Stockholm: Modern City and Old Town, a Small Group Tour.

In this tour we will walk through both the modern City Centre and the Old Town. This is a "walk and talk" - tour, you will get an understanding of Swedish society and have the possibility to ask questions.

The City Centre was modernized during the later half of the 20th century. It was a unique project where hundreds of houses were demolished to make way for infrastructure, new buildings and squares! During our walk through the city you will also learn about Swedish inventors like Nobel, about the entrepreneurs behind H&M and IKEA and about the famous "Swedish model". We will pass the Spotify main office located in the entrepreneurial hotspot Urban Escape.

Passing the statue of Gustav II Adolf, who in the 17th century commissioned the famous warship Vasa, we will enter the Old Town, one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. After passing the Royal Palace, we walk through the narrow cobblestoned alleyways in old town and finish at Stortorget.

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  • What's included :
    • Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Konserthuset Stockholm
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Konserthuset Stockholm, Hotorget 8, Stockholm 103 87 Sweden

    We start the tour outside Konserthuset, Stockholm Consert Hall, you will get a short introduction to Sweden and Stockholm

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Kungstornen, Kungsgatan 33, Stockholm 111 56 Sweden

    Kungstornen (King's Towers) are twin tower skyscrapers, were built between 1919 and 1925. They are considered the first modern skyscrapers in Europe :)

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Sergels Torg, Stockholm 111 57 Sweden

    A total renewal of Stockholm city was planned for several decades and decided by the Stockholm town council in 1945, and realised during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. As a result of the project, over 750 buildings were demolished to make way for new infrastructure and redevelopment.
    The renewal of Stockholm city was the largest Swedish urban development project to date and has been both criticised and admired throughout Sweden and internationally. It is regarded as one of the larger of all city renewals in Europe in the aftermath of World War II, even including the cities that were severely damaged during the war.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Kulturhuset, Sergels torg, Stockholm 103 27 Sweden

    House of Culture (Swedish: Kulturhuset) is a cultural centre situated to the south of Sergels torg in central Stockholm, Sweden. Kulturhuset is today a symbol for Stockholm and the growth of modernism in Sweden.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Brunkebergstorg, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden

    Brunkebergstorg is a square in the Norrmalm district of Stockholm's inner city. During the city redevelopment of Stockholm city in the 1960s, almost all of the older buildings around the square were demolished. Today, the square is dominated by financial institutions such as the Riksbank, but during the late 2010's also hotels and restaurants has been established here.

    One very interesting project is "Urban Escape" which has an interesting background:

    The Real Estate company AMF decided to interview 500 young people, both students and those who were already out in work, about which workplace they would like in the future if they had the choice to choose. The answer in brief: an experience.
    They didn't talk so much about houses, but about feelings and experiences. That was the basic idea when Urban Escape was built. Now e.g. Spotify, has their office here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gustav II Adolfs Statue, Gustav Adolfs torg, Stockholm Sweden

    The grandson of Gustav Vasa, Gustav II Adolf, was the "greatest" of our warrior kings. During his time as king the Baltic sea became almost an inland sea, surrounded by Swedish possessions. It was when Gustav II Adolf was king of Sweden the Vasa ship was built!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Parliament Building (Riksdagshuset), Sveriges riksdag, Stockholm 100 12 Sweden

    The predecessor of the parliament (riksdagen) was the “Riksdag of the Estates” (Ståndsriksdagen) where Nobility, Clergy, Burghers, Peasants met separately for discussions before meeting the King in the palace. Until its dissolution in 1866, this institution was the highest authority in Sweden next to the King. In 1866 a parliament with two chambers was introduced, but still without equal voting rights for all citizens. The first elections with general suffrage was held in 1921. This was after a long political struggle led by liberals and socialists.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Royal Palace, Slottsbacken 1, Old Town, Stockholm 111 30 Sweden

    Next stop at "Lejonbacken" on the north side of the Royal Palace. . Peter the Great of Russia put an end to the Swedish dreams of being a great power in Northern Europe. Karl XII, the last of our warrior kings is still pointing to the east (i.e. the statue is pointing), where he and his army, the Caroleans, first had some great victories, but in the end were defeated by Peter the Great in Poltava 1709.

    The age of enlightenment, with growing interest in arts and science, influenced Sweden. Gustav III, an enlightened despot with great interest in theatre, made several contributions in these fields.

    Outside the Royal Palace there is a statue of Carl XIV Johan who was king of Sweden from 1818 to 1844. This king, the first of the Bernadottes, was imported to Sweden from France in the beginning of the 19th century to win back what we lost to the Russians. Instead he put his efforts into diplomacy, building infrastructure and develop education! In 2014, 200 years of peace was celebrated in Sweden. The industrial revolution, natural resources and great Swedish inventions created a foundation for a welfare state, and several entrepreneurs continued the development in the 20th and 21th centuries. !

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Stockholm Old Town, Stockholm Sweden

    We walk on the alleyways of Old Town, including the narrowest alleyway in Stockholm, Mårten Trotzigs gränd (where it is most narrow, only 60 centimetres). We pass a rune stone which is dated to 1070-1100, and the restaurant “Den Gyldene Freden” (The Golden Peace), which has been operating on the same place since 1722.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm Sweden

    Stortorget in the central square of Old Town. Here you can find several restaurants and cafe's.
    The Nobel Price Museum is situated at Stortorget. The Swedish Royal Academies designate the winners of the most prestigious prices in many important fields of science and art.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Hötorget 14, 111 57 Stockholm, Sweden
    Departure Time :
    2:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Stortorget, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Stockholm DriveAndGuide

Activity ID: V-114496P6

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