Linnaeus' Hammarby

The summer house of Linnaeus built in 1762 is a popular summer excursion outside Uppsala. Restricted availability due to the covid-19-pandemic.

Linnaeus' summer retreat – a true gem

The small estate Hammarby, 15 km SE of Uppsala, was bought by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. He wanted a farm on the countryside where he could spend the summers together with his family, away from the unhealthy quarters of Uppsala.

Today, few Swedish manor-houses preserve such an authentic milieu. It reflects the private life of Linnaeus as well as his scientific work.

Linnaeus’ Hammarby – a perfect summer excursion

Linnaeus’ Hammarby lies embedded in an extensive agricultural landscape. The museum area, with buildings, exhibitions, café and shop are open May to September inclusive. In the surrounding Cultural Heritage Reserve, the County Council has recreated an 18th century agricultural landscape with forest, fields, grazing paddocks, a cabbage field and a hop garden. The reserve is open all year.

Getting to Linnaeus’ Hammarby

By car

Leave the E4 Uppsala bypass at junction 187 and take road 282 towards Edsbro. After about 200m turn right towards Danmark and ”Linnés Hammarby” (signed). Linnaeus’ Hammarby has got the GPS-coordinates WGS84 59° 49′ 3″ N, 17° 46′ 35″ E  /  UTM 59.8175°, 17.776389°.

By bus

Bus 102 from Uppsala to Knivsta stops at the turn-off for Linnaeus’ Hammarby, about 2 km from the property. The travel time from Uppsala central station is about 20 minutes, the return journey about 25 minutes. The bus departs every 30 minutes on weekdays and once an hour on weekends.

Bus 186 also stops at the turn-off for Linnaeus’ Hammarby, on weekdays (travel time 15 minutes).

Collaboration with Uppsala-Lenna Heritage Railway and The Swedish Tramway Society 2020

Due to the COVID-19-pandemic Uppsala-Lenna Heritage Railway will nor operate a veteran bus service to Linnaeus’ Hammarby during 2020.

By bike

You can go by bike to Linnaeus' Hammarby. The distance is between 12 kilometers and 15 kilometers depening of your choice of route. The last 5–6 kilometers are on narrow roads with car traffic.

Route passing Kungsängen and Linnaeus' Sävja

This route takes you southward along the river Fyrisån through the nature reserve Årike Fyris. In May, you can see the famous river meadows  at Kungsängen covered with flowering snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris). Further south, after leaving the river behind you, you reach Sävja. Carl Linnaeus used to own the heritage farm which now houses a museum, herbary, and café and holds cultural events. The remaining part of the route follows car roads. You pass the medieval Danmark church, which the Linnaeus’ family used to frequent. A narrow road, winding through the agricultural landscape, takes you the last three kilometers to the Hammarby estate.

Map of recommended bike route from Stora torget in Uppsala to Linnaeus' Hammarby, passing Kungsängen and Linnés Sävja.

Shorter route through Fålhagen and Slavsta

This route takes you through a green corridor to the eastern parts of Uppsala, passing Fålhagen and parts of Årsta. With some luck you will see the Lennakatten steam train working its way out of town. From Slavsta you will follow a car road to Danmark where you pass the church the Linnaeus family used to frequent. Be careful when you cross road 288 which has heavy traffic. A narrow road, winding through the agricultural landscape, takes you the last three kilometers to the Hammarby estate.

Map of recommended bike route from Stora torget in Uppsala to Linnaeus' Hammarby, passing Fålhagen and Slavsta.