Gamla Stan, Old Town, Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan, The Old Town, Stockholm

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

I think Gamla Stan is the first port of call if you’re visiting Stockholm, especially for sightseeing.  It’s the Old Town of Stockholm, and the historic heart dating back to the 13th Century.  It’s situated on one of the three main islands that make up Stockholm and it’s virtually closed to cars as the streets are so narrow.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

The Old Town Today

It’s lovely walking round here; the architecture is so beautiful with its mustard and coral coloured houses, and there’s an abundance of little independent shops, restaurants and cafes and little idyllic squares where you can sit and watch the world go by.  It’s hard to believe that this area used to be the city’s slum!

Shopping Streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Shopping Streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Highlights

The Royal Palace

Gamla Stan is also packed with museums and historical sights, the most famous of which is the Royal Palace, where the King of Sweden still lives today.  This was built in the early 18th Century on the site of a former castle and is open to the public.

The Royal Palace, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

The Royal Palace, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Storkyrkan

One of the oldest buildings in Gamla Stan is the Storkyrkan, the Great Church, Stockholm’s cathedral, where the most recent royal wedding took place in 2010.

Storkyrkan Cathedral, Stockholm

Storkyrkan Cathedral, Stockholm

Gamla Stan, with Cathedral Tower in the background

Gamla Stan, with Cathedral Tower in the background

Stortorget

The main square of Stortorget is at the centre of Gamla Stan and the old market square.  It’s lined with beautiful coloured buildings, built during the 17th and 18th centuries.  The west side of the square looks the most picturesque and tourists flock here to take pictures and to sit in the cafes along the pavements.

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Author: Debbie

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