing area in the beautiful area of Wiks slott, equipped with a bridge, diving tower and a café.

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 km (3.7 mi) to 20 km (12 mi) one way, and are marked up by blue signposts. 7 of the hikes start at the old city entrances, in today’s city centre, while the last one starts in the village of Jumkil. The trails are part of the proposed Linnaean 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 (280 mi) 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]

Fiby Urskog has been untouched by human hands for centuries.
  • 21 Fiby Urskog (Fiby Primeval Forest) (16 km (9.9 mi) west of Uppsala.). An 87-hectare (215-acre) natural reserve and ancient woodland, virtually untouched by humans since the 18th century. 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. Fiby urskog (Q1410877) on Wikidata
  • 22 Hågadalen-Nåsten (3 km (1.9 mi) West of Uppsala. Buss 2 calls here). A 1,700-hectare (4,200-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 Linnaean UNESCO World Heritage. Hågadalen-Nåsten (Q10531981) on Wikidata
  • 23 Stadsskogen (1.5 km (0.93 mi) SW of the city centre). Stadsskogen, which literally means "The Town Forest", is a 108-hectare (267-acre) forested park and natural reserve. It is filled with small paths and trails, making it a great recreational area for hiking, biking, skiing and jogging. The forest was previously used as a stone quarry and military practice field, and remains from these activities can still be seen today. One section of the forest known as "Trollskogen" (The Trolls' Woods) developed freely, untouched by human intervention, for the last 50 years. Stadsskogen (Q10677226) on Wikidata

Sports[edit]

If you want to watch sports, the main outdoor sporting arena is 24 Studenternas Idrottsplats (Ulleråkersvägen 6, on the western shore of the river just south of the City Gardens) while the main indoor arena is Fyrishov (listed above). 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. Major tracks include:
    • King Björn's track and the Hammarskog-track, which starts by "King Björn's mound" in Håga 3 km (1.9 mi) west of Uppsala centre.
    • Lunsen is a natural reserve with several tracks. You can start by "Planstskolan", next to road 255 8 km (5.0 mi) 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
    • 25 Curlingcompaniet, Naturstensvägen 13 (5 km west of the city centre. Buses 5 and 12 towards Stenhagen pass the closest station "Stenhagens Centrum"), +46 46 80 70, e-mail: . Season from Sep trough Apr. Accept groups from 4 to 10 people, though a group of 8 is recommended. 1600–2000 kr (depending on the day) for one isle during two hours. The price include an instructor and gear.
  • Downhill snowsports
    • 26 Sunnerstabacken (Uppsala Alpina Center), Dag Hammarskjölds väg 270 (7 km (4.3 mi) south of the city centre. Bus 8 towards Sunnersta pass the closest station "Sunnerstabacken"), +46 18-727 02 19, e-mail: . Ski lifts are usually open 17:00–21:15 M–Th, 17:00–20:00 F, and 10:30–16:00 Sa Su. The largest slopes in Uppsala, with a heights of about 40 meters. The main slope has both jumps and rails. 100 kr per day or 600 kr for the entire season. (Q10683949) on Wikidata
  • Golf
    • 27 Söderby Golf, Söderby Gård (Along route 55, 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the city centre), +46 18-430 19 70, e-mail: . M–F 07:30–18:00, Sa Su 07:30–16:00. A family-owned golf club which offers one par-73 18-hole track and one par-60 9-hole track. They also offer accommodation. Greenfees are 150–400 kr M–F and 200–500 kr Sa Su.
    • 28 Upsala Golfklubb, Håmö Gård (Along route 55, 10 km (6.2 mi) west of the city centre), +46 18-46 01 20, e-mail: . M–F 07:30–17:30, Sa Su 07:30–16:00. The oldest golf club in Uppsala, and, with some 2,000 members, it is one of the largest in Sweden. They offer one 18-hole track, par 72, and two 9-hole tracks, par 35 and 31. Greenfees are 225–400 kr on M, 250–600 kr Tu–F, 300–750 kr Sa Su.
  • Ice skatingGränby ishallar (Råbyvägen 71) and the next door Relitahallen, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) northeast 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 (6.2 mi) south of the city centre, and Fjällnora, 20 km (12 mi) east of the city. Natural ice can be dangerous and should be avoided without proper equipment, training and company. 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 cancelled all together due to poor ice conditions.

Sports equipment can be rented at:

  • 1 Aktivt uteliv, Bergsbrunnagatan 8 (1 km (0.62 mi) east of the city centre), +46 18-10 88 04, e-mail: . M–F 16:00–18:00, Sa 10:00–14:00. A sports equipment store and rental place.
  • 2 Fritidsbanken, Valthornsvägen 7 (Gottsunda Centrum 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Uppsala), +46 18-19 46 20, e-mail: . Tu–Th 16:00–20:00. Lends donated used equipment free of charge up to 14 days.
  • 3 Sunnerstabacken cabin, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 270 (7 km (4.3 mi) south of the city centre. Bus 8 towards Sunnersta pass the closest station "Sunnerstabacken"), +46 18-727 02 19, e-mail: . Snow season: M–F 17:00–20:00, Sa Su 10:30–16:00. May–Aug: M–F 15:00–19:00, Sa–Su 10:00–13:00. Sep M–F 15:00–18:00 Sa–Su 10:00–13:00. Located by the ski slopes "Sunnerstabacken". Rent out snowsport equipment during winter and kayaking equipment during summer. They also have a café where you can warm yourself and get a bite.
  • 4 Ski Total, Dragarbrunnsgatan 41 & 46, +46 18-10 50 40, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–18:00, Sa 10:00–16:00, Su 12:00–16:00. A sports equipment store that also rents out equipment. They have two facilities located on the same street: one specializing in bikes and the other in skiing equipment. They are the largest and most centrally-located rental place in Uppsala.

Annual events[edit]

Valborg celebration outside of Carolina Rediviva.

Uppsala's tourist office has a calendar on their website listing various cultural and entertainment events. Another calendar is provided by the local newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning.

Spring[edit]

  • Uppsala Beer & Whisky Festival, Gamla Uppsalagatan 4 (Fyrishov), +46 18-10 00 65, e-mail: . Feb. Held one weekend in late February. The festival is guested by some 10,000 attendees and more than 80 different international and local beverage companies. 20 year age limit. F 225 kr, Sa 275 kr, both days 425 kr.
  • Svenska bandyfinalen (Swedish Bandy Final) (Studenternas Idrottsplats, see section Sports), e-mail: . Mar. Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice, similar to ice hockey, which is very popular in Sweden. The final of the Swedish bandy championship is held in Uppsala every year, regardless of which teams play in the final. 250–1150 kr depending on section.
  • Uppsala Magic and Comedy Festival, +46 703-10 44 80, e-mail: . Apr. Held during several days in late April. Is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe, with plenty of Swedish and international acts performing in Swedish and English. Some 40 performers put on some 20 shows for some 11,000 visitors. Tickets are bought to each show individually, and vary from free up to 500 kr.
  • Valborg (Walpurgis Night). Apr. Held on the last of April. Valborg was originally 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, and as the day turns to night bonfires are lit all around the city.

