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Gamla StanStockholm

Which landmarks will you pick when the entire Old Town is a landmark in itself? Simply enjoying the ambiance in this beautiful historical part of the city should be top of your list.

Stockholm's Old City is a real gem for locals and visitors alike. The city's pupils and students can often be seen on school trips where they learn more about the city's fascinating past. The Old Town, which goes by the name of "Gamla stan", is like an outdoor museum that often features in the lyrics of famous troubadours Carl Michael Bellman and Evert Taube. This is where Stockholm was founded by King Birger Jarl in order to defend the sea-approach to Lake Malaren and its waterways before Sweden had been unified. The Old Town is the very heart of the Swedish capital. You'll definitely enjoy the terrific atmosphere on your strolls though the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways.

It's a good idea to find your accommodation in the Old Town; a stay in this quaint neighbourhood in the centre of Stockholm means you'll get to enjoy it fully. Explore the Medieval structure of the two main arteries, the pedestrianised Vasterlanggatan and Osterlanggatan. This web of narrow streets and alleyways have barely changed since the city was founded, and it's difficult to conceive that there once were plans to tear down this beautiful neighbourhood in order to modernise it.

Be sure to visit The Castle, the impressiveStorkyrkan, the statue Sankt Goran och draken and The German Church. There are several restaurants that have kept the traditional arched vaults that serve up excellent food, so there's no need to venture far for a delicious lunch or dinner. There are also several bakeries and cafés if you need a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon. Take a stroll along the quays and check out the beautiful old ships, in particular the stunning Malardrottningen. Don't miss the chance to visit the Nobel Museum, located at The Old Stock Exchange right by Stortorget. This was the scene of the horrifying Stockholm Blood Bath in 1520 which was order by Christian II of Denmark. Approximately 80 prominent citizens who opposed the Danish rule were brutally assassinated as the streets of the Old Town were said to run red with their blood.

The Old Town is also a fantastic shopping destination. Locals and visitors alike come here to browse and purchase art, antiquities, handicraft, clothes and shoes. Osterlanggatan is a long row of shops and boutiques that will spark anyone's curiosity, whereas Vasterlanggatan is the ideal spot to pick up souvenirs.

The Old Town has its own underground station, called "Gamla stan". The neighbourhood is almost completely pedestrianised so you can't take a bus into the actual area, but you'll find plenty of connections within a five minute walk.

Be sure to take on the magical atmosphere of this gorgeous Medieval town centre!

Top hotels in Gamla Stan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Scandic Gamla Stan
Scandic Gamla Stan
4 out of 5
Lilla Nygatan 25, Stockholm
The price is £85 per night

Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stockholm Palace and Royal Swedish Opera. National Museum and Stockholm City Hall are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"Location was just minutes from the train station, although it was slightly challenging to pull luggage along the cobblestone streets. Breakfast was very nice! Reception was helpful in booking a taxi to the airport."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Scandic Gamla Stan
Castle House Inn
Castle House Inn
2.5 out of 5
Brunnsgränd 4, Stockholm
The price is £44 per night

Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Museum and Stockholm Palace. Stockholm City Hall and Vasa Museum are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)
Fantastic location and great price

"INCREDIBLE location in beautiful oldtown Gamla Stan. Easy check-in process and was able to leave luggage before check-in and after check-out. Shared bathrooms are perfectly clean, although no toiletries are provided in either the room or the bathroom."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2019

Castle House Inn
ApartDirect Gamla Stan
ApartDirect Gamla Stan
4 out of 5
Prastgatan 50, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Located in Gamla Stan, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Stortorget and Stockholm Palace. Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm City Hall are ...

4/5Very Good! (53 reviews)

"Great location in the centre of the old town. Just because it’s the oldest house it doesn’t mean the apartment needs to be grubby!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2019

ApartDirect Gamla Stan
First Hotel Reisen
First Hotel Reisen
4 out of 5
Skeppsbron 12, Stockholm
The price is £99 per night

Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Museum, Stockholm Palace and Royal Swedish Opera. National Museum and Vasa Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"No problems at all with this location, food was great, staff were great."…"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2020

First Hotel Reisen
Hotell Skeppsbron
Hotell Skeppsbron
2.5 out of 5
Skeppsbron 26, Stockholm
The price is £58 per night

Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Museum and Stockholm Palace. Royal Swedish Opera and National Museum are also within 15 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (313 reviews)
Thums up!

"Perfect location right in Gamla Stan, cozy and historic vibes in a house from the 17th century, very friendly and helpful staff and free candy, tea, coffee and cookies in our hallway for a late evening snack!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019

Hotell Skeppsbron
Mälardrottningen Hotel
Mälardrottningen Hotel
3 out of 5
Riddarholmskajen, Stockholm
The price is £75 per night

Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of House of Nobility and Stockholm Palace. Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm City Hall are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)
Perfect Stay

"This floating hotel was absolutely amazing. From check in to check out. A+. I was able to check in early after a long flight and bus ride from the airport. The room was small, clean and everything you would have expected from this type of hotel. The hotel was great and not over priced like most. ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Mälardrottningen Hotel

Popular places to visit in Gamla Stan

Stockholm Palace
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Stockholm Palace

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Explore banquet halls and reception rooms, find 18th-century art and watch the changing of the guard at the official residence of Sweden’s royal family.

Nobel Museum
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Nobel Museum

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Visit a museum dedicated to the Nobel Prize. Learn about the life of the prize’s pioneer, the winners and their creativity.

Stockholm Cathedral
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Stockholm Cathedral

5/5(1 review)

See the oldest known image of Stockholm, find interesting sculptures and attend live music events at this historic cathedral.

Museum of Medieval Stockholm
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Museum of Medieval Stockholm

4.5/5(28 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Museum of Medieval Stockholm, a museum with a storied past, during your holiday in Central Stockholm. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

House of Nobility
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House of Nobility

Find out about the history of Central Stockholm when you take a trip to House of Nobility. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries.

Stortorget
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Stortorget

This colorful square marking the center of the city has been an important meeting place for centuries.

Top things to do in Gamla Stan

Red Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Boat
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Red Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Boat

£22
Per adult
Red Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Option
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Red Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Option

£29
Per adult
Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£31
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Stockholm’s Old Town & Vasa Museum Private Walking Tour
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Stockholm’s Old Town & Vasa Museum Private Walking Tour

£301
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Stockholm Old Town Walk (Small Group Tour)
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Stockholm Old Town Walk (Small Group Tour)

£23
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The story of Stockholm and Sweden in three chapters, a small group tour!
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The story of Stockholm and Sweden in three chapters, a small group tour!

£30
Per adult

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