Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the largest city of Scandinavia.
The city is very walkable, with many of the main tourist spots within a couple of miles of one another. However, taxis are available but expensive (they do accept credit cards).
Depending on your plans, the Stockholm Card may be useful. It provides automatic admission to about 80 museums and attractions, plus journeys on buses, trams, subways and some ferries. The current adult price for 2 days is 795SEK/around £72. (Prices correct for 2018)).
Another option is the hop-on/hop-off bus. A map notes various attractions and their bus stops.
Also in the old town is the Nobel Museum, located in a 13th-century plaza. The nearby Royal Palace is the city residence of Sweden’s monarchs. Stroll through the grand reception rooms, as well as museums displaying the crown jewels, armour and art. The changing of the guard takes place each day in the courtyard at noon.
For something a bit different, take the Historic Rooftop Tour, where you’ll walk about 130ft above the city, atop the former Parliament building.
Step aboard a sightseeing boat for a cruise through the archipelago, comprising an estimated 30,000 islands.
City Hall (the Stadshuset) is one of Stockholm’s top tourist attractions, with tours given in English and Swedish every day.
One of Stockholm’s 14 islands, Djurgarden, is both a huge park and the site of some of the city’s most popular attractions including the Vasa Museum, the eclectic Spiritmuseum & Absolut Art Collection and a small zoo of Nordic animals. There are also formal gardens, walking/biking paths, a former royal palace and an amusement park.
Taking up the largest space on Djurgarden is Skansen, a collection of more than 150 authentic 19th and early 20th century structures gathered from around Sweden. You can take a ferry to Djurgarden from Gamla Stan, or hop on a bus or tram.
Stockholm has several themed tours including the Stockholm City Museum or try a Segway tour.
The disabled cruiser visiting Stockholm
Gamla Stan (the old town) is cobblestone so sturdy shoes are recommended.
Where You’re Docked
There are two cruise ports in the city. Gamla Stan is for smaller ships and you will find museums, the Royal Palace, cafes, gift shops, ATMs and banks just a few minutes walk from the dock.
Frihamnen, about a 15 minute taxi ride from the city center is where the larger ships dock. It has no attractions nearby apart from the contemporary art museum. The port is used as a terminus for ferries crossing the Baltic Sea. The terminal does have a souvenir shop but no Internet cafe or cash machines. The ferry terminal, a 5 minute walk away does have an ATM machine.
Taxis are available at the ports.
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the Swedish Krona.
The official language in Stockholm
Gamla Stan (the old town) is cobblestone so sturdy shoes are recommended. In the summer it’s a busy place with lots of tourist type shops. Souvenirs include decorative crystal and glass items.
To escape the crowds, explore one of the many alleyways and lesser streets between the apartment buildings. These quieter paths mostly lead uphill to the Royal Palace and you’ll find small cafes and parks where locals go to relax.
Traditional dishes include pickled herring, meatballs, pastries with lingonberries, fresh seafood and reindeer.
Points of Interest
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Stockholm Accessible Excursions
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Stockholm Accessible Guided Tour
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