Top Choice Archaeological Site in Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala

One of Sweden’s largest and most important burial sites, Gamla Uppsala (4km north of Uppsala) contains 300 mounds from the 6th to 12th centuries. The earliest are also the three most impressive. Legend has it they c…
Church in Uppsala


The Gothic Domkyrka dominates the city and is Scandinavia's largest church, with towers soaring some 118,70 metres. The interior is imposing, with the French Gothic ambulatory flanked by small chapels. Tombs here in…
Castle in Uppsala

Uppsala Slott

Uppsala Slott was built by Gustav Vasa in the 1550s. It contains the state hall where kings were enthroned and Queen Kristina abdicated. It was also the scene of a brutal murder in 1567, when King Erik XIV and his g…
Museum in Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala Museum

Gamla Uppsala Museum contains finds from the cremation mounds, a poignant mix of charred and melted beads, bones and buckles. More intact pieces come from various boat graves in and around the site. The museum is ar…
Museum in Uppsala

Museum Gustavianum

A wondercabinet of wondercabinets, the Museum Gustavianum rewards appreciation of the weird and well organised. The shelves in the pleasantly musty building hold case after case of obsolete tools and preserved oddit…
Museum in Uppsala


No matter how many times the brochures refer to the ‘sexual system’ of classification, the excitement to be had at Linnémuseet is primarily intellectual; still, botanists and vegetarians will enjoy a visit to the p…
Library in Uppsala

Carolina Rediviva

Rare-book and map fiends should go directly to Carolina Rediviva, the university library. In a small, dark gallery, glass cases hold precious maps and manuscripts, including illuminated Ethiopian texts and the first…
Museum in Uppsala


Upplandsmuseet, in an 18th-century watermill, houses county collections of folk art, music and the history of Uppsala from the Middle Ages onwards, as well as more modern displays. (Temporary installations have incl…
Museum in Uppsala


Gustav’s funerary sword, silver crown and shiny golden buttons are kept in the treasury in Domkyrka’s north tower, along with a great display of medieval textiles. Particularly fine are the clothes worn by the three…
Gardens in Uppsala

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens, below the castle hill, show off more than 10,000 species and are pleasant to wander through. Attractions include the 200-year-old Linnaeum Orangery and a tropical greenhouse.