Villa Anna Hotel
Odinslund 3, Uppsala, 753 10, Sweden
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Puff clouds along the way
Th Golden Gate Bridge of Uppsala
on the right is the large park
uppsala in the spring
i'm a college student from the midwest, i just got accepted into a study abroad program at SLU uppsala, i was wondering if there is anything interesting such as festivals in the spring, and if there would be a good and inexpensive(i'm a poor college student) weekend getaway from uppsala, such as finland,denmark,norway or somewhere in sweden? thanks
RE: uppsala in the spring
Walpurgis is a great thing in Sweden 30 April. Then all Swedes celebrate the arrival of spring and light bonfires, and in student cities, students don their hats and sing. In Uppsala, this happens at Gunillaklockan, a bell tower outside the castle. I think there's also a race in the river with home made vessels :)))
As for getaways, Stockholm is of course very close as is Sweden's oldest town Sigtuna with its viking legacies (of which you have plenty in Uppsala too). I strongly advise a trip into the nearby archipelago too.
Further away, there are national bus lines in Sweden which are cheap and can take you to cheerful and anglophile Gothenburg but also to the other Nordic capitals. www.swebusexpress.se is one to check. Trains can be cheap if you book well in advance (or in your case have a student discount) and are quicker. www.sj.se If you want to see the highlands (I strongly recommend Kiruna and Abisko National Park), the trains are www.connex.se
Both trains and the buses I mentioned above take you to Copenhagen.
Easy to get to from Uppsala is also the World Heritage town of Falun.
Ferries to Finland are incredibly cheap due to fierce competition from Stockholm. Both Silja Line and Viking Line have plenty of departures where you can spend cruise through the archipelagos and spend a day in Helsinki or Turku before returning again with the same ferry (cheaper than staying more days which is also perfectly possible). There are also ferries to Tallinn in Estonia.
Travel Tips for Uppsala
IKEA is a very nice store and...
IKEA is a very nice store and it´s pretty cheap. and is has a nice resturant. Go for a walk along the river and look at the boats. There is a nice park by the river (stadsparken). Uppsala is a city of many students and there are many different librarys, the nicest ands oldest is Carolina Redviva. Café fågelsång by the swanpond (svandammen) is a nice place to get a cup of coffee. Away from Uppsala I miss the libraries.
Chapel of our Lady
In the east part of the Cathedral, in the Chapel of our Lady, the Swedish king Gustav Vasa (king between 1523 - 60) is buried. On the grave monument Gustav Vasa is lying between two of his wifes, Katarina and Margareta. They are all buried in the krypt belove the floor and when Gustav Vasa's third wife died she was also buried here.
On the walls of the chapel paintings are showing the kings life. The roof is painted light blue with stars.
In the beginning of the 17th century Uppsala looked like most Swedish towns with narrow streets going in all directions, following no particular plan. But Uppsala was an important town. It had the cathedral and the archbishop, it was there the Swedish regents were coronated, and it had a university. It was desided in 1643 that the town was going to have a new appearance with straight streets. Houses were torn down or moved.
Most of the city from the 17th century was burned down at a fire 1702.
This really isn't in Uppsala city but it's worth a car ride.
Östhammar is located Northeast of Uppsala, about an hour's drive from Uppsala. It's a small coast town that comes to life during Summer. When the weather allows it, there's flea markets around town and people riding their boats to the tons of "islands" on the Baltic Sea. Once there they take some sun and barbeque hamburgers, hot dogs or some of the already made steaks you can get at the local Coop/ICA shop.
What can you do once you're there? Boat riding, horse riding, bike renting, fishing, paddle in canoes, mini golf, play paintball, sail.....
In July they have Östhammars musikvecka, where you can listen to live bands.
To get there from Uppsala: the road 288 takes you straight there. By bus: UL811 from Uppsala or UL639 from Stockholm (from KTH).
15 kilometres north of Uppsala - most tourists never come here! Take the train 'Upptåget' or bus 20, 24, or 70 to go there. There is really nothing to see there, but you can always rent a movie at Palmen in Storvreta Centrum.
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