For more than 350 years there has been a botanic garden in Uppsala. Today there are two—the historic garden made famous by the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, and this larger facility developed on land donated to Uppsala University in 1787 by King Gustaff the III.
The botanical garden (which is free) is just over 35 acres in size and contains more than 11,000 species and cultivars of plants from all over the world. There are both formal and informal gardens transcending from the 18th-century baroque style to the kitchen garden of today. There is a tropical greenhouse and an orangery containing the oldest plants grown there, Linnaeus' 250-year-old laurels.
The garden is the site of educational and research activities and fulfills the important function of preserving plant species to create awareness about biodiversity and climate change.
This is a perfect place to explore on your own, although there are guided tours as well as art exhibitions. A popular cafe is here, as well as places to eat a picnic lunch.