This is a great and easy way to see Stockholm – and it really is free though it’s only reasonable to tip the guides. Our first tour was of the modern Stockholm. Our guide was Ryan – an Aussie with a wacky sense of humour. If English is not your first language, it may be difficult to follow his quick speech; otherwise be prepared to be entertained.
The tours start at the top of the stairs at the Sergels Torg. You can’t miss the guide – they hold up a Free Tour Stockholm sign. Don’t be late – they leave on time. The tour is around 2 km of easy walking and many stops and lasted about 90 minutes. It started at 10 am and ended at the Royal Palace. The story about the Stockholm Syndrome – from the bank robbery in Stockholm in 1973 – was particularly entertaining and interesting.
Our second tour started at 4 pm (it was already dark!), was with Lee and was of the Old Town (Gama Stan). Again it took between 90 and 120 minutes and ended up on the harbor front. There are many things to see in Gamla Stan and many things you would miss without the knowledge of a guide. The tour included seeing the Riksdaghuset (Parliament Building), the Opera House, possibly the world’s smallest public statue – the Iron Boy (don’t forget to rub his head for luck) – which you would definitely miss unless you knew where it was – and the Stortorget (Main Square) as well as the taking you down the narrowest alley in Stockholm. You also pass by the Cathedral and Royal Palace though they were not as well floodlit as I would have expected them to be. Lee did suggest that the Cathedral was not worth visiting but we would disagree. There is an alleged entry charge into the cathedral (40 SEK) though we were not required (nor saw anyone else) paying. The statue of st.George and the Dragon is definitely worth seeing.
Lee also told us where we could see a large scale model of Stockholm which was helpful to see how the city had grown over many islands. Take a few minutes look at this free exhibit in the Kulturhuset close to Sergels Torg. It’s fascinating.
Lee was knowledgeable, friendly and also gave us good recommendations for dinner.
In December, it was already dark when we started the tour. It’s also cold – take good shoes and a hat!
Stockholm is a great walking city that is full of life. I like it because it is a change from my home town. When i walk around my head is on a swivel and my camera is at the ready for the next interesting and different shot.
The winter is Stockholm is long - from October to April. The full summer starts usually in June. June and Juy are so called summer in Stockholm. You feel rather cool in August. people start working in the second week of August. This year the summer weather came at the end of June (25 degrees). People are happy to be in the sun earlier.
A wonderful idea of doing something special is hiring a private guide to walk you around, f.ex. in Gamla Stan like we did. Since we were five travelling together, we paid around SEK 400.- per person for a 2,5 hours walk. For your next LUXURY travel to Stockholm, consider this.
We had an absolutely amazing guide, Ms Elisabeth Daude, that was arranged through NORDIC VISITOR in Sweden. She is fluent in English, most caring and thoughtful, showed us such nice places and answered all of our questions. She pointed out restaurants that we could try and even sent us a sms with ideas of evening entertainment, as we were thinking of the opera or a theatre show.
Elisabeth first showed us Kulturhuset and took us to the top of the building so we could have some view of the city. Next we walked to the upscale Östermalm neighbourhood, were Elisabeth showed us design shops and nice restaurants. An highlight there was the indoor market "Saluhallen" with luxury products, fresh meat, fish, fruits and small restaurants/cafés. Afterwards we walked down to the harbour, passing Grand Hotel and seeing all the different boats and ferries. We continued walking into Gamla Stan, viewing the guards in their beautiful uniforms at the Royal Palace and seeing the City Hall from a distance. We went by "Tyska kyrkan" and "Finska kyrkan" and to our delight, someone was playing the organ in the latter one, so we went inside, rested our tired feet a bit and listened to the music. One of the highligths in Gamla Stan was to see a small monument called Jarn Pojken or Iron Boy, a really tiny statue of a boy, no bigger then an adults hand. Elisabeth told us that the children in the surrounding kindergardens take care of this Iron Boy. As for this VERY cold afternoon, he had a long scarf around his neck to keep himself warm. Elisabeth left us in Gamla Stan, pointing out nice cafés to visit.
To sum this up, it was amazing and every penny worth to hire a private guide for a walking tour! We felt very well orintated afterwards and did not have to look at our maps, for the rest of our Stockholm stay.
Join us in an exciting walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Our guide will take you through Stortorget (Main Square), and will tell you about the Stockholm blood bath of 1520, as well as recounting the legend of St George and the Dragon. After this we will stroll through the courtyards and lanes of the city's oldest section, sights which many visitors normally miss. The group will consist of a maximum of 20 people.
PRICE 100KR (ABOUT 16$)
Suddenly I decided to simply walk I don't know where. When my mom sent me sms - hey what are you doing now?, I answered - I'm on my way to Finland, mom.:oD (that's what the road sign showed :o) ). I'm really amazed with Stockholm's architecture, the way some houses are built on rocks, and they all have small gates around, so that noone would fall.:oD It looks so unreal.:oD There are a lot of people jogging there, so you can join them.:o)
Långholmen, is like Djurgården, a very popular island in Stockholm in the summer. I hate too much people around me, but I really preciate walking around Långholmen, despite the crowed!
The parks in Stockholm, is what makes the city, (together with the water...). They are left to look as natrual as possible, with wild flowers, rocks and trees and so on...Real breathing space for people spending theire lives in Stockholm.
Lots of people go swimming here in the summer, eather at the beach (tiny bit of sandy beach, with LOTS of people!) or jumping from the cliffs anywhere else... You can find your own little spot somewhere. (the water is not so fresh, but really nice a hot summerday!!)
A little warning: you might experience some naked backsides on some rocks, or in the forest. Långholmen is a common place for gayqruising...;)
We went for a walk on a Saturday morning along the banks of the river. As we were rushing to get a boat to Vaxholm, we did not really hang around identifying other places of interest.
But along the way, you will see people "surfing" on the rapids of the canals and plenty of old and historical buildings.Sometime, it pays to just walk around without reading the guidebook and you will be surprised on what you can find.
Try to walk around the city or get a bike! This is one of the best cities to get stuning views because it's settled on small islands. And it's a bike-friendly city, something that always surprised people from Southern Spain where it's dangerous to move around on them.
Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world so one good acitivity is to just walk around the different neighborhoods and 'feel' Stockholm. Here is a picture showing how a Stockholm building could look like. Enjoy!
This is such a nice walk! If you visit the Djurgarden, Vasa Museum, Nordiska Museum, Skansen, or any other attraction in the garden, you can take bus 47 into the garden. After visiting the garden and its attractions, the I would walk back into central Stockholm. From the entrance of the Djurgarden it would take a leisurely 20-30 minutes.
It was so peaceful--with fancy and beautiful architecture on one side and the beautiful water and all of the boats on the other. Looking at all the boats you can imagine how important water plays in the role of Stockholmers--with so much of it, the islands, and the bridges...I really felt I could get more of a feel for the city rather than just whizzing by on a bus.
Walk along the waterfront from Kungsträdgården, passing the Theatre of Dramaten, crossing the bridge 'Skeppsbron' to the island of Skeppsholmen.
An absolutely beautiful walk, and once you reach Skeppsholmen, there are a number of museums you can visit. The most important perhaps the Swedish Modern Art Museum, Moderna Museet, recently resatured and reopened, now admission free.
Walk to the Island with the Royal Palace and take from there the boat through the harbor to the Vasa Museet (Musem) where an old U-Boat is located and the famous Vasa Ship is located. From there it's great to walk back to downtown...
The number one thing I would recommend doing in Stockholm is walking around the heart of the city. There is so much to see and Stockholm is so beautiful!