Visitors to Uppsala looking to get a feel for its great history should visit the Old Town, known locally as Gamla Uppsala, which can be found in a small village close to the city centre. The Old Town was the epicentre of religious, economic and political life and has historically been a sacred site where religious ceremonies took place.
What to see in Uppsala’s Old Town
Old Uppsala is shrouded in legend and was even thought to be the mythical city of Atlantis according to Olof Rudbeck’s 1679 book Atlantica
, though this was proved false.
At Gamla Uppsala Museum, you will come across cremation mounds, ancient jewellery and historic artefacts, all arranged in a helpful timeline. It is also worth visiting Uppsala Cathedral
. The church was built on the site of a pagan temple, where sacrificial rituals were held and Swedish royalty were given lavish funerals.
The Old Town is flat and very green, making it perfect for a leisurely stroll or bike ride to explore the area and soak up its unique atmosphere.
Staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala
After a busy day of exploring the old and new sights of this exciting city, return to the comfort of the Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala Hotel
. This chic accommodation boasts sympathetically designed rooms, attentive staff and a lively restaurant. Relaxing saunas and a gym are also available. Enjoy a 21st-century haven right in the midst of the city centre, just a short distance from the pleasures of Old Uppsala.