A 40-minute train ride from Stockholm is the gorgeous city of Uppsala, the fourth largest city in Sweden. The city, which is divided into two parts by the Fyris river, includes an entire historic section in the west side of town worth spending time and exploring. Here, visitors will find relics of centuries past, from ancient to gothic to more recent.
For history buffs, there are plenty of options. Visible from nearly every part of town, the Uppsala Cathedral (Domkyrka) is Scandinavia’s largest church. It took 175 years to build this masterpiece, finally opening its doors in 1435. Inside, the cathedral houses art spanning eight centuries along with great historical significance – monarchs were crowned here up until the 18th century. In addition, well-known Swedes such as Carl von Linne are buried here. Next to that is the Gustavianum, the main building of the University, which was founded in the late 1400s and happens to be the oldest in Scandinavia. The enchanting building, which was built in the 1600s, is host to the Museum of Nordic Antiques, the Victoria Museums and the school’s collection of cultural history objects. A few kilometers from the city is Gamla Uppsala, which is home to burial mounds of monarchs dating back to 1164 AD.
But, there’s more than just historic attractions in this gorgeous town. For outdoor lovers, there are plenty of opportunities to get in touch with nature via boating, fishing, hiking and more. Plus, there’s a plethora of cultural options, including museums, theaters and markets.