Uppsala is a university town close to Stockholm. Its reputation is good enough, that we had heard of it in our small village in Austria even before our Swedish exchange student joined us. This town is close to his home, and where he and all his sisters went to school.
During my 10-day stay with them I also had the chance to go and see it. From the size and feel of it, Uppsala reminded me of Salamanca, the university town I lived in in Spain.
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Founded in 1477, Uppsala university is the oldest of all of the Nordic countries. We went to see an exhibition of its early years in the Universitetshuset, the main building.
The Gustavianum, the main university museum, we only admired from the outside. It’s the oldest standing building in the university complex and used to be the main building. It is named after Gustavus Adolphus, the Swedish king who donated money for its construction in the early 17th century. The cupola you can see up top was used as an anatomical theater, which you can still see when visiting the museum today.
Uppsala Cathedral is an imposing building made of dark red bricks fabricated close to town. It took a very long time to build, due to lack of money, cold climate and the plague. It was last renovated in the 1880s, which is when it was given its murals and stained glass windows.
Several Swedish monarchs are buried inside the cathedral, one of them being Gustav Vasa. He was buried with his three wives, even though funnily enough only two of them are depicted on the sarcophagus.
If you are planning to do a little souvenir shopping, I recommend going to Svartbäcksgatan instead of the main shopping center. You have a choice between cute little tea shops, libraries and galleries.
If you are staying in Stockholm, you can still go to see Uppsala in a day trip, seeing as the train connection is pretty good.