Welcome to Uppsala
The historical and spiritual heart of the country, Uppsala is one of Sweden’s oldest yet most dynamic cities; the latter thanks in part to a student population nudging 40,000. Peaceful by day and lively by night, the resulting youthful buzz manifests most strikingly in the sheer number of laid-back boho-vibe cafes and bars – as well as all those bicycles on the streets. The city’s charm also lies in its sheer picturesque value, with the meandering river Fyris flowing through the centre, flanked by pathways and still more cafes. History buffs have plenty to soak up here, with Gamla (Old) Uppsala just up the road. This fascinating archaeological site was once a flourishing 6th-century religious centre where human sacrifices were made, as well as an ancient burial ground.
The city makes an easy day trip from Stockholm, though it's worth lingering overnight to wander the deserted streets and soak up the atmosphere.