City walks in Stockholm
Explore our scenic archipelago city on your own!
Riddarholmen and the Old Town is the heart of Stockholm. This is where the history of Stockholm starts. The buildings on Riddarholmen were built during Swedens period as a great power. In four decades in the 17th century the city fourfold it's population to 40 000.
A stroll on Djurgården
Djurgården is the number one strollingarea in Stockholm. It has a unique mix of beautiful nature and cultural establishment. On this tour we will stay mainly outside.
DJURGÅRDSLINJEN TRAM Free trips with Stockholm à la Carte! The best way to get in a relaxed mood before your walk on Djurgården, take the tram. The old-fashioned veteranstyle trams are driven by enthusiastic members of the Swedish tramassociation, starting from Norrmalmstorg and ending at Skansen. There is also a regular tram line operating between Sergtels Torg and Waldemarsudde on Djurgården. It is also possible to reach Djurgården by taking the bus, number 44.
DJURGÅRDEN BRIDGE From Östermalm and Strandvägen you reach Djurgården via the bridge Djurgårdsbron. It was built in 1897 and the decoration consists of sculptured old gods of Asa and beautiful cast iron railings.
GALÄRPARKEN Free admission with Stockholm à la Carte! Turn right after Djurgårdsbron and you will be in the park Galärparken. In the park you will find some of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. Do not miss to visit the Vasamuseum, probably one of the top ten most attractive sights in the world.
ESTONIA MINNESVÅRDEN In connection with the church in Galärparken there is a monument honoring the victims of the Estonia catastrophe in September 1994. A tree is placed in the middle of the triangled room indicating the position of the ship at the time of the accident.
SKANSEN OPEN AIR MUSEUM Free admission with Stockholm à la Carte! On the other side of Djurgårdsvägen is the main entrance to Skansen. This world-famous open air museum represents a major part of the Swedish cultural heritage. Visit old farms and houses, all brought here from different original locations througout Sweden. See also workshops, tools and a zoo, exposing Nordic animals.
ROSENDAL PALACE AND TERRACE Free admission with Stockholm à la Carte! Continue your walk to the east towards Bellmansro and then turn north. Finally you will reach the Royal out-of-town residence Rosendal with its beautiful garden. The palace, which was built for Karl XIV Johan, is today a museum. The gardens are a center for biodynamic cultivation offering courses and lectures on the same topic. Coffee, sandwiches etc. are served in the popular terrace café.
Cultural life and naval history. Skeppsholmen has old traditions of being a center of naval architecture. Gradually the seamen moved out and a rich cultural life explored on the island. Enjoy a beautiful and quick walk around the island.
SKEPPSHOLMEN BRIDGE Skeppsholmen is reached from Blasieholmen via the bridge Skeppsholmsbron. The bridge was built in 1861 in Motala after drawings by G. de Geer. It consists of five, more than 30 meter long span of malleable iron which was a innovation during this time. The monogram on the picture is Karl XV:s, the Swedish King at the time.
AF CHAPMAN We continue our walk counter-clockwise along Västra Brobänken towards the beautiful full-rigged ship af Chapman. She was built in 1888 in Whitehaven, England and until 1908 she was sailed as a British cargo ship. Sold to Sweden, she was renamed D G Kennedy. Later, as a training ship for the Swedish navy, she was named af Chapman. She kept that name when she became a youth hostel in 1949. The ship got its name from the great naval architect Fredric Henric af Chapman.
AMIRALITETSHUSET Opposite the ship af Chapman you will find the old house of Admiralty, built in the middle of the 17th century. The purpose of the house has been varied, it has been used as barracks, govnermentbuildings and for storage. In the middle of the 18th century the decayed building got a new look by the architect Fredrik Blom.
KONSTHÖGSKOLAN Further down, where the street changes-over to Södra Brobänken, is the Royal University College of Fine Arts. Originally the building was built as barracks for boatswains but was turned into a school during the 1950´s. The entrance is guarded by the Calydonian boar.
KASTELLHOLMEN We leave Skeppsholmen for a while and make a little detour to Kastellholmen. In 1660 a citadel was built to protect the entrance to Stockholm. The present citadel was built 1848 from where salutes are fired at noon every weekday and at 1 P.M. on weekends. Every morning the Swedish naval flag is hoisted. Just outside this steep cliff the warship Vasa sank during its maiden voyage in 1628.
