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Uppsala

Uppsala is definitely the best kept secret in Sweden. History is a large part of Uppsala. From the earliest churches dating back to the 12th century to Uppsala University (the oldest in the Nordic countries), and much more.


Old Uppsala Church (Gamla Uppsala Kyrka).


Travel to and from Uppsala is very easy. There is bus service to and from Stockholms Arlanda Airport. From the central station, you can go to many interesting sites. Uppsala is also a short train ride from Stockholm.

As for the sights of Uppsala. You shouldn't miss the Old Uppsala Church (Gamla Uppsala Kyrka). It is from the 12th century and is very beautiful. Within 100 meters is the Old Uppsala Mounds (Gamla Uppsala Högar). These are burial mounds for Swedish kings from the Viking ages and before.

In Uppsala, you must see Uppsala Cathedral (Domkyrkan). It is a real landmark. Built in the 13th century, it is the center point of Uppsala. There are numerous rune stones that encircle the church.


Uppsala Cathedral


Among those buried within its walls of the church are King Gustav Vasa (the first Swedish King of the modern era) and Carl von Linné who is known as the "King of Flowers" because he gave the latin names to many of the species of flowers. He was a professor of medicine and botany at Uppsala University.

You will also find that you are accross the street from Gustavianum which is one of the most famous anatomical museums in the world. This museum is definitely worth a tour. It has a great deal of historical information on Uppsala and the University.

Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slottet) is visible from most of Uppsala. It is close to the Botonical Garden (Botoniska Trädgården). It is also very close to Carolina Rediviva (the University's library which has books that are as far back as the 1500s.

I could go on and on about Uppsala, but, you only need to look through a couple of other home pages that can give you the information you need.

More information is available at the following sites:

Uppland
Uppsala Museums (In Swedish)



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