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Biking in Stockholm

By Viator, July 2013

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From designer-clad hipsters biking to work, to aged retirees making their morning run to the bakery, it seems that everyone in Stockholm owns a bicycle and you’ll be in good company if you choose to get around on two wheels. With 760km of bike lanes running around the city and almost as many bikes as cars, Stockholm is also one of the safest and easiest places to tour by bike.

There are a number of advantages to pedaling around the sights – it’s cheap, eco-friendly and a great way to get active, but best of all, taking a cycling tour will allow you to get closer to the sights and discover off-the-beaten-track destinations unreachable by tour buses. The easiest way to enjoy biking in Stockholm is to book on a guided bike tour and a Stockholm Sightseeing Tour by Bike covers all the city’s main attractions.

Evocatively nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’, the many islands of the Stockholm archipelago are linked by a web of foot and car bridges, and cyclists can cruise between the islands of Södermalm, Kungsholmen and Gamla Stan, taking in the waterfront views along the way. Navigate the scenic bike route that runs around the circumference of Södermalm, duck through the woodland cycle paths of Langholmen, then cycle straight through the heart of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s medieval old town. A 3-hour route takes in sights like the Royal Palace, City Hall, the Swedish Parliament, the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the home of Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel, alongside little known gems like the Nationalstadsparken, the world’s first National Urban Park.

Of course, if you prefer to go it alone, it’s easy to hire a bike and hit the streets on a DIY cycling tour. The city has a wide range of bike and electric bike rental shops, and there’s even a citywide bike loan network in place - Stockholm City Bikes runs by issuing users with a pre-paid City Bike Card that enables them to pick up and drop off their cycle at stands all around the city. Head to the tourist information office for a free cycle route map to help you plan your route before you set out.

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