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: Old Town Walking Tour

2. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Stockholm: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore the Swedish capital by open-top bus. With regular departures at all stops, choose how much time you wish to spend immersed in the history and culture of each fascinating site. Stockholm boasts a 700-year-old history and is the epicenter of Swedish culture, dotted with grand public buildings and palaces. The 24-hour pass grants access to buses that will take you to the highlights of the picturesque city's sightseeing circuit. Visit the vast Stockholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family, and the City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Discover beautiful gothic churches and explore the city's key museums, including the Vasa Museum, home to the tragic 17th-century warship, and Skansen zoo. Buses cover the Old Town area and the trendy SoFo district at Södermalm, with its many bars and boutiques. Art and literature exhibitions abound, with readings and concerts at the controversially modern-looking Kulturhuset. Participants looking to splash out will enjoy the NK/Hamngatan shopping district. Strändvagen offers leading restaurants to quell the deserved appetites of the intrepid tourist, with regular boat cruises of the scenic archipelago to boot. Bus tour stops: 1. Strömgatan 2. The Royal Palace/Old Town 3. SoFo 4. Viking Line/Stadsgården Cruise Terminal 5. Fjällgatan 6. Medborgarplatsen 7. The Royal Palace / Slottet 8. Kungsträdgården / Shopping District 9. Strandvägen 10. The Vasa Museum 11. ABBA The Museum / Gröna Lund 12. Skansen 13. ABBA The Museum / Gröna Lund 14. The Vasa Museum 15. Museum Park 16. Historiska Museet / Karlaplan 17. Stureplan Entertainment District 18. Kungsgatan/ Hötorget Market Place 19. ICE Bar 20. Central Station / Cityterminalen 21. Rådhuset / Court House 22. City Hall

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: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Highlights Tour

5. 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 onto your phone and explore Stockholm on this self-guided tour. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn exciting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. 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 huge statue of the great Swedish King. Admire the iconic St James kyrka, one of the oldest churches in the city. The Nationalmuseum 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: City Sightseeing Electric Boat Tour and Canals

6. 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 Syndrome: 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. Stockholm Syndrome: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Are you ready to fall in love? Experience Stockholm by foot. You will see all the main sights plus some secret gems! Stockholm Our Way invites you to take a walk on Stockholm’s wilder side – there is a lot more to Stockholm than just water and bridges! With 750 years of history, the city is never short of a story to tell. The 14 islands upon which Stockholm is founded each have something different to offer and each of the four seasons provider visitors with opportunities to experience the city from different perspectives. Taking in such sights as the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Opera House, the Royal Palace, the Parliament building, Riddarholmen, the City Hall, the Old Town, St George and the Dragon, Slussen and Södermalm, this tour gives you a great and environmentally friendly overview to the city sights – both old and new!

1-day Royal Palace and Castle Tour from Stockholm

8. 1-day 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: Haunted City Exploration Game

9. Stockholm: Haunted City Exploration Game

Discover new places and amazing stories. Pursue trails filled with double-crosses and greedy nobles through Stockholm's hauntingly beautiful downtown with this city exploration game for your phone. Start the game at the Wrangel Palace. Explore at your own pace and solve the challenges. Pause the game and resume anytime from the same location. Finish at the Kornhamnstorg. Enjoy the story as it unfolds and follow exact directions on your phone to guide you to each new location. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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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Right , I have had the best time of my life on this tour . David is super funny but very knowledgeable at the same time . He really made my day a better one ! We sung , we clapped our hands we laughed , I absolutely adored it . I cannot recommend it enough !

A very nice walk for a first discovery of the Swedish capital. The anecdotes are very interesting and we even learned things from the inhabitants afterwards!

Excellent tour guide and driver. Virginia and David were delightful and knowledgeable.

Great experience, we loved it, specially my 8 year old daughter!

Tha captain and the tourist guide are so wonderful