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Where to eat, sleep and visit in Uppsala this summer

If you’re going to visit one Swedish city this summer, it should really be Uppsala.

Where to eat, sleep and visit in Uppsala this summer
Ulva Kvarn. Photo: Kalbar/http://destinationuppsala-mediaportal.qbank.se

The Local has gathered the best of this charming city near Stockholm into one list to satisfy all travellers on all budgets. So whether you’re planning to visit Uppsala with your partner, family, dog, hamster or you’re flying solo, we’ve got you covered.

Where to eat

Budget

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A firm local favourite, cosy Café Årummet is a quintessentially Swedish café that serves the typical line up: varma mackor (warm sandwiches), sallader (salads, including Swedish classic shrimp salad with egg and dill), and plenty of desserttårtor (delicious cakes and tarts topped with ice cream, cream or vanilla sauce). It’s an essential pitstop to indulge in a traditional Swedish fika.

Mid-range

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When in Sweden, it would be a sin not to sample the local cuisine. The kitchen at Hava Skafferi combines ‘Swedish culture and an international culinary preparation’. The result? A modern menu with distinctive Swedish flavour. From June onwards, Hava opens its inner courtyard so that you can savour your meal with a side of live music.

READ ALSO: Sweden’s cultural gem is just 30 minutes from Stockholm

Luxury

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sweden isn’t known for being cheap but you’re more likely to pay less for a meal at a high-end restaurant in Uppsala than you are in Stockholm. Take Peppar peppar, for example. The White Guide-listed restaurant serves a five-course tasting menu for just 550 sek (€51) and you can add a wine pairing for an intoxicatingly-reasonable 420 sek (€39). Make sure to try the lamb shank which one TripAdvisor reviewer hailed as ‘glorious’.

Where to sleep

Budget

Double room in Hotell Kungsängstorg: Photo: Hotell Kungsängstorg

Uppsala is a city steeped in history and so it’s only fitting to stay somewhere with a bit of history itself. Hotell Kungsängstorg in central Uppsala offers 22 rooms in a former 19th-century rectory. All guests are welcome to have a buffet breakfast at the nearby Hotel Centralstation (which has the same management) and pet owners can bring their furry friends for an additional 100 sek (€9) a night.

Mid-range

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Set in an elegant Neo-baroque building, Grand Hotel Hörnan is sumptuously upscale but not woefully unaffordable. Just a short walk from Uppsala’s famous cathedral and a stone’s throw from Uppsala Central Station, it’s right in the heart of the city and the midst of all the action. The one downside? It’ll be hard to tear yourself away from this plush hotel to go off exploring.

Luxury

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you want to do Uppsala in style, small-scale boutique hotel Villa Anna will certainly tick that box. In the midst of the city’s most historical region, the beautifully-decorated hotel has nailed rustic Scandinavian charm. It also has a much-raved-about restaurant where you can enjoy afternoon tea with a tipple or a romantic meal accompanied by wines from Villa Anna’s vaulted wine cellar.

READ ALSO: My Uppsala: ‘Experience a touch of Swedish Cambridge’

What to do

Budget

Uppsala Catherdral. Photo: Niklas Lundengård/destinationuppsala-mediaportal.qbank.se

Swedes spend their summer weekends outdoors; swimming, hiking and barbecuing hot dogs. Uppsala provides plenty of opportunity for all of the above with its many gardens and parks — all of which to wander around costs not a krona. For the full Swedish experience, visit Fjällnora friluftsområde, an outdoor recreation area surrounded by lakes and lush forests where you can go swimming, canoeing, trekking, fishing and grilling. You won’t want the day to end…and it doesn’t have to. Family-sized cabins can be rented for just 600 sek (€55) a night.

Looking for free culture in the city? Culture Night, a celebration of, you guessed it, culture, takes place annually. This year it’s on September 14th.

Mid-range

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Uppsala is full of museums and galleries, none of which will break the bank to visit. If you’re looking to take home your very own Swedish gem, check out one of the city’s many summer loppisar (flea markets). Swedes are famous for their commitment to sustainability and summer, with its pop-up flea markets, is loppis season. If you’re looking for a second-hand steal, there are several good options including a traditional flea market on Vaksala torg, the Sunday market at Fyris Park and a flea market that runs every Sunday during summer at Ulva Kvarn just north of the city.

