Gamla Stan (The Old Town), Stockholm

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    Stortorget

    by yooperprof Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    marktet stalls in Stortorget

    Favorite thing: Stortorget is the main square on Gamla Stan. In December, there's a cute Christmas Market here. With its 18th century gabled buildings, in the shadow of the Stokyrkan, and cobbled streets veering off in several directions, this is a very European place. In the year 1520, this was the site of the brutal execution of some ninety prominent Swedish leaders, killed on the orders of the nefarious King Christian II of Denmark. This event; known as the Stockholm Bloodbath, was a turning point in the long struggle of Swedes to emerge from under a heavy Danish yoke.

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    A city on the islands

    by satara Written May 30, 2003

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    bridges, canals, bridges

    Favorite thing: You can't get away of the feeling that all the time you are just crossing bridges, passing near the canal and that the building you see just in front of you on the other side of canal-road can't be reached directly and you must go around for the next bridge to do so!

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    Gamla stan, the old town !...

    by Tomtom-Paris Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    Gamla Stan

    Favorite thing: This is the oldest part of Stockholm. You have to walk in this small island. You can visit a lot of museums, eat a typical food in a cellar restaurants and of course you can drink something.
    The principals streets are Österlånggatan, Stora Nygatan, Västerlanggatan and the square Stortorget but if you want to discover Gamla Stan walk aimlessly in the small streets.
    You can also visit the Royal Palace and the cathedral of Sweden (Storkyrkan)
    You can see more photos in my travelogue 'Gamla Stan'

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    Neighbourhoods: Gamla Stan

    by Maline Written Apr 2, 2003

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    The parliament building

    Favorite thing: Gamla Stan is south of Norrmalm and you get there by crossing one of the bridges. One suggestion is going down the street of Drottninggatan and the walk via the small island of Helgeandsholmen, that hosts the parliament building. (See pic)
    Gamla Stan ("Old Town") is the site of the original town. The first mention of the name "Stockholm" was in a letter by king Birger jarl in the year 1252, so last year (2002) the city celebrated its 750th anniversary.
    Gamla stan is a place to walk slowly through. Many narrow passages and old style buildings in this part of town. Also, the Royal Castle is here.

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    Gamla Stan

    by HORSCHECK Written Dec 7, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The old town "Gamla Stan" is the oldest part of Stockholm dating back approximately 750 years. This part of the town is dominated by narrow cobbled streets and many churches like the 13th century St. Nicolas Church (Storkyrkan), the German Church (Tyska kyrkan) and the Finnish Church (Finska kyrka).

    In the north eastern corner of the old town the 18th century Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) can be found.

    Directions:
    Stockholm's old town "Gamla Stan" is located on a small island in the centre of the city.
    The nearest metro stop is "Gamla Stan".

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    Guard Change Ceremony

    by Tanechka Written Apr 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The main features of the Stockholm royal palace is not only a unique museum of treasures, but also kept ancient tradition of changing the guard which is passing every day in a court yard of a palace and going back to an epoch of coronation of Gustav Vasa. Ceremony starts from the Museum of Army and goes through Riddargatan, Artillerigatan, Strandv?gen, Hamngatan, Regeringsgatan, Gustav Adolfs torg, Norrbro, Skeppsbron and Slottsbacken. In summer time this ceremony goes daily at 12:15, on the week-ends 13:15, other time on Wednesdays and Saturdays . It was the most remarkable ceremony I ever had seen.

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    GAMLA STAN (Old Town) ...

    by LysDor Updated May 31, 2003

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    Favorite thing: GAMLA STAN (Old Town)

    It is located on the tiny island of Riddarholmen, is the picturesque core of the 'Venice of the North'. The Old Town's main streets, Österlånggatan and Västerlånggatan, are pedestrianised and lined with shops but still you can feel an unspoilt medieval ambience coming from the strong colored buildings!

    The narrowest street is only 90cm large!

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    GAMLA STAN (Old Town)The...

    by LysDor Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: GAMLA STAN (Old Town)



    The Old Town of today is full of restaurants, where food from all over the world is served.



    But around the next corner one can find peace in the middle of the city.

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    GAMLA STAN (Old Town) It is...

    by Lys-Noir Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: GAMLA STAN (Old Town)

    It is located on the tiny island of Riddarholmen, is the picturesque core of the 'Venice of the North'. The Old Town's main streets, Österlånggatan and Västerlånggatan, are pedestrianised and lined with shops but still you can feel an unspoilt medieval ambience coming from the strong colored buildings!
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    The old town-center has many...

    by richmors Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The old town-center has many old wooden houses. You can see how newer (bigger) houses were built against the old small wooden houses.

    Fondest memory: I was surprised of the colours of the houses and buildings: warm yellow to brick-red. These warm colours you see in the southern countries in Europe.

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    Gamla Stan - the old town

    by Waoife Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go for a walk around the old town (Gamla Stan). With it's cobbled pedestrianised streets it's really easy to spend a few hours strolling round this pretty area of the city.

    A good place to buy a few postcards & souvenirs.

    The numerous cafes & shops selling freshly made waffles & delicious ice cream are an added attraction!!!

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    Take a stroll around the Old...

    by moto_manta Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take a stroll around the Old Town, it´s very nice but a bit touristy. Stop for a white at a pub and have a nice glas of beer and look at the people drifting by.

    Party the night away in the trendy places around Stureplan and in the more down to earth pubs in Soder. Two completly different concepts but both great fun.

    Fondest memory: The warm summer breeze coming in from the Baltic Sea, not to warm not too cold but just right. The summer nights in Stockholm are amazing.

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  • Oldest part of the city...

    by Boka Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Oldest part of the city located on it's own island. Narrow streets, nice churches and houses from 13th century. Don't miss this part of the city!

    Fondest memory: Trying to use my 'poor' swedish which I have studied for 14 years!

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    Visit the Gamla Stan (Old...

    by Carla_Rocha Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Gamla Stan (Old Town), where you'll find narrow alleys,
    cobblestoned streets, small open spaces and picturesque gabled houses.

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  • My favourite place in...

    by chantie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: My favourite place in Stockholm is Gammla Stan (Old Town). It's in the centre of the city and, as its name says, the old part of the town. The streets are small and croocked and go up and down, everywhere are cpzy little shops and it is perfect to buy some tourist souvenirs :)

    On the square in the middle of the old town, Roxette (yes my faves) recorded most of the video to their single 'Fading like a Flower'. They also used the 'Stadhuset' (Town hall) in that video, which is also an absolute must to see when you visit Stockholm. Though beware of all the messages the Roxette-fans left on this beautiful building... it wasn't me!!

    Fondest memory: My best memory of Stockholm until now would be... Meeting Sarah at the boat terminal!! Sounds very stupid but we hadn't seen each other for a while. Sarah is my best friend and she lives in Stockholm for a year. I travelled more than 24 hours to Stockholm, had to wait for 4 hours at the boat terminal for the boat from Helsinki to arrive and there she was! She was with a group of our friends who all went to Helsinki.

    Second best memory is OF COURSE the marvelous concert of ROXETTE that I went to at the Globen arena, in November 2001!

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