Gamla Stan - The Old Town, Stockholm
Stockholm's Gamla Stan is the perhaps the best part of Stockholm. It was established in the 1300's and has preserved the old Stockholm's athmosphere. Here is the right place for you to buy souvenirs and typical Swedish specialities and I must say that unlike some tourist destinations prices here are not doubled for the tourists only. It is comparable with the living standard and bearable for tourists.
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Stockholm's old town is charming - every corner is so interesting - squares, statues, narrow streets. Especially I liked architecture of old town, because it is very different from Vilnius old town. Statues seem to be very realistic.
This is the most popular part of Stockholm, the old town from 13th century. Gamla stan consists of medieval alleyways, narrow streets and archaic architecture. It is consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen.
There you can found Stockholm Stock Exchange Building (in square Stortorget) Stockholm Cathedral, The Nobel Museum, Riddarholm church, Sweden Royal Palace, Parliament...
Stortorget is Gamla Stans main plaza and probably the oldest square. This square is full of charming cafes and there is also located Nobel Museum, Stock Exchange Building and the Nobel Library. The present well on the square is from 1856. In 1520 the Stockholm blodbad took place here, when eighty noblemen were beheaded. The massacre was ordered by the Danish king. Today Stortorget with its colourful houses attracts tourists like a magnet.
The heart of Stockholm, where time seems to be standing still (if you keep away from the main streets).
Stretching between the parliament, the royal palace, the cathedral and the German church, there's a web of small streets and alleys, some of them so small that the roofs of the houses almost touch each others.
Almost all of these small streets end up in the Baltic or in small squares.
In the middle of it all lies the stora torget square, with its beautiful buildings and the Nobel museum.
Avoiding the two main streets (see tourist traps tips) the best way to know the Old Town is wandering around these small streets, some of them being deserted, and letting yourselves be involved in a very special atmosphere and in a different time.
Visit the local shops too, they are worthy.
Gamla Stan is one of my (many) fave parts of the city.
The two main streets are often crowded with tourists (and the merchants who pander to them), but, as you'll see from the photos, you can escape the hordes very easily. Photo #2 is not a fake, taken at 5am. It was 10.30am and almost opposite the palace.
It is a fab place to just stroll gently, relax and chill. On my last visit (June '10) I spent 30 minutes just sitting doing nothing on the little square in photo #1. Not even much people to watch.
Apart from the old, narrow streets and quaint houses, you have the Royal Palace at the north end. Another tip, that one.
This street is the main thoroughfare through the Old Town and as such is lined with many many shops [mostly expensive and/or tourist orientated], restaurants and always full of people. Its hard to avoid this street and there is plenty to look at along it, but make sure you take a look at all the little side streets and some of the beautiful -and quieter - streets that run alongside it as well!
Our first venture into the old town area was after getting off the "hop on, hop off" boat tour at Skeppsbron. We soon found ourselves in Jarntorget which leads onto the main street through the Gamla Stan, Vasterlanggatan. There is a little statue in the square of Evert Taube, a famous Troubadour. Apparently its lifesize so he must have been tiny!
Gamla Stan is the old city of Stockholm... it is one of the main tourist draw and a must see for anyone visting Stockholm. There are many restaurents, shops and wonderful cobbled stoned streets and deserted small parks where one can sit, relax and enjoy this old town.
There are strict codes about development in this city as they do want to maintain the old city charm and appearence, so you will see fantastic antique doors, right next to which will be most advanced security system with buzzers etc.
There is variety of international selection of restaurents that are available however as many tourist drags, they are very far from authentic... somstime downright awful. On common thread across all of they "They are NOT CHEAP" and nothing to write home about. During my stay in Stockhom for a week I visited Gamla stan 3 times and tried 3 different restaurents and each was worse than the other.
I ate at an italian place on day one that was so bland that it was a shame to call it Italian... if a native italian tried the food I am sure he will be offended by cardboard taste of the food. On the second day i tried an Indian restaurent that really was run by Bangladesh owners.... was marginally cheaper but a repeat of day 1.
Galma Stan is the old section of the original Stockholm settlement established in mid 1600's.... be forwarned this section of town is the most expensive part of town in a already expensive city....a beer run about $9 US dollars and food is thru the roof and according to local friends not very good. A nice walk thru the shops and alleys are unique, give your self about 2 hours to see the entire section.
I love strolling around in the Old Town especially along the Västerlånggatan, that is a touriststreet....
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Here The Changing of the guards outside the Royal Palace in the old town
This is the narrowest street in Stockholm at just 90cm/3 ft wide at its narrowest point. There aren't many streets where you can touch the walls at both sides at the same time! With its 36 steps it also gives a good idea of just how varied the height is in the old town when you climb up towards Prastgatan. The street was apparently named after a German businessman who owned two of the properties on the street.
The old city is a must-see. On the island of Gamla Stan you can find the old castle, many nice old streets, small shops ans nice pubs and restaurants. It's a place worth visiting both at day- and nighttime.
There are a lot of unique things to see when visiting the old town in Stockholm. The old town is the original Stockholm. The town was set up during the 1300 century. There are about 3000 people living in the old city today. Most buildings are from the 1700 and 1800 century. If you can spare a few hours take the time to walk about the old town. The dominant building in the old city is the king's castle. The old town is the place to be if you want to experience the town's pulse. The area has Stockholm's biggest ranges of restaurants, tourist shops, studios and museums. There are many wonderful paths to walk in the old town.
The Old Town Gamla Stan are Stockholms most charming part. The old and new Stockholm are combined.
For more pictures look at my travelogues of Gamla stan (old town)
Stortorget (found in Gamla Stan) is the location of the Stock Exchange Building (Börshuset), which houses the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Museum, and the Nobel Library.
And just as the financial crisis of 2008 spells BLOODBATH, this oldest Square in Stockholm is also the site of the November 1520 Stockholm Bloodbath where blood literally filled the streets when Anti-Danish rebels were killed.
Gustav Vasa, who was the son of one of victims in the Bloodbath at the Stortorget, established the monarchy three years later and started the great period of the Swedish Renaissance.
As I was walking through Gamla Stan and the Square, I spotted a nice "well" and I touched the water from all four ports. I was all alone beside the well at 6 AM and later I read that it is a very popular meeting place. It was designed by Palmstedt, and it dried up in 1856 due to land elevation, was relocated to Brunkebergstorg and then moved back to its original location in the 1950s. Don't miss this well and make a wish! Also honor the memory of those who died in 1520...