Be enchanted by beautiful parks and gardens
Few other Swedish cities have so many large green areas so close to the city centre as Uppsala. These are much-needed oases, where the locals, students and tourists can take a short break from the busy city life.
For most of these, we can, of course, thank the legendary botanist, doctor, geologist and zoologist Carl von Linné, who designed a large number of parks and gardens during the 50 or so years of his career in Uppsala. If you walk along the Årummet to the north, the green riverside area that follows the Fyrisån, you will come across one of his life’s works, the Linnaeus Garden. Let yourself be enchanted by Linnaeus’s tremendous work, with more than a thousand different species in full bloom. Then continue your Linnaeus tour in another direction, towards his summer paradise. After a pleasant bike ride of approximately 40 minutes, you come to Linnaeus Hammarby, an odd, well-preserved eighteenth-century farmhouse, which is now a cultural reserve, museum and botanical garden. A unique insight into the life of a hugely talented scientist.
You are also witnessing Linné’s achievements when you visit the Botanical Garden, the magnificent Baroque-style garden located at the foot of Uppsala Castle. There is nothing more relaxing than sipping a cup of coffee under a canopy of trees at Café Victoria. Are you looking for a good picnic site? We recommend one of the lawns in the City Garden.