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Stockholm: Vasa Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Stockholm: Vasa Museum Entrance Ticket

Make your visit to the royal flagship Vasa on the island of Djurgården easier by buying your ticket in advance. See 11 exhibits and find out why the Vasa sank in Stockholm harbor in 1628 on its maiden voyage before it ever went to war. Show your admission ticket at the ticket counter and head straight inside to explore the museum. Start your tour with the documentary to get to know the ship. Then walk through 11 interesting exhibitions placed around the boat at your own pace. Take advantage of the multi-level exhibitions and viewing platforms to admire the well-preserved craftmanship of the ship from different angles. Stop at the restaurant or café on the ground floor for a break to contemplate what you have learned. On the way out, visit the museum shop for souvenirs.

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Stockholm: All-Inclusive City Pass with 45+ Attractions

2. Stockholm: All-Inclusive City Pass with 45+ Attractions

Discover Stockholm with an all-inclusive pass and visit as many attractions as you like for 1 to 5 days. This handy digital pass has got you covered with over 45 handpicked museums, historical sites, boat tours, and a sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus. Simply choose your pass duration from 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, download it to your mobile device, and present it at each attraction or tour for entry. Enjoy the freedom to choose what to do, when you want with no need to pre-choose attractions or tours. Step back in time at the Vasa Museum or explore the Royal Drottningholm Theatre and its beautiful gardens. Take a guided boat cruise around the Archipelago, discover a century of Nobel laureates at the Nobel Prize Museum, and much more.

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Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

3. Stockholm: 1.5-Hour Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

Start your 1.5-hour guided ghost walk in Gamla Stan and end in the heart of the Old Town. Along the way, hear about Stockholm's beginnings and learn how the city developed. Discover the most important events in the city's history by visiting the locations where they took place. Leave the main streets behind and explore forgotten courtyards, touch the old walls, and let the city's history come alive. By the light of lantern, be entertained and horrified by tales of poltergeists, plagues, public executions, and murders. Experience the past brought back to life as you smell, taste, and see what medieval Stockholm might have been like.

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Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

4. Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

Your adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your guide and take part in a safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed, and will also discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak to explore the winter archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbor, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side you'll find one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. Whilst kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Soak up the scenic winter views and feel immersed in the tranquility, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way before warming up over a cup of coffee.

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Stockholm: The Nordic Food Walk

5. Stockholm: The Nordic Food Walk

Starting in the cozy, quaint confines of the classic Östermalmshallen, the old market hall of Stockholm, you’ll enjoy samples of local cheeses and meats, your first tastes on the tour. From here on your 4-hour tour, you’ll walk with your guide through the most modern areas of the city, sampling the best of healthy and classical foods with a twist. At Stockholm’s food market, you’ll sit down with a lunch plate filled with delectable Swedish seafood. No visit to Stockholm is complete without sampling this local specialty! After lunch it’s time for the sweets! In the very heart of the city you'll visit a local chocolate store, where the owners’ romantic story adds an even sweeter flavor to the locally made gourmet chocolate. Hötorgshallen, yet another of the city’s food markets, is also on the route. Stop for a chance to learn about the historical importance of the market and the shops, and for a few quick tastings as well. Continue with your guide to Gamla Stan, or Old Town, where you’ll admire some of Stockholm’s original houses. Stop at a tiny factory that makes polkagris, the most traditional of all Swedish candies. Your final stop is for coffee in a romantic courtyard, where you can enjoy the best cinnamon rolls in town.

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Stockholm: Skansen Open-Air Museum Admission Ticket

6. Stockholm: Skansen Open-Air Museum Admission Ticket

Travel back in time at this authentic showcase of pre-industrial Sweden. Visit houses and farmsteads from all over the country, and experience firsthand the traditional, rural way of life. Discover Sweden’s history. Find out how Swedes once lived according to the changing seasons, through the customs and traditions, work, celebrations and everyday life of times gone by. Encounter animal life including Nordic wildlife, rare breeds, pets and exotic creatures. There's also a Children’s Zoo featuring domestic animals such as cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Experience a unique place where history meets the present day, where Swedish traditions and craftsmanship live on, and where people of all ages come together.

