Stockholm Old Town guided walk
Set off on your tour around the cobbled streets and squares of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s captivating Old Town. As you walk, your guide will tell you intriguing facts about the district and Birger Jarls, the statesman who reputedly founded the city in the 1200s.
Stop in Stortorget, Stockholm’s oldest square. Admire the outside of the Nobel Museum and rows of 17th- and 18th-century townhouses lining the square, and learn how it was once the scene of one the darkest episodes in Sweden’s history. It was here, in what’s known as the Bloodbath of 1520, that 82 Swedish dignitaries were beheaded on the orders of the Danish king Kristian II.
Next, follow your guide to Stockholm’s statue of St George and the Dragon. Gaze at the intricate detail of the statue and hear how, according to legend, the dragon was slain by George in Stockholm itself.
Afterward, delve deeper into Gamla Stan as your guide points out other monuments and fine examples of its North German-style architecture. Your route takes you down quiet lanes and into hidden courtyards rarely seen by tourists, so you get a local’s insight into this quaint neighborhood.
After just over an hour’s exploring, your tour concludes where it began near the Royal Palace.
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a possibility of uneven surfaces in the old town and some steep hills
Our guide did not show up for the tour. Our tour was to start at 1:30pm. We arrived at 1pm at the designated location and waited till 2:15pm. A guide did not show up. Very disappointed.
Excellent walking tour of Old Town Stockholm. Our small group (8 people) were lucky with our terrific guide who led us through the winding streets of Old Town and gave us just the right amount of information about what we were seeing.
The Old Town tour covered almost nothing. Most of the group was Swedish - only 4 English speaking, so at each stop, the guide would go on for at least 10 minutes to the Swedish group, then when it was time for our explanation of what we were seeing, she spoke for about a minute. We didn't really learn anything that we didn't already know from just strolling around the area.