For some travelers the opportunity to take a guided walking tour of historic buildings is about as appealing as taking a walk through an airport security checkpoint. Yet even those travelers would find the offerings by Stockholm tour operator Upplev Mer cool. That’s because their tours don’t walk alongside acclaimed architecture—they walk on top of it!
Literally. Participants on a Upplev Mer tour scamper across Stockholm’s roof tops like Mary Poppins. Except, instead of using an umbrella for safety, they rely on hard hats, harnesses and cables.
That safety equipment is not the result of some unneeded, overprotective measure. The tour’s rooftop route reaches heights of over 65 meters (215 feet) above the pavement. Most of the way is narrow and without any sort of fencing or handrails (almost as if the rooftops of these two century-old buildings weren’t designed for people to regularly walk along). It is for these reasons that Upperlev Mer insists that their tour goers not wear high heel shoes or be under the influence of alcohol.
After your tour, though, you may well want a drink. It is a somewhat dizzying adventure and nerve racking climb Upperlev Mer takes you along. And completely excellent!
The chance to view Stockholm’s scenic cityscape from such heights makes it one of Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite experiences in the whole of the Swedish capital, well worth the €60 tour cost. And if you happen to be interested in what your tour guide tells you about Stockholm’s history, well, then that’s a nice bonus.
If you go: Upplev Mer runs public tours at various times from noon onwards. We suggest taking a tour around dusk—you’ll get sunset views and on opportunity to climb the route , partly for the sunset views and partly for the chance to make part of the climb alongside cool LED-lighting (see pic below). Tours run rain or shine so check the forecast before you book.