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Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

1. Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

Enjoy a tour of Stockholm by land and water on an amphibious bus tour. Learn about the history of the city from a variety of perspectives, seeing notable landmarks like Gröna Lund, the Royal Palace, and the Royal Island of Djurgården 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. Drive along the fashionable street of Birger Jarl before landing at the nightclub 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 of cruising on the water, you will also hear the story behind the Royal Island of Djurgården. Pass the Vasa museum and Sweden’s oldest amusement park Gröna Lund. Get your camera ready for a postcard-like 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. 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. 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. 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: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

3. 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: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

4. 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: 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 reveals colorful stories and legends of early life in the city as you stroll along well-preserved cobbled alleyways.  Admire the grandeur of the Riddarholmen Church, the statue of Stockholm’s founder Birger Jarl, and the 16th-century royal palaces. Your guide will tell stories and legends about the city and the people who have lived here. Enjoy panoramic views of picturesque Lake Mälaren and the surrounding countryside. This is a perfect introduction to Stockholm and its Old Town district.

Stockholm: Top Highlights Bike Tour

6. 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.

Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

7. 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: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

8. Stockholm: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Discover Stockholm's must-see treasures and top attractions on a full-day guided tour. Enjoy an all-inclusive sightseeing experience complete with hotel pickup, all entry tickets, lunch, and a professional blue badge guide. Join your guide as you set out to explore Stockholm's most iconic attractions. Visit the Old Town on a walking tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Palace, and visit Riddarholmen Island. View the oldest church in Stockholm, Storkyrkan, form outside, and visit the Vasa Museum to discover the world's best-preserved 17th-century ship. Break for lunch at the Vasa Museum restaurant to refuel before heading to your next destination, Stockholm City Hall. Next, visit Drottningholm Palace for a guided tour. Admire Drottingholm's Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Drottningholm's Slottsteater.  Other highlights on your day-long sightseeing adventure include the Swedish History Museum as well as a visit to a panorama site that provides breathtaking views of the city. Listen to your guide as they tell interesting stories about each of the places visited and discover hidden gems as you make your way around the city. 

Stockholm: Guided Fika Tour

9. Stockholm: Guided Fika Tour

Going for a fika at a “fik” is by far one of the most Swedish things one can ever do. Fika basically means to meet up for a coffee and a piece of cake or pastry, and a fik is slang for a café, bakery, or pastry shop. Sweden enjoys a highly developed culture when it comes to baked goods, and everywhere in Stockholm you’ll find cafés and cake shops brimming with atmosphere, character, and quality. Throughout this tour you will be taken to explore some of the best cafés this city has to offer. From top-class cafés and award-winning bakeries, to mouthwatering and Instagram-friendly dishes, you will get to taste your way through Stockholm whilst learning all about this treasured tradition.

Stockholm: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at the Royal Palace

10. Stockholm: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at the Royal Palace

This is a self-guided tour for mystery and crime fans. The goal is to solve the mystery at the Royal Palace, which is inspired by real events from the 1900s. We are writing the year 1901 and the brutal murder of a woman has the city of Stockholm on edge. As responsible investigators, it is your duty to solve this bestial act of bloodshed and restore peace and order on Stockholm's streets. It is your job to gather enough evidence to point out the right suspect of the crime. Much is at stake! The highest priority is to ensure the safety for the inhabitants of the Old Town. It is undoubtedly a very noted crime committed, so if you solve it, it will indisputably have a big impact on your future careers as investigators. However, it turns out that there are several suspects and the clues point in various directions so it will be a challenging task to find the culprit! Collect your envelope containing the mystery at Trafik Nostalgiska Förlaget (TNF) in Stockholm's Old Town. This is at the same time the starting location of your Mystery Tour. Exploring the location through a mystery scavenger hunt is an interesting and unique way, perfectly suited for couples and families. Good luck and happy solving!

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What people are saying about Gamla Stan

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 621 reviews

This is an excellent tour, especially for the price. My wife and I usually book private tours, but this was listed as as “small group tour” so I decided to try it. The price included the ferry ride, and museum admission, which made the price super reasonable, even though the group size was larger than advertised. The guide was very knowledgeable. My only suggestion would be to include a short break for a small rest and something to drink.

We had a German speaking tour with Helmut. In his relaxed manner, the guide showed us many beautiful corners of the old town. We also learned some historical background without it getting too much for us.

One of a kind tour in stockholm. The guide who was on the tour with us was very entertaining, funny and informative.

That was a great moment The face of Stockholm on the water is gorgeous ! François

My friend and I had so much fun, thank you so much!! :)