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Gamla Stan


Gamla Stan

Known for Shopping, Dining and Romantic

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.

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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!

Things to do near Gamla Stan

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Trover photo by William Kell

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Trover photo by Abi Picaku

Catch an event at Ericsson Globe during your trip to Johanneshov. Discover the area's shops or seek out its local tours.

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The illuminated skyline of the Swedish capital is a glorious subject for photos. Learn the tricks and secrets of night photography from a professional guide. Walk past iconic sights like the Royal Palace lit up against the night sky, and stroll on impeccably preserved cobbled streets in Old Town.

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Ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time at hand, this tour introduces you to the charming Swedish capital from both land and water. See major sights like the Royal Palace and Vasa Museum from the comfort of a luxurious coach and cruise around the quaint Stockholm archipelago.

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Make the most out of your time in Stockholm with a pass that lets you save on admission at more than 60 top attractions. Head to the top of SkyView to gaze down over the archipelago, take a hop-on hop-off bus to the Royal Palace, and breeze into the Vasa Museum with just a swipe of your card.

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Get to know Stockholm at your own pace with a double-decker bus ride that takes you to some of the best sights around the beautiful city. Hop on and off as often as you want on your way to more than 20 convenient destinations that put you right next to some of the best attractions in town.

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See the sights of Stockholm on a relaxing cruise around the city's waterways that takes you to some favorite spots along the shore. With the freedom to hop on or off at 8 stops along the route, this tour lets you get an up-close look at the beautiful waterfront of Sweden's capital city.

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Save up to 50 percent on general admission fees to your choice of 24 must see Stockholm attractions. The Stockholm Unlimited Attractions Pass has Stockholm's best attractions and things to do covered for one single price. You’ll find there’s something for everyone.

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