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This university town lies just 45 minute drive from Stockholm, so if you have some time to spare, it's worth it. The highlight of Uppsala is of course its cathedral, the largest church in Scandinavia. This Gothic building was completed in 1435, but the towers were added during its restoration in 1885-93. The cathedral played an important role in Swedish history. Here Swedish regents were crowned from the Middle Ages till the 18th century. Here many famous Swedes have been buried, including Carl Linnaeus and some Swedish kings. Inside you can admire many interesting artefacts, like: crystal cross on the altar, silver chandelier from 17th century, baroque pulpit or great organ from 19th century. There is one more thing that makes Uppsala cathedral special - it has the same height and length, exactly 118,7 metres.
Written Oct 8, 2004
Stockholm has many parks, it's a really green city! About 1/3 of the city consists of these parks! So don't hesitate to take a nice stroll in one of these gardens during your visit this beautiful city. Here is an overview of Stockholms parks:
Bergianska Botaniska Trädgård
Botanical Garden northern part of Stockholm close to Cosmonova (Natural Historical Museum)
The first World National City Park: Djurgården, till Haga-Brunnsviken, Frescati och Ulriksdal. See http://www.ekoparken.org/
Rosendals trädgård at Djurgården : Pick your own berries, plants and vegetables. Homemade bread at the café
World Heritage Site
Skogskyrkogården grave yard
Updated Nov 5, 2005
A beach south of Stockholm (about 10 minutes with car). This beach dont have a kiosk so buy water and food before you come here, sometimes there is a guy there who sells sausages and beverages, but not all the time. Free parking
If you want to come here by public transportation take the Tunnelbana (subway/metro) to station Bredäng or Skärholmen and then take bus 135 to Mälarhöjdsbadet, then it´s a 5-10 minutes walk from the bus station.
Written Aug 5, 2008
Outside swimmingpool for free. 25 meters long swimmingpool and a small pool for little children. There is a small cafeteria who sells sandwiches, coffeey and ice cream, there is toilets availeble.
How to get here? Take the Tunnelbana (subway/metro) to station Björkhagen and then it´s a 10 minutes walk.
Updated Sep 1, 2008
In the park Vanadislunden you will find this very special building, looking like a big old defence castle located on the top of the hill with a great view over Stockholm. And if you look closer you will notice something strange, this castle doesn't have any entrance.
But it's actually not a castle, it's a water reservoir built in 1914, providing Vasastan, north of Stockholm city with fresh water. This reservoir can store 8100 m3 of water.
Written Apr 4, 2004
At Vasagatan, not far from the Central station, you will find this magnificent building. It was built in 1903 as the Royal Post office. The signs up by the roof still says Kongl Post (Royal Mail).
This building is today used for parts of the Swedish government administration.
Written Mar 10, 2004
If that is what you are looking for then Långholmen is something for you!
Långholmen is actually the 7th largest island in Stockholm and thinking of all the stories and myths that’s has been told about Långholmen, it sure is worth a visit.
As I live real close to Långholmen, this island is one of my favourite places, here we go to have a BBQ or just a small picnic during the day or at night. When the weather allows it Långholmen’s beach is the paradise for us who lives around it.
The museum at Långholmen is located where the prison used to be… They have a great description of it at their homepage “Stockholm’s most captivating museum!” ;-)
The small and charming bridge when you walk over to Långholmen used to be called - by the former “guests” at the prison,
“The bridge with the deep sigh – they “heave a deep sigh” on their way to the prison and a sigh of relief when they left the prison...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
DON´T MISS THIS BEAUTIFUL WIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. GO UP WITH THE KATARINA ELEVATOR (IT COSTS 10 KRONOR, ABOUT 1,7 USD OR 1 EUR) JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES.
THE KATARINA ELEVATOR IS RIGHT BESIDE THE TUNNELBANA (SUBWAY, METRO) SLUSSEN.
Updated Mar 5, 2009
This is the door to the staircase up to one of Sweden"s most famous author's apartments. As you can see, there is even a little plaque outside, as here lived Astrid Lindgren until her death a few years ago. The house is in Dalagatan (underground station St Eriksplan or Odenplan) and it is in the area around here that her Stockholm stories like Karlsson and Mio my Mio are set.
Apart from that, she had a summer house in Furusund in the northern archipelago, and you can also visit the islands featuring in the Saltkråkan series in the same part of the archipelago (boat from outside Norrtälje).
If you want to visit her childhood area where Emil and others came from, visit the town of Vimmerby in the south (see page).
Updated Jun 2, 2006
Although Uppsala is the fourth largest city of Sweden with its 180 000 inhabitants it seems to be very peaceful, or even sleepy. For those who like the hustle and bustle of big cities it may be a little boring. I found it charming on the whole, although I was a bit disappointed by the castle. The buiding itself is not interesting and neither are the exhibitions inside. The best thing is Gunilla clock hill, from which you can have a nice view of Uppsala. The bell coming from 17th century is still rung every morning and evening as a reminder of the times when it warned the people not to carry unprotected lanterns.
It is worth knowing that it was here in Uppsala that a famous scientist, Professor Anders Celsius, lived and worked. His house is still here (Svartbacksgatan Street)
Written Oct 8, 2004
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