Death in Old Town

Death may strike at any moment! Picture courtesy by The Wellcome Collection.

This bloodcurdling tour is not for those who scare easily! In fact, it’s all about the DARK and HORRIBLE side of Stockholm’s history. 

We will talk about murders, grave robbers, the horribly inefficient ways doctors prevented and cured the plague in the 18th century, why Alfred Nobel was so afraid of being buried alive, and the gruesome punishments given to the murderer of King Gustav III in 1792.

In short, if you would like to be reminded of how dirty, dangerous and disease-ridden Stockholm was until very recently, then take this tour. Not for the faint of hearted; only the very bravest are invited to come along.

Included in the tour

  • Descartes: Swiftly killed by the Stockholm weather
  • Suicides in Sweden
  • Raoul Wallenberg: our missing WWII hero
  • Disgusting and poisonous medicine: 18th century medicine
  • Methods of torture and punishment by the Stockholm executioner
  • The plague and cholera in Stockholm

Sights

  • The building where Carolus Linneaus practiced medicine (badly)
  • The two coziest squares in Old Town, and the largest
  • “Hell”, the most dangerous alley in Medieval Stockholm
  • The secret, serene square just 10 seconds from Västerlånggatan
  • Riddarholm’s church
  • The most stunning view of the City Hall and lake Mälaren you could imagine

Practical information

  • Booking is required to keep groups smaller and safer. Thank you for understanding.
  • Masks are not required but please use them if you can.
  • Remember to keep distance between you and others.
  • The Death in Old Town Tour starts by Slussen metro stop, exit Ryssgården, in front of the Stockholm City Museum.
  • The tour is usually 1,5-2 hours long.
  • The tour ends close to the Old Town metro stop
  • Wheelchair accessible? No, unfortunately. Lots of cobblestones in Old Town.
  • Not for children under 12 or anyone prone to fainting in horror.

Death in Old Town Tour Schedule

You need to book your free ticket for the tour so we can ensure smaller and safer groups. If you liked the tour you may tip your guide, they don’t get paid any other way.

Please note: Tours with very few bookings will get canceled and you will get the option to go on the tour another day. Cancellation cut off is 7 pm the day before, so try to book your tour before then. We will contact you by the email you use for the booking. Please make sure to check your email before the tour. If you can’t make it to the tour please contact us, it will be very helpful.

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Meeting point: Slussen Metro



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