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February 2018

Ingmar Bergman’s legacy lives on in modern Uppsala

2019-10-30T06:48:14-07:00 By |Categories: A day trip from Stockholm, Beyond Stockholm, Discover Uppsala, Movie Theatres|Tags: , , |

In 1918 that great poet of Nordic cinema, Ingmar Bergman, was born in Uppsala. Very appropriately, it is a city which both celebrates the art of the cinema and is celebrated in Swedish film. Many film enthusiasts, not least the many directors he has influenced, have paid a visit to Sweden in honor of the maestro. Bergman spent much of his childhood in Uppsala and one of his most popular films, Fanny and Alexander, was filmed on location in the city and was based on his own memories. It was here that his lifelong love affair with the silver screen began. For the infant Ingmar, one of the highlights of the week [...]

February 2017

On the trail of the Vikings in Gamla Uppsala

2018-02-22T06:09:32-08:00 By |Categories: Discover Uppsala, Old Uppsala|Tags: , , , , |

It is only a short bus ride from the town center to Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala) but it is a journey that will take you far, far back in time. Set in the tranquillity of the glorious Uppland countryside, there is an almost magic atmosphere here at the Mounds of the Kings. Strolling round the site, one can sense the presence of the ancient warriors who once lived here. It is one of the most intriguing, atmospheric Viking sites in Scandinavia. The site dates back at least to the Bronze Age, perhaps even to the Stone Age. Around the Vendel period (550 AD), Old Uppsala was already an important economic, religious and [...]

Linnaeus: The 18th century superstar who put Sweden on the map

2018-02-22T06:09:20-08:00 By |Categories: Carl Linnaeus, Discover Uppsala|Tags: , , , , , , |

The great botanist, Carl Linnaeus, is to Uppsala what Mozart is to Salzburg or Shakespeare is to Stratford-on-Avon. Take a day trip from Stockholm and walk in the footsteps of this fascinating Scandinavian, scientific genius. Every year many tourists, both scientists and laymen, come here to pay tribute to the lad from a humble family Småland who went on to become a great superstar of 18th century science. After studying medicine in the Netherlands, Linnaeus eventually became a professor at Uppsala University and it is here that he did the work which laid the foundation for modern taxonomy. The summer, when the flowers are in bloom, is the time to come. Not [...]

Elegant riverside dining – a foodie holiday treat

2018-02-22T05:52:38-08:00 By |Categories: Discover Uppsala, Eating out, Restaurants|Tags: , , , |

Uppsala is one of the top five destinations in Sweden for eating out. And nothing enhances a good meal like a beautiful view. So while you are on your Scandinavian vacation here, why not treat yourself to a meal at one of these delightful riverside restaurants? Åkanten Just below the Cathedral is this classic establishment. In addition to excellent food and drink, its picturesque riverside terrace is a perennial favorite. In the evenings, it is a peaceful joy to sit here and watch the Fyris flow slowly by. Address: S:t Erikstorg Tzatziki In the cellar of Gillbergska garden, just below the riverbanks, is this Greek restaurant, which also boasts Uppsala’s perhaps best [...]

Six charming Uppsala hotels for your Swedish vacation

2017-06-12T06:48:06-07:00 By |Categories: A day trip from Stockholm, Hotels, Swedish Vacation|Tags: , , , , |

Why limit yourself to a day trip? Uppsala has broad range of hotels to suit every budget. Whether you are a backpacker or a more up-market traveller, there is accommodation to suit every wallet. Complement your visit to Stockholm with a night in this friendly, fascinating, extremely Swedish city. Only 18 minutes by train from Arlanda Airport. If you want to pamper yourself, why not try one of these hotels? Clarion Hotel Gillet At Gillet, you stay right in the centre and are close to everything—even the hotel’s sky bar that probably has Uppsala’s best view. You can stay in a standard room or book a suite. The breakfast buffet will definitely [...]

Uppsala – a must visit city for bike enthusiasts and strollers

2017-06-12T00:44:17-07:00 By |Categories: A day trip from Stockholm, Discover Uppsala, Swedish Vacation|Tags: , , |

One very good reason for visiting Uppsala while on vacation in Stockholm, Sweden, is that it is so easy and enjoyable to get from A to B in this popular destination. Whether you decide take a gentle stroll, hop on a bike like the university students or try the local bus service, you can be sure of a memorable day. This ancient city is very compact and has many unique sights. No traffic jams or overcrowded Metro trains. Getting around here is a sheer delight. Walking in the city Uppsala is a brilliant city to walk in, there is rarely anything that is more than a fifteen-minute walk away. A day trip [...]

