Sigtuna & Skokloster: from the Middle ages to the Age of Greatness

  • Guided tour of Sigtuna with a local guide.

  • Duration icon6.5 H
    Participants icon1 - 6
    Offered in English, Russian, Swedish
  • Sigtuna & Skokloster: from the Middle ages to the Age of Greatness

  • Guided tour of Sigtuna with a local guide.

  • Duration icon6.5 H
    Participants icon1 - 6
    Offered in English, Russian, Swedish
  • Offered in English, Russian, Swedish
  • Meet your host, Julia A
    Photo of Julia A

    Hi! My name is Julia. Born in Russia, I've become a passionate lover of Sweden and everything about and around it. That's why I've spent half of my life studying the Swedish mentality, traditions and history... At the moment I work with various projects, some of which involve teaching Swedish, guiding in Sweden, writing books about Sweden - and that's what I'd like to share with you: my knowledge of all the secrets I've discovered so far. What makes me so different from other guides? Well, here are some examples: - I've written 3 thick travel guides over Sweden, Stockholm and Scandinavia, all of them with tons of fascinating facts - I've been guiding in Sweden since 2000 - I create excursions for travelers from all around the world. - I give lectures about Swedish mentality and customs

  • What you will see and do

    Sigtuna is considered to be the oldest still existing town in Sweden. Isn’t it wonderful to visit this place, filled with the traces of history? In Sigtuna, we’ll see and talk about:

    - the runestones. There are plenty of them here! Come and explore why, when and where the Scandinavians once decided to raise these magnificent monuments;

    - the ruins. There are plenty of them in Sigtuna as well! All of them have once been huge churches, standing just several hundred meters away from each other. What happened? Why are they just ruins now?

    - the wooden houses. The main street in Sigtuna has lots of such old buildings, well preserved from the former centuries. In the summer, we’ll be able to visit one of them, a typical home of a middle-class family from the end of the 18th century.

    After spending some time in Sigtuna, we’ll continue to our next destination – the castle Skokloster, where Carl Gustaf Wrangel managed to create a stately home of the Baroque style, meaning to show the Swedish Age of Greatness. The Castle is the only building in Europe with a complete 17th-century building site of equal authenticity. Skokloster is the home to remarkable collections of paintings, furniture, textiles and silver and glass tableware. For instance, you'll find here the famous painting Vertumnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

    Please note that this is a full day tour. The tour starts at 10:00.
    The boat from Sigtuna to Skokloster leaves at 12:30 and it takes about one hour to get to the castle. We'll be back to Sigtuna at 16:15.

    To get to Sigtuna you need to take commuter rail (pendeltåg) 39 in the direction Märsta.
    Get off at Märsta (the final station) and take bus 570 or 575 going to Sigtuna (Hällsboskolan).
    Get off at Sigtuna bus station. I’ll be waiting for you there.

    The entrance to the castle is free of charge. I'll show you around there (be sure, you'll get impressed by the interiors), but some rooms are available only with guides working at the castle. If you want to go on a guided tour and see more, you'll need to pay extra 80 SEK. If you want to see the exhibition, the entrance fee will be 70 SEK. The combi ticket is 115 SEK.

    Please note that the price set is per tour, regardless of how many persons you are.

  • Included iconWhat's included

    guided tour in Sigtuna, visit to the Skokloster castle, visit to the home of a middle-class family from the 18th century (not available all dates)
  • Not included iconWhat's not included

    tickets to Sigtuna (about 43 SEK one way), boat tickets to Skokloster (220 SEK), possible entrance fee to extra rooms in the castle (80 SEK)
  • Policy iconCancellation policy

  • I'll pick you up at Sigtuna bus station

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