Free tour of Stockholm's old town

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Matteo
Quality Verified Registered on December 05, 2021

I'm an insatiable traveler with one foot in books and armchair philosophy and the other in the living history of urban and natural landscapes, museums, monuments, libraries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants. I studied philosophy and history in Bologna, Tübingen and Stockholm learning several languages in the meanwhile. I also play the guitar and love singer-songwriting and folk music. I have a fondness for theater, for being on stage, a curiosity for Nordic culture and an untamable interest for the city of Stockholm.

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Tour description

The historical free tour  of Stockholm the Venice of Northern Europe and the capital of Scandinavia is now available in english!


 - Some brief references to the Viking past of Northern Europe in an attempt to explain why, for example, Stockholm cannot be called "Viking" in the same way that Rome can be called Roman and to undermine many of the clichés about the Vikings in light of the most recent research ;
 - Many historical anecdotes and some contextualizations relating to the medieval history of the city of Stockholm and in particular to 1500-1600 ( Stockholm bloodbath , Protestant reform of Olaus Petri and Gustav Vasa and "betrayal" of Protestantism by Queen Christina );
- Some anecdotes relating to the contemporary and more recent history of Stockholm and Sweden (external visit to the Nobel museum and life of Alfred Nobel);
- External visit to the large church;
- Answer to questions and curiosities about Sweden, life in Sweden and the Swedes;
- Practical advice on where to drink and eat and/or where to buy souvenirs;

ITINERARY LIST (3.0 km, approximately 2 hours)

  •  Gamla stan (Metro station - START OF THE TOUR);
  •  Munkbro Brewery and fire of 1625;
  •  Tyska kyrka (German Church);
  • Stortorget and Nobel Prize Museum (external visit with explanation of the Bloodbath of 1520, the Protestant Reformation, the story of Queen Christina and other cornerstones of Swedish history);
  • Storkyrka (Large Church, external visit and explanation of the S.Göran sculpture)
  • Royal Castle (from outside);
  • Parliament Building (exterior);


The point of view is that of a "Swedishized" Italian, who lived in Sweden for eight years studying humanities and who knows closely Swedish history, anecdotes and culture. My goal is to put at your service, through my rhetorical skills, my passion for medieval and contemporary history as well as the knowledge accumulated over years of real life, working in schools and universities and studying in Sweden. Have you heard of Stockholm Syndrome? Have you ever wondered who Alfred Nobel was and why the place where the Nobel Prize winners are announced is located in the Swedish capital? Do you want to know more about the refinement of Christina of Sweden (whose tutor, the French philosopher Descartes, died of fever because he was forced to wake up at 4 in the morning to give philosophy lessons to the ambitious ruler)? Stockholm is nowadays a hyper-modern metropolis, but has it always been this way? How did Stockholmers live in the 1600s? Is there a "songwriting" tradition in Sweden? Why is it sometimes said or thought that Swedes have no history? If these and other questions intrigue you then this is the tour for you!

 Ps. Please note that the contents of the tour are mostly suitable for those tourists who have primarily historical , but also political and social interests.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Gamla stan, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden
    Gamla stan, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden
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    I will be at the left exit of the metro station (T-Bana) Gamla Stan. I will wave an Italian flag.

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    Outside visit
    Gamla Stan
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    Outside visit
  • 3
    Outside visit
    The Royal Palace
  • 4
    Outside visit
    St. Nicholas Cathedral in Stockholm
  • 5
    Outside visit
    St:a Gertrud
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Sergels torg
  • 7
    Outside visit
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Olof Palmes Minnesplats
  • 9
    Outside visit

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Julia 05 Jun 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Buena experiencia. Muy buenas explicaciones y respuesra y buen manejo del grupo y sus diferentes preferencias.
Maria 01 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Matteo molto coinvolgente e appassionato nelle spiegazioni. Veramente una bella esperienza!
Elisa 11 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Un piacevole tour tra i vicoli della città vecchia! Matteo è una guida preparata e super disponibile ad accogliere richieste e rispondere prontamente alle nostre domande. Stoccolma meravigliosa!!
Luciano 11 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Matteo molto bravo e preparato
Emanuela 30 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Matteo molto bravo e professionale
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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