While I am sure there are lots of cities around the world where you can see vintage trams, and perhaps travel in them, Stockholm offered me the opportunity to experience it firsthand.
The Djurgårdslinjen Line service between Norrmalmstorg and Waldemarsudde, also called Tram # 7N, is a well-maintained piece of history that plies this historic route. Some of these trams go back as far as the 1910s, right up to the 1960s, with most of them from Stockholm. However, a few of them are also from Gothenburg and even as far as Oslo.
Like the rest of the tram routes in Stockholm and Sweden for that matter, this line was a fully functional one, until 1967. That’s the year when Sweden switched from left-hand to right-hand traffic. However, in 1991, this line was restored as a heritage tram line.
It’s operational on weekends, April to December, and all days, July to August. Hopping onto this tram is an excellent way to see what Stockholm has to offer, including several museums, the Gröna Lund Tivoli and Hasselbacken restaurant.
However, for a different taste of Stockholm on the move, it’s worth trying out the Rolling Café. On weekends during these two months, a modified trailer is coupled to the other motorcars on the line. If, by chance, you find yourself in Stockholm over the weekend during these months, and feel that your legs are tired, but your enthusiasm to explore hasn’t, then why not take a ride. On board, settle down at a seat with a great view, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds that Stockholm has to offer, as you sip on your cup of tea or coffee with a cinnamon bun.
Just remember that the regular tram service is part of the public transport in Stockholm. The Rolling Café isn’t. When you board the regular tram, you can use a transport card if you have previously purchased one or a coupon if it is part of your city tour package. However, for the café tram, you will need to pay once you board.