Why Do You Need Free Walking Tour Stockholm ?
Stockholm is an ancient city, settled in since the Stone Age and citified around the 12th century. As such, it is a very historic city, with various landmarks in and around the city. The city is, however, spread across 14 islands to form an archipelago. To get around the separate islands, one could use various transport methods including the inner city boat line, Djurgårdsfärjan, which would offer extensive views of the city; the Metro, a sophisticated rail system that is both underground and above ground; or by bus, whereby you would only need a common ticket that would allow you to travel all over the city.
If you really want to get a feel of the city itself on the ground, and experience the city’s culture and fabric, you may consider one of the many free walking tours Stockholm offered by different touring agencies in the city. In a city with a total population close to 2.2 million in the metropolitan area, there is much diversity and it is reflected in the culture of the people. Small wonder Sthlm was named European Capital of Culture in 1998. It has many national cultural institutions including three of Sweden’s world heritage sites: Drottningholm Palace, the private residence of the Swedish royal family, Skogskyrkogården, a cemetery designed in 1915, and Birka, an important archaeological site that illustrates the elaborate trading networks of Viking Scandinavia.
There is also magnificent architecture to be enjoyed around the city such as the City hall finished in 1923 and the oldest building in town, Riddarholmskyrkan, which is from the late 13th century. One of the most unusual pieces of «architecture» in town is the Jumbohostel, housed in a converted Boeing 747-200 located at Arlanda Airport. It is evident that the city is very particular on preserving the architectural integrity of the city seeing that the municipality has appointed an official «board of beauty» called «Skönhetsrådet» to protect and preserve the beauty of the city.
For art enthusiasts, there is plenty of eye candy, city has more than 75 museums, making it one of the most crowded museum-cities in the world. The Museum of Modern Art, or ModernaMuseet, is Sweden’s national museum of modern art. It has works by famous modern artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The most renowned museum, though, is the Nationalmuseum. It houses the largest collection of Swedish art, from paintings to objects of art handicraft. The collection dates back to the 16th century, although it also contains works of great artists such as Rembrandt and Antoine Watteau.
I would recommend Stockholm because it has excellent weather. With an average of just over 1800 hours of sunshine per year, it is one of the sunniest cities in Northern Europe, receiving more sunshine than Paris. Plus, it is one of the cleanest capitals in the world. The city was granted the 2010 European Green Capital Award by the EU Commission; this was Europe’s first «green capital. The almost total absence of heavy industry (and fossil fuel power plants) makes city one of the world’s cleanest metropolises. It is very favorable to walking because of the average temperatures experienced throughout the year, daytime temperatures ranging from 13C to 25C in the summer, which is mainly between April and October.
There are also many more events that take place in the city, for example, the Stockholm Marathon that takes place once a year in June. The Nobel Banquet is also hosted there, where the famous Nobel Prize is awarded annually, although the Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. It usually a major event internationally and one would wish to attend. The Pride is the largest Pride event in the Nordic countries and takes place in the last week of July every year. A gay pride festival started in 1998 and followed by 600,000 in 2014.
I would recommend a free walking tour Stockholm as opposed to other methods of travel as it gives an authentic feel to the city. Although bikes are common, they may be dangerous in the winter when there’s ice covering the paths. Taxis are very expensive or you might get ripped off by some dodgy operators who charge exorbitantly.
From their website, free tours in Stockholm offers various free interesting tours around Stockholm in english year round. You only need to tip the guide Stockholm and you don’t even need to make a booking in advance, just show up and you’re in. it’s also a great way to meet people from all over the world.