One of Sweden’s largest and most important burial sites, Gamla Uppsala (4km north of Uppsala) contains 300 mounds from the 6th to 12th...
Gamla Uppsala Church
According to reports from the medieval chronicler Adam of Bremen (who was never actually here), a vast golden temple graced Gamla...
Gamla Uppsala Museum
Gamla Uppsala Museum contains finds from the cremation mounds, a poignant mix of charred and melted beads, bones and buckles. More...
For a cool view over the city, head to the 6th-floor bar inside the huge, blocky Concert Hall.
Next to the unexcavated flat-topped moun called Tingshögen (Court Mound), at Gamla Uppsala, is Odinsborg, a restaurant known for its...
Grave Mounds information
The seat of Western culture, according to Olof Rudbeck’s 1679 book Atlantica, was Sweden: specifically, Gamla Uppsala. Rudbeck (1630–1702), a scientist, writer and all-around colourful character, amassed copious evidence proving that Gamla Uppsala was, in fact, the mythical lost city of Atlantis. In retrospect, this seems unlikely. But the spot, 4km north of the modern city, is a fascinating attraction nevertheless. One of Sweden’s largest and most important burial sites, Gamla Uppsala contains around 300 mounds from the 6th to 12th centuries. The earliest and most impressive are three huge grave mounds. Legend has it they contain the pre-Viking kings Aun, Egil and Adils, who appear in Beowulf and Icelandic historian Snorre Sturlason’s Ynglingsaga . More recent evidence, however, suggests that the occupant of Östhögen (East Mound) was a woman, probably a female regent in her twenties or thirties. Speculation has surrounded the burial site from the beginning. Early press reports included medieval chronicler Adam of Bremen – who was never actually here – describing a vast golden temple in Gamla Uppsala in the 10th century. Allegedly, animal and human sacrifices were strung up in a sacred grove outside.