A small city, just north of Stockholm, Uppsala is dominated by the Uppsala University, which provides the town with an energetic nightlife and cultural institutions such as the Museum Gustavianum. The exuberant population throws itself into festivals and parties alike, and Uppsala has many bars and clubs, as well as a variety of cafes and restaurants.
However, there is more to this city with a history stretching back to the Bronze Age. The original settlement was founded on the west bank of the Fyris River, with the more modern and commercial city taking shape across the river to the east.
Uppsala's long past means it has many historical sites and beautiful buildings, including the Uppsala Cathedral, which is Scandinavia's largest church; and the Gustavianum, which contains the Museum of Nordic Antiquities, the Victoria Museum, and the University's cultural history collections. Another site of architectural interest is Uppsala Castle, situated on a hill near the university and home to several more museums.
Uppsala is a pretty city, with a number of botanical gardens and parks, including Carl Linnaeus' personal garden. Pedestrian walkways such as Svartbacksgatan are pleasant to stroll along, amid shops and cafes.
Most of Uppsala's attractions are within walking distance of the city centre. However, there are several interesting places to visit further out, including Hammarby Estate and the beachside town of Alvkarleby. Three miles (5km) north of the city is Gamla Uppsala, the remains of an ancient town of great importance, which is accessible by bus.