‘Stockholm Pass’ debuts in Sweden

By Bob Schulman.

The Grona Lund Tivoli is among dozens of attractions on Djurgarden Island. Here’s good news for tourists who’d like to go sightseeing in Stockholm – but who don’t have much time to do it, nor a wallet packed with cash. It’s the latest product of the Leisure Pass Group, and its holders enjoy access to more than 60 top Stockholm attractions, monuments and the like along with all kinds of boat and bus tours of the city and its surrounding areas.

Among featured stops and tours included in the deeply discounted pass are: the country’s royal palace (still the official residence of the king of Sweden), the royal canal boat tour (showcasing Stockholm’s spectacular skyline), a trip to Grona Lund Tivoli on Djurgarden Island (packed with 30-plus rides and attractions), a gondola ride to the top of the the 425-foot-high Ericsson Globe (the world’s largest spherical building), the Junibackan fairytale world, the Riddarholmen Church (the burial place of Swedish kings and queens) and an around-the-clock “hop on, hop off” combination boat and bus ticket.

Stops are made at several museums including the Vasa Museum (where visitors can check out King Gustav II Adolf’s prize warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628), the Nobel Museum, (featuring the work of its founder, Alfred Nobel, and other Nobel Laureates), the Museum of Photography, and the Museum of Spirits (spotlighting the history of alcoholic drinks and displaying the Absolut Vodka collection of over 850 works of art).

The Drottningholm Palace is a top tourism draw.

Another popular stop is at the Storkyrkan Cathedral in the city’s medieval Old Town. Dating back to the beginning of Stockholm in the 1200s, this is the city’s most important church, having hosted major events in Swedish history such as coronations and royal weddings.

Hop on, hop off tour bus operates around the clock. The Stockholm Pass works on a simple scan-and-enter system, so holders enjoy the convenience of not having to pre-book or wait in line for tickets at any of the featured stops. The one-day pass starts at 595SEK  (a little under US$70) per adult and 298SEK (a shade less than US$35) per child ages 6-15, with two-, three- and five-day pass options available. For a full list of attractions, bookings and more information on the Stockholm Pass visit www.StockholmPass.com.

The Leisure Pass Group operates similar pass programs in London, Paris, Berlin and Dublin.

Photos courtesy of the Leisure Pass Group.

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