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Stockholm: Viking Museum Exhibition and Viking Ride

7. Stockholm: Viking Museum Exhibition and Viking Ride

Jump back to the 10th century and experience the fabled Viking era as if you were really there. Through hourly tours, conducted in either English or Swedish, get a real impression of what life was like for the Vikings — from bloody battles and vicious plundering, to idyllic farm life and a complex system of religious belief.  You’ll even come face to face with a model of life-sized Viking, created using DNA recovered from centuries-old remains, along with countless other artifacts and impressive reconstructions. Hop on the thrilling ride, Ragfrid’s Saga, to get a real taste of a Viking’s daily life, told from the perspective of a Viking warrior’s wife. To cap it all off, grab a bite at Glöd, the museum’s modern Nordic restaurant, with sweeping views of the Stockholm harbor.

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Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour

8. Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the city's founding fathers on this enlightening shared or private walking tour of Stockholm's Old Town. This eventful walk will reveal colorful stories and legends of early life in the city as you stroll along well-preserved cobbled alleyways.   See the grandeur of the Riddarholmen Church, the statue of Stockholm’s founder Birger Jarl, and regal palaces dating from the 1600s. You will also get to see panoramic views of picturesque Lake Mälaren and its surrounding countryside. This is a perfect introduction to Stockholm and its Old Town district.

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Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

9. Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Old town, or “Gamla stan” as it is known locally, is by far the most mythical and legendary neighbourhood in all of Stockholm. As the city's historical center, this is where you find out about ancient events and hear fascinating stories and tales that will last for a lifetime! With this tour its like you step in to a time machine and are whisked back to the to middle ages where noblemen, princesses and dukes roamed the streets. Come find out about the Stockholm Blood Bath, the cannonball wedged in house façade and the legend of St George and the Dragon.

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Stockholm: Fotografiska Entrance Ticket

10. Stockholm: Fotografiska Entrance Ticket

Fotografiska is a popular meeting point not only for its exhibitions featuring the work of world renown photographers but also for the fantastic views and great food. Previous exhibitions include Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sarah Moon, Sally Mann, Anton Corbijn, and Albert Watson. Fotografiska also offers workshops, courses in photography, live gigs, and much more. Enjoy world-class photography exhibitions, grab a coffee or lunch at the bistro and award-winning restaurant. Admire amazing city views and hang out with the Studio Live music sessions till late in the night with drinks from the bar.

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What people are saying about Stockholm

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As someone who is a fan of kayaking in the summer months, I was at first skeptical of doing so in the winter However, I was very thankfully proven wrong. Not only are the islands of the archipelago absolutely breathtaking- I would paint them if I knew how to (so a photo will have to do for now)- but the guides themselves are excellent too. Milena was able to provide guidance, information and also set the pace for our expedition Having a guide made the experience far more cohesive, enjoyable and provided a sense of safety. She encouraged us to learn to navigate, disembark from kayaks on our own, and introduced the time-honored tradition of sitting fika to us. The equipment is obviously top of the line, and the experience is appropriate for even beginning kayakers.

This experience was really original and our guide, Andy, was very prepared, professional and friendly. The prepartion before the trip was perfect: to be ready with thermals. After we got well covered we were not so cold and paddling helped us keeping warm. It was nice to hear regarding the nature, history and culture especially of Vaxholm archipelago. The views in the middle of the water with snow surrounding it was one of a kind. The fika completed the experience with some hot chocolate, tea and chokladbollar. Finally, really recommended for people that love and know kayak already from summer experiences. It will give you new perspectives and an unforgettable winter view. Thank you

The guide was so lovely and the tour was excellent, I’m glad we did it at the beginning of our holiday as it made our visit much more enjoyable. We had a better understanding of Sweden and it’s surroundings. We went back to interesting places talked about on our tour. Would highly recommend

It is one fun activity and fully engaged. Learn lots of information about the city! If you read everything in the game, it will take you more than 42 minutes, as stated.

Amazing guide and amazing tour. We found out so many new details about old town! It was really very interesting ♥️