9 attractions in Uppsala for old as well as for young visitors
Here comes a useful guide covering 9 must see and do sights during a visit to Uppsala. The guide is perfect to have at hand during a trip, and also great for anyone who lives in Uppsala and needs a few sightseeing tips and ideas of things to do in this beautiful university city. Enjoy!
Enjoy the surroundings in the Botanical Garden
Photo: Uppsala Universitet
The Botanical Garden is definitely one of Uppsala’s most popular attractions. Not only is it a wonderful spot for lovers of nature and those interested in botany, it is also a lovely place for a cosy picnic. You will find Uppsala’s only rainforest here, as well as an abundance of both native and exotic shrubs, trees and flowers.
Get immersed in thrilling history at Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala)
If you are fascinated by Swedish history, then you will most definitely be captivated by
Gamla Uppsala. This is one of Sweden’s most important historical sites, where you can explore the three “Royal Mounds” (Kungshögarna). The tombs are said to have been those of the Norse mythology gods Tor, Oden and Freja and have been excavated several times. Take a guided tour or walk around this exciting site on your own and read more about the Eastern Mound, the Western Mound and the Middle Mound.
Bring the kids for some exciting splashy fun at Fyrishov Water Park
When travelling to Uppsala with kids, a visit to Fyrishov Water Park is a fun experience that you will talk about for a long time to come. There is something here for all ages; swimming, water slides, play and splash around in the tropical environment with 30-degree in the water and an air temperature of 32 degrees. You’ll also find waterfalls, caves, water cannons, a jet stream canal and wonderful bubble pools and other fun activities for the whole family.
Visit the magnificent Uppsala Cathedral
A visit to the magnificent cathedral is a must when you are in Uppsala. Once you are inside Sweden’s national sanctuary, you can attend a service, join a tour, listen to a concert or view an exhibition, or perhaps just take in the cathedral’s stunning beauty and towering setting. Uppsala cathedral is located in the centre of the city, making it easy to get there and to continue onwards with the day’s other activities.
Let your creativity out at Uppsala Art Museum
Anyone interested in art and exhibitions should immediately head to Drottning Christinas väg. That’s where you find Uppsala Art Museum, a place where many modern and contemporary art collections are exhibited. The museum is mainly presenting visual art from the later part of 19th century and onwards, including photography, sculptures, paintings, graphic art, installations and sound, video and performing art. This is a great attraction in Uppsala, whether you travel with the family, a partner or your work colleagues.
Take a guided tour at Uppsala Castle
Uppsala Castle, which was built during the reign of king Gustav Vasa in the mid 16th century, invites you down a historic path where many kings and queens once walked. Why not sign up for a guided tour among the castle ruins and the splendid national hall with its many adjoining galleries. This is exciting for people of any age!
Not far from here you’ll find the striking Clarion Hotel® Gillet which is the perfect location one can be based at when exploring Uppsala and all its attractions.
Hop onboard heritage train Lennakatten
For something really exciting for the whole family, we recommend a ride onboard the Upsala–Lenna Jernväg (railway). Lennakatten runs on a heritage railway line and is a great opportunity to travel along a historic route by steam train and carriages, beautifully fitted to replicate the 17th century train. After a fun day on the train, everyone will be eager to sit down at one of Uppsala’s fantastic restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal complemented with something nice to drink.
Get loose at the Pelle Svanslös Park (Peter No-Tail Park)
If weather allows while you are in Uppsala, you should definitely spend time outdoors! One of the main attractions for kids is unquestionably the amusing Pelle Svanslös Park. Pelle/Peter is the cat with no tail – featured in a popular Swedish children’s book. At the park you will explore beautifully recreated environments from the Pelle Svanslös (Peter No-Tail) books, and also have an opportunity to play in Pelle’s attics or at Måns’ shed or to climb Old-Maja’s Cathedral. It’s simply a very charming park for anyone, children as well as adults, visiting Uppsala!