Things to Do in Uppsala
- Tourist information centers located around town offer maps and brochures, answer questions, and give tips on current events, sights, and activities in Uppsala.
- Although Swedish is the country's official language, most residents also speak English.
- Sweden's culture is generally a very child-friendly; Uppsala offers many amenities for kids and the city center is stroller-friendly.
Part of the oldest botanical gardens in Sweden, the Uppsala University gardens were funded by donations of money and land from King Gustav III and established in 1807 by Carl Peter Thunberg, a protégée of the world-famous botanist Carl Linnaeus. Sitting close to Uppsala Castle, the gardens display more than 9,000 plant species, some rare and many ancient, including potted laurel trees that were planted by Linnaeus himself.
The central feature of the landscaped parklands is the formal Baroque Garden, designed by landscape architect Carl Hårleman in the 1750s. Today the garden is still faithful to its original layout, thanks to extensive restoration work in 1974; the neat rows of topiary, tinkling fountains and manicured lawns all leads to the imposing Neo-classical Orangerie, added in 1787 by Jean Louis Desprez and the site of occasional botanical exhibitions.