Summer[edit]

  • Kulturernas Karneval (Carnival of Cultures), +46 76-426 03 98, e-mail: . May. 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.
  • Birdie, Råbyvägen 77 (IFU Arena, in Gränby, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) north east of the city centre), e-mail: . May. The oldest, and one of the largest, LAN-parties in Sweden is organized in Uppsala every year during the weekend of the Feast of the Ascension. Aside from the LAN itself the event also include a retro video game fair, "nerd quizzes", music concerts and the board game festival BirdieCon. Prices varies depending on the event. Seat reservation for one computer is 600 kr, while BirdieCon is free.
  • Museinatten i Uppsala (Museum Night). Jun. On the first Saturday of June most Uppsala museums stay open between 20:00 and 24:00, many of them organizing special tours and events for the occasion. Several but not all museums reduce their entry fees during the event, some allowing free entry.
  • Uppsala Reggae Festival (Uppsala Reggaefestival), e-mail: . Aug. Scandinavia's largest and oldest reggae festival has made Uppsala known as the “Reggae Mecca of the North”. Run two days in August, hosting both Swedish and international acts. 700–750 kr for one day, 1200 kr for both days. Uppsala Reggae Festival on Wikipedia Uppsala Reggae Festival (Q493629) on Wikidata
  • Uppsala Krönikespel (Uppsala Chronicle Play), Domkyrkoplan (In front of the Cathedral), +46 736-16 41 16, e-mail: . Aug. A reenactment of the history of Uppsala, from its mythological foundation until today. While the play is acted in Swedish, you can get an English language plot summary to follow the story. Held from 20.30 to 22.00 during several nights in late August or early September. 120 kr per adult, or 60 kr for children under 16. Tickets can be bought in the Cathedral gift shop.

Fall[edit]

  • Kulturnatten (Culture Night). Sep. On the second Saturday of September, 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 ranging from musical concerts to dance shows; from food tastings to beer brewing; from fire shows to jousting; and from try out qigong to try out pole dance. While there are many similar Culture Nights organized around Sweden, Uppsala's edition is estimated to be visited by some 175,000 people, making it the largest in the country. (Q10550012) on Wikidata
  • Uppsala Pride (Welcome Out), e-mail: . Sep. Uppsala's largest LGBT event takes place during one weekend in September. The festival contains a busy schedule of workshops, lectures, movie screenings, and parties, and culminates in a Pride parade through Uppsala's city centre. In particular the festival focus on the conditions of newly arrived LGBT immigrants and refugees. (Q10710223) on Wikidata
  • Uppsala International Guitar Festival (Uppsala internationella gitarrfestival), Vaksala torg 1 (Uppsala Konsert & Kongress), +46 700-909 399, e-mail: . Oct. Scandinavia's largest guitar event occurs during half a week in mid October. The festival includes seminars, workshops, a guitar fair, and concerts by some 300 performers. Full festival ticket is 3,200 kr, day tickets are 1,100–1,000 kr, depending on the day. Ticket prices to individual events and concerts vary. Uppsala International Guitar Festival on Wikipedia Uppsala International Guitar Festival (Q10710243) on Wikidata
  • 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: . Oct. A 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: (ca 90 min or 4–8 films) 90 kr. All screenings: 450 kr. Uppsala International Short Film Festival on Wikipedia Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Q1393087) on Wikidata

Winter[edit]

The University Library Carolina Redivia during Allt Ljus på Uppsala.
  • Allt Ljus på Uppsala (Uppsala Light Festival). Nov. During November Uppsala boasts neither much sunshine, nor much snowfall, making it one of the darkest periods of the year. To bright things up, Uppsala is illuminated by a number of light installations, turning the city centre into a beautiful outdoors art museum. The festival starts in early November and lasts some two weeks.
  • Christmas at Uplands Nation (Jul på Uplands), S:t Larsgatan 11, e-mail: . Dec. 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]

  • 1 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, but most of the administration and the faculties of "Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences" and "Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science" can be found in Ultuna 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Uppsala. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on Wikipedia Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Q1312762) on Wikidata
  • 2 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 around the western part of Uppsala. It has about 40,000 students, and some 6,000 employees. Uppsala University on Wikipedia Uppsala University (Q185246) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

The main square Stora Torget.

Typical opening hours in Uppsala are 10:00–18:00 or 19:00 from Monday to Friday and 10:00–16:00 or 17:00 on Saturdays. On Sundays larger venues are typically open from 11:00 or 12:00–16:00 while many smaller shops, cafés and restaurants are closed, making the city rather quiet. The main shopping street is a pedestrian street which runs parallel to the river, one blocks East of the river and two blocks West of the train station. On it lays the main square Stora torget. The street is popularly simply referred to as "Gågatan" (The Pedestrian Street), but its official name is Svartbäcksgatan for the part North of the main square and Kungsängsgatan for the part South of it. Svavagallerian (Dragarbrunnsgatan 50), Forumgallerian (Dragarbrunnsgatan 43–45) and S:t Per-gallerian (Svartbäcksgatan 7–11) are three central shopping malls. They can't compare to the malls in Stockholm though.

  • 5 Boländerna (3 km (1.9 mi) 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. It can park nearly 8,000 vehicles, which makes this one of the biggest concrete jungles in Sweden. (Q10432706) on Wikidata
  • 6 Galleria Dragarbrunn, Dragarbrunnsgatan 24. M–F 10:00–19:00, Sa 10:00–17:00, Su 12:00–16:00. A small fashionable mall with mostly expensive brands in the city centre.
  • 7 Gränbystaden (Gränby Centrum), Marknadsgatan (3 km (1.9 mi) east of the city centre. Use bus 1, 4 or 30 to "Gränbystaden"). 10:00–20:00 daily. With 9 million visitors annually, 140 shops, 25 restaurants, and a floor space of 64,100 m2 (690,000 ft²), this is the biggest mall in Uppsala. (Q10509714) on Wikidata

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.

  • 8 Akademibokhandeln, Stora torget 3, +46 10-744 14 00. 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 Uppsala, part of Sweden's largest bookstore chain. The chain has an additional store in the mall Gränbystaden.
  • 9 Drottninggatans bokhandel, Drottninggatan 7, +46 18-14 17 17, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. An independent bookstore with helpful staff and a wide assortment of fiction and non-fiction books.
  • 10 Läslusen, Drottninggatan 6, +46 18-13 47 00. M–F 10:00–18:00; Sa 11:00–15:00. A children's bookstore. While they only offer a few selected works in English it is a great place to find literature in simple Swedish.
  • 11 Omnikvariatet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 53, +46 18-38 83 11, e-mail: . M Tu Th & F 10:00–17:00; Sa 10:00–15:00. A second-hand bookshop and art gallery, often hosting different cultural events.
  • 12 Röda rummet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 56 & 58, +46 18-13 32 95, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. Uppsala's largest second-hand bookshop, named after a novel by the Swedish author August Strindberg.
  • 13 Seriezonen, Drottninggatan 8, +46 18-13 43 20, e-mail: . M–F 10:30–18:00; Sa 10:30–15:00. Is Uppsala's only comic book store, and is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Sweden. Each spring they organize the event Uppsala Comix, with workshops and presentations by international and Swedish comic book creators and publishers.
  • 14 Studentbokhandeln, Sysslomansgatan 7, +46 18-65 33 30, e-mail: . M–F 09:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–15:00. Jointly owned by the Student Union and Uppsala University. They offer most of the different textbooks used in Uppsala University courses, and consequently have an impressive selection of academic literature. However, the academic literature does not exhaust their stock, as they also sell fiction and other forms of non-fiction literature.
  • 15 The Uppsala English Bookshop, Svartbäcksgatan 19, +46 18-10 05 10, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–18:30; Sa 10:00–17:00; Su 12:00–16:00. Has all kinds of books in English, with particularly well sorted shelves of fantasy and science fiction literature. In 2018 it was awarded the title "International Excellence bookstore of the year" (or in plain English "Best bookshop in the world") at the London Book Fair.

