Uppsala Central Station

As a tourist, it is advantageous to look for the discount travel and entrance cards available for purchase at the local bus station and other locations, around the city, i.e. Pressbyrå.

Näckens polska

S.Pathkiller 2009, Näckens polska, CC

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.

Central Station

The train station was inaugurated in 1866 by King Karl XV, and since 2011, a new station has been built just south of the old one to become a travel center. This center makes it easier for travelers to continue their journey by commuter train, taxi or bus.

Old Central station

S.Pathkiller 2009, Old Central station, CC


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.


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 Gamla(Old) Uppsala

S.Pathkiller 2008, The Lenna locomotive prepares to roll, CC