An interesting overview of Stockholm’s past and present, this experience makes for an ideal start-of-vacation treat. Even better, it comes with a discount, too.
Make your way to Stortorget, Stockholm's original town square, which sits in the heart of Gamla Stan (Old Town). Meet your guide and tour group there to set off on your exploration of this neighborhood.
Admire the North German-style architecture of the surrounding buildings as you stroll the cobblestone streets, many too narrow for cars since they were built for travelers on horseback or on foot. Listen as your guide points out the hidden pockets of historical interest that most visitors miss.
Continue to Riddarholmen, a small islet and home to Birger Jarl Torg, the square named after the 13th-century founder of Stockholm. View the statue of Jarl himself as you learn about his important role in the city's history. Stop by Riddarholmskyrkan, the 13th-century church that sits on the square. Many important Swedish figures are buried here in Stockholm's last standing medieval abbey, including Karl XII and Gustav II Adolf.
Stop at Wrangel Palace to see its centuries-old defense towers and Evert Taube's Terrace to admire spectacular views of Lake Mälaren. End your tour in Riddarholmen and enjoy a 1.5-hour break for lunch before reconvening at Sergels Torg.
Modern Stockholm Walking Tour (1.5 hours)
Make your way to Sergels Torg, the 1960s-era plaza that is one of Stockholm's most-used meeting spots. Get acquainted with your tour group while your guide fills you in on how Stockholm is more than just the cobbled streets and North German architecture associated with medieval Gamla Stan.
Explore Sergels Torg and learn about its history, now without controversy. Check out the glass façade of the 1970s Kulturhuset and the glass obelisk, Kristallvertikalaccent, that presides over the square. Walk deeper into the residential neighborhoods of the city, learning about its commitment to environmentalism, its cutting-edge design credentials and its vibrant residents.
At Stureplan, admire the stylish buildings and posh boutiques that make it Stockholm's most sought-after neighborhood. Walk to Norrmalmstorg and hear about the hostage drama that occurred here in 1973, prompting the phrase ‘Stockholm Syndrome.' Visit the neoclassical Stockholm Concert Hall, host to many Nobel Prize banquets over the years.
End your tour at Kungsträdgården, the locals favorite place to hang out and enjoy a mild day. At the conclusion of the tour, feel free to stop at one of the many cafes that line the park's paths for a traditional 'fika', or coffee and pastry.
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