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Introducing Uppsala

Drenched in history but never stifled by the past, Uppsala has the party vibe of a university town to balance out its large number of important buildings and general atmosphere of weighty cultural significance. It’s a terrific combination, and one that makes the town both fun and functional, not to mention very rewarding for the interested traveller.

On the city’s edge is Gamla (Old) Uppsala, the original site of the town – once a flourishing 6th-century religious centre where human sacrifices were made to the Norse gods, and home to an ancient burial ground.

On 30 April, students dressed in white gather to celebrate the Walpurgis Festival. Traditionally, this includes a student boat race on the river at 10am and a run down Carolinabacken at 3pm, as well as various processions and singing.