Fashion and clothing[edit]

Svartbäcksgatan in Uppsala. On the right you see The Uppsala English Bookshop, "the Best bookshop in the world".

Many international and national fashion warehouse chains such as Zara, H&M and New Yorker can be found on the main shopping street Svartbäcksgatan.

  • 16 Agatha Sax, Sysslomansgatan 8, +46 18-69 23 29, e-mail: . M–F 09:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. A tailor specialized in high quality shoes. Also offers furnishings, accessories and clothing.
  • 17 Bergmans Konfektion, Drottninggatan 4, +46 18-13 06 63. M–F 10:00–18:30; Sa 10:00–16:00, Su 12:00–16:00. Men's and women's clothing. Offer products by several but not only Swedish brands.
  • 18 Herta, Sankt Eriks Gränd 4, +46 18-12 99 01. M–F 10:00–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00. A small family-owned women's fashion store. Aside from clothing they also sell furnishings, jewelry and handbags. Mostly offer French, Italian and American brands.
  • 19 Jaber, Fyristorg 6, +46 18-13 50 50, 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".
  • 20 Rådhuset, Stora Torget 10, +46 18-490 52 00, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–19:00; Sa 10:00–17:00; Su 12:00–17:00. Once used as the town hall of Uppsala, this building has now been renovated into a fashion department store. Even though the clothes are pricey it is free to enter the building to enjoy its architecture. You can also book guided tours about the history of the building. (Q17048989) on Wikidata

Flea markets, second hand and auctions[edit]

  • 21 Uppsala Auktionskammare (Uppsala Auction Chamber), Dragarbrunnsgatan 73, +46 18-12 12 22, e-mail: . Founded in 1731, it is one of the oldest auction chambers in the world. Items include furniture and antiques from the 17th century and onwards, Asian objects, jewelry and fine arts from both Old Masters, and contemporary artists. Auctions are held about once every month and is divided into three categories. The most valuable goods are sold during "Important Sales" weeks in early June and early December every year. Smaller "Decorative sales" auctions are held about six times a year. "Special auctions" are organized on occasions when the chamber is entrusted some comprehensive prestigious collection. Prices of "Important Sales" range from 10,000 kr to 10,000,000 kr, while prices during decorative sales vary from 2,000 kr to 30,000 kr. Viewings of the objects are organized before every auction and are always free and open to the public. Uppsala auktionskammare on Wikipedia Uppsala auktionskammare (Q10710233) on Wikidata
  • 22 Erikshjälpen, Bolandsgatan 8A, +46 18-495 45 00, e-mail: . Tu Th 12:00–18:00, Sa 11:00–16:00. Is a nation wide children's rights charity organization. Around Sweden they have several second hand stores, staffed by volunteers selling donated goods. The profit is used to help children around the world out of poverty.
  • 23 Fyris Park, Fyrisparksvägen 3 (Behind the mall Ica Maxi, follow road 55 6 km westward. Bus 5 passes the closest station "Stenhagen Centrum"), +46 76-315 48 80. Held weekly on Sundays 12:00–15:00. Run by a local dance association. In summer it turns into a car boot sale.
  • 24 Loppis Poppis, Råbyvägen 97 (In Gränby 3 km north of the city centre. Bus 3 passes the closest bus stop "Nyby"), +46 70-786 55 34, e-mail: . M–F 11:00–18:00 Sa Su 11:00–16:00. Rent out some 200 sales booths were sellers can exhibit their own second hand goods. As Loppis Poppis sales clerks handle all the sales, the sellers themselves do not have to monitor their sales booth.
  • 25 Ulva kvarn (Ulva mill) (8 km (5.0 mi) north of the central city, close to Gamla Uppsala. Bus 104 stops here), +46 737 23 71 34. The mill is open around the year. Car boot sale Su 10:00–15:00, May–Oct. An old mill turned into a small mall, with a café and several handicraft studios and stores. In summer they host a large car boot sale. The season ends with a major crafts fair and autumn market in early September. A Christmas market is held in the last weekend before Advent Sunday.
  • 26 Vaksala torg (Next to the main concert hall, 300 m north of the central train station), +46 18-727 00 00. Held weekly on Saturdays. A central traditional flea market. 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 Linnaean Garden have gift shops with general Uppsala souvenirs as well as souvenirs more closely related to their exhibitions. The best place to find Uppsala University themed merchandise are the gift shops in the University Museum Gustavianum and the University Main Hall.

  • 27 Fullerö Handel (9 km (5.6 mi) north of Uppsala, along route 290), +46 18-32 73 87, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–19:00, Sa 10:00–17:00, Su 11:00–17:00. A 2,000 m2 (22,000 ft²) store selling gifts, furnishings and garden accessories. They also have a café.
  • 28 Godsmagasinet, Roslagsgatan 1 (Behind the train station). M–F 11:30–18:00; Sa 10:00–16:00; Su 12:00–16:00. A small design and craft mall inside the old train station warehouse. It consists of the craftsmen cooperative Kaleido, the café Broströms Kafé, and Stickspåret who sell clothing, accessories, furnishings and gifts by Nordic designers.
  • 29 Mamsell K, S:t Eriks gränd 6 (On a small alley between the Cathedral and the river), +46 18-13 11 01. M–F 11:00–18:00, Sa 11:00–15:00. A cramped but cozy store, maybe most known for their hand-made Uppsala themed Christmas baubles.
  • 30 Öster om ån, Svartbäcksgatan 18, +46 18-71 15 45, e-mail: . M–F 11:00–18:00, Sa 11:00–16:00. A craft cooperative operated by some 20 Uppsala craftsmen who sell their own goods in the store.

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under 150 kr
Mid-range 150 kr - 250 kr
Splurge Over 250 kr

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. Lunch options are generally cheaper than dining options.

If you are interested in something lighter, most cafés mentioned below offer dishes like sandwiches, quiche, lasagna or salad. Likewise, most pubs at least offer simple pub food like burgers, and some of them, like Bierhuis and Bryggeriet Ångkvarn, are full-fledged gastropubs. Many hotels have good restaurants of their own, including the Manhattan-themed Kitchen & Table at Clarion Hotel Gillet, the Asian-Scandinavian restaurant and rooftop bar Miss Voon at Elite Hotel Academia, and the Nordic fine dining restaurant Villa Anna in the hotel with the same name. If you plan to cook for yourself, the market hall 1 Saluhallen (S:t Eriks Torg 8, M–Th 10:00–18:00; F 10:00–19:00; Sa 10:00–16:00) offers various types of expensive, quality ingredients like seafood and cheese.

