Known as the Cambridge of Sweden, Uppsala is a vibrant university town located a little north of Stockholm, a mere 35-minute train ride away. It is a bridge between academia and modern innovation. Originally called Östra Aros before it was renamed in the 13th century.

The city was founded in 1477 and worth mentioning is the fact that Uppsala University is the Nordic region’s oldest university. 

According to legend, every nine years during the Viking era, people flocked to Uppsala’s temple from all over Scandinavia to make their sacrifices to the Nordic gods.



Wherever you look in Uppsala, you’re bound to stumble upon sights of historical significance. To mention some:

  • Carolina Rediviva, Uppsala University’s library, with the astonishing 6th century Silver Bible, one of the world’s oldest and most extensive Gothic codices.
  • Uppsala Cathedral, the burial place of Swedish royals
  • Uppsala Castle which houses three museums: Uppsala Art Museum, House of Peace and Vasaborgen.