The history of the Gamla Uppsala Church dates back to the 11th century, when the first church was built on the site of a former pagan temple. It burnt down in the middle of the 13th century and was later rebuilt. The current appearance is from the 14/15th century and the building is much smaller than the original church. When I came to Gamla...more
I spent 9 nights at the Park Inn during October. It's just a 2 minute walk from the station and just...more
As one of my guidebooks described Cafe Ofvandahls Hovkonditori as having "old-world charm", I decided to give it a try on my second afternoon in Uppsala. The history of the cafe dates back to the 19th century and some famous locals are said to have visited the place in the past. Cafe Ofvandahls has a wide selection of cakes, pastries and even...more
The nicest way to get to Skokloster is easily by boat from Uppsala - the m/s Carl Gustaf. But don't worry if you're out of luck - you can also catch a commuter train to Bålsta from Stockholm (just remember the extra fee if you have SL cards only, as you cross a county border) and then continue by the local Uppsala county buses to Skokloster. Pay...more
This castle is one of the most well-known in Sweden. It was built in the 17th century by nobleman Carl Gustaf Wrangel, who wanted a modern palace in his childhood area, as a base for when he was in Sweden. Fortunately for us, he was rarely here as he was in charge of the Swedish part of Germany, and this means that the castle stood un-heated for...more
The church is built on land originally given to Cistercian nuns during the 13th century by king Canute the Long. Herman Wrangel, owner of the surrounding land and Carl Gustaf's father, had the church restored in the 17th century when the reformation had hit Sweden, and then included a side chapel for the Wrangel family which you can see on the...more
Following my friend's wedding in an ancient Scandic church, a warm wedding reception awaited us at the inn. Before the wedding meal was served, we toasted the bride and groom with lots and lots of champagne, laughter and wild raspberries! Somehow, the tart taste of the wild raspberries complimented the sweetness of champagne. It made a delicious...more
Following my friend's wedding in an ancient Scandic church in Frosunda, a warm wedding reception awaited us at the inn...first a delicious buffet, followed by a sizzling cake! After getting high on Swedish schnapps and moose meat, I thought the wedding meal was over when lo, the lights dimmed and the cook wheeled in the wedding cake that sizzled,...more
Forsmark Wärdshus is situated in the historical part of Forsmark. They serve Swedish food of high quality and when I was there today’s lunch was Wallenbergare (made of ground veal, cream, eggs and bread crumbs), mashed potatoes, green peas and lingonberries, so that is what I chose to eat. It was a Saturday and the lunch was 120 SEK (May 2012)....more
The distance is six kilometers and you can start anywhere you want. If you visit the tourist office they will give you a map and further information about this. You find more information on Enköping´s web page. You need just very comfortable shoes and clothes.more
Läkarvillan, which means the Doctor’s House, is a small café in an old building from the 18th century. When we visited it was too cold to sit outside in the garden so we stayed inside. At Läkarvillan they have homemade sandwiches, cinnamon buns and pies served with whipped cream. The rhubarb pie tasted very good and it was still warm when I got it. The pie with whipped cream was 40 SEK and a cup of coffee 25 SEK (May 2012).
At Läkarvillan they also have a Bed and Breakfast between May and October.
Three minor old things, that are still in use, caught my eye today.Picture 1: this is an old SJ (the national company that runs train traffic) train stop sign in Marielund. It's just outside of the station house and it's still in use because of the Lennakatten train.Picture 2: an old speed limit sign. The ones in use are more modern.Picture 3: this...more
Thun's is a low-price warehouse selling pretty much everything from clothes to house articles, chocolate, soft drinks, makeup, etc. They also have free toilets that you can use without having to buy something or pay for using them.The day I was there they had a sale in a tent outside, with a special register for those items.In the same building...more
One of the conductors asked if we wanted to see some more steam trains at the workshop where the society Stockholm-Roslagens Järnvägar museiförening gives maintenance or renovations to the machines they have, and all of us said yes. We walked about 500m and along some of the tracks and saw some more trains, including an dold snow plow and then we...more