The history of Uppsala's Old Town Hall (Gamla Radhuset) dates back to 1645, when the building was constructed. Its present appearance was designed in 1883 by the Swedish architect Herman Holmgren, who also planned Uppsala's main university building.
In 2006 the building was acquired by the Swedish property company Atrium Ljungberg, which converted it into a modern shopping mall with a restaurant and bar. The refurbishment was completed in spring 2012.
The Old Town Hall is located on Uppsala's main square (Stora Torget), right in the heart of the city centre.
Addess: Radhuset, Stora Torget 10, 75 320 Uppsala
Possibly the house that has created the most debate in all of Uppsala is the Åhléns house. It is located on the central square Stora Torget right in the city center. The facade of the house is concrete with a structure somewhat reminding of embroidery(?). I don't know how else to describe it, see the photo.
The blocks around the square are among the ugliest in Uppsala I think.Concrete buildings from the 60's and 70's do their best to mess up the cityscape.
Also, the square was rebuilt some five years ago, with much fuss and ado, the result being just as ugly as before, but they removed the four trees that were actually there before.
The central square is also the central connection point for the city buses. Convenient - yes, beautiful - no!
Even if you are not out shopping, it's nice to take a walk through the city centre of Uppsala, watching the people, the buildings and maybe sneak in to a café for a 'fika'.
Fika is a word in Swedish that you can't really translate into English, the dictionary says 'take a cup of coffee' but fika is so more than just that... those who have been to Sweden for a while knows.