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Stockholm Old Town on our Own

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We have been looking at shore excursions for Stockholm. We don't know how well I will be able to get around next summer, because I just had a knee replacement. We mainly want to see old town. I was looking at a tour that had a tour to old town and included the Vasa Museum. I was concerned that I might not be able to keep up with a guided tour.

So, I was considering just taking a taxi from the ship to old town, doing some shopping, and then, when we feel like it, taking a taxi back to the ship.

Can anybody see anything wrong with this plan? I assume there will be plenty of taxis available.

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2 minutes ago, Tom O. said:

I was considering just taking a taxi from the ship to old town, doing some shopping, and then, when we feel like it, taking a taxi back to the ship.

The old town (Gamla Stan) has cobblestone streets & sidewalks - in view of your recent surgery, I would recommend wearing very comfortable shoes with good support.

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2 hours ago, dogs4fun said:

The old town (Gamla Stan) has cobblestone streets & sidewalks - in view of your recent surgery, I would recommend wearing very comfortable shoes with good support.

 

I will add that the old town isn't flat either -- some of the streets are sloped. Be careful, bring a walking aid like a cane, and take it easy. It's interesting to wander around (you can do an abbreviated self-guided tour based on the Rick Steves guide or similar), the shops are cute (if pricey), and I especially like the Royal Armory (free) in the Palace. We didn't have any problem finding a taxi, but of course, taxis aren't cheap in Stockholm!

 

If you decide that it would be too much for you, the Vasa Museum is great all on its own and it's in a lovely location itself (Djurgarden). It's hard to go wrong in Stockholm.

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Get to the Vasa earliest - numbers build as the day progresses, and to avoid over-crowding it's one in for every one out when numbers have been reached so the line is very slow.

 

Do you know where you'll be berthed?

There are bus and ho-ho boat options, depending on your berth

 

JB :classic_smile:

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10 minutes ago, John Bull said:

Do you know where you'll be berthed?

There are bus and ho-ho boat options, depending on your berth

 

JB :classic_smile:

I don't know where we will be berthed. We will be on Holland America Zuiderdam. I assume that Holland America ships berth in the same place, but I don't know for sure. I have never been to this part of the world, so I have no experience here.

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14 minutes ago, Tom O. said:

I don't know where we will be berthed. We will be on Holland America Zuiderdam. I assume that Holland America ships berth in the same place, but I don't know for sure. I have never been to this part of the world, so I have no experience here.

You can check the port of Stockholm for your exact berth. The schedule is not yet available for 2020 so you can check back later. Here is the link to the port of Stockholm:

https://www.portsofstockholm.com/vessel-calls/

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And I’ll add a word of encouragement.... I’m guessing your knee will be so much better by summer that you won’t recognize yourself. In 3 to 4 months you will see a huge improvement so keep plugging away at those exercises that hurt so much now. It will have huge benefits in the end. 

Depending on where your ship winds up docking the HoHo boat might well be your best option. It has a stop right by the Royal Palace in Old Town and another quite near the Vasa and Nordic Museums and if you are lucky it has a stop near your ship’s berth as well, although it’s more likely your ship will be docked out at Oceankaj but if it is there will be taxis and public transport readily available. 

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7 minutes ago, mhb1757 said:

it’s more likely your ship will be docked out at Oceankaj but if it is there will be taxis and public transport readily available. 

Actually, Oceankaj is in Copenhagen, not Stockholm.

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3 minutes ago, dogs4fun said:

Actually, Oceankaj is in Copenhagen, not Stockholm.

My bad. Sorry!  Senior moment 🤪😬

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