One of Sweden’s top cities for live music

2018-02-22T08:58:04-08:00 By |Categories: A day trip from Stockholm, Concerts, Music, Summer, Swedish Vacation|Tags: , , , , , , |

Rock, jazz, classical, pop, world music, choirs, reggae. Whatever your taste in music, you’ll find that Uppsala has something for you. Easy to reach from Stockholm (only 38 minutes by train), the city no longer plays second fiddle to the capital. There is a vibrant music and cultural life. Lots of opportunities to enjoy concerts featuring both Swedish stars and international artists, not to mention stand-up comedy, theatre and dance. What makes Uppsala so special? The secret of its success is two unique venues and a whole range of outdoor events during those long, Swedish summer nights. Centrally located, near the station, the legendary jazz club, Katalin, has an almost mythical status [...]

Ten restaurants you must try in Uppsala

2019-10-30T06:53:38-07:00 By |Categories: Eating out, Feature, Fine Dining, Restaurants|Tags: , , |

Uppsala is quite simply one of the top destinations to eat out in Sweden. Just as you’d expect from a lively university city. The combination of a faculty of distinguished international academics with a taste for the good things in life and a horde of hungry students trying to make ends meet on a low budget results in a range of eateries to suit every taste and every budget. Worth a day trip from Stockholm simply to enjoy a delicious meal! In recent decades, Sweden has emerged as a country with one of the world’s most exciting and innovative culinary cultures. Uppsala lives up to this reputation. Several of Uppsala’s finest [...]

Shopping in one of Sweden’s most fashion conscious cities

2019-10-30T06:56:29-07:00 By |Categories: Discover Uppsala, Shopping, Swedish design|Tags: , , |

Swedes are stylish dressers and nowhere is this more apparent than in Uppsala. It’s a city of contrasts where formal academic traditions meet the latest urban trends. Elegant, stylish, fashion-conscious: the citizens of Uppsala have a passion for fashion and enjoy getting dressed up in their finest attire. And with academic dinners, balls, gigs, cocktail parties, a carnival, outdoor concerts and much else, there is no shortage of opportunities to do so. With the mixture of large malls and smaller, more idiosyncratic boutiques shopping for clothes here is a delight. And not only clothes. If you enjoy finding beautiful objects to adorn your home, a shopping ramble in Uppsala will be a [...]

Swedish fika, a momento of the past that is still going strong

2017-06-12T05:21:31-07:00 By |Categories: Cafés, Eating out, Summer, Swedish Vacation|Tags: , , , , |

Enjoying a cup of really good coffee and a freshly baked pastry with friends is such an important part of life here that the Swedes have a special word for it: “fika”. This term has become rather well-known abroad and a delicious “fika” is something that many visitors really look forward to on a visit to Sweden. And where better than Uppsala, where you will always find a café nearby? Well worth making a day-trip from Stockholm. Fabulous places to fika in Uppsala A chance to fika by the Fyris and enjoy the atmosphere of one of Sweden’s most charming university cities is a pleasure not to be missed. And if it’s [...]

Welcoming the spring with wacky rafts and student choirs

2017-06-14T01:40:51-07:00 By |Categories: Discover Uppsala, Summer, Travel Guide, Uppsala University|Tags: , , |

The city might be old, dating back to the 3rd century by some accounts, but it most certainly isn’t old-fashioned. While on vacation in Sweden, make sure you enjoy a daytrip to this fascinating, lively city. Uppsala University was founded in 1477 and is the Nordic countries’ oldest center of higher education. It’s Sweden’s answer to Oxford, Cambridge or the Sorbonne and has the same vivacious atmosphere. There are students everywhere and a buzz in the air, typical of a bustling, vibrant, highly inventive university city If you ever get the chance, you should come to Uppsala on the last day of April. It is the celebration of Valborg (Walpurgis), the welcoming [...]

January 2017

An ancient university with the latest in modern technology

2017-05-29T03:56:02-07:00 By |Categories: Swedish Vacation, Uppsala City, Uppsala University|Tags: , , , |

In the colorful gardens outside the University Main Building, you can’t miss the statue of Erik Gustaf Geijer. A poet, professor, historian, he was so popular with the 19th century students that they insisted that a statue be raised in his honor. At his feet, there is a woman playing a lyre called Geijer’s Thoughts, who was modeled on his daughter Agnes. The building was inaugurated in 1887 and the students were delighted. Finally they could enjoy the modern luxury of heated classrooms. Inside you will find lavish, imposing rooms adorned with the portraits of Swedish kings and permeated with a strong sense of tradition and academic excellence. Most splendid of all is [...]

January 2015

Historical sights beyond Stockholm

2017-06-28T04:50:48-07:00 By |Categories: Discover Uppsala, Feature, Old Uppsala|Tags: , , , , , , |

Uppsala is one of Scandinavia’s most ancient cities and a good deal older than the country it is now part of. The capital is a wet-behind-the ears-upstart by comparison! Dating back to the Viking era and probably earlier, this is a place with roots deep in the past. It is without doubt one of the top five destinations in Sweden for travelers interested in history. Long before there was a country called Sweden, Svea’s kings reigned in Old Uppsala. It is from that ancient dynasty we get the prefix ”sve” for Sweden. So when you come here, you are also coming to the country’s beginning. Through the centuries, the city has [...]