Things to do in
Stockholm

Sweden’s multi-island capital combines the historical with the modern for a truly Scandi flavor.

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Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide

1. Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide

This is the perfect boat tour when you want to experience the best of Stockholm archipelago in a short period of time. During the 2.5 hour tour, a guide on board will tell you about the history of the different sights you pass. Enjoy a journey with beautiful sights and fascinating stories.  Tavel on board M/S Östanå I, built in 1906, or S/S Stockholm, built in 1931. Both ships are beauties and two of the older ships in the fleet. There is a cafeteria on board that serves hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads and pies. Your guide will explain the natural sites of the Stockholm archipelago, the second largest in the Baltic Sea.

Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. 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

3. 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: All-Inclusive City Pass with 45+ Attractions

4. Stockholm: All-Inclusive City Pass with 45+ Attractions

Discover Stockholm with an all-inclusive pass and visit as many attractions as you like for 1 to 5 days. This handy digital pass has got you covered with over 45 handpicked museums, historical sites, boat tours, and other iconic sites. Simply choose your pass duration from 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, download it to your mobile device, and present it at each attraction or tour for entry. Enjoy the freedom to choose what to do, when you want with no need to pre-choose attractions or tours. The Stockholm All-Inclusive Pass includes entry to the following activities: Tours and Experiences • Archipelago tour with guide • Under the Bridges of Stockholm boat tour (April to December) • Hop-on hop-off bus tour (April to October) • Moyagi karaoke • Tom Tits Experiment • Birka - The Viking City with boat trip (May to September) • Drottningholm boat trip (May to September) • Fjäderholmarna boat trip (May to September) • Gustavsberg boat trip (July to August) • Hop-on hop-off boat (June to August) • Artipelag boat trip (May to September) • Royal Canal tour (April to December) • Sigtuna boat trip (July to August) • Skokloster Castle and boat tour (July to August) • Vaxholm by boat • Stockholm winter tour (January to March) • Mariefred return boat trip (July to August) • Stockholm in our Hearts - sightseeing boat trip (July to August) • Solve a Mystery - walking tour Museums and Places of Interest • Vasa Museum • Tekniska - National Museum of Science and Technology • Fotografiska - Photographic Museum • Nobel Prize Museum • Nordiska Museet - Nordic Museum • Museum of Spirits • SkyView Stockholm • Artipelag art gallery • Storkyrkan Stockholm Cathedral • The Viking Museum • Drottningholm Theatre (April to October) • K A Almgren Silk Weaving & Museum • Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde • Bergrummet - Stockholm Toy Museum • Bonniers Konsthall • Dansmuseet - Dance Museum • Judiska Museet- Jewish Museum • Millesgarden Museum • Strindberg Museum • Sven-Harrys Art Museum • Swedish Museum of Performing Arts • Färgfabriken - The Paint Factory • Butterfly House - Haga Ocean • Police Museum • Vaxholm Fortress Museum (June to September) • Casino Cosmopol Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions.

Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

5. Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

Experience the greener parts of Stockholm on board a lovely canal boat and sail along the Djurgården Canal, separating Djurgården Island from the northern mainland. Built under the orders of King Charles XIV in 1825, the royal canal leaves behind the inner city from Nybrokajen, passing beautiful buildings en route to the peaceful canal. Audio guides are provided, with headsets, in over 11 languages, including English, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. Get fabulous views of the Stockholm skyline as you head back to the city at the end of your 50-minute cruise, providing a different perspective of the Swedish capital.

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

6. Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Old town, or “Gamla stan” as it is known locally, is by far the most mythical and legendary neighbourhood in all of 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! With this tour its like you step in to a time machine and are whisked back to the to middle ages where noblemen, princesses and dukes roamed the streets. Come find out about the Stockholm Blood Bath, the cannonball wedged in house façade and the legend of St George and the Dragon.

Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

From Stockholm: Wildlife Safari with Campfire Dinner

9. From Stockholm: Wildlife Safari with Campfire Dinner

At the meeting point your guide will be waiting for you. Here, you will also meet your fellow travelers for the day. The excursion starts with information and planning about how the evening is going to look. Depart in a comfortable minibus and head into the woods. Before you get active, start off with a campfire dinner during which you will get a more detailed picture of what animals you can see as well as their behavior and looks.   With a full belly, start off with a light hike in nature, looking for tracks, signs, and the animals themselves. After the walk, hop back into the van to increase your chances of seeing wildlife because you can cover a larger area in this way. After some successful wildlife sightings, head back to Stockholm. 

Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Stockholm

What top attractions are a must-see in Stockholm?

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Swedish winters can be pretty bleak so it's worth avoiding them if you're not a fan of short days and snow! Temperatures hit their balmy highs between June and August, though they bring with them higher attraction ticket and hotel prices. If you're on a budget and don't mind mild weather, then the blooming spring makes May the best time to visit for sightseeing!

  • How many days?

    Most of Stockholm's attractions are located within a small area, and could be covered within 3 days. That said, many of the bigger museums are extensive and eclectic enough to warrant a full day, as does Drottningholm Palace, so you could easily fill a week. Also note that many of the museums are closed on Mondays.

Good to know

  • Language
    Swedish
  • Currency
    Swedish krona (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +46
  • Best time to visit
    Late-spring and summer offer less cool temperatures, so visit in May if you are traveling with cost in mind, or between June and August if you don't mind paying higher ticket and accommodation prices but would like to experience the warmest weather.

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What people are saying about Stockholm

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,513 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!!

A great pass to get if you are travelling the city in 2 full days like we were. It covers almost every attraction you want, and the boat rides are totally worth it too!

Once I figured out which buses were the right ones it was simple. I had no problems with my admissions into the attractions.

Everything was well organised. We had so much fun and it was easy to reach the place and enjoy the activity

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