Written by alias843 on 27 Apr, 2010
Uppsala is a great and easy daytrip from Stockholm. It's only about an hour away by train and since it's a regional train the tickets aren't too expensive. After spending three full days in Stockholm, we were ready to get out and see…Read More
Uppsala is a great and easy daytrip from Stockholm. It's only about an hour away by train and since it's a regional train the tickets aren't too expensive. After spending three full days in Stockholm, we were ready to get out and see something new so we ventured to the train station in the morning and used one of the automated ticket machines to book round trip tickets to Uppsala.Back in the day Uppsala was where all the Swedish kings and queens were crowned. Today it's a (mostly) quiet university town, with a medieval charm. When we arrived the only things on our to-see list were the cathedral where kings had been crowned for centuries and the castle. We're suckers for a good castle.We managed to pick a day for our trip when all the soccer fans in the whole country were turning out to see some match. With full body paint and bellies full of beer, they were perhaps the most exciting thing we saw in this sleepy town.Uppsala was a sleepy town. It may have been because of the cold and snow or maybe it was just a slow day but excepting the screaming soccer fans, there was a general lack of energy. We seemed to be some of the only tourists around, which meant that we had the cathedral pretty much to ourselves. It was lovely. The major points of interest inside were the tomb of a Swedish king and a piece of modern sculpture on display.The castle is home to a museum these days, we didn't go inside. The grounds were fun to walk around and they offered a great vantage point to look at Uppsala from above. They also looked out on an orangerie that was still in its dormant winter state. I would imagine it's quite the sight when everything is in bloom.After departing from the castle we still had a few hours before we caught our train so we decided to wander for a while, maybe get lost. We found an old cemetary, some pretty university buildings and some buildings that survived from the medieval period. After a lengthy stop for coffee (we drank a lot of coffee on this trip, it was a great way to warm up and sit down for a bit) we were back on an overfull train, packed with sports fans. Uppsala was a nice break from Stockholm but hardly breathtaking or must-see. If you're exploring southern Sweden it's worth a look. Close
Written by davidx on 22 Jun, 2002
As soon as you emerge from the station, you will see a fountain, and beyond it, a castle, which is now a major part of the University buildings. If you walk along the street towards the castle/university you will soon spot the cathedral to…Read More
As soon as you emerge from the station, you will see a fountain, and beyond it, a castle, which is now a major part of the University buildings. If you walk along the street towards the castle/university you will soon spot the cathedral to your right. In many ways it is architecturally a traditional gothic shape, but it is constructed from red brick. If you walk up the incline to the castle/university itself (which is worth doing for the view of Uppsala but there is not much that you can visit because the historic buildings are in active university use), you will see the botanical gardens in front of you and it is easy to go down to them. When you do so you will be staggered by their size and by the amount of information contained there.
Near the hothouses there is a very pleasant cafe which is not too expensive for some cake and a drink of tea.
The river Fyrisån runs through the centre of the city and there are both pleasant cafes and seats for those with picnics.