If you have experienced a cruise through Lake Mälaren yet, this summer is definitely the time to do it! Lake Mälaren is full of hidden gems well worth a visit. We have gathered our best tips of excursions to palaces, picturesque towns and sights, combined with a cruises through the third largest lake in Sweden. On our list you can also find two world heritage sites - Birka the Biking City and Drottningholm Palace. At the bottom of this page you can find a map with all destinations.
A trip to the Viking City of Birka is a must if you are visiting Stockholm. It’s on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites and a perfect day trip for the whole family. When you visit Birka the Viking City you will get to experience what life looked like during the Viking age – how they lived, what they ate and what the town looked like. During the summer they have plenty of events and themed activities, such as Children’s Birka, Archeology day and Vikings at Birka. On the island you can find the Viking Restaurant Särimner where you can enjoy a typical Viking meal or Café Eldrimner for ice cream or snacks.
Information/boat ticket: Pre book your boat ticket to Birka online for guaranteed space. The ticket includes cruise, guided tour through the archaeological area and entry to the museum.
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Drottningholm Palace is Sweden’s first world heritage site and permanent residence of the Swedish Royal family. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area – magnificent halls, the palace church, the Chinese Pavilion, the palace theatre and the spectacular garden. If you are interested in gardening the palace park is something out of the ordinary - filled with arbores, water features, walkways and lush green spaces. Visit the palace’s shop and café/restaurant Karamellan or the China palace café for a traditional Swedish waffle.
Information/boat ticket: Pre book your boat ticket to Drottningholm Palace online for guaranteed space. The ticket includes a guided cruise.
Did you know that Sigtuna is the oldest town that still exists in Sweden? This picturesque town has been a meeting point for people for over a thousand years and has a fantastic history, something the guide will tell you about during the cruise from Stockholm. You can also join a guided tour through the town with Sigtuna Museum & Art. Stroll through the cosy streets and look in the shops or grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafés and restaurants. Café Tant Brun Kaffestuga is located in the oldest wooden house in Sigtuna and here you can enjoy a sandwich or traditional Swedish fika.
Information/boat ticket: Pre book your boat ticket to Sigtuna online for guaranteed space. The ticket includes a guided cruise and entry to Sigtuna Museum & Art.
Skokloster Castle is a beautiful baroque castle, considered to be one of the top ones in Europe. In the castle you can see unique paintings, furniture and amazing handicraft, such as a glass crown from 1672. The rooms look exactly like they did 350 years ago – the Count’s room is still furnished like it was back in the day. You can also join a guided tour through the castle. Don’t forget to explore the lush surroundings with apple trees and large grass areas – perfect for a picnic!
Information/boat ticket: Pre book your boat ticket to Skokloster Castle online for guaranteed space. The ticket includes a guided cruise and entry to the castle.
Enjoy a guided cruise to quaint town through beautiful Lake Mälaren with classic steam ship S/S Mariefred. In Mariefred you can stroll through the cobbled streets and visit the charming boutiques and cafés. In Mariefred you can also travel with a historical steam train that is over 100 years old. Don’t miss a visit to historical Gripsholm Castle. Here you can find one of Europé’s most well preserved theatres from the 1800’s and a large portrait collection.
Information/boat ticket: Pre book your boat ticket to Mariefred online for guaranteed space. The ticket includes a guided cruise.