Considered a university city, Uppsala is one of the oldest and largest cities in Sweden. It is a great place to learn more about the region's history and to wander around some of the oldest and largest landmarks in the country.
Where is Uppsala?
Uppsala is roughly 80 kilometers from Stockholm and is the capital city of Uppsala County. The county sits along the eastern coast of Sweden, bordering the Baltic Sea.
Where to Stay in Uppsala
Like many university towns, Uppsala is divided between its academic population and its local population. The main area you will want to stay near is the Fjärdingen neighborhood, which sits on the western side of the Fyris River. It has been the religious center of the country since the 1200s.
How many hotels are in Uppsala?
There are 72 hotels in Uppsala, with many located right in the center. Of these 72 hotels, 50 have a star rating of 3, 4, or 5. Many of the hotels offer standard amenities such as free WiFi, free breakfast, and more.
Things to Do in Uppsala
What is there to do in Uppsala?
Brush up on your riding skills and get ready to explore Uppsala by bike. Biking around is a great way to take in all the things to do in this city. Here are some of them:
- Uppsala University – Established in 1477, this university is the oldest in Scandinavia and one of the oldest in Europe. Enjoy its stunning architecture, especially the interior. While you are there, pay a visit to the Carolina Rediviva Library. It has over 5 million books, including the famous Silver Bible, or Codex Argenteus, a Gothic manuscript from the 500s. You also do not want to miss the Gustavianum Museum, which is in the oldest building of the university and has a number of exhibits relating to the city's history.
- Gamla Uppsala Museum – To learn more about Sweden’s pre-Viking history, visit Gamla Uppsala and its museum. The main area features many prehistoric burial mounds.
- Uppsala Cathedral (or Domkyrkan) – As the main Church of Sweden, home to many Swedish royal burial sites, and the largest cathedral in Scandinavia, you do not want to miss paying a visit. While you are there, you can also visit its Treasury Museum in the north tower.
- Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott) – This charming castle dates back to the 1500s and has acted as background to many significant moments in Swedish history. Enjoy the pretty pinkish exterior and then go inside to visit the three different museums: Vasaborgen, a museum about the Vasa kings, Fredens Hus, a museum on peace and human rights, and Uppsala Art Museum, which has a number of exhibits across three floors.
- Stora Torget – This is the main square of Uppsala and sits on Svartbäcksgatan, which is a great street for shopping.
Hotels Near Uppsala Airports
While Uppsala does not have any airports of its own, it benefits from being so close to Stockholm and is easily accessible by the capital city’s main three airports:
- Stockholm-Hasslo Airport – Hasslo is about an hour away. Its main destination is London – Stansted with a few seasonal ones as well. If you need to stay overnight, there are 71 hotels nearby.
- Bromma Airport – In case you are flying locally, Bromma is an hour away as well. It has 298 hotels nearby.
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport – Your best option is to fly into Arlanda as it is only 30-minutes away and is the largest international airport in Sweden, with destinations all over the world.