It's here! The final installment of Eric and I's Scandinavia trip at the end of 2016. Might I also mention these seem to be the best city names? haha.
After traveling to Copenhagen, Visby, and Stockholm, we took a quick daytrip to Sigtuna and Uppsala to see some castles and cathedrals. Since we were only out for the day time, this post is short and sweet (I unfortunately don't have any food/drink/or hotel recommendations for this one!). However, I definitely wish we could have spent more time in these areas - especially Uppsala, which seemed to have such a charming and relaxing vibe compared to Stockholm. Here's how we spent the day:
One of my favorite places we visited was the Venngarn Castle. It was a bit odd because there was literally NO ONE in this place except for the cafe and some of the rooms had been modernized (I think they could be rented out for meetings, etc.) However, it was imply beautiful nonetheless!
We ate some tea and pie by ourselves inside the castle, and if that doesn't make you feel like royalty I don't know what will.
Definitely the most exquisite part about this castle were the grounds. I mean, look at this place!
The castle was complete with it's own cathedral inside. I can't take Eric anywhere...
The best part about this place? There was a huge FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS in the back! Let me tell you, there's nothing more beautiful than a field of sunflowers with the backdrop of fall leaves.
We didn't spend much time in the town of Sigtuna itself, but we did venture to see the 12th century St. Olaf's church ruins. It was really neat to wander around the cemetary and park near the area.
There are several old ruins in the town, so we also ventured to see the St. Peter's church ruins. It was blocked off for construction though so we didn't get to see much of it.
For the second half of the day, we headed to Uppsala. The Uppsala cathedral is the tallest in the Nordic countries, and is pretty beautiful on the inside.
We spent some time exploring this college town, which had some amazing home decor shops and great food.
Our final stop before returning to Stockholm was Gamla Uppsala - or Old Uppsala, which is more than 2,000 years old.
The museum for this area was sadly closed, but we wandered around the ancient royal burial mounds (this hills behind eric), and checked out the old churches.
It was freezing, but the views in Sweden in the Autumn are simply the best.
Sigtuna and Uppsala Recommendations:
St. Olaf's, St. Lawrence's, and St. Peter's church ruins