Flights to Uppsala
Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and it’s located 70 kilometres from the capital, Stockholm. Home to the oldest university in Scandinavia, Uppsala is a beautiful city with a good range of attractions.
Uppsala doesn’t have an airport of its own, so flights to Uppsala usually arrive at the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (airport code: ARN) which is just 28 kilometres away. There is a train link so you can get to and from the airport in under 20 minutes. Flights to Uppsala, arriving in Stockholm, are easily found from South Africa, most with 1 transfer. KLM connects in Amsterdam, Virgin Atlantic connects in London and Lufthansa has a stop-over in Munich. Most flights are around 17 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Uppsala:
Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is not only the oldest in Sweden but the oldest university in Scandinavia. It’s always been an important part of Uppsala and Sweden as a whole, and visitors to the city today will be able to enjoy some of the university’s historical architecture. Today not all of those originally used as university buildings are still used for this reason.
Gustavianum was the former main building of the university and was built between 1622 and 1625. It is still used for some lectures today but is mainly a museum that features an assortment of exhibits; some include collections of antiquities from Uppsala University, as well as scientific equipment.
Uppsala University also has several botanical gardens which make a nice place to visit. The oldest of these is the Linnean Garden which was originally planted in 1655. Today it has been restored to its 18th century appearance.
Uppsala Cathedral is located centrally within the city and many of the university buildings can be found around it. Standing on top of a small hill, the spires of the cathedral are even more prominent in the cityscape of Uppsala. This is in fact the tallest church in Scandinavia, standing 118.7 metres high and it dates back to the 13th century.
On another small hill is Uppsala Castle. This 16th century royal castle was begun by King Gustav Vasa in 1549 and has been important in the history of Sweden. After construction it was remodelled, but was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1702. The rebuilding took many years and today Uppsala Castle is home to the Uppsala Art Museum. As well as visiting the art museum visitors can see parts of the castle that include grand halls and paintings.
Old Uppsala, or Gamla Uppsala, really is an old part of the city, having been used for religious and spiritual purposes as far back as the 3rd century. In the Middle Ages this was a large village and today the Royal Mounds (burial mounds) remain, and the old church that dates from the 11th century.
When Should You Visit?:
Between June and August are the best times to visit Uppsala if you prefer warm weather. The average high is 20 to 21C then though you should expect some rain. Temperatures drop off from October onwards, going down to an average high of only -2C in January and February.