Gamla Stan - The Old Town, Stockholm

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    LOSE THE MAP!

    by BibiJann Written Aug 28, 2008

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    Inside a cellar restaurant

    Whenever I'm in Old Town Stockholm (which is often, since family lives there), I invariably stop tourists who are huddled over a map to ask if I can help.

    My advice is: Lose the map! At least stick it in your pocket - and don't pull it out until you're pooped and need to get back to your hotel.

    Now, wander. Look in shop or at least the windows. Drop into a cafe and have a traditional cinnamon bun with coffee, or maybe the favorite apple pie (different from what you're used to) with vanilla sauce. Pose for a picture with the statues, trolls, moose and other kitcsh you see. Have fun framing photos; get down on your knees to get the funny old phone booth and the church tower in the same shot. Try on something lovely in linen. Grab a snack or a meal in the restaurants advertising their cellar diningrooms (you can pretend you're imprisoned in a dungeon!).

    Most importantly, venture down the sidestreets where you don't see a lot of other tourists. More than 2,000 people make their home in Gamla Stan, and this is where you'll see them going about their daily lives. Go into the churches, watch the blonde tots playing in the schoolyard, look up to see duvets airing on the windowsill.

    Can you believe that during the 1960s, city fathers actually considered tearing this treasure down? What a crime that would have been!

    Don't worry. You're on a small island and you can't get lost. Eventually you'll come to water (either Lake Malaren or the Baltic) and then you can take your map out.

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    Magnet for Tourist Activity

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 11, 2008

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    The Princess herself! very amiable person!
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    Among the wonderful sites to see here at the Swedish Royal Seat, the Parliament, the charming old town streets with shops and a famous Church of the Bishop, which i only learned afterwards. So cross the lovely bridge into the old town and explore the heart of Sweden.

    The best part of Gamla Stam, the old town, is taking panorama photographs of it from surround vantage points. i.e. the royal palace from the island on the east of it.

    I was lucky by chance, and the Very much adored princess of Sweden birthday fell upon the day of our arrival. So check out my paparazzi photographs :)

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    Enjoy Stockholm Old Town

    by Toshioohsako Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    You cannot say you visited Stockholm without visiting the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Its a beautiful and lively quater and there are many interesting shops, good restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shop. The Nobel Academy is also here.

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    Gamla Stan (Old Town)

    by pure1942 Written Mar 2, 2008

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    Stockholm's Gamla Stan or Old town dates back to the 13th century. The area is a crisscross of cobbled alleys and streets. Gamla Stan is situated on a small island lnked to the islands of Sodermalm to the south and Norrmalm to the north by several bridges. Skeppsholmen is to the east but id not linked directly by a bridge.
    Gamla Stan is the site of some of the cities oldest buidings including the Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) and Stortorget Square.
    The area is filled with restaurants, cafes and small craft and souvenir shops.

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    Finska Kyrka (The Finnish Church)

    by sim1 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Finnish church during Christmas


    Here you can see a nice winterview of the Finnish Church (Finska Kyrka) during christmas time. The Finnish Church is also located in the Gamla Stan, directly behind the Storkyrkan and the Castle (this area around the caslte is called Slottsbacken). The Finnish Church is the smallest of the 5 churches in the Gamla Stan. The church doesn't have a tower and dates back to the 1640, which makes it Slottsbackens oldest building. The official name of the church is "Fredriks kyrka", named after King Fredrik I.

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  • Gