Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott) Tours

Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott)
Uppsala is one of Sweden’s most historic cities; squatting on the banks of the River Fyris, it sophisticated, leafy and dominated by its landmark castle, cathedral and university. The royal castle overlooks the town from its perch at Kasåsen and began life in 1549 at the behest of King Gustav Vasa, who built his fortified home in neat, symmetrical Renaissance style. Over the centuries, it has seen its share of ceremony, intrigue and violence, from coronations to political assassinations and abdications. The shocking murder of three members of the Sture family by the despotic and schizophrenic King Erik XIV took place here in 1567 and their tattered doublets and breeches are on show in Uppsala Cathedral. 

The castle was virtually burnt down in 1702 – and much of its fragmented remains plundered to build the Royal Palace in Stockholm – but was subsequently reconstructed in 1740 with its dusty pink façades punctuated by towers on each wing. Today it has a distinctly more peaceful role as the home of three museums: Uppsala Art Museum, where funky modern ceramics from Uppsala Ekeby pottery are displayed along with contemporary Swedish artwork; the Fredens Hus (House of Peace), which highlights social and political conflicts and attempts to resolve them; and the fascinating Vasaborgen in the ruined bastions of the original castle, where the dark deeds of past Swedish monarchs are recounted in graphic detail.

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Drottning Christinas väg 1E, Uppsala. Open Tue, Fri–Sun 12pm–4pm; Wed 12pm–6pm; Thur 12pm–8pm. Admission free. Best accessed on foot.
Address: Drottning Christinas väg 1E, Uppsala 75237, Sweden
Hours: Open Tue, Fri–Sun 12pm–4pm; Wed 12pm–6pm; Thurs 12pm–8pm
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Private Day Tour to Uppsala - Uppsala Cathedral, Viking Burials and countryside

The only private day trip to Uppsala from Stockholm. Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden. It is famous for having the oldest and most traditional university in the country, founded in 1477. The young feel and student vibe is easy to feel in Uppsala. The city is also known for the Cathedral, it took roughly 150 years to complete and is the largest in Scandinavia. Swedish kings have been coronated here and some even buried. Many important Swedes lived and died in Uppsala, you can visit the tombs of Carl Linneaus (founder of the naming system for plants), Dag Hammarskjold (UN General Secretary) and Anders Celsius (the temperature scale). Take your time and walk around for a nice lunch of your own choosing. You can also shop at the traditional central market and modern Downtown area. You will also visit the Old Uppsala. This archaeological site has been inhabited for more than 1500 years and is seen as the most important settlement of early Sweden.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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Swedish Lifestyle and Private Walking Tour of Uppsala

Get acquainted with the ancient and modern sides of Uppsala on this 3-hour private walking tour. Follow your local guide to the city's landmarks, such as the University, the cathedral and the castle. Learn about modern life in Uppsala through your guide's informative commentary, including the city's dedication to urban development, gender equality and eco-friendliness. Get personal attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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