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Adorable Swedish towns: A day trip from Stockholm

Adorable Swedish towns: A day trip from Stockholm

Sweden was not as “IKEA-like” as I imagined. Instead, I found it to be a very diverse country, which of course made it a wonderfully interesting place to visit.

I’ll admit, I do tend to do a lot of city-hopping when I travel. I enjoy cities, but I don’t necessarily class myself as a ‘city person’ – I like to include a range of destinations: anything from cities to secluded beaches to mountainous national parks.

Usually though, basing my stays in cities is an easy way to plan my trips. When I went city-hopping through Europe, I based my Sweden trip in Stockholm, and then made an effort to get out and see the countryside and the small towns as well.

If you’re also heading to Sweden and want to see some adorable Swedish towns, here’s how to see both Sigtuna and Uppsala in a day trip from Stockholm.

A day trip from Stockholm map

How to get there

It’s very easy to get to both Sigtuna and Uppsala by train/bus. Check out the Swedish Rail website for tickets.

From Stockholm to Sigtuna: Jump on at Stockholm Central, then get off at Märsta Station for the synchronized bus (number 575 or 570) to Sigtuna. There are trains departing Stockholm every 15 minutes or so and the total trip takes about an hour.

From Sigtuna to Uppsala: Take the same bus from Sigtuna back to Märsta Station, it leaves every half hour or so. At Märsta Station, jump on a northbound train to Uppsala. This trip also takes about an hour.

From Uppsala to Stockholm: The easiest part of the journey! The train between Uppsala and Stockholm is a fast train, so the journey takes only 40 minutes and departs approximately every half hour.

You can also rent a car for the journey if you like, but public transport is a fine option as it doesn’t actually take that much longer than driving.

Things to do in Sigtuna 

Sigtuna, Sweden

The main street (Stora Gatan)

Sigtuna is popular with tourists because of its history. It’s been named “Sweden’s first town’ as archeological digs have uncovered many old coins and building remnants that date past anything else that has been discovered in Sweden. Check out the Sigtuna museum to find out more about the local history.

Sigtuna, Sweden

Tant Bruns Coffee House

Sigtuna is easily walkable. The main street (Stora Gatan) is super adorable, with many tiny shops lining the street.

There are also plenty of great options to grab a bite. For a casual lunch, I’d suggest stopping in at Tant Bruns Coffee House, or for something a little fancier, head to Sigtuna Stads Hotell which has a dining room with a sweet view over the lake.

Sigtuna, Sweden

The Town Hall building

Town Hall (Sigtuna Rådhus) is one of the oldest buildings in Sigtuna. Throughout the years, many buildings in the town burnt down in various fires, but each time the town hall was saved. Now the building is part of the Sigtuna museum – you can take a walk around inside.

Sigtuna, Sweden

Cemetery next to St Olaf’s Church ruin

The ruins of St Olaf’s Church (Sankt Olofs kyrkoruin) are definitely worth checking out. You can’t go inside due to safety reasons, but wandering around the exterior of the old creepy church and cemetery is a great activity for those (like myself) who enjoy injecting a little dark tourism into their travels.

Next to this is St Mary’s Church (Mariakyrkan) which was built in the 13th century and is the official church of Sigtuna. It has some really interesting Gothic-style architecture, if you’re into that kind of thing!

Things to do in Uppsala

Uppsala, Sweden

The Cathedral from the river

Uppsala is well known for 2 things: It’s Cathedral, and it’s University.

The Cathedral (Uppsala Domkyrka) is impressive on the inside and out. It was built in the 13th-15th centuries and features French Gothic style architecture. I know that churches and cathedrals can get very same-same after you’ve seen about a million of them throughout Europe, but this one is worth a visit, really.

Next is Uppsala University, which was founded in 1477 making it the oldest university in Sweden and the Nordics. The building itself isn’t all that interesting to visit – though the library is quite an attractive building from the outside.

Uppsala, Sweden

Botanical Garden

Next to the University is the much more impressive Botanical Garden. I’ve visited many pretty gardens in my time, but I have to say, this one was definitely one of my favourites.

Even though it started raining when I was walking around, I couldn’t believe how well-kept and serene the gardens were – I’m fairly sure I was the only person in there. I almost started singing ‘dancing in the rain’ out loud.

Uppsala, Sweden

The Castle from Botanic Gardens

From the gardens, you can head straight up the stairs to Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott), which sits on a hill at the city end of the garden. The 16th century castle now houses 3 museums including an art museum and the castle museum, so if you’ve got some time, do check them out.

Uppsala, Sweden


After the castle, head down to the picturesque riverfront for gorgeous views looking back at the Cathedral.

If you’ve got time, you can do some shopping along Svartbäcksgatan, and if you’re already peckish then head to the Churchill Arms for some pub grub and a local beer before your train back to Stockholm.

*My trip to Sigtuna was sponsored by Visit Stockholm. I’m proud to be an honest and transparent blogger, so every opinion expressed on AGWT is a true review of my experience!

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6 Responses to “Adorable Swedish towns: A day trip from Stockholm”

  1. Dan

    Hello, My wife and I and our two adult daughters are flying into Stockholm on July 5th this year and plan to spend a couple of days in Stockholm and then drive up to Are where we will spend a week. But on the way to Are, I would like to know of some very beautiful places where we can car camp with our tents. We will begin driving from Stockholm to Are on a Friday morning and we do not need to get to Are until Sunday. So if you have some suggestions for places where we might enjoy camping along the way I would like to know your thoughts. Then when we are in Are, what are some day trips you would suggest? Then the last half of our trip will be driving down through Norway to see the Fjords. Thank you.

  2. Tanushree

    Hello, can someone please share if there are any BIKE tours in Sitguna that one can take to explore the town? Thank you!

  3. Aaron and Nancy - Sydney Australia

    Thanks for the post- my wife an I just did both towns and it was a wonderful day!!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      That’s great news, Aaron and Nancy! I’m so glad you enjoyed Sigtuna and Uppsala – they really are gorgeous destinations 🙂

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Oh wow, it looks just as good to visit in the winter! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂


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