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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: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

2. 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

3. Stockholm Bike Tour

See the highlights of Stockholm on a guided bicycle tour. Go island hopping and see sights like the Old Town, the Royal Palace, and the Parliament. Stay dry on rainy days with the included rain poncho and keep yourself safe with the included helmet. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Peddle through the cobbled streets and colorful buildings in the Old Town on the island of Gamla Stan. Ride by the Royal Palace and learn about its history from your guide. Move quickly and easily from island to island along the the shores of the sea and the lake. Cruise over bridges and past sights such as the Parliament and the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Admire the city’s beautiful gardens, picturesque 17th-century wooden houses, and the world’s first National City Park. Enjoy rolling down streets that are well-planned for safe cycling with many bicycle paths and green stretches where cars are not allowed.

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

4. Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Travel back in time on a historical walking tour of Stockholm's Old Town. Discover hidden gems and old tales from the city's past. See top city attractions like the 17th-century Baroque Royal Palace. The old town, or “Gamla stan” as it is known locally, is by far the most mythical and legendary neighborhood in Stockholm. As the city's historical center, this is where you find out about ancient events and hear fascinating stories and tales that will last for a lifetime. This tour is like stepping into a time machine. Get whisked back to the to middle ages where noblemen, princesses, and dukes roamed the streets. Learn about the Stockholm Blood Bath, see a cannonball wedged in the façade of a house, and discover the legend of St, George and the Dragon.

Stockholm: City Sightseeing Electric Boat Tour and Canals

5. Stockholm: City Sightseeing Electric Boat Tour and Canals

Take an electric boat trip through Stockholm and relax in comfort as you get to know the city from the water. Listen to commentary about each location and travel from the harbors to iconic attractions. See the outside of the Vasa Museum, Stockholm Palace, and Skansen. Make your way to the front of Stockholm Palace to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Climb aboard your boat and settle down as you start to drift further into the city. Cruise along the Djurgården Well Canal and admire the lush greenery as you sail under low bridges. Enjoy your own food and drinks as you listen to live commentary about each location. Immerse yourself in the story of Stockholm and feel the wonder of drifting by the spires of the Nordic Museum. Act out a little scene on the boat passing by the Royal Dramatic Theatre and sing a song outside ABBA The Museum.

Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

6. 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: Old Town City Exploration Game

7. Stockholm: Old Town City Exploration Game

Immerse yourself in a city exploration game and follow clues to discover hidden secrets and amazing spots in Stockholm. Get an insight into some of the many famous landmarks in the city. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Untangle the past and learn about the city's royal history. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in 1 hour. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Stockholm: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Highlights Tour

8. Stockholm: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Highlights Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Stockholm. Download the smartphone app onto your phone and explore Stockholm on this self-guided tour. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn exciting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. Discover another side of Stockholm on this fun tour. Walk around and explore this iconic city. Be sure to take photos of the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, a beautiful 18th-century building. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity, for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events. Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by the person.Learn interesting facts about the city and attractions. Start the activity any time and visit: City Hall Normalhojdpunkten Riddarholm Church Nobel Museum Obelisk at Castle Hill Royal Palace Gustav Adolfs Torg St Jacobs Kyrka National Museum Gilded Crown

Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Boat: 24/72-Hour

9. Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Boat: 24/72-Hour

Experience Stockholm from the water with a 24-hour or 72-hour pass for the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing boat. Decide where you want to go and create your own itinerary in the Swedish capital. Enjoy unlimited travel for the duration of your ticket's validity, and jump on and off at any of the 8 stops along the route. Alternatively, take a full journey to get your bearings and give your feet a rest! Boats depart every 30 minutes and include a fascinating commentary in different languages via the multilingual headphones. Boat Stops: • Royal Palace • Nybroplan (connecting stop for the hop-on, hop-off bus) • Vasa Museum (connecting stop for the hop-on, hop-off bus) • Skeppsholmen (connecting stop for the hop-on, hop-off bus) • Gröna Lund Tivoli (connecting stop for the hop-on, hop-off bus) • Stadsgården Cruise Berth / Viking Line Terminal (connecting stop for the hop-on, hop-off bus) • Fotografiska • Old Town / Gamla Stan (connecting stop for the hop-on, hop-off bus)

1-day Royal Palace and Castle Tour from Stockholm

10. 1-day Royal Palace and Castle Tour from Stockholm

Drive just outside of Stockholm and visit castle Drottningholm. This elegant royal palace was built in the 16th century for the Swedish royal family and became the regular summer residence of the Swedish royal court throughout the 18th century. Next, stop for lunch in Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town. Take a walk through its historic streets. Visit the Venngarn castle, a 13th-century palace most famously owned by the Swedish nobleman Gabriel De La Gardie. Learn about De La Gardie’s fascinating life story from your knowledgable guide. Once one of the richest men in all of Sweden, De La Gardie suffered a tragic reversal of fortunes and ended his life in destitution. Explore the Skokloster Palace, an impressive baroque palace which stands as a monument to the former Swedish Empire. Walk its scenic grounds and see its stately interiors. The palace also contains a wonderful collection of paintings, furniture, textiles, tableware, old books and historical weapons. When the Skokloster is closed during October through May, a different castle will be visited instead.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Stockholm

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The amphibus was a high point of our trip to Stockholm. We got to hear interesting facts about Sweden and Stockholm. The tour guide was entertaining with dry (Swedish?) humor. The bus also had speakers and the guide played some music according to the situation. The driver/captain also had a part of the show and made us all laugh. The bus itself was worth seeing and the feeling when we got to water was exciting. All in all a great experience to lay back and enjoy the ride with Stockholm's beautiful scenery!

AP and Clara rules - so cool a trip filled with humour, good music and fantastic energy - you two are too cool. In addition, a fantastic trip and experience - a must try

Our guide, Joel’s, English was excellent. He did a great job explaining and highlighting the top sights of Gamla Stan and the Vasa Musuem.

Very nice tour the captain and the tour leader entertained us also the most fun way to explore the city highly recommend

The show gave a lot in a short time and experiencing Stockholm's customs both on land and sea was a real highlight