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Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

1. Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

Book this 2 hour and 15 minutes sightseeing tour and experience Stockholm from the water. Board your sightseeing vessel and listen to the recorded commentary available in 10 languages as you take in the iconic sights of this stunning city. The boat tour takes you under several bridges and you’ll pass through a lock that connects the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. Along the way you’ll see the sights of Stockholm’s inner city, the Old Town, Södermalm Island, Lilla Essingen and Stora Essingen, the new area known as Hammarby Sjöstad, and the green areas of Royal Djurgården.  This is the perfect sightseeing choice when visiting Stockholm, and is suitable for families as well as adults.

Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

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. After the theatre, drive along the fashionable street of Birger Jarl before landing at the night club 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 cruising on the water, the guide will give some additional info about how the bus works. You will also hear the story behind the Royal Island of Djurgården. Pass the Vasa museum and Sweden’s oldest amusement park Gröna Lund. It is time to bring out your camera for the postcard 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. Once a blue-collar area but today it ranks as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. 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. If you are thirsty you can have a drink of water here. The captain focuses as he takes the vessel under the bridge connecting Blasieholmen and Skeppsholmen. The current can be strong during spring time when the ice is still melting. 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. The bus wobbles a little as the front wheels hit the ramp. Then 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: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

3. Stockholm: Royal Bridges and Canal Cruise

See the sights of Stockholm from its waterways on a 1-hour cruise along the city’s canals and waterways. Cruise to the royal island of Djurgården, and enjoy panoramic views of the Stockholm skyline. Board the boat by the Royal Palace in the Old Town, and cruise along the narrow Djurgårds Canal. Head out into the open bays and shores of the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago, and marvel at the colorful buildings of the Gamla Stan. Pass the Royal Game Park of Djurgården island. Continue to the small islet of Riddarholmen (part of the Gamla Stan), and cruise past the trendy streets of Södermalm. Enjoy free Wi-Fi on board the mint condition boat, along with facilities such as toilets and a small café. Along the way, listen to an informative audio commentary with your complimentary earphones.

Stockholm: Bus or Bus & Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4. Stockholm: Bus or Bus & Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore the Swedish capital by open-top bus and boat. 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 and boats 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: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

5. 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.

Södermalm: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

6. Södermalm: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Voted by Vogue Magazine as “One of the 15 coolest areas in the world”, the neighborhood of Södermalm is a hip island south of the city center. It will be there that you can find vintage stores, trendy cafes, and some of the most breathtaking views of Stockholm. Throughout this tour you will get to explore "SoFo", which is considered Stockholm’s equivalent to New York's Soho. Whilst there you can indulge in world-class Swedish design, and will also be introduced to some of the most popular and secret city beaches. Along with your local guide you will uncover the best-kept secrets this district has to offer, taking in the bountiful views as you travel.

Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

7. Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city, just 400 m from the Adventure Café, so you will start your self-guided tour in a prime location. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that allows you a fabulous vantage point as you look in on the city from your kayak. Stockholm is lovingly known as “The Venice of the North” as it is situated over 14 islands and linked by 57 bridges, so exploring by kayak is a great way to see the city. Even better, paddle at your own pace on a self-guided tour. You'll be provided a brief introduction on kayaking and all the equipment needed for your adventure, then you can set sail on your adventure.

Stockholm: SoFo E-Bike Tour

8. Stockholm: SoFo E-Bike Tour

Biking is certainly one of the best ways to discover Stockholm, and the Swedes’ favorite mode of transport when spring comes. Delve further into Stockholm and visit Sodermalm, known to the resident hipsters as "SoFo." This tour avoids the main attractions to the city. With your e-bike, you'll ride up and down SoFo's many hills without breaking a sweat. SoFo is steeped in history, has a vast array of beautiful architecture and is bursting with quirky cafes, bohemian shops, and vintage boutiques. It was voted the ‘coolest’ neighborhood in Europe by Vogue Magazine back in 2014, and anyone who visits will agree; it certainly does not lack character. Discover SoFo's charming atmosphere for yourself. It also some of the best views of the city.

Stockholm: 3-Hour City Tour with Live Guide

9. Stockholm: 3-Hour City Tour with Live Guide

Enjoy your own private car tour with a driver/live guide. Throughout your tour, you can learn about both the city and Sweden in general. You will be able to tailor the topics of the tour by talking to your guide, as this tour is completely personalized. Included in your tour is a visit to the Vasa Museum, where you will be given a guided tour and some time in the museum on your own. Among some of the other sites you will visit will be a slow drive over the Western Bridge, which will provide you with scenery over Stockholm. You will spend 45 minutes in the Old Town, with this tour suiting anyone who wishes to receive a dense and information-packed tour in the capital of Sweden. Sights that you will see are the Royal Palace, the Old Town, the Vasa Museum, the Diplomatic City, Södermalm, östermalm, various churches, City Hall, and more.

Stockholm: Hop-on Hop-off by Bus

10. Stockholm: Hop-on Hop-off by Bus

Hop aboard one of the comfortable hop-on hop-off buses and explore Stockholm and its sights at your own pace during 24 or 72 hours. The bus stops at famous attractions like Gröna Lund, Skansen, Fjällgatan, City Hall, Ice Bar, the Royal Palace, Old Town and several popular shopping districts. You can also combine your bus ticket with a hop-on hop-off boat tour for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Your ticket entitles you to various discounts. The bus stops at the following attractions: 1 Strömgatan / The Royal Opera 2 Riddarholms Church 3* Old Town (West) / Kornhamns Torg 4 Stadsgården cruise berth / Viking Line Terminal 5 Fjällgatan 6 Medborgarplatsen 7* Old Town (East) / Räntmästartrappan 8 The Royal Palace 9 Kungsträdgården 10 Strandvägen 11 Vasamuseet 12 ABBA the museum / Gröna Lund Tivoli 13 Skansen 14 a Historiska Museet 14 b Frihamnen cruise port / Silja Line terminal – on cruise days only 15 Stureplan 16 Kungsgatan 17 Ice bar 18* Central Station / Vasagatan 19 City Hall *Bus stops 3, 7 and 18 are cancelled until further notice due to construction work.

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What people are saying about Södermalm

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,287 reviews

Very nice staff. Very well planed. Would highly recommend for someone who is staying in Stockholm for a few days, ticks a lot of places of the list :)

Great accompaniment via audio guide, very instructive and entertaining, made the trip very entertaining.

The ship left on time. Had the tour in many languages and food upstairs if you wanted to eat something.

Pleasant and informative boat tour. A great way to discover the city. Maybe a little long for kids.

Can recommend seeing Stockholm from the water. Good information in the guide.