Most days, at least one of the 13 Nations (see infobox under section Drink) serve simple, yet well-cooked meals. Unbeknownst to most locals, lunches are also open for non-students. 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.

Virtually all restaurants in Uppsala have at least one ovo-lacto vegetarian dish on the menu. Uppsala is also a rather vegan-friendly city. Many restaurants have some vegan dish on the menu, and even those which do not can usually serve something vegan if you ask the waiter. Especially good places for vegan food would be the vegetarian restaurant 2 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 café 3 Los Vegos (Svartbäcksgatan 21, Sa–Th 11:00–18:30, F 11:00–17:30).

Budget[edit]

Aaltos on the ground floor of Västmanlands-Dala nation is named after its architect, Alvar Aalto.

Budget-priced food trucks selling fast food like hot dogs and falafel can be found on the main shopping street Svartbäcksgatan, the square Vaksala torg and at Sankt Eriks square just north of the Cathedral. One falafel goes for about 50 kr. Typically they open around 11:00 and stay open until 20:00 on weekdays and significantly later on weekends (around 04:00 — late enough to serve drunk students on their way home from the bars).

  • 4 Ahaan Thai, Hjalmar Brantingsgatan 23 (1 km (0.62 mi) east of the city centre), +46 18-71 33 22, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–21:00, F 16:00–22:00 Sa 14:00–22:00, Su 14:00–21:00. Serves delicious, genuine, inexpensive, Thai food. Also offers take away. Has vegan options. 120–140 kr.
  • 5 Claudia's, Svartbäcksgatan 11 (In the S:t persgallerian shopping mall), +46 18-13 30 10, e-mail: . M–F 09:00–21:00, Sa Su 09:00–19:00/04:00 (The truck stays open). A Lebanese restaurant with their own food truck parked right outside on the pedestrian street. 40–100 kr.
  • 6 Dog Bar, S:t Persgatan 7, +46 70-855 74 94. M–Th 11:00–01:00, F 11:00–03:00, Sa 12:00–03:00, Su 18:00–01:00. A "hot dog bar" serving beer, champagne and hot dogs! Hot dogs are 20–100 kr.
  • 7 Dylan's Grill, Vaksalagatan 10, e-mail: . Su–Tu 11:00–21:00 W Th 11:00–22:00 F Sa 11:00–04:00. A burger joint, appreciated more for its tasty burgers than for its plain furnishings. They also have a food truck parked at Råbyvägen 97, some 3.5 km (2.2 mi) NE of the city centre, where the seating options are even worse, but the burgers are even better! Has vegan options. 55–85 kr.
  • 8 Jalla Kebab, Stora Torget 1, +46 18-10 35 35, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–21:00, Sa Su 11:00–21:00. Serves big portions of tasty "junk food", such as kebab, hamburgers, salads and pizzas in a fast food milieu. 75–150 kr.
  • 9 Luthagens Kök & Bar, Börjegatan 11, +46 18-52 96 00. M–F 11:00–14:00, 16:00–22:00; Sa 13:00–22:00; Su 13:00–21:00. A neighborhood restaurant that serves pizzas and à la carte, and does it well. Mains 100–200 kr, pizzas 75–120 kr.
  • 10 Munin Salladsbar, Muningatan 7, +46 18-71 22 20. M–F 10:00–18:00 Sa Su 10:30–14:00. A salad bar. They offer a wide range of different ingredients and let you choose for yourself how to mix them. Sandwiches are 20–65 kr, salad menus are 90–100 kr.
  • 11 Rosa Pantern, Sysslomansgatan 11, +46 18-12 15 60. Tu–Th 11:00–03:30 F Sa 11:00–04:00. A night-open convenient store with a barbecue and buffet restaurant, specialized in kebab. Among students, it is a popular stop-over for a drunken night snack on the way home from nations or bars. Only take away, except for a few bar stools. 60–100 kr.
  • 12 Yukikos sushi, Norbyvägen 65 (In Eriksberg, 2 km (1.2 mi) south west of the city centre), +46 18-59 15 69, e-mail: . M–F: 11.00–21.00 Sa Su: 15:00–21:00. "Yucko-chan, what do you want to be when you grow up?" the teacher asked. "I can do anything, as long as I don't have to work with fish. It smells too bad", answered the girl. Well, life does not always turn out the way you expected, and today Yukiko Willebrand operates one of Uppsala's most celebrated sushi and dumpling parlors. They also offer take away and have vegan sushi. 12 piece omakase 100 kr.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 13 Aaltos, Sysslomansgatan 14, +46 18-10 09 08, e-mail: . Opens at 17:00 daily. Kitchen closes at 21:00 Su–Tu, 22:00 W Th, and 23:00 F and Sa. An Italian restaurant with a large outdoor seating area in the summer. The restaurant is on the ground floor of Västmanland-Dala Nation, and is named after its architect, the renowned Finnish modernist designer and architect Alvar Aalto. Mains 175–300 kr.
  • 14 Crêperie Lemoni, S:t Olofsgatan 32E (In a courtyard which can be accessed both from S:t Olofsgatan and Svartbäcksgatan), +46 18-13 30 34, e-mail: . M–Th 11:00–22:00; F–Sa 11:00–23:00; Su 12:00–18:00. A cozy restaurant that specializes French pancake-dishes, like crêpes and galettes. Occasionally, they have live music concerts. Mains are 105–160 kr.
  • 15 Golden China, Kungsängsgatan 23, +46 18-13 86 36. M–F 11:00–21:00 Sa Su 12:00–21:00. While many Asian restaurants in Sweden serve food adjusted to western tastes in overly-oriental milieus, this Chinese restaurant has taken the opposite direction, specializing in more traditional Chinese cuisine served in a rather plain setting. Has vegan options. 100–190 kr, with a 90 kr lunch buffet.
  • 16 Il Forno Italiano, Sankt Olofsgatan 8, +46 18-10 35 20. M–Th 16:00–23:00, Sa 13:00–23:00, Su 13:00–22:00. Tuscan cuisine and atmosphere with an impressive assortment of high quality Italian wines. Mains 185–325 kr, pizzas 120–145 kr.
  • 17 Koh Phangan, Övre Slottsg. 12, +46 18-13 48 48. M–F 16:00–23:00, Sa 13:00–23:00, Su 13:00–22:00. Thai restaurant offering good food in a fun and kitschy atmosphere. (Read colorful light strands, plastic palm trees, sounds of the rain forest, and occasional strobe light thunder storms!) Mains 140–200 kr.
  • 18 Messob African Restaurant, Sturegatan 4 A, +46 18-50 00 20. M–Th 17:00–22:00, F Sa 17:00–23:00. A family-owned restaurant with good Ethiopian and Eritrean food and very friendly staff. Has a lot of vegan options. Mains 120–200 kr.
  • 19 Sherlock's Monastery St.Pub, Klostergatan 16, +46 18-12 38 38. Tu–Th 17:00–22:00, F Sa 17:00–23:00. A small British pub and restaurant, serving well-cooked Britsh and Indian pub food. They also have branches on Siktargatan 15 and Anundsgatan 25 outside of the city centre. Has vegan options. Mains 185–225 kr.
  • 20 Tilltugg, Vaksalagatan 24, +46 18-12 97 01, e-mail: . M Tu 17:00–23:00; W Th 17:00–00:00; F 16:00–01:00; Sa 17:00–01:00. Good tapas restaurant. They are rather small and don't have table reservations, so you may have to sit in the bar a few minutes while waiting for a table. If that happens, make sure that you try out some of their delicious sangria! 40–80 kr per tapas.
  • 21 Tzatziki, Fyristorg 4, +46 18-15 03 33. 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. Their outdoor seating area, within arms-length of the river, is arguably the best in Uppsala. Mains 150–250 kr.

