STOCKHOLM — Excursions From Stockholm

If you are spending more than a few days in Stockholm you may like to go a bit further out to visit the countryside and waterways around the city that are within easy reach.

The sights found here are:
Boat Tour Around Lake Mälaren
Cruises Around the Archipelago
Millesgården
Drottningholm Palace

Boat Tour Around Lake Mälaren

Boat Tour Around Lake Mälaren
This freshwater lake is a great place to enjoy time exploring some of Stockholm’s prettiest sights from the water. Boats sail frequently to the palace of Drottingholm which is home to the Swedish royal family. Another place to visit is Mariefred which is a pretty little town on the lake’s southern shore. Here you will find narrow streets, wooden houses and shops selling the local handicrafts. Make sure you take the time to visit Gripsholm Castle which dominates the skyline of the quaint town. Birka is a town on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren that can be reached by boat and is a great place to visit for its beaches as well as its many Viking remains. Boats leave from the dock near City Hall.
For information about boat trips visit the following websites: http://www.stromma.se or
http://www.birka.se
For information about Gripsholm Castle visit the website: http://www.kungahuset.se/royalcourt/royalpalaces/gripsholmcastle.4.396160511584257f218000856.html

Traveller's Tip

You can book online ahead of time or you can buy tickets on the boat but to be sure of a seat get to the boat dock at least a half an hour before departure especially at busy times.
Cruises Around the Archipelago

Cruises Around the Archipelago
The Stockholm archipelago begins around 80 km out from the city. There are around 30,000 islands some of which are less than an hour away from the city centre by boat. There are small, uninhabited islands as well as the larger populated islands of Sandhamn, Blidö and Utö which have hotels, holiday homes, restaurants, marinas and lots of activities on offer for visitors. In the inner archipelago there are green islands but further out the islands are flat, bare rocks with open skylines. There are many boat trips to choose from to visit the Archipelago.
For information about the boat cruises visit the website at: http://www.stromma.se

Millesgården

Millesgården
Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden on the island of Lidingö. It was the home of sculptor Carl Milles and his wife, artist Olga Milles both of whom are buried there and the garden contains some of Carl Milles’ most famous sculptures. As well as the sculpture garden you can visit the studio of Carles Milles, an art gallery, a museum shop and a bistro. It is easy to reach by public transport via the metro to Ropsten and then there are several buses you can catch.
For information about Millesgården visit the website at: http://www.millesgarden.se
For information about public transport to Millesgården visit the website at: http://www.sl.se

Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace
This palace is the home of the Swedish royal family. It is a world heritage UNESCO site and is considered to be the most well-preserved 17th century Swedish castle. It was originally built in the late 16th century for Queen Eleonora and over the years it has been renovated extensively. It is famous for its stunning Baroque interiors and the Castle Church, the Court Theatre and the Chinese Pavilion are particularly magnificent. The gardens surrounding the palace are huge and are worth spending some time in. The castle can be reached by metro and bus as well as by boat.
For information about Drottningholm Palace visit the website at: http://www.kungahuset.se/royalcourt/royalpalaces/drottningholmpalace.4.396160511584257f218000368.html
For information about public transport to Drottningholm Palace visit the website at: http://www.sl.se