In recent years there has been a big increase in free walking tours available in most cities. These can be a really cost effective tourist activity that delivers a lot of benefits. It’s a great way to see a city, understand the history, meet new people and ask questions of a local guide.
On a recent trip to Stockholm we used a Free Walking Tour to see the Old Town. The tour leaves twice daily at 10am and 1pm. There is no booking required, just turn up on time outside Gamla Stan subway station and guides will be waiting!
The tour was excellent, given by a local who was engaging, funny and knowledgeable. Among many sights and stories we explored Stockholm’s narrowest alley, found out about the executioners job within the city, heard about the Stockholm Bloodbath that took place in November 1520 and found out what the hooks on some of the old buildings were used for!
Guides receive no salary other than the tips from tour participants and they run these tours every day even through winter. Therefore tip well as it keeps the company going all year long.
They also do Segway tours, a Subway Art and the Stockholm City walking tour. Another nice resource for exploring this great city is Slow Travel Stockholm.