Splurge[edit]

The restaurant Domtrappskällaren dates back to the 13th century and was previously used as a student prison!
  • 22 60 Kvadrat, Bredgränd 4, +46 18-14 10 10, e-mail: . Tu–Sa 17:00–22:00. 60 Kvadrat, or 60 m2 (650 ft²), is perhaps not Uppsala's biggest restaurant. But it does make you question whether bigger is always better. It is not only the cosy, rustic seating area that is unusually small, but also their well-cooked Scandinavian side-dish-sized plates. One side-dish is 135–150 kr, and two side-dishes corresponds to one main dish.
  • 23 Domtrappkällaren, S:t Eriks Gränd 15, +46 18-13 09 55, e-mail: . Lunch M–F 11:00–14:30. Dinner M–Sa 17:00–22:00. Fancy restaurant with a long history and tasty Swedish cuisine. The building dates back to the 13th century and was once a student prison! Next door, they also have a pub called "Domcraft", specialized in beer and gin & tonics. Have several vegan options. Mains 200–325 kr.
  • 24 Dryck och Mat, Olof Palmes Plats 2 (In the old station building), +46 703 123 556, e-mail: . Tu–Th 17:00–00:00, F 16:00–01:00, Sa 17:00–01:00. At Dryck och Mat, which literally translates into "Drinks and Food" they serve... well... drinks and food. However, out of the two, it is the drinks which take central stage, and their menus are composed to fit the beverages rather than the other way around. While the food gives an impression of fine dining the atmosphere is rather that of a relaxed hang out with your buddies. Mains 265–375 kr, menus 600–1350 kr.
  • 25 Hambergs, Fyristorg 8, +46 18-71 21 50, e-mail: . Tu–Sa 11:30–22:00. Originally a seafood store which has developed into a family-owned restaurant. Except for desserts, they serve nothing but seafood. They also have an impressive assortment of French wines. Their store can be found in the same location, selling seafood and delicacies. Mains 200–335 kr, menus 425–700 kr.
  • 26 Hodja, Sysslomansgatan 13, +46 18-14 59 59, e-mail: . M–Th 17:00–23:00, F–Sa 17:00–01:00. Turkish cuisine in an inviting setting. It is divided into the "Bar room," with a cloud-like fabric roof and hanging lights, the "Love room," with small tables for two, and the "Glass room," with a removable glass ceiling. Named after the legendary 13th-century humorist and wise man Nasreddin Hodja. Mains 170–330 kr, meze 75–125 kr.
  • 27 Jay Fu's, S:t Eriks torg 8 (At the top of the market hall "Saluhallen"), +46 18-150 151, e-mail: . M–Sa 17–00:00. East meets West in this "Amasian" stakehouse, serving a crossover of American grilled stakes, and eastern Asian specialties. Their name is an homage to the kung-fu master and stuntman Jay Fu who operated a similarly themed Asian-American restaurant in the Californian deserts in the 1960s and 70s. Has vegan options. Mains 200–400 kr.
  • 28 La Parrilla, Vaksalagatan 12, +46 18-700 99 00, e-mail: . M Tu 17:00–23:00, W Th 17:00–00:00, F Sa 17:00–01:00. An Argentinian steak house. Their class-5 entrecotes, tenderised for 14 days, are one of the most lavish meat experiences you will find in Uppsala. While their specialty is in meat dishes grilled over an open fire, they also offer tapas, fish dishes, and vegan options. Mains 170–560 kr, tapas 65–125 kr.
  • 29 Peppar Peppar, Suttungs Gränd 3 (In a secluded alley 300 m (980 ft) SE of the main station), +46 18-13 13 60. M–Th 17:00–22:00, F Sa 16:00–00:00, Su 16:00–21:00. Swedish and French cuisine served in a rustic and elegant setting in one of Uppsala's oldest industrial buildings. Mains 200–325 kr.
  • 30 Stationen, Olof Palmes Plats 6 (At the train station), +46 18-15 35 00, e-mail: . M 10:00–23:00; Tu 10:00–24:00; W Th 10:00–01:00; F Sa 10:00–02:00; Su 10:00–23:00. In 2011, the new station building of Uppsala Central Station was inaugurated. The beautiful old 19th century station building was instead turned into one of Uppsala's largest restaurants. Their cuisine and atmosphere is inspired by the European continent and especially by European train stations. The restaurant is part brasserie, bar and café, inspired by Paris, London and Rome, respectively. 170–350 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 served 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.

A beer at a nation will set you back between 25 and 30 kr, compared to double the price at a normal pub. 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 crowd out 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, consequently, nation activity decreases.

As in the rest of Sweden, the government-owned chain of liquor stores 1 Systembolaget (Dragarbrunnsgatan 48A, M–F 09:00–19:00, Sa 09:00–15:00) is the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% alcohol. Additional Systembolaget stores can be found at Vaksalagatan 30 and by major shopping malls in the more peripheral districts of the city.

Uppsala has a long history of brewing, and there are four active breweries in Uppsala. Uppsala Brygghus is the largest in the region, and the one you are most likely to find in stock at Systembolaget; Jackdaw Brewery, specialized in Belgian styled beers; Tempel Brygghus, focusing on sour beer and Bryggeriet Ångkvarn, which was named "Best brewery" at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey festival 2017. Punsch is a traditional Swedish arrak-based liqueur, holding a particularly endeared place in Uppsala's student culture.

Bars and clubs in Uppsala are obliged to close no later than 03:00. Most student nations close at 01:00 unless there is a 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. If you are looking for a more high-end kind of fika, you should check out the "afternoon tea" seatings held at the restaurant and hotel Villa Anna, Saturdays at 12.00 and 14.15

Lindvalls kaffe is a local family owned brand of coffee. Blåbärsprinsess is a blueberry sponge cake topped with marzipan which was invented in Uppsala, and Studentska is a local pastry made from shortcrust, chocolate truffle and icing. The name means "female student" since the pastries, just like the female students, are green and innocent on the outside but black as sin on the inside!

