Famed for its 15th-century university, Uppsala lies on the banks of the Fyris River to the north of Stockholm. It’s home to a castle built by King Gustav Vasa that once served as a residence for Swedish royals and boasts the largest cathedral in Scandinavia.
Things to do in Uppsala
Dominating the city skyline are the soaring spires of the Uppsala Cathedral, which was originally established in 1270. It houses magnificent stained glass windows and decorative murals, as well as a Baroque pulpit carved by Burchard Precht. Be sure to visit the Silver Chamber where religious and royal treasures are exhibited.
For a cultural fix, head to the Gustavianum, a historic university building named after its 17th-century benefactor, Gustavus Adolphus. It houses an impressive array of Nordic antiquities that include Viking swords and medals, as well as Egyptian mummies and artefacts. Don’t miss the elaborate Augsburg Art Cabinet or the Anatomical Theatre, which is housed in the rooftop cupola. Nearby is the Carolina Rediviva of the Uppsala University Library where a 6th-century illuminated manuscript can be seen.
Watching over the city is Uppsala Castle, which was built in the 16th century and has played a significant role in Swedish history ever since. It was here that King Eric XIV ordered the Sture murders and where the abdication of Queen Kristina was announced in 1654. Today, the castle houses the art exhibitions of the Uppsala Konstmuseum and offers elevated views across the surrounding countryside.
Getting around Uppsala
Uppsala is around an hour’s drive from Stockholm and 25 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Uppsala railway station and buses travel throughout the city. The centre of Uppsala can easily be explored on foot.