Home to two great universities, Uppsala is also proud to show the world an impressive 15th-century cathedral , beautiful green parks and a superb castle. The city is easily reachable from the capital of Stockholm .
Uppsala, Sweden’s fourth largest city- is located 67 km north of Stockholm. It is the single most popular day trip excursion from the capital.
Uppsala has a humid temperate climate , with cold winters and mild summers. The hottest month is July, when the daily average is 21.4C/70.5F, while the night average is 11.6C/53F. The coldest month is January, when the daily average is -1.5C/29F and the night average is -7C/19F.
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How to get to
The most popular way to get to Uppsala is by train . SJ – the largest train operator in Sweden – operates trains from Stockholm, daily every half an hour. Trains from other countries also get here but on a less frequent basis. UL operates commuter trains to a suburb of Stockholm, from where you can change trains to get to the city.
Uppsala is not served by its own airport. However, the closest one is Arlanda (ARN), located 35 km from the city , half way to the capital. It’s hub for SAS and served by many European carriers.
Ryanair serves Västerås airport, located about 80 km from Uppsala , but getting to the city from here is a bit complicated: use the shuttle to downtown Västerås and then the UL regional train to Uppsala.
Further way, about 200 km from Uppsala, is Skavsta Airport (NYO), which is served by low cost carriers such as Ryanair and Wizzair. You can use the airport buses to get to the train station in Stockholm and then take the train to Uppsala.
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Where to stay
Uppsala doesn’t lack affordable places to stay. There are some interesting hostels in town, some offering free wifi. Still, you are in Sweden so in the summer expect to pay from €24.50 per night in a dorm and €61.50 per night in a private double room.
Mid-range and upscale hotels are also available. Most are centrally located and offer wifi and good breakfast. In a 3-star hotel expect to pay from 899SEK/€100 per night in a small double room, breakfast included.
What to do
The best way to explore Uppsala is by bike. There are a lot of bike paths and you can easily find a place to rent a bike for your stay.
The most important landmark in town is the Cathedral , the largest church in Scandinavia. It is also the seat of Church of Sweden. It can be visited daily and don’t miss its museum, either.
The Castle is another important landmark . You can take a guided tour and visit the art museum. The guided tour fee is 80 SEK / €9 for an adult.
The Old Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala) is home to some pre-Viking burial mounds , an old church and an open air museum.
You can also visit the oldest university in Sweden or spend some time in one of the interesting gardens.
The best time to come here is for the Valborg celebrations held on April 30 every year. The entire town is one big festival and everyone is out in the parks and on the streets. The students attend the decorated rafts race down the river.