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Uppsala Central Station

 

The first thing you notice about the train station will undoubtedly be the six-meter high statue called “Näckens polska” by the artist Bror Hjorth. The colorful statue features a young couple dancing among flowers, while Näcken plays his fiddle.


Näcken is a spirit which takes the form of a naked man playing a violin. Much like the Pied Piper, the legend of Näcken is that through his music, he bewitches dancing people, luring them into the water where they will drown. The statue is not without its share of controversy and it is said that the artist was forced to make alterations to the Näcken after complaints that smiling fiddler’s penis was too prominent.

Photo: Näckens polska

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The train station was inaugurated in 1866 by King Karl XV, and since 2005, the station is in the process of being rebuilt to become a travel center, making it easier for travelers to continue their journey by taxi or bus.

Photo: Uppsala central station

Another noteworthy attraction at the Uppsala train station is the vintage steam locomotive Uppsala-Lenna Railway, more fondly known as “Lennakatten” which means the Lenna Cat. For a reasonable price, you can ride the little train 32 kilometers through the countryside of Uppland County. It is a great way to spend a summer day, perhaps even stopping off at the popular lake, Fjällnora to swim or have a picnic. The Uppsala-Lenna railway runs from June through September.
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Photo: The Lenna locomotive prepares to roll.

Perhaps from Central Station, before making your way into the city center, it would be logical to begin with a short bus ride to the place where the city had its beginnings – in Old Uppsala