Rosénparken is a little gem of a park, between Upplandsmuseet (County Museum) and Saluhallen (Market Hall), where you can take a break from the bustle of the city. On hot summer days, the proximity to the river Fyrisån and the rippling animation of Asptrappan (an asp ladder) bring a welcome feeling of coolness.
Though located in the centre of Uppsala, Rosénparken is a popular place to meet friends, gather your thoughts, chat during your lunch hour or discover new profusions of flowers by the rippling stream, which also features a fish ladder for the asp, Uppland’s provincial fish.
Rosén – the father of paediatrics
The park was restored and reopened in 2007 – in time for the Linnaeus Tercentenary – by the world-famous photographer Lennart Nilsson. The park was named after Nils Rosén von Rosenstein, who was a very good friend of Linnaeus. In 1740, Linnaeus awarded Rosén the coveted chair of theoretical medicine at Uppsala University. When Linnaeus was made professor of practical medicine, in the following year, the two friends exchanged appointments, because each was actually more interested in the other’s speciality: Linnaeus in botany and Rosén in medical care. Rosén is considered the father of paediatrics because he wrote a pioneering book on children’s diseases.