  • 2 Bageri Brantingstorg, Brantingstorget 1 (2 km (1.2 mi) NE of the city centre), +46 18-25 54 64. M–F 07:00–17:00 Sa 09:00–17:00. Somewhat "off the beaten path", this family owned neighborhood café has preserved an atmosphere of the Swedish "Folkhem"-era of the 1950s and 60s. It is the birthplace of their signature cake Blåbärsprinsess, and, according to the local newspaper UNT, their semlor (a traditional Swedish sweet rolls usually served at lent) are the best in town. Black coffee 25 kr.
  • 3 Konditori Fågelsången, Munkgatan 3, +46 18-14 52 65. M–F 07:30–19:00 Sa Su 09:00–18:00. Founded in 1954, this café still preserves its 1950s aesthetics. They serve sandwiches as well as traditional Swedish cookies and cakes. In the summer they have a large outdoors seating area facing the pretty Swan's pond. Black coffee 26 kr.
  • 4 Güntherska Hovkonditori & Schweizeri, Östra Ågatan 31, +46 18-13 07 57. M & Tu 09:00–19:00, W–F 09:00–19:30 Sa Su 10:00–18:00. An elegant café and sourdough bakery, with a large outdoor seating area on the eastern bank of Fyris river. In addition to pastries, they also serve hot and cold meals, and, unlike most Swedish cafés, a wide range of alcoholic beverages. Black coffee 33 kr.
  • 5 Katedralkaféet (30 m north of the Cathedral's entrance), +46 18-56 40 90. M–F 10:00–16:30, Sa Su 11:00–16:00. A café operated by the Church of Sweden, in co-operation with a local charity organization. The building was the seat of Uppsala University's board, from its construction in the 1750s to the inauguration of the current University Hall in 1887. Black coffee 25 kr.
  • 6 Café Linné Konstantina and Café Linné Hörnan, Svartbäcksgatan 22 and 24, +46 18-15 55 10. M–Sa 08:00–22:00, Su 09:00–22:00. These two cozy cafes are often used as a meeting place for various clubs or political groups. Confusingly enough, they are both commonly simply referred to as Café Linné. However, you do not need to worry about taking "the wrong one," as they are both great cafés. Black coffee 30 kr.
  • 7 Ofvandahls Hovkonditori, Sysslomansgatan 5, +46 18-13 42 04. M–F 07:30–18:00; Sa 10:00–17:00; Su 11:00–17:00. A traditional old cafe. Founded in 1878, this is one of the oldest operating cafés in Uppsala. It quickly became a popular place among Uppsala's students and cultural circles. It is the birthplace of the local Uppsala pastry "Studentska". They sometimes have poetry slam contests and other poetry readings, but they are mostly in Swedish. Black coffee 30 kr.
  • 8 Kafferummet Storken, Stora Torget 3, +46 18-15 05 22. M–F 09:00–22:00, Sa 10:00–21:00, Su 12:00–21:00. A cozy café on the second floor with rather anonymous entrance towards the main square. Black coffee 25 kr.
  • 9 Café Tar, Sysslomansgatan 9, +46 18-13 38 13. M–Sa 10:00–20:00, Su 11:00–18:00. Italian coffee bar. Excellent espresso served between spartan walls decorated with paintings by local artists. Aside from coffee they also serve Italian pastries, beers, wines, focaccia sandwiches, and delicious gelato ice cream. Espresso 25–30 kr, americano 34 kr.
  • 10 Café Årummet, Östra Ågatan 9, +46 18-71 07 50. M–F 08:00–22:00; Sa Su 09:00–22:00. Offer a wide choice of quiche, cakes and smaller sweets. Aside from hot drinks they also serve beers and wines. Sit down in one of the large couches in their baroque-themed interior, or have a seat in the riverside park Gotlandsparken, right on their doorstep. They always serve a lot of fresh fruit with their cakes. Black coffee 30 kr.

Bars[edit]

  • 11 Bierhuis Ölcafé, S:t Olofsgatan 23, +46 18-10 13 99, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–00:00, F 14:00–02:00, Sa 12:00–02:00, Su 15:00–23:00. A Belgian beer café in an elegant setting. Aside from 24 kinds of drafted and hundreds of kinds of bottled Belgian beers, the menu also offers traditional Belgian cuisine, such as waffles, moules frites and cheese with mustard. Beers 60–410 kr.
  • 12 Bryggeriet Ångkvarn, Östra Ågatan 59, +46 18-418 02 00, e-mail: . M Tu, 16:00–22:00, W Th 16:00–00:00, F Sa 15:00–00:00. Uppsala's only brewpub, with the brewery fully visible behind the bar. In 2017 Ångkvarn won the title as "Best brewery" and four other titles at the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey festival, the second largest beer festival in the world! Beers from 80 kr, 400 kr beer tasting two Saturdays a month at 15:00.
  • 13 Le Parc, Torsgatan 15, +46 18-54 84 88, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–00:00, Sa Su 13:00–03:00. A day-time restaurant and night-time bar in a beautiful garden. Huge outdoor seating is open from April to September. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is a dance floor playing hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Beers from 70 kr.
  • 14 O'Connor's, Stora Torget 1, +46 18-14 40 10. M–Th 16:00–03:00; F 13:00–03:00; Sa 12:00–03:00; Su 12:00–01:00. 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. Live music is performed every Monday–Saturday night, with "Amazing Chris" playing on the weekdays and different bands playing on the weekends. Coats must be handed in at the cloakroom on busy nights (for example, on Saturday nights and when there is music). Beers are 80–100 kr, coat charge is 20 kr and entry is 50 kr after 22:00 F and Sa.
  • 15 O’Neill’s, Dragarbrunnsgatan 53, +46 18-10 70 70, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–00:00; F Sa 15:00–01:00. An authentic Irish pub opened in 2007. Occasionally features live music. Good food and a nice selection of Irish, English, Belgian and Swedish beers. Multicultural-friendly staff from the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. Pints 80 kr.
  • 16 Palermo, Sysslomansgatan 7, +46 18-13 18 20. M–Th 11:00–02:00, F 11:00–03:00, Sa 12:00–03:00, Su 12:00–03:00. A daytime pizzeria which, by night, turns into one of Uppsala's most popular watering holes. It gets especially crowded around 01:00, when the surrounding nations close. It is something of a dive bar, and at 40 kr their beers are among the cheapest in non-nation Uppsala.
Flustret, originally built in 1842, is today used as a night club.
  • 17 Shotluckan, Drottningatan 12, +46 72-577 16 66. W Th 20:00–01:00, F Sa 20:00–03:00. The lively and youthful Shotluckan (literally "The Shot Hatch") offer a large range of different shots under the motto "life is too short to sip drinks." Many shots have some adventurous twist – like being on fire. Shots 35–95 kr.
  • 18 Vinbaren, Drottninggatan 1B, +46 18-144 160, e-mail: . Tu–Th 15:00–22:00, F 15:00–00:00, Sa 12:00–00:00, Su 17:00–22:00. Vinbaren, which literally translates into "the wine bar", is the wine bar in Uppsala! They offer some 100 different wines complemented with charcuteries and cheeses. Suitable to experienced and inexperienced wine drinkers alike. One glass 75–1340 kr (sic!).
  • 19 William's pub, Åsgränd 5C, +46 18-14 09 20, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–00:00; F Sa 16:00–03:00. British-themed pub with a welcoming interior and helpful staff. They regularly organize themed evenings, with events such as live music or pub quizzes. Beers from 50 kr.

