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Photo: Linnaeus' Hammarby

If you are especially interested in the life of Linnaeus, it would be well worth a visit to his country estate, Hammarby, which is located 15 kilometers southeast of Uppsala. Linnaeus bought Hammarby in 1758 as a summer house where he and his family could escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

There were a number of buildings including the large main house, a tenant house, barn, stable, and even a couple of cabins where Linnaeus housed soldiers for the state (instead of paying tax). He used the property to experiment cultivating different crop varieties, those that were native to Sweden and more exotic crops as well. The estate and surrounding farmland has been kept to appear as it would have at the end of the 1700s. Furthermore, there is a two kilometer walking trail around the property.

Photo: A sod-covered roof at Hammarby.