With a history dating back to Viking times and a wealth of well-preserved medieval architecture, the picturesque city of Uppsala makes a popular day trip from Stockholm, located an hour north of the capital. Despite being Sweden’s fourth largest city, Uppsala’s charming small-town atmosphere and close-knit attractions make it easy to get around on foot or by bike. 

Take in landmark sights like the 15th-century Uppsala Castle, home to the Uppsala Konstmuseet art museum; the grand Gothic Uppsala Cathedral, which ranks as the largest in Scandinavia; and Sweden’s oldest university, which dates back to 1477; then explore the ancient burial grounds and stone churches of the Old Town of Gamla Uppsala, just north of the modern center. Additional highlights include the Botanical Gardens and museum of Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus, the Upplands Museum and the lively student-centered nightlife, which peaks during the Walpurgis Festival each April 30th.

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