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Royal Palace, Stockholm

Royal Palace, Stockholm: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat

2. Stockholm: Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat

See Stockholm’s most famous sights from along its streets and waterways with this hop-on hop-off tour. Choose to stay on the bus line or take the tour to the water with regular service between Stockholm's islands and city streets. Listen to commentary about Stockholm in your choice of 10 languages. Choose a 24-hour ticket for the bus tour or the boat tour. A combination ticket gives you full access to both the bus and boat tours. See all the attractions in Stockholm at your own pace.  Get directly to the sights without any long diversions, stopping at attractions such as Skansen, the Royal Palace, Gröna Lund, the Vasa Museum, Fjällgatan, City Hall, the Abba Museum, the Ice Bar, Old Town, and several popular shopping districts. Bus stops: • Tegelbacken• Gustaf Adolfs Torg/Royal Swedish Opera • Old town• Southern Heights• SoFo• Viking line and cruise line terminals S167 and S160• Medborgarplatsen• Skeppsbron• Kungsträdgården• Nybroplan/The Royal Dramatic Theatre• Djurgården• Skansen/Gröna Lund/ABBA The Museum• Vasa Museum/National Nordic Museum/Junibacken• Museum park• Frihamnen cruise line terminals F634, F638, and F650• Karlaplan• Stureplan• Hötorget Concert Hall• Ice Bar/Stockholm Central Station• Cityterminalen• Rådhuset/Stockholm Courthouse• City hall Boat stops: • Royal Palace• Nybroplan• Vasa Museum• Skeppsholmen• Gröna Lund and ABBA the Museum• Cruise Berth S167 (not in operation during the winter season)• Museum of Photography• Slussen

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

3. 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. Explore Stockholm's old town, or “Gamla stan” as it is known locally. Immerse yourself in 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. Enjoy a tour which is like stepping into a time machine. Get whisked back to the 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 Bike Tour

4. 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: 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: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Highlights Tour

6. 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 and explore Stockholm on this self-guided tour. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Discover another side of Stockholm on this fun tour. Walk around and explore this iconic city. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity, for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events. Learn interesting facts about the city and attractions. Start your tour at the much-photographed Stockholm City Hall. Visit an unusual place Normalhöjdpunkten, with a lot of history as it was needed for the creation of maps, while the Riddarholmen Church will captivate you as all the Swedish kings are buried in it. Take a photo at the Nobel Prize Museum building, which will amaze you with its ground-breaking exhibits for every era, and let yourself be lost in the beauty of the Obelisk at Slottsbacken, a royal gift to the citizens of Stockholm. Visit the incomparably beautiful Royal Palace, with its blue-blooded aura. You will also pass by Gustav II Adolf Square with the massive statue of the great Swedish King. Admire the iconic St. James Kyrka, one of the oldest churches in the city. The National Museum will enchant you and your camera. The icing on the cake of this unique experience will be the Skeppsholmsbron bridge, with its characteristic crowns and its unique view.

Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

7. 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: Custom Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

8. Stockholm: Custom Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Make the most of your time in Stockholm and go on a customized tour of the city with a local host. As someone who knows their home inside and out, your host can’t wait to share the essence of Stockholm with you. Spend the day as you would with a friend by chatting, laughing, and taking in the atmosphere of a truly magnificent city. The supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Visit iconic venues such as the classical Royal Palace and the elegant Houses of Parliament. Wander the pretty streets of the old town and the famous Södermalm neighborhood, where you can dig deep into the city's unique character.  Part of a city’s culture is, of course, the cuisine. You may want to slow down and have fika, the Swedish ritual of taking a break and enjoying coffee and a bite to eat. Stop at a quaint cafe, restaurant, or eatery recommended by your host and relax with good company and good food. Alternatively, you can visit a food market nearby. 

1-day 7h Royal Palace and Castle Tour from Stockholm

9. 1-day 7h 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.

Stockholm: Old Town City Exploration Game

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Stockholm

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4.5 / 5

based on 3,086 reviews

What a cool way to explore the city and learn some spooky history along the way! We loved the experience and would highly recommend to all other travellers

Our guide was Susie. Meeting point was easy to find. Easy pace and lots of valuable information.

Tour was great and very plesant in the heart of the city. We can recommend.

We loved it and our guide, Kiki, was knowledgeable and funny!

Takes you to the most important parts of the city!