LÅNGA RADEN On our way back over the Kastellholmsbron (built 1880), we walk Amiralsvägen and cross Långa Raden. These buildings was built in the end of the 17th century as barracks for the bodyguards of Karl XII. Except the gables, the building look almost the same as it did originally. Långa raden accommodates the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs but also exhibitionhalls and private residences.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Free admission with Stockholm à la Carte! In the heart of Skeppsholmen the Museum of Modern Art, built in 1998 when Stockholm was the European City of Culture, is located. The building, accomplished by drawings by the Spanish architectural Rafael Moneo, holds more than 1000 square meters of exhibition space.
FESTIVALPLATSEN, Östra Brobänken Below the Museum of Modern Art is Slupskjulsplan where festivals are often held, for example the Stockholm International Jazz & Blues Festival. During 5 days in July world-renowned artists and groups from Sweden and abroad are coming to Stockholm to appear in the Jazzfestival.
ENGELSKA PARKEN We stroll back through the wooded walkingpath to Svensksundvägen. The thickly wooded Skeppsholmen dates back to the 18th century when the English park was built. Skeppsholmen was once actually a royal garden during the Vasa era.
PARADISET On your way back along Svensksundvägen you will pass the Paradise. This spectacular sculpturegroup is performed by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phallo. It was shown the first time during the world exhibition in Montreal 1963 and since 1972 it's been on Skeppsholmen.
SKEPPSHOLMSKYRKAN One style.Builtof Swedens best preserved church of Empire style. Built 1824-42 after drawings by Fredrik Blom and has kept its exterior and interior.
THE MUSEUM OF FAR EASTERN ANTIQUITIES Free admission with Stockholm à la Carte! The last stop on this walk around Skeppsholmen is a long, thin building. The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities where you will find collections of Chinese stoneware and other pieces of art from Japan, Korea and India.
MONTELIUSVÄGEN A beautiful strollingpath along Söder Mälarstrand and Mariaberget. The view over the water, the City Hall and the Old Town is outstanding!
MOSEBACKE Make a trip up Katarinahissen, an old 19th century elevator that takes you to the heights of Södermalm. From there it is only a short walk to Mosebacke torg. In the middle of the 19th century the square teemed with activity. Enjoy the beautiful view from the terrace on Mosebacke.
FJÄLLGATAN Fjällgatan offers the most splendid panoramic view of Stockholm. The picturesque wooden houses gives a special atmosphere. Walk down the stairs Sista styverns trappor and continue on Stigbergsgatan.
DROTTNINGHOLM Discounted boat ride and free admission to the Drottningholm Palace, Drottningholm Court Theatre and the Chinese Pavilion with Stockholm à la Carte. From Stadshuskajen the trip to Drottningholm takes about 50 minutes with steamer. The palace is the beautiful residence of the Swedish Royal family. The palaces, the theater and the garden on Drottningholm is all on UNESCO´s world heritage list.
HAGA Free admission with Stockholm à la Carte! The park Haga is part of the first nationalpark in the world. Here is a couple of sights worth exploring, for example the Pavilion of Gustav III and the Butterfly House. This is where Gustav III started to build his Versaille inspired royal out-of-town residence. A fateful masked ball put an end to the plans. Ruins of the foundation of the house is all that remains. Among all the beautiful building in the park, Ekotemplet has a special atmosphere. This is where Gustav III and his family ate their meals during summer. The palace Haga slott, built during the 19th century, was the home for the present king and his four sisters during their childhood. Today it´s the home of the Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel.
VÄSTERBRON The bridge Västerbron is since 70 years a well known silhouette in Stockholm. On a beautiful morning, take a walk out to the top of the bridge and watch the sunrise. Magnificent! Västerbron links Kungsholmen and Södermalm together.
EVERT TAUBES TERRASS The terrace overlooking the water and Ridarholmen is offering a nice atmosphere and a beautiful view over the water. A statue over the Swedish troubadour Evert Taube keeps your company.
LÅNGHOLMEN Is it possible for an old prison to offer atmosphere? Absolutely! The prison on this island is torn down but the old remand prison built in 1835 is turned into a hotel. The island also has a popular beach.