At the end of September (before COVID got bad again…) my group of friends decided to go on a day trip to Uppsala.
Uppsala is a city to the north of Stockholm. It really isn’t that far away, taking approximately 1 hour to travel there by train from Stockholm Central Station.
First of all, we started off generally exploring the city. It’s quite small but it has lots of really pretty old buildings, but that’s to be expected as it is one of Sweden’s oldest cities!
Uppsala is also a university town, home to (unsurprisingly!) Uppsala University. They have a system of ‘Nations’, which are the core of student life. They are societies run by the students, and they each contain cafes, bars, restaurants, and events. If you are a student at a different University, you are able to visit these nations if you get a guest card.
After this, we went to a little café for fika. It was really cosy and a nice place to sit and chat. There were a lovely selection of Swedish classics as well as some bakes with an American twist!
Then we went to Uppsala Cathedral. It was huge and very ornate inside. Many important people from Swedish history are buried there, including King Gustav I. The cathedral has a rich history and I’d really recommend a visit if you have the chance!
After seeing all the cathedral had to offer, we decided to check out the castle! Whilst we couldn’t go inside the castle, we saw the beautiful gardens. We also found some really pretty viewpoints to take photos of Uppsala from.
In the evening, we went to one of the Nations for dinner. It was really nice to experience student life in a different city. Another bonus was the food and drink was cheaper than in Stockholm!
If you’re looking for an easy day trip outside of Stockholm, I would really recommend Uppsala! It’s really quick and easy to get there, and is a lovely place to explore! // Katie
Hey! I’m Katie, a blogger for the master's programme in global health. I’m from England, and I’ve currently studied half of my medical degree in the UK, and after this year I will return to the UK to complete my degree and qualify as a doctor. If you have any questions about the programme feel free to contact me!