Uppsala CathedralUppsala Cathedral
is one of Sweden’s most famous landmarks. Dating back to the late 13th century, this majestic cathedral is the city’s main religious and visitor attraction. Take a wander through the church and be sure to stop at the Treasury. Here lies the world’s only preserved ball gown from the Middle Ages, as well as silver and other objects from the royal tombs. Admission times vary, so if you are unsure if the attraction is open, call the gift shop on +46 18 430 36 30 and they can help you.
Exploring the building
At 118.7 metres tall, the cathedral is the tallest church in Scandinavia. It towers above the skyline of the city making it, unsurprisingly, one of its most famous sights. Originally built as a Roman Catholic church, the structure is now under the control of the Lutheran Church of Sweden and serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Uppsala.
If heading to pay a visit, then be sure to save some time to visit its café. Here you can try Swedish pastries and a coffee in a historical setting. Grab a seat outside in the quaint seating area and enjoy a light lunch or sandwich before heading off to explore more of the city.
Work on the cathedral began in 1287. It took more than a century to complete and was finally consecrated in 1435. Like Uppsala Castle, it sustained serious damage during the city fire of 1702, being restored in the early 20th century. The structure is made from local brick, giving it a distinctive red colour that stands out in winter and glows in the summer sun. Today, you can enjoy free admission but must pay to enter its museum.
Stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala
and experience stylish hotel rooms with modern amenities, including Free Wireless High-speed Internet access. The hotel’s central location means that it is steps away from major sights, including the Concert and Congress
, University and the wonderful Cathedral.