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Welcome to Gamla Uppsala

Gamla Uppsala

Three miles (5km) north of Uppsala, Gamla Uppsala was once an important town, the seat of Swedish royalty and where many important funerals were held. The Uppsala temple oversaw rites and sacrifices to the Norse gods in the pre-Christian era, and it was said that Odin himself resided there. As Christianity overtook Europe, the temple was burned and the stone church of Gamla Uppsala was built in the 12th century. The church still stands today, along with a vast grave field of 2-3,000 ancient burial mounds, and the remains of several houses. Gamla Uppsala also has a small museum detailing the rich history of the town. The town is accessible from Uppsala by bus.

Information & Facts

Museum: 50kr
Swedish is the main language, with Lapp being spoken by the Sami population in the north. Most Swedes speak and understand English. Many also speak German and French.

The Swedish monetary unit is the Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK), which is divided into 100 öre. Banks exchange money during business hours from Monday to Friday. At other times money can be changed at airports, ferry terminals, post offices and Forex exchange offices, which are open daily. There are numerous ATMs throughout the country, most of which accept MasterCard and Visa. Travellers cheques and most major credit cards are widely accepted for payment throughout Sweden.

Opening Times
Museum: daily 11am-5pm May to August; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 12-3pm September to April. Church: daily 9am-6pm April to September; 9am-4pm October to March
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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