Nayantara Shah

Nayantara Shah

Hi there! I'm from India & have lived in Stockholm for over 3 years. I find the city extremely serene & picturesque, with it's green parks, waterfronts, old buildings & cobbled streets. I am happy to cater tours according to individual preferences/needs. Just get in touch with me. I am an avid traveler & enjoy meeting people & experiencing new cultures across the world. Hope to see you soon.

Historical & Cultural Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm. This beautiful and serene city is made up of 14 main islands, while the total number of islands in Greater Stockholm & the Archipelago amounts to over 30,000. We will visit four of the main islands at a comfortable walking pace. You will have time to take pictures, have a quick fika (Swedish for 'coffee & something sweet'; often a cinnamon roll) & visit a souvenir shop or two while on the tour. If you are lucky, we may take a short ride on an old Swedish tram from the island of Djurgarden back to the city center.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
4 Hours
Departure
05:00
Price per Participant
20.00 USD
Languages
Group size
3 - 8 people
Categories
Transportation
Bus
Walking
Includes
Walking tour around Stockholm historical sites Local bus/ tram travel from Djurgarden to Stockholm City Center
Excludes
All entry tickets to museums, historical buildings etc Meals Boat tours
Cancellation

About the creator
Nayantara Shah

Nayantara Shah

Welcome to Stockholm. This beautiful and serene city is made up of 14 main islands, while the total number of islands in Greater Stockholm & the Archipelago amounts to over 30,000. We will visit four of the main islands at a comfortable walking pace. You will have time to take pictures, have a quick fika (Swedish for 'coffee & something sweet'; often a cinnamon roll) & visit a souvenir shop or two while on the tour. If you are lucky, we may take a short ride on an old Swedish tram from the island of Djurgarden back to the city center.

NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) Departmental Store

Our tour starts a 5 minute walk away from the City Centre, at Kungstragarden, in front of the large departmental store NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), famed for its Christmas display windows.

In front of us we see the Royal Kitchen Gardens, a fountain area where innumerable exotic Japanese cherry blossom trees bloom for a few days in spring. We walk past the harbour, the departure point for the 'royal canal tour' and the archipelago tours and then we reach the picturesque island of Djurgarden, the erstwhile royal hunting grounds.

Djurgarden

Djurgarden today boasts of being part of the City National park. It is home to several museums: Skansen (an open air Swedish museum and zoo), Vasa Museum (the Swedish ship Vasa, sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was restored 300 years later), the Abba Museum and even a Spirit (Alcohol) Museum. It has also an amusement park Grona Lund and a museum for children showcasing the work of popular Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgreen.

Riksdag (Swedish parliament)

We hop on to a tram on the way back and alight at the city center, walking through Queen’s Street (Drottningholmsgatan), Stockholm’s main shopping street. We pass by the Swedish Parliament buildings where private tours can be booked to see the inside.

Royal Palace

The King’s palace also known as the Royal Palace is situated on the left of the parliament. It is the official residence of the Swedish monarch. You can avail tours to view the interior of the palace. The changing of the guards takes place daily at noon.

Gamla Stan (Old Town) main square

We move towards the narrow cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town). Here we find houses stuck together, myriad restaurants and souvenir shops (hand painted dala horses, carved wooden moose and amber jewellery are especial gifts to buy for your loved ones). There are also shops selling the famed Swedish crystal. The Nobel Museum attracts visitors to Gamla Stan’s main square, Stortorget. This is where the much loved traditional Christmas market selling reindeer meat, cheese, saffron buns and glogg (mulled wine) is held annually. Café Choklad Koppen also graces the square, it is a common feature on many a postcard, their Kanelbulle (cinnamon roll) and white hot chocolate are worth a try. A quick stroll through Gamla Stan takes us towards the Riddarholmen Church, a medieval monastery church and the final resting place of the Swedish Kings.

Town Hall

The last highlight of the tour is a walk to the island of Kungsholmen, where Stockholm’s Town Hall is situated. The Nobel Prize banquet dinner is held here each year. Public tours can be taken inside to view the beautiful Blue and Gold Halls, or take a ride up the tower, which offers a fantastic view of Stockholm. If you wish to learn more about Stockholm city and its 14 islands, the Under the Bridges Boat Tour departing from across the town hall is advised.  

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