Luxury

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sweden has a reputation for being pricey but splashing out isn’t really the Swedish way. Uppsala, like many Swedish cities, has its fine dining restaurants and its trendy wine bars (like Vinbaren, if you’re interested), but ultimately, the most satisfying thing to do in Uppsala is explore the greater city itself. Its bountiful nature, unique history and ubiquitous culture are the richest experiences Uppsala has to offer.

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Destination Uppsala.

 

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How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans

After long months of lockdowns and curfews Europeans are looking forward to jetting off for a bit of sun and sand -- only to find that their long awaited holiday plans go awry due to a shortage of rental cars.

How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans
Tourists wait outside of rental car agencies in Corsica. Photo: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP

In many areas popular with tourists cars are simply not available or subcompacts are going for a stiff €500 euros.

Car rental comparison websites show just how expensive renting a vehicle has become for tourists this summer.

According to Carigami, renting a car for a week this summer will set tourists back an average of 364 euros compared to 277 euros two years ago.

For Italy, the figure is 407 euros this summer compared to 250 euros in 2019. In Spain, the average cost has jumped to 263 euros from 185 euros.

According to another website, Liligo, daily rental costs have nearly doubled on the French island of Corsica. At the resort city of Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca, rental prices have nearly tripled.

Today’s problem is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Faced with near absence of clients, selling off vehicles to raise cash made a lot of sense for car rental firms struggling to survive.

“Everyone drastically reduced their fleet,” said the head of Europcar, Caroline Parot.

Until the spring, most companies still had fleets roughly a third smaller than in 2019, she said.

Car rental firms are used to regularly selling their vehicles and replacing them, so rebuilding their inventory should not have been a problem.

Except the pandemic sent demand for consumer electronics surging, creating a shortage of semiconductors, or chips, that are used not only in computers but increasingly in cars.

“A key contributor to the challenge right now is the global chip shortage, which has impacted new vehicle availability across the industry at a time when demand is already high,” said a spokesman for Enterprise.

It said it was working to acquire new vehicles but that in the mean time it is shifting cars around in order to better meet demand.

No cars, try a van

“We’ve begun to warn people: if you want to come to Italy, which is finally reopening, plan and reserve ahead,” said the head of the association of Italian car rental firms, Massimiliano Archiapatti.

He said they were working hard to meet the surge in demand at vacation spots.

“But we’ve got two big islands that are major international tourism destinations,” he said, which makes it difficult to move cars around,
especially as the trip to Sardinia takes half a day.

“The ferries are already full with people bringing their cars,” he added.

“Given the law of supply and demand, there is a risk it will impact on prices,” Archiapatti said.

The increase in demand is also being seen for rentals between individuals.

GetAround, a web platform that organises such rentals, said it has seen “a sharp increases in searches and rentals” in European markets.

Since May more than 90 percent of cars available on the platform have been rented on weekends, and many have already been booked for much of the summer.

GetAround has used the surge in demand to expand the number of cities it serves.

For some, their arrival can’t come fast enough.

Bruno Riondet, a 51-year-old aeronautics technician, rents cars to attend matches of his favourite British football club, Brighton.

“Before, to rent a car I was paying between 25 and 30 euros per day. Today, it’s more than 90 euros, that’s three times more expensive,” he said.

In the United States, where prices shot higher during the spring, tourists visiting Hawaii turned to renting vans.

In France, there are still cars, according to Jean-Philippe Doyen, who handles shared mobility at the National Council of Automobile Professionals.

“Clients have a tendency to reserve at the last minute, even more so in the still somewhat uncertain situation,” he said.

They will often wait until just a few days before their trip, which means car rental firms don’t have a complete overview of upcoming demand, he added.

He said business is recovering but that revenue has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels as travel is not yet completely unfettered.

SEE ALSO: British drivers will no longer need an insurance ‘green card’ to visit Europe, EU rules

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