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Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

1. Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

Once everyone is aboard, head toward the Royal theatre. Your guide will give a short introduction about the bus before switching focus to the sights. After the theatre, drive along the fashionable street of Birger Jarl before landing at the night club mecca of Stureplan. Continue to the Royal Library, see the 1912 Olympic stadium, and turn into the street Karlavägen to arrive at the beautiful area of Östermalm. Suddenly the tarmac beneath you turns to gravel and now the real fun begins, it is time for the bus to get wet. Hold on to your phones and cameras and prepare for some butterflies in your stomach. The music gets louder and a big splash of water hits the windscreen. Before you know it, you are floating. After a couple of minutes cruising on the water, the guide will give some additional info about how the bus works. You will also hear the story behind the Royal Island of Djurgården. Pass the Vasa museum and Sweden’s oldest amusement park Gröna Lund. It is time to bring out your camera for the postcard view of Stockholm. The striking Old Town facades lie ahead, where the buildings date back to the 16th-century. In the middle are the German church and Stockholm city hall, which is a famous symbol of Stockholm with the three golden crowns mounted on top. Sail alongside the shore of Södermalm, the biggest of the 14 islands that constitute Stockholm. Once a blue-collar area but today it ranks as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. Cruise around the island of Skeppsholmen and get a great view of the Royal Palace, which is one of the biggest palaces in Europe. See the 19th-century ship Af Chapman docked on the island of Skeppsholmen, which was once Stockholm's naval station. Learn about the royal family and also how Sweden became the country that it is today. Hear how one of the poorest countries in Europe become a thriving industrial nation with a capital now considered to be Europe’s equivalent to silicon valley. Feel the current from Sweden’s third biggest lake pushing fresh clean water into the Baltic Sea. If you are thirsty you can have a drink of water here. The captain focuses as he takes the vessel under the bridge connecting Blasieholmen and Skeppsholmen. The current can be strong during spring time when the ice is still melting. Further ahead, get a great panoramic view of Strandvägen, which is probably the most exclusive address in Scandinavia. Pass the ship of the world’s strongest little girl, Pippi Longstocking. It is time to return to dry land. The engine roars for a couple of seconds as the captain hits the throttle to push the bus back to land. The bus wobbles a little as the front wheels hit the ramp. Then drive towards the starting point, passing the birthplace of the world famous psychological phenomenon of Stockholm syndrome. Also pass the oldest building in the city and the oldest park in Stockholm, which once belonged to the royal family. To complete your tour, get a photo with the singing captain.

Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

2. Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

Book a sightseeing tour and experience Stockholm from the water. Board your sightseeing vessel and listen to the recorded commentary available in 10 languages as you take in the iconic sights of this stunning city. Pass under several bridges and through a lock that connects the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. Along the way see the sights of Stockholm’s inner city, the Old Town, Södermalm Island, Lilla Essingen, and Stora Essingen, the new area known as Hammarby Sjöstad, and the green areas of Royal Djurgården. 

Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

3. Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

Start your 1.5-hour guided ghost walk in Gamla Stan and end in the heart of the Old Town. Along the way, hear about Stockholm's beginnings and learn how the city developed. Discover the most important events in the city's history by visiting the locations where they took place. Leave the main streets behind and explore forgotten courtyards, touch the old walls, and let the city's history come alive. By the light of lantern, be entertained and horrified by tales of poltergeists, plagues, public executions, and murders. Experience the past brought back to life as you smell, taste, and see what medieval Stockholm might have been like.

Stockholm: The Nordic Food Walk

4. Stockholm: The Nordic Food Walk

Starting in the cozy, quaint confines of the classic Östermalmshallen, the old market hall of Stockholm, you’ll enjoy samples of local cheeses and meats, your first tastes on the tour. From here on your 4-hour tour, you’ll walk with your guide through the most modern areas of the city, sampling the best of healthy and classical foods with a twist. At Stockholm’s food market, you’ll sit down with a lunch plate filled with delectable Swedish seafood. No visit to Stockholm is complete without sampling this local specialty! After lunch it’s time for the sweets! In the very heart of the city you'll visit a local chocolate store, where the owners’ romantic story adds an even sweeter flavor to the locally made gourmet chocolate. Hötorgshallen, yet another of the city’s food markets, is also on the route. Stop for a chance to learn about the historical importance of the market and the shops, and for a few quick tastings as well. Continue with your guide to Gamla Stan, or Old Town, where you’ll admire some of Stockholm’s original houses. Stop at a tiny factory that makes polkagris, the most traditional of all Swedish candies. Your final stop is for coffee in a romantic courtyard, where you can enjoy the best cinnamon rolls in town.

Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour

5. Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the city's founding fathers on this enlightening shared or private walking tour of Stockholm's Old Town. This eventful walk will reveal colorful stories and legends of early life in the city as you stroll along well-preserved cobbled alleyways.   See the grandeur of the Riddarholmen Church, the statue of Stockholm’s founder Birger Jarl, and regal palaces dating from the 1600s. You will also get to see panoramic views of picturesque Lake Mälaren and its surrounding countryside. This is a perfect introduction to Stockholm and its Old Town district.

Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

6. Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

See the sights of Stockholm from its waterways on a 1-hour cruise along the city’s canals and waterways. Cruise to the royal island of Djurgården, and enjoy panoramic views of the Stockholm skyline. Board the boat by the Royal Palace in the Old Town, and cruise along the narrow Djurgårds Canal. Head out into the open bays and shores of the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, and marvel at the colorful buildings of the Gamla Stan. Pass the Royal Game Park of Djurgården island. Continue to the small islet of Riddarholmen (part of the Gamla Stan), and cruise past the trendy streets of Södermalm. Enjoy free Wi-Fi on board the mint condition boat, along with facilities such as toilets and a small café. Along the way, listen to an informative audio commentary with your complimentary earphones.

Stockholm Bike Tour

7. Stockholm Bike Tour

See the highlights of Stockholm on a guided bicycle tour. You’ll see all the important sights and even some that aren’t accessible by car! The duration of the tour is about 3 hours. You’ll pedal through the Old Town and by the Royal Palace, and will be able to explore some of the city’s truly hidden gems as you learn about its history. On a bicycle you can move quickly and easily from island to island. You’ll follow the shores of the sea and the lake, pedal over bridges and past sights such as the Parliament and the Royal Dramatic Theatre. In addition you’ll take in the city’s beautiful gardens, picturesque 17th-century wooden houses, and the world’s first National City Park. Stockholm is a well-planned and safe cycling city with many bicycle paths and green stretches where cars are not allowed.

Stockholm: Sightseeing Tour by Segway

8. Stockholm: Sightseeing Tour by Segway

Explore Stockholm effortlessly on a Segway personal transporter. Join this 2 hour guided Segway tour around the favorite parts of the world's most beautiful city. During your ride you’ll see highlights of Stockholm that include the Royal Castle, the Nobel Museum, the Town Hall, the shipyard where the Vasa ship was built, the lovely shores of some of the city’s 14 islands, and much more. This is a great way to get an introduction to the city on your first visit to Stockholm. The informative first view will make it easier find your way around during the remainder of your stay! 

Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

9. Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

Your tour begins at Stortorget, the main square of Old Town. Hear legends and stories about the city and the people that used to lived here. You’ll walk past some of the best-known landmarks of the area, such as the Royal Palace, the Coronation Church, and the statue of St. George and the Dragon. If you have chosen this option, board the Djurgården ferry for the short trip to the island of Djurgården. On the way you’ll be able to see parts of Stockholm from the water, including Old Town and the island of Södermalm. Stop at the Vasa Museum, the most visited maritime museum in the world. Marvel at the nearly 400-year-old wooden ship that is remarkably intact despite being under water for more than 300 years. Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the museum, which will be the end of the guided tour.

Stockholm: Top Highlights Bike Tour

10. Stockholm: Top Highlights Bike Tour

Join a local guide for a relaxed and informative bike tour that takes you past Stockholm's most emblematic sights and attractions. Hop on your bike and get some authentic insight into what life in the Swedish capital is really about. Begin your tour at a convenient meeting point located in the heart of the city. Cycle between the city’s must-see attractions, including Gamla Stan (the old town), City Hall, and the Royal Palace. Visit the many islands that earned the city the nickname “Venice of the North.” Ride through the first national part in the world, a natural oasis in the midst of a bustling metropolis.  Make plenty of stops for photos and explanations by your knowledgeable guide. Learn about the city's history, culture, and lifestyle while witnessing it all firsthand. After the tour, chat with your guide to get some helpful insider tips that will benefit you during the rest of your stay.

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What people are saying about Gamla Stan

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,940 reviews

Fantastic tour!! Callum was very entertaining and the stories were interesting The entrance to the tunnel at the end of the tour was dark and thrilling If your visiting Stockholm this tour is a must!!

This is all about the guide for me, think the experience would vary greatly depending on them. Ours was Callum, very entertaining, stayed in character throughout

Fun experience, guide was great! Good way to get an introduction to Stockholm.

Sandra is een gele goede gids voor een fietstocht Stockholm. Veel opgestoken

Was very entertaining, environment very well explained.