I had not been here for 25 years and my memory played no tricks - Stockholm remains one of the most spectacular cities in Northern Europe. The enjoyment starts three hours before docking as you cruise through the Stockholm Skrgrde ... Read More
I had not been here for 25 years and my memory played no tricks - Stockholm remains one of the most spectacular cities in Northern Europe. The enjoyment starts three hours before docking as you cruise through the Stockholm Skrgrde (Archipelago). There are three main docks where cruise ships tie up. The Oriana berthed at Fryhamnshaven, about a 15 minutes free shuttle ride to the city centre. There were no quayside taxis offering sightseeing trips. Sister ship Aurora was berthed at the much more walkable and picturesque Stadsg?rdskajen - probably luck of the draw.
There is far too much to see than can be achieved in a day. For a brief overview you have the option of a ship's excursion, a hop-on-hop-off bus available in the city centre, or a hop-on-hop-off ferry (several similar operators), which will take you around the central harbour areas. We took this as it was the cheapest option and offered lovely views of most of the downtown cityscape. Price 220SKr pp (c. Â£10.00 / US$15.00) from the Gamla Stan (Old Town) waterfront, beneath the Royal Palace.
One of the stopping points is the 'must visit' Vasa Museum, where a huge salvaged and restored 16th C. sailing ship is on display - absolutely remarkable and the 200SKr entrance fee (C. Â£9.00 / US$14.00) is well worth it, whether you stay for an hour, or all day (which you could easily do).
A walk around the Old Town is a 'must do' and the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace is the best I have seen anywhere. It happens daily at Noon and I recommend getting into the square in front of the Palace at least 45 minutes before hand in order to have a clear view.
Clean, safe and as many people speak English - easy to be understood. Lots of tourists, especially in Summer. Read Less