Clubs & music[edit]

  • 20 Birger Jarl (BJ), Nedre Slottsgatan 3, +46 18-13 50 00, fax: +46 18-13 00 12, e-mail: . F Sa 22:30–03:00. Great if you're into shots and house music. 3 dance floors and 5 bars, with a large outdoors seating area. Occasionally they organize themed club nights. Despite a 23-year age limit on Saturdays, it mostly attracts youths. Some Fridays 17:00–22:00, they host the 1970s themed club Soul Train, attracting a more mature crowd than usual. 140 kr entry fee.
  • 21 Flustret, Flustergränd 5, +46 18-10 04 44. F Sa 22:30–03:00. This garden pavilion was originally constructed in 1842, making it one of the oldest nightlife venues in Uppsala. Today, it is operated as a nightclub with plenty of events and concerts. On Saturdays, they have three dance floors, playing house, radio hits, and hits from the 1970s, 80s & 90s, but, on Fridays, only the house dance floor is open. Compared to other local clubs, they target (and attract) a somewhat more mature audience from ages 23 and upwards. Entry 120 kr Friday and 150 kr Saturday. (Q10497033) on Wikidata
  • 22 Interpool, Svartbäcksgatan 11, +46 18-512 712, e-mail: . M–Th 16:00–01:00, F 15:00–03:00 Sa 13:00–03:00, Su 13:00–01:00. A sports bar with activities such as shuffleboard, dart, table tennis, flipper and billiards. Club nights on Fridays and Saturdays from 22:00.
  • 23 Katalin And All That Jazz, Roslagsgatan 1 (Behind the train station, in the old station warehouse), +46 18-14 06 80, e-mail: . M Tu 16:00–23:00; W Th 16:00–00:00; F Sa 13:00–01:00. A nice place with an active calendar of international and national touring acts, ranging from jazz to metal to comedy clubs. Jazz-sessions every Sa 15:00–17:00. Aside from drinks they also serve dinner. Ticket prices vary between concerts. On the rare occasions when there is no concert entry is free. (Q10544290) on Wikidata

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 1000 kr
Mid-range 1000 kr – 2000 kr
Splurge Over 2000 kr
Grand Hotell Hörnan, built in 1907.

Camping[edit]

See also: Right to access in the Nordic countries
  • 1 Fyrishov Stugby och Camping (Fyrishov camping and chalet park), Idrottsgatan 2 (2 km N on riverbank just beyond Fyrishov stadium), +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.

Budget[edit]

  • 2 CityStay Hotell Uppsala, Trädgårdsgatan 5A, +46 18-121 000, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Offer free wi-fi, guest computers, laundry facilities, self-catering kitchen, and lighter meals. Breakfast is available for purchase for budget rooms and included in standard rooms. Standard room 1000 kr, budget room 600 kr, bed in dorm room 240 kr, all for one person.
  • 3 Hotell Centralstation (Vandrarhem Uppsala Centralstation), Bangårdsgatan 13 (Just in front of station), +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. Singles from 570 kr, doubles from 640 kr, bed in a dormitory from 230 kr.
  • 4 Hotell Kungsängstorg, Kungsängstorg 6, +46 18-444 20 10, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. A hotel and hostel set in a 19th century rectory. Breakfast and wi-fi is included. Pets are allowed for a 100 kr fee. Singles from 450 kr M–F and 550 kr Sa Su, doubles from 550 kr M–F and 600 kr Sa Su.
  • 5 Hågadalens Hostel & Vandrarhem, Vårdsätravägen 71 (In Valsätra some 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the town centre. Bus 11 stops right outside), +46 18-40 00 50, e-mail: . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 11:00. Set in the scenic "Hågadalen-Nåsten" natural reserve. Free parking and Wi-Fi. Singles from 550 kr, doubles from 600 kr.
  • 6 Selmas Hytt & Salong, Östra Ågatan 93 (Docked on the eastern shore of Uppsala river harbour, 1 km south of the city centre), +46 766-00 25 20, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 10:00 M–F, 11:00 Sa Su. Selma is a 40 m (130 ft) ship turned into a floating hostel! They have a lounge which offer hot and cold drinks and lighter meals. Breakfast is available for an extra fee. Shared WC and showers. Free wi-fi. Pets are allowed in some but not all cabins. Singles from 400 kr, doubles from 440 kr.
  • 7 Sunnersta Herrgård, Sunnerstavägen 24 (In Sunnersta 6 km (3.7 mi) south of town centre), +46 18-32 42 20, e-mail: . An old manor in a scenic natural environment, which has been turned into a conference centre, hostel and bed & breakfast. Good communications to the town centre by bus, taxi or bicycle, and if you have a car of your own they offer free parking. Their reception is open 07:30–10:00 daily. Singles from 750 kr, doubles from 880 kr, bed in dormitory 290 kr.
  • 8 Uppsala City Hostel, S:t Persgatan 16, +46 18-10 00 08, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Free Wi-Fi. Separate ladies and gentlemen's dormitories. Well equipped kitchen without window, sofa room with windows. The reception is open 08:00–23:00 daily. Singles from 440 kr, doubles from 560 kr, bed in dormitory 230 kr. Bedding is not included but can be rented for 60 kr per set.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 9 Akademihotellet, Övre Slottsgatan 5, +46 18-15 51 90, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 3-star hotel in a 1930s setting. Free access to wifi, breakfast, sauna, kitchenettes & laundry facilities. Their reception is open 07.00–22.00 daily, but it is possible to check in after 22:00 if you contact them in advance. Singles from 700 kr, doubles from 1000 kr.
  • 10 Arenahotellet, Edith Södergrans gata 6 (By the Gränby Sports Area 3 km north east of the city centre), +46 18-35 00 25, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12.00. With 620 beds it is the largest hotel in Uppsala. Their niche is active athletes. Consequently they are located near some of Uppsala's largest sports stadiums and have and special rooms with larger beds for parasport athletes. Single from 1000 kr, doubles from 1200 kr.
  • 11 Best Western Hotel Svava, Bangårdsgatan 24 (across the street from Central Station), +46 18-13 00 30, fax: +46 18-13 22 30, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:30, check-out: 12:00. Comfortable four-star hotel inside a modernised historic building, attached to the Svava shopping centre. Great breakfast buffet (included in price), and rooms have a tea/coffee maker. Pets are allowed for a 100 kr fee. Singles from 700 kr, doubles from 1000 kr.
  • 12 Clarion Hotel Gillet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 23 (in S:t Per Gallery), +46 18-68 18 00, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Central 4-star hotel. Free gym, spa, breakfast and wi-fi. On their top floor you will find Top Floor, one of Uppsala's few rooftop bars, and like other Clarion Hotels they have a Manhattan themed Kitchen & Table restaurant. Pets are allowed for a 250 kr fee. Single from 900 kr, doubles from 1000 kr.
  • 13 Elite Hotel Academia, Suttungs gränd 6, +46 18-780 99 00, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. This former post office was considered ultramodern when constructed in the 1960s. They offer free gym, sauna, breakfast and Wi-Fi. On their 11th floor you will find the Asian restaurant and rooftop bar Miss Voon. Pets are allowed for a 200 kr fee. Singles from 900 kr, doubles from 1000 kr. Suite from 3150 kr.
  • 14 Grand Hotell Hörnan, Bangårdsgatan 1 (On Fyris river bank 200 m from railway station.), +46 18-13 9380, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. A grand old hotel in neo-Baroque style. When it was built in 1907 it was the largest and most exclusive hotel in Uppsala. They have a lounge bar and a fine dining restaurant. Breakfast and wi-fi is included. Singles from 1000 kr, doubles from 1300 kr. (Q10508027) on Wikidata
  • 15 Hotel von Kraemer, von Kraemers allé 26, +46 18-495 99 00, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. In 2014 this luxurious modernist hotel was constructed as a patient hotel, serving patients of Uppsala's world-leading cancer treatment. However, it is also open to non-patients. It is furnished in modern Scandinavian design, and the hotel restaurant offer an equally Scandinavian cuisine. Wi-fi and breakfast is included. The reception is open 24 hours daily. Singles from 1200 kr, doubles from 1700 kr.
  • 16 Radisson Blu Uppsala, Stationsgatan 4 (Behind the train station), +46 18-474 79 00. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00 as a standard, but unless they are fully booked it can be delayed to 18.00 without any extra charge. Reliable 4-star chain, central. The hotel includes a fitness area with a gym and morning yoga, 24 hour room service, a restaurant and two bars. Breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi is included. Singles from 900 kr, doubles from 1200 kr. 3000 kr suite.
  • 17 Scandic Hotel Uplandia, Dragarbrunnsgatan 32, +46 18-495 26 00, e-mail: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. 3-star hotel in a central modern block. Has a gym, bar, restaurant, sauna, laundry, bikes, laundry and a mini shop. Wifi and breakfast are included. Pets are allowed. Singles from 920 kr, doubles from 1000 kr, 1880 kr suite.

