Free Walking Tours in Stockholm

There are 4 types of free walking tours available in Stockholm, including Old Town (Gamla Stan), New Town, alternative Södermalm, as well as ghost tours.

We let you know about your options, provide schedules, and explain what you will see on each tour.


Free Walking Tours




For most people today, a “free tour” is really a “pay-what-you-wish tour” or a “tips-based tour”. 

There is no cost to book your spots and you are under no obligation to pay anything for your experience.

At the end of the tour, if you enjoyed yourself, it’s customary to pay what you think the tour was really worth or what you could afford.



Keep in mind, however, that these free walking tours can have quite large groups of participants.

If you’d rather have the guarantee of a smaller group – which can allow you more interaction with your guide – you might consider taking a paid small group tour.

For a truly free option, check out our suggestions for self-guided walks.



There are several companies that offer free (pay-what-you-wish) walking tours in Gamla Stan, the historic core of Stockholm.

As you might expect, this is one of the oldest areas in the city and it’s full of historic locations. If you want to learn about Stockholm’s past, these tours are a great place to start!


Free Gamla Stan Tour


You can expect to see some of the following sites on these outings:

  • Stockholm Royal Palace
  • Parliament 
  • Royal Opera House
  • German Church
  • Nobel Museum
  • Riddarholmen
  • The Iron Boy
  • Stortorget
  • And more!

If you’re interested in visiting these locations and learning more about them, consider one of the following tours.

Below them, we also list self-guided tours of the Gamla Stan.

Rainbow Tours

This company offers three different free walking tours including this one, which focuses on the Gamla Stan district of Stockholm. 


Rainbow Tours Meeting Point


If you’re interested in taking this tour, it’s available every day at 10:00 am (except for Mondays) in both English as well as Spanish.

Book this tour or learn more.

Nordic Freedom Tours

We really like this company. They are very well-reviewed and offer 2 free tours in English every day of the week. They also offer both tours in Spanish.

The Old Town Tour runs every day at 10 am and 3 pm and it begins in Gamla Stan, which is conveniently just outside the metro station of the same name.

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this company is running a limited schedule of tours – see our calendar).

3 Crowns

Another well-reviewed tour provider, this company also offers multiple free walking tours in Stockholm, including this one which covers Gamla Stan.

They offer their tours in English, Spanish, and German. 

The Old Town tour is available at 10 am and 1 pm each day and it starts at the top of the stairs by Sergels Torg.

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this company is running a limited schedule of tours – see our calendar).

World Wide Free Tours

This company appears to be relatively new on the scene. They do not have a large pool of reviews on TripAdvisor.

However, what we like about them is that in addition to the standard tours of the Old Town and New Town, they also offer a ghost tour nightly.


If you don’t feel like taking a walk on someone else’s schedule, why not go on your own time?

Both of these self-guided tours go through Old Town.

Happiest Outdoors

This free self-guided tour from Happiest Outdoors comes with an interactive map. The walk is almost 2 miles long with some stairs and hills included.

The writer recommends you budget 1.5 to 2 hours to leave time for leisurely walking and making occasional stops. Coffee break locations are also recommended along the trail.

Nomad Epicureans

This free self-guided walking tour also comes with an interactive map.

The walk will lead you through the middle of the Stockholm city center, focusing on Old Town and Norrmalm. This route is much longer than the first and covers approximately 4.6 miles. 



There are multiple pay-what-you-want walking tours that will take you to the New Town area of Stockholm. 

In addition to seeing the halls of the city government, this neighborhood is also where you’ll find some of the most notable theatres and other artistic sites in the city.

New Town is also a great place for restaurants and shopping!


Stockholm New City


You can expect to see the following landmarks while on these outings:

  • City Hall
  • Klara Church
  • Norrmalmstorg
  • Sergels Torg
  • Santiago Jacob Church
  • Royal Dramatic Theatre
  • Stockholm Concert Hall
  • Where the Nobel Prize is Awarded
  • And more!

To discover these locations and learn more about them, take one of the free walking tours listed below.

Rainbow Tours

In addition to their tour of Gamla Stan, this company also offers a pay-what-you-want walking tour of New Town Stockholm.

This tour is available in English every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 4 pm. You will meet your guide at Gustavo Adolfo Square.

Book this tour or learn more.

Nordic Tours

Aside from their Old Town tour, this company also has a pay-what-you-want walking tour of New Town which is available in both English and Spanish.


Free Stockholm Tour Meeting Point


This tour is available every day at 10 am and it actually begins in Gamla Stan, just outside the metro station of the same name.

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this company is running a limited schedule of tours – see our calendar).

3 Crowns

This is yet another option for a New Town pay-what-you-want walking tour in Stockholm, and it includes details about the origins of Stockholm Syndrome.

Visitors can take this tour every day at 10 am in English and 10:30 am in Spanish (tour is suspended)


Södermalm (Hipster Island)

If you’re looking for a tour that will take you to one of the more unique areas of Stockholm, there are at least two companies that offer free walking tours of Södermalm, otherwise known as Hipster Island.


Free Tour Södermalm 

This neighborhood is known for being a hotbed of cultural change with a variety of gardens, sculptures, and markets to peruse. 

Although this used to be an industrial area, it has since become reclaimed by an entirely different group of people and businesses, which is why the area has become known as Hipster Island.

These tours include stops at some of the following sites:

  • Björns Garden
  • Katarina Church
  • Mariatorget Park
  • Medborgarplatsen
  • Maria Magdalena Church
  • Monteliusvägen viewpoint
  • Secret Little Horse Statue
  • And more!

Visit and learn about these locations and more while on one of the following pay-what-you-want walking tours.

Rainbow Tours

Much like their other services, this company also offers a free walking tour of Södermalm which covers a lot of interesting locations and subjects in the area.

This tour is available at 4 pm every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and it’s only offered in English.

Book this tour or learn more.

3 Crowns

If you’re looking for a pay-what-you-wish walking tour of Södermalm in Spanish, this company offers the only option on our list.

They also have an English tour of this location as well!

Their English tour is available daily at 3:30 pm, while the Spanish tour is offered every day at 1:30 pm.

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this company is running a limited schedule of tours – see our calendar).



In addition to all the free tours of specific neighborhoods in Stockholm, there are two pay-what-you-wish walking tours which discuss the haunted history of the city.

Whether or not you believe in the paranormal, chances are you’ll find it interesting to learn about some of the darker aspects of Stockholm’s history.

Here are just a few of the subjects you’ll learn about on these outings:

  • Hell Alley
  • Carolus Linneaus
  • Riddarholm’s Church
  • The story of Descartes
  • The Plague and Cholera
  • Punishments given to King Gustav III’s murderer
  • And more!

If you want to learn about these disturbing details and more, please consider taking the following tours.

Rainbow Tours

This tour through Gamla Stan will last 1.5 hours to get to know the most important stories of the island and enter the darkest legends.

After the tour, join your tour guide and fellow guests on a visit to several local pubs for a mini-crawl.

  • Fridays and Saturdays @19:00 (7 pm). 

3 Crowns

Discover the disturbing side of Stockholm’s history on this pay-what-you-want walking tour which will take you to some of the more unique areas of the city.

This tour is typically available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 pm, and it’s only offered in English.




Free Tour with the Stockholm Pass


TIP: If you are considering or have already purchased a tourist attraction discount pass, such as the Stockholm Passthen keep in mind that these passes already include, for free, walking tours, boat tours, and bus tours throughout the city! 

This pass offers 3 tours a day for English and German-speaking travelers starting each hour from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Weekly tours based upon a theme such as art and food are also offered.

The pass includes access to over 60 other attractions and tours, so you don’t have to worry about scheduling other activities before or after your tour.



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About the author

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers.

Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.