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Pre tour sightseeing in Stockholm

My husband and I are joining a RS tour mid June in a Stockholm. We will have almost 2 full days before the tour begins to see sights on our own. We plan on a dinner cruise on the archipelago. I am looking for other recommended sights. The tour will include a walking tour of Gamla Stan, the Vasa Museum, a tour of City Hall. We will be visiting an outdoor museum similar to Skansen in Lillehammer, so would probably skip it unless it is quite unique. Ideas from those of you who have had the experience?

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if RS tour is going to cover Stockholm, why not go to where it isnt?

Im sure the tour will cover more than the 4 items listed?

I havent been to the other "outdoor" cultural museums, but i did go to Skansen. I wish i had more time to see it, but i will go back again. The other nearby museums i like were the Nordic and Maritime museum.

The coin museum in Stockhom and which RS mentions in his book was cool. But i like coins/$$$.

I also like the Army museum and the Royal Mews. again, its something i like, guns and horses.

happy trails.

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What dates in mid-June?
The reason that I ask is that Midsommarsafton and Midsommar are June 20 and 21. Your options will be different if you are there over Midsommar.

Posted by
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Thanks for your reply, we will arrive June 13. Our tour group begins at dinner on the 15. So we have, at the most a day and a half of sightseeing on our own.

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How about visiting Millesgården, The Nordic Museum and Skansen (it is very worthwhile as well as the one in Lillehammer in my opinion)? For fun, what about Tivoli Gröna Lund or if into ABBA,, ABBA The Museum?

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Here's Rick's page on this tour: If you click the "Pre-Tour" tab, you'll see the following:


  • Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Stockholm before your tour begins, use Rick Steves' Scandinavia guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Swedish (although many locals speak English well), and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Stockholm that we will not be doing as a group (see your guidebook for details): Royal Armory; Skansen; archipelago cruise; Millesgården sculpture museum; Drottningholm Palace; Royal Palace Museums; day trips to Uppsala or Sigtuna; overnight trips to Helsinki or Tallinn.

I liked the Millesgården a lot. The Drottningholm Palace was also interesting, and I'm not usually a "palace person"; the Royal Palace Museums and Royal Armory were less interesting to me. If you take a boat to Drottningholm, don't forget sunscreen (ask me how I know). I also enjoyed just walking around Stockholm, especially the Gamla Stan (old center) and Södermalm (island south of Gamla Stan); it's a very pleasant city to just hang out in.