I've been lately in the open bus tour in Dublin, witch was the first of the kind I went and actually had a great time so we tried this one too! I'm afraid to say it was very disappointing... It was expensive and on the headphones we had available to listen to the (boring) explanations of the history and curiosities around us weren't working properly and we could listen to 3 languages at the same time! I speak more than 3 but please, not at the same time.
Unique Suggestions: go to the Wasa museum... it's worth it and this bus has a stop right in front of it.
Fun Alternatives: go around, walk (it's not that big,the bus goes in circles) or take the local transports.
There's a boat trip that should be much better.
It seems to be the popular thing to do in Europe: charge admission to churches. You may or may not agree with this policy, but whatever your opinion, if you want to go in, you still have to pay! For the Storkyrkan and the Ritterholmkyrkan, entry costs about 20 Swedish Krone. For the Tyskakyrkan (German church--which is beautiful!), there is no entry fee.
There are several entrances to the Skansen Open Air Museum, one of Stockholm's most popular attraction. If you go to the entrance where you have this little mountain railway to take you up the hill, I would recommend to save your money and walk up the hill, if you can. It is not that far and as Stockholm is very expensive anyway, I would say to save your money unless you REALLY don't like walking or you just have money to burn!!!
We've all been there I suppose in some country at some point. It's an event, it's free, and it's a bit of local character.
But in reality, you get stuck at the back of a crowd of people all trying to get it on video by waving their cameras in the air to see over the crowd. They're all jostling for the best view, and it's a generally uncomfortable experience.
If you're passing by all means stop an dwatch, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for it.
Unique Suggestions: Stop and watch for a bit, but sticking it out for the whole time when you can't really see anyway just isn't worth it in my book.
On Feb 28, 1986 the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was murdered at the crossing of Sveavägen and Tunnelgatan.
The only thing showing this location is a sign in the footpath. And I promise, it's not more to see on this location.
Unique Suggestions: Take the stairs from Tunnelgatan up to Malmskillnadsgatan. Then you will follow the same way as the murdered did.
Fun Alternatives: When you are at Malmskillnadsgatan, you will be close to one of the most beautiful and hidden churches in Stockholm, the Johannes Church.
This statue of the Swedish king Karl XIV Johan (1763-1844). It's a beautiful statue, but the place is unfortunately not the best. It's located between all roads and traffic between Gamla Stan and Slussen, making the place a quite ugly area.
The real name of Karl XIV Johan was Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, born in France. He's the ancestor of the current Swedish king, Karl XVI Gustaf
Unique Suggestions: You have the rest of Gamla Stan (the Old Town) to explore, so no worry, it's a lot of nice things to see in the nearby area.
At Kungsgatan you can see two towers on each side of the street, called Kungstornen. Unfortunately those are not open for public so all you can do is watch them from the street. Else I'm sure that the view over Stockholm city from the towers would be great.
Unique Suggestions: Continue Kungstatan to Hötorget to check out the street markets there.
I found o one leaflet that the cheapest hostel is Zinkensdamm. OK it is... On the other hande the best thing is to go through thestreet Soeder Maelarstrand where are lots of the small ships - hotels or hostels. Just look for a brice with has name dormbed. It is hostles price. There you can find much more cheaper to stay. however I can't say nothing about the comfort because i just noticed that there is cheaper on the last day...
Unique Suggestions: If you have already booked the room simply don't do anything. What you know. If you dome it in the wintertime, then in normal hostel will be warmen than on the ship.
Fun Alternatives: However if you have nowhere to sleap - just simply go to the closest info center or hostel. There should be book with swedish style house with the name "Bo hos". It is the book of all hostels in sweden.
Many people from Stockholm are proud over the Globe Arena. But you don't really have to go there, if it's not an ice hockey match or a concert, it's not much to see.
In my veiw the Globe arena is an ugly blob in else very beautiful Stockholm.
Unique Suggestions: If you for some reason have get to the Globe arena and not know what to do next, I would recommend to take the tram to Alvik. This is a good and a bit different way to see the outer parts of Stockholm.
(Tram = Streetcar/Trolley in US english)
Fun Alternatives: If you want to see a big sports arena while visiting Stockholm, you should go to Stockholm Stadium instead. This was the arena hosting the Olympic games in 1912.
TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
Many hotel rooms and facilities are adapted for the needs both of people with mobility problems and those suffering from allergies. New public buildings are all accessible to people with disabilities, and toilets with the handicap symbol can be found almost everywhere.
In Stockholm, most buses are designed for easy access for people with wheelchairs and pushchairs (one parent can travel for free on buses if the baby is in a pushchair). Mainline and underground trains have elevators or ramps.
Wheelchairs: Rental is available from Hjälpmedelscentralen, Tel: 08-92 12 60/08-616 48 00
The Royal Palace and the changing of the guards. I have not been inside the palace, so I can't judge if it's worth a visit. However, the area is teeming with tourists being unloaded from those big buses and it's hard to see the Palace through the throng.
At noon there is a changing of the guard ceremony. Coincidentally we happened to be at the Palace at that time, and even more fortunate was the fact that five or six buses had just moved out while their place was not yet taken by others. Just don't plan your trip around this ceremony, it's not worth that much attention.
The city centre of Stockholm is Sergels Torg. Instead to waste time in the city centre itself, take a stroll to Gamla Stan, or even better; take one of the ferries to the beautiful archipelago just outside, and explore one of the many small islands there.
I felt really sorry for this golden man, it must be awful to stand still all day long. Instead he could do some useful job, e.g. paint a golden wall, couldnt he.
Don't visit Stockholm mondays! All museums are closed then. I was very angry about because I drove the whole night and 400km to see closed doors.
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