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A day in Uppsala: best time for visiting

Although there are many places to spend a good time in the city, Stockholm’s nearest neighbours have many fun things to offer, too. And Uppsala is undoubtedly one of them. In this post, I’ll share my experience of visiting the town and tell you about the main reason why my friends and I went there last weekend that only happens once a year, so you might want to do so next year! 

Uppsala is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Sweden, a must-see for everyone who wants to explore the country. Ancient houses reflected in the water surface of the river, numerous picturesque squares and fountains, interesting sights leave vivid impressions, and a desire to come here again. It takes around 40 minutes to get from Stockholm to Uppsala, which means there is no reason to deprive yourself of the pleasure of visiting it. 

We were pretty lucky with the weather (again!), as it was a sunny and warm Sunday. So the cosy narrow streets and the tiny houses looked even more pretty, and you could tell how people on the streets were enjoying the day. We even passed by an open bachata class, and it was tough to resist dancing in an atmosphere like that! 

Talking about the sightseeing, we made sure to visit Uppsala Cathedral — probably the most famous building in the city built around 750 years ago. The cathedral is free to enter, so we took our time to enjoy listening to organ music and watching sunlight coming through stained glass windows reflecting on the walls of this magnificent building. 

In the evening, we also went up on the Uppsala Castle observation deck to enjoy the view of the city’s night lights. Highly recommend it, as the view is fantastic out there.

However, the main reason for visiting the city was the Uppsala Short Film Festival. 

It is Sweden’s major short film festival and arena for international short films, and throughout its history, it has established itself as one of Europe’s most important short film festivals. It is also recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which means that winning the international or national competition at the festival makes a film eligible for a nomination for an Oscar. 

Every year the festival screens more than 300 short films in different sections exploring the diversity and richness of the short film – from new film to retrospective programmes, from fiction film, documentaries and experimental film to animations. This year was the 40th anniversary of the festival, so it was really special. 

The festival was held in different movie theatres throughout Uppsala, and we visited several programmes in Regina and Fyris cinemas. 

We enjoyed it so much! One of our friends was also a movie presenter, which means he announced the winners and the jury notes, and the overall experience inspired us. We saw so many great films in different genres, both Swedish and international, and it was a lot of fun going from one screening to another. Although it was not my first short film festival, as I visited a few back in Saint P, I loved the atmosphere and the programme of this one. 

The next festival will be held in October 2022, and I’m definitely going there as well! Maybe I will see you there 🙂 

// Valerie