Few ports can claim such a beautiful approach. Your ship navigates the archipelago of 24,000 islands that stretches for 80km east of Stockholm, a mix of rocky outcrops inhabited only by seabirds and islets boasting stylish wooden summer homes. Wake up early and enjoy it.
There are two major cruise terminals in Stockholm: Stadsgarden and Frihamnen. Some ships may anchor at Nynashamn. Smaller may ships may dock right at old town at Skeppsbron.
You dock right in the center of the city, just steps (10 to 20 minutes away) from a wealth of cultural treasures to the city's elegant stores and historic sights in Gamla stan (Old Town). At times ships anchor here and use tenders.
Approximately half of the cruise liners visiting Stockholm each year call at Frihamnen. There is a large, modern cruise passenger terminal at the port which enables Stockholm to accommodate several so called turnarounds. A turnaround is a cruise that departs from Stockholm. The cruise passengers travel to Stockholm by air, train or car and then board the cruise liner in Stockholm.
It's too far to walk to he Old Town. There is a direct bus number 76 or number 1 from Frihamnen to Gamla Stan and vice versa. (not on Sundays). Look For the small brown building with the large "i" sign on top of the roof, this is where the bus stop is. The bus ticket you can buy in a machine at the bus stop or from the attendant at the small building. Only credit cards are accepted, no cash. You can also buy the Stockholm Card (see below).
Bus 76 drops you off at the royal palace. Bus 1 stops at Stureplan, from where it is a short stroll to Gamla Stan. Both busses run about every 10 minutes, cost is 72 Kroner for a return ticket. The busses are wheelchair friendly.
Also at the new terminal you can buy your bus tickets or the Stockholm Pass.
Shuttles are often provided at around 12 Euro per person. They will drop you off at the Opera House, right across the Royal Palace. Note: The shuttles can get very busy on their return and waiting lines may form.
From Stockholm Arlanda Airport you can reach central Stockholm by a comfortable 40-minute taxi ride or choose the express train that brings you to the city center in a mere 20 minutes.
Nynashamn: Trains run twice an hour to Stockholm and the journey takes just little over an hour.
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Stockholm's beauty is legendary. A modern capital city with a flourishing business life, it has successfully retained its history and natural splendor. Founded in the 13th century, the narrow streets and medieval buildings of the Old Town sit comfortably close to the modern harbor and port facilities, office blocks, hotels, cafes and, of course, cruise ships.Set across 14 different islands, water accounts for a third of Stockholm's total area and contributes significantly to one of the world's most alluring cityscapes. Its numerous waterways are crisscrossed by 57 bridges, while green parklands seem to be around almost every corner. And during the long summer days, there are countless open-air drinking and dining options for enjoying the magnificent natural setting.
Stockholm itself is a city of culture. With over 70 museums throughout the city, there is something to suit everyone's taste. Don't plan on sitting around while in Stockholm because there is plenty to do. Why not rent a paddleboat and see the city from the water - or check out Stockholm from above while gazing from a hot air balloon.
Vasa Museet (The Vasa Museum)> The impressive warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 but were salvaged 333 years later in 1961. She has since been restored and can now be seen with her complete lower rigging at the Vasa Museum – the only museum of its kind in the world.
Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum, was founded in 1891 and features some 150 cultural-historic buildings from all over Sweden. It includes a zoo with wild and domestic Nordic animals and is the venue for traditional annual festivities, markets, folk dance displays and other celebrations. Here, you can learn about traditional Swedish handicraft and folklore.
Gamla Stan (The Old Town)
The historic center of Stockholm is renowned for its narrow cobblestone alleys, beautiful houses, many shops, restaurants and sights. Explore the Old Town on your own or join one of the many, guided walks.
Kungliga Slottet (The Royal Palace)
The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden. Completed in 1754, it is one of the largest inhabited palaces in Europe. Many parts of the Palace are open to the public, i.e. the State Apartments, the Royal Armoury and the Treasury.
The City Hall is one of the best-known landmarks of Stockholm and the city's administrative and representative center. In the Blue Hall, the world famous Nobel Prize banquet takes place every year, followed by a ball in the Golden Hall. Daily guided tours.
Museet (Museum of Modern Art)
Designed by one of the world's most distinguished contemporary architects, Rafael Moneo, the museum is regarded as one of the most interesting architectural buildings worldwide. The museum houses one of Europe's finest collections of modern art. Free entrance.
National Museum of Fine Arts)
Sweden's largest art gallery with collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and handicrafts. Works by Sweden's foremost painters, as well as Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin.
The home of sculptor Carl Milles. Some of his best works are on display in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Museet (The Museum of National Antiquities and the Gold
The Museum of National Antiquities in Sweden is responsible for Swedish cultural history and art from the Stone Age to the 16th century and houses a much-appreciated Viking exhibition. Sweden's finest gold and silver treasures are on display in the magnificent Gold Room.
Slott och Slottsteater (Drottningholm Palace and Court
The current residence of the Royal Family. In 1991, Drottningholm became the first Swedish site to be included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. One may enjoy the Palace, the surrounding Baroque Garden and English Park, the Chinese Pavilion and the Court Theatre. The court theatre is the oldest theatre in the world, preserved in its original state and with the stage machinery still in use. Performances take place during the summer.
Museum (The Nobel Museum)
Cutting edge design and technology present the history of the Nobel Prize. Learn about Alfred Nobel, the Laureates and their groundbreaking discoveries and ideas.
Hop on/off buses from Open Top Tours are available at both terminals.
In addition at the Stadsgarden berth there are hop on/off sightseeing boats.
The Stockholm Pass gives you free entry to 75 museums and attractions, free travel by public transport, free sightseeing by boat as well as several other bonus offers. You decide whether you want a card that is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The card will not be valid until it is stamped with the time and date the first time you use it. Three child cards can be purchased per adult card. The card is valid once per attraction and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus and commuter train.
Whatever form of transportation you decide to take, make sure you will be at noon time at the Royal Palace court to watch the spectacular changing of the guards. (Sundays and holidays an hour later). Bus 76 from Frihammen has a bus stop here. Note: The changing of the guard is each day performed by another regiment or part of the armed forces, some times spectacular, some times somewhat less.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. World famous for its design and crystal, you'll find a whole lot more from exclusive fashion stores filled with the latest trends, to handicrafts and souvenirs. For the Non European Union visitor, it is easy to get a refund of the local sales tax (VAT) on purchases.
The national currency is the Swedish krona (SEK, plural kronor). 1 USD is about 5.91 SEK, 1 EUR is about 9.43 SEK and 1 GBP is about 12.28 SEK.
Automatic teller machines take major credit cards. Most stores, restaurants and bars accept all major credit cards, although in some cases there is a SEK 5 fee or a lowest purchase limit (between 50 - 100 SEK).
Swedish is the national language of Sweden, but you will find that people, especially those below the age of 70, also speak English very well - an estimated 89% of Swedes can speak English.
112 is the phone number to dial in case of fire, medical or criminal emergency.
Wifi is not available at the quays, however in town many restaurants and cafes offer free wifi. All hop on/off buses offer free wifi.
Standard Swedish shopping hours are Monday to Friday 0900-1600 and Saturday 0900-1400. In Stockholm, however, many stores are open for longer and on Sunday.
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