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Tourist Attractions in Uppsala

The most interesting and beautiful tourist sites in Uppsala

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About Uppsala

Uppsala is one of the largest cities in Sweden. It remained pagan for the longest time, although it eventually converted to Christianity. In this way, the two cultural trends overlapped, making the area interesting for tourists. Here you can see the ancient burial places of the Sveum tribe, as well as the largest cathedral in Scandinavia.

The botanical gardens of the city deserve a special mention. They are not only collections of rare plants, but also associated with the names of local scientists.

Modern architecture is represented by a large concert hall, which also serves as a conference centre. In addition, there are museums of different directions and Uppsala University, which is among the top 100 educational institutions in the world.

Top-10 Tourist Attractions in Uppsala

Uppsala Castle

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It was built in the middle of the 16th century on the orders of King Gustav I. Under his sons, the castle was rebuilt with more Renaissance features. For the first half of the 18th century the palace lay in ruins after a fire. Restoration and rebuilding almost destroyed the painting of the walls with biblical quotations. A baroque garden was laid out nearby, which was converted into a botanical garden. The castle now houses two museums and the city administration.

Gamla Uppsala

The burials of the Sveum tribe are located here. The total number of burial mounds is about 800. The periods are different, but the 3 largest ones date from the V-VI centuries. There are several versions associated with their appearance. Most likely, supreme rulers or outstanding warriors were buried here. Since the excavations were carried out several times and the remains were moved to other places, it is difficult to establish it authentically.

Uppsala Cathedral

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It was built for a total of about 150 years. Reconstructions continued after 1435, when the cathedral began to receive parishioners. The medieval style changed to Baroque and then to Gothic. Kings Gustav I and Johan III, Archbishop Nathan Söderblum, Nobel Prize winner and researcher Carl Linnaeus are buried here. The main relic of the Lutheran church is the relics of Erik IX of St. Peter.
Open time
Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Uppsala University

599 reviews
Founded in 1477. The oldest university in Scandinavia. Stably ranked among the top 100 higher education institutions in the world. The current building was built at the end of the XIX century. The local library boasts truly unique specimens, like the diaries of Gustav Badin, who served at the court of 3 kings. There is also a collection of thousands of coins and a botanical garden.

Gustavianum - Uppsala University Museum

307 reviews
The museum was founded in 1997 and is housed in a former university building. It was built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. The exposition is devoted to all kinds of scientific achievements and disciplines. The most valuable exhibits are connected with the names of outstanding scientists. For example, visitors can examine Celsius’ telescopes, and Copernicus’ manuscripts are kept in the collections. The Gustavianum tower houses an anatomical theatre.
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Linnaeus' Hammarby

634 reviews
It is located 15 km from the city. The estate has been known since 1937. In the middle of the XVIII century it was owned by Carl Linnaeus. For the family of the naturalist and researcher this place became a summer residence. However, Linnaeus did not only rest here, but also worked. For example, he cultivated in the garden the species of plants he was interested in. The furnishings of the house have been preserved and tell both about the owners and the era as a whole.
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Bror Hjorth's House

45 reviews
It has been in existence since 1987. The building itself was built in 1943. Bror Hjort, one of Sweden’s most famous painters and sculptors, lived and worked here for a quarter of a century. Many of his paintings and other works of art are on display in the studio. Personal belongings are also collected. The museum has a café and a gift shop, and temporary exhibitions are held in an attached room.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Uppsala Konsert & Kongress

1636 reviews
It was opened in 2007. Before that, the project went through a number of public discussions. The building has an unusual shape – a cube with layering. About a third of the population considers it one of the symbols of the city, and a similar number of people believe it will play such a role in the future. The concert hall, which is also a conference centre, hosts artists’ performances and exhibitions. From here you have a view of Uppsala Castle and the cathedral.

Botanical Garden

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It is located near Uppsala Castle. In 1807, the garden replaced the park complex. One of the reasons for its creation was the 100th anniversary of Linnaeus’ birth. Plants from the desert and rain forests are gathered in one place. Thanks to the conditions created, many species neighbour each other, although this is not the case in nature. Admission is free and the garden is open all year round with rare exceptions.
Open time
Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Linnaeus garden

528 reviews
It is one of the oldest in Sweden. Since its foundation in 1655, it has gone through various stages of prosperity and decline. It was personally revived by Carl Linnaeus, after whom the garden is now named. At the naturalist’s suggestion, Carl Horlemann, a famous architect, carried out the reconstruction. Linnaeus conducted research and gave lectures here. The garden was honoured with a 100 kroner note.
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