Splurge[edit]

Wiks slott, the best preserved medieval castle in Sweden, is now a hotel and conference centre.
  • 18 Villa Anna, Odinslund 3 (By the cathedral), +46 18-580 20 00, e-mail: . Luxury hotel in a renovated building from 1874. Suites with whirlpool and sauna. Their fine dining hotel restaurant offer Nordic cuisine with innovative touches, and has been named the best restaurant in Uppsala by the national restaurant guide White guide. 24 hour reception. This is where the Nobel Prize winners sleep during their visit to Uppsala University. B&B from 2000 kr single, 3000 kr double, 6000 kr suite. (Q49096098) on Wikidata
  • 19 Wiks slott (also spelled "Vik" or "Wijk"), Viks Mur 29 (In Vik, 20 km SW of Uppsala. Take bus 108, 30 mins), +46 18-611 66 60, fax: +46 18-39 93 50, e-mail: . A 15th-century castle turned into a hotel and conference centre. It is the best preserved medieval castle in Sweden and was once one of its strongest fortresses. It is situated in a beautiful natural environment on the shore of Lake Mälaren, with a beach and a grand castle park on site. The hotel offers a wide range of activities, such as yoga, cooking courses, guided tours of the castle, wine tastings, and ice sculpting. Full board single 1800 kr, double 3500 kr. Vik Castle on Wikipedia Wik Castle (Q1543476) on Wikidata

Stay safe[edit]

Uppsala is generally a safe city. In an emergency, always call 112 for SOS Alarm, for an ambulance, police, fire service, or priest on call. English-speaking operators are available. The national non-emergency number to the police is 114 14. As for other Swedish cities, drunk brawls are one of few risk factors to travelers. Stay extra attentive during weekend nights, especially downtown and around the Central Station.

If you venture into the forested countryside, beware of ticks. In Uppsala Municipality, there have been reported cases of both TBE and lyme disease. However, you can vaccinate against TBE, and lyme disease can be avoided by removing the tick within 12 to 24 hours. A simple precaution against ticks is to wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when moving through brushwood.

While there are several pharmacies in Uppsala, most of them close around 19:00–20:00, and none are open at night. The pharmacy with the best opening hours is 4 Lloyds apotek Samariten (Kålsängsgränd 10C, +46 18-580 21 10) which is open from 08:00 to 22:00 every day.

  • 5 University Animal Hospital (Universitetsdjursjukhuset), Ultunaallén 5A (Campus Ultuna, 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Uppsala), +46 18-67 26 80, e-mail: . 24 hours daily. Associated with, and located on, the campus of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. They mostly treat small animals, such as cats and dogs, but they also have a horse clinic. Around Uppsala, you can also find several smaller veterinary clinics. (Q10709724) on Wikidata
  • 6 Uppsala County Police (Polismyndigheten Uppsala län), Svartbäcksgatan 49, 114 14 (non-geographic number). M 08:00–19:00, Th–F 08:00–16:00, Closed on weekends.
  • 7 Uppsala University Hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset), Sjukhusvägen, +46 18-611 00 00. 24 hours daily. Uppsala University Hospital on Wikipedia Uppsala University Hospital (Q430594) on Wikidata

Connect[edit]

Sweden's country calling code is 46, and Uppsala's local area code is (0) 18.

Uppsala city centre is a free public wifi-zone. The network is called "!uppsalawifi". Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences participate in Eduroam; a free-of-charge world wide web service which allow university students and staff wireless network access on the campuses of other universities.

  • 8 Stadsbiblioteket (City Library), Svartbäcksgatan 17, +46 18-727 17 00. M–Th 09:00–20:00, Sa 11:00–16:00, Su 13:00–16:00. Offers several computers for free, using a queue system. Computes can also be used at the other public libraries Brantingsbiblioteket, Eriksbergsbiblioteket, Gottsundabiblioteket, Gränbybiblioteket, Storvretabiblioteket and Vattholmabiblioteket found in Uppsala's peripheral districts. Uppsala Library (Q19545742) on Wikidata

Cope[edit]

Stockholm with many embassies is only a short trip away.

Religious services[edit]

  • 9 Church of Sweden (Svenska Kyrkan), Visiting address: S:t Eriks torg 7, +46 18-430 35 00. Mass is celebrated in Uppsala Cathedral at M–Sa 12:45 and Su 11:00; all welcome. Have several other active churches around the city as well. Church of Sweden on Wikipedia Church of Sweden (Q749243) on Wikidata

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.

  • Enköping — as it turns out, "Sweden's nearest city", known for its military garrison and many parks, is only 40 km (25 mi) south-west of Uppsala.
  • Gävle — this beautiful coastal city, known for its giant Christmas Straw Goat, is the gateway to Norrland.
  • Norrtälje — with 17,000 inhabitants this is the largest city on Uppland's Baltic coast Roslagen.
  • Sigtuna — was effectively Sweden's capital in the middle ages. After being deserted, it was revived in the 1910s as a nationalist project.
  • Stockholm — 70 km (43 mi) south of Uppsala lays Sweden's capital and biggest city.
  • Stockholm archipelago — thousands of islands, islets and skerries, scattered along Uppland's coast.
  • Öregrund — in Roslagen has been a popular sea-side resort among Uppsala's township since the 19th century.
Routes through Uppsala
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