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Gamla stan

Gamla stan

Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252.

All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. Gamla Stan is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curios and souvenirs. The narrow winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in so many different shades of gold, give Gamla Stan its unique character. Even now cellar vaults and frescoes from the Middle Ages can be found behind the visible facades, and on snowy winter days the district feels like something from a story book.

There are several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan, including Sweden’s national cathedral Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. The largest of the attractions in the district is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. In addition to the reception rooms, there are several interesting museums in the Palace, including the Royal Armory, with royal costumes and armor. Don't miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.

Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan are the district’s main streets. The city wall that once surrounded the city ran inside these streets along what is now Prästgatan. In the middle of Gamla Stan is Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. Stortorget is the central point from which runs Köpmangatan, the oldest street in Stockholm, which was mentioned as early as the fourteenth century. Mårten Trotzigs gränd (Mårten Trotzigs alley) is hard to find. It’s the narrowest alley in Gamla Stan, only 90 centimeters wide at its narrowest point. Make sure not to miss Riddarholmen and the Riddarholmen Church. The church is a royal burial church, and was built as a Franciscan monastery for the so-called Grey Brother monks in the thirteenth century.

Comments (11)
Kristina Krautz Berlin 3/20/2014 4:49 PM
the best day in Gamla Stan

We had a perfect day in Gamla Stan. thank you for the tip to book a private guide :) www.stockholmguiding.com

Susan Chester London 3/15/2014 4:23 PM
stockholm city

I have visited my friend in Stockholm many times, love it. I have seen all the Islands and all are fascinating and beautiful

Ria South africa 9/24/2013 8:39 PM
Gamla Stan - beautiful!

Gamlastan, visited in 2011, enjoyed the old city as well as the palace, changing of the guard. Loved the narrow streets, going back Dec. 2013 for a longer stay.

JackieM Georgetown, Malaysia 4/29/2013 8:21 AM
Such A Charming & Lovely Place

I was at Gamla Stan on 23/08/2012! Hope to go back for more of it! :D

Dean Point lonsdale Australia 4/19/2013 3:27 PM
Beautiful town and even more beautiful locals

Yes it's a tourist fairy tale place but the people running most of these cafes are really interesting characters who have a genuine interest in what country you are from and are so warm and friendly. Hospitality and friendliness awesome will defininity try to get back again this summer

Adrianna Dallas, TX 8/17/2012 7:11 PM
Quaint, but also full of tourists

Charming colored buildings crammed together line the cobble stone streets streaming with tourists. The shops are overflowing with souvenirs. Possible tourist trap, but still recommended to at least walk through.

Kim Diamant MIAMI 5/4/2012 11:57 AM
Design Gem

If you love design and architecture this is city is truly a gem.

Leah Athens 12/11/2011 7:50 PM

It's AMAZING!!!!So classy.

Milind Kapadia Dar es Salaam 8/27/2011 11:03 AM
Beautiful Place

Gamla stan is beautiful place for visitors. One must visit that place.

Ada Piraeus,Greece 6/23/2009 8:57 PM
Lovely place as a fairytale

I was there too since 13-20/6/2009!

Chris Winnipeg, MB 6/16/2009 11:19 AM
Welcome to Stockholm

Chris was here 2009-06-16

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