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Feel the winds of history in the city of inspiration and learning. Over the years, many famous authors, scientists, artists and priests have walked along Uppsala’s cobbled streets. The city of learning is a living museum for times past and times present.

Uppsala has something to satisfy all tastes and preferences. In the city centre, you will find shops, restaurants, pubs and parks. The green areas are dominated by Sweden’s oldest botanical gardens, as well as the Linné garden. In the City Park (Stadsparken) along the Fyris River, you will find beautiful gardens, wide expanses of grass with children’s playgrounds and several delightful walking paths. There’s so much to see in Uppsala: the Carolina Redivivia library where the Silver Bible from the 6th century is kept, Uppsala Cathedral (1435) is Scandinavia’s largest church, and The Gustavianum Museum with the anatomical theatre is also well worth a visit.

Uppsala Cathedral
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Just around the corner from the city of Uppsala you will find the Old Uppsala burial mounds, one of Sweden’s most remarkable and legendary ancient monuments. Legends proclaim strange, bloody mid-winter sacrifices where humans and gifts were offered to the Asa gods. In addition, today’s Old Uppsala is an attractive tourist destination with many places of interest. Close to the famous mounds, you will also find the Old Uppsala Historical Centre, the Odinsborg restaurant, the Disagården open-air museum and the Old Uppsala church.

Bike: Uppsala and the immediate surroundings offer wonderful opportunities to experience the countryside by bike. Since there are a large number of bike trails to choose from, it is very safe for children to cycle as well. Train: Travel with the Lennakatten steam engine from central Uppsala to Faringe. The railway built in 1884 transports you directly out into the Uppland fauna. Boat: East and West Uppsala are divided naturally by water. From Uppsala centre, you journey along the Fyris River to reach Skokloster castle. Skokloster castle and its surroundings is a fantastic cultural heritage that offers a fabulous environment for short walks.

Ulva Mill’s handicrafts village approximately 8 km upstream along the Fyris River, is an interesting culture-historic environment. The mill and its adjacent estate incorporates glassblowing works, pottery making and sculpting, carpentry, leather, metal, art and knickknacks, as well as a spice shop and a café The beautiful countryside around the Ulva Mill with the waterfall, long slopes and expansive lawns are ideal for excursions for all ages.

* Information is courtesy of the Swedish Travel and Tourism Council


Festivals & Events

Hultsfred Rock Festival, June

Sweden's largest rock festival for young and old. Sideshows incl. acrobats, comedians, tightrope walkers, jugglers, mimics, musicians and dancers.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Midsummer celebrations all over the country, June

Perhaps the most characteristically Swedish tradition of all is the Midsummer celebration. The Midsummer holiday is celebrated on the weekend closest to 24 June, with Midsummer Eve on Friday followed by Midsummer Day on Saturday. Midsummer marks the longest day of the year, and the skies never really grow dark.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Music on Lake Siljan, June

The Peer Gynt Festival is a ten day long cultural festival with an open air performance of Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt, with music by Edvard Grieg, open air consert "Ved Rondane", art exhibition, and much more.

Around Gotland Sailing race, June - July

The worlds largest offshore sailing race.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

The Hälsinge Hambo, July

A huge festive and colorful, long line dance. Dance groups from Sweden and abroad dance and play while the World Champion of Hambo is selected from the thousands of dancing couples.

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Victoria Day, July

The island of Öland's National Day, celebrating Crown Princess Victoria's birthday with the Royal family. The ”Victoria Mini Marathon” is held during the day, and an extended marathon in the evening. The prestigious ”Victoria scholarship” is presented to a sports achiever. Information: Öland Tourist Office, tel: +46-485-390 20; Fax: 46-485-390 10

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Stockholm Jazz Festival, July

International jazz festival with international and Swedish world-acclaimed artists from the genres of jazz, blues, soul, funk and latin. In the center of Stockholm people gather to eat and enjoy the view as they listen to artists from all over the world. Sit and enjoy or dance to swing bands on the smaller stages.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Medieval Festival Week, August

For one week the old town of Visby on the island of Gotland goes back in time to the Middle Ages. Locals dress up in historic costumes, knights demonstrate their strength in jousting tournaments and a maiden is locked in a tower. Carnival atmosphere and festivities; a mixture of sobriety and merriment, education and carnival extravagance in a genuine medieval town.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

The Gothenburg party, August

Swedens second largest and, some say, friendlest city throws a week long festival with an abundance of activities in the city center

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Lidingö Cross-Country Race, October

The worlds largest cross-country race for runners in beautiful Lindingö outside of Stockholm

Stockholm Open, October

The world famous tennis tournament.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Stockholm International Film Festival, November

International film festival premiering over 100 films from all over the world.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Nobel Prize Day, December

The Nobel Prize Awards are presented by H.M. the King at a formal ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. By special invitation only. Banquet follows at the Stockholm City Hall.

Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

ST. Lucia Day, December

The coronation of Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. Celebrated all over Sweden on the darkest night of the year, December 13, when a young woman is chosen to lead the annual procession of light at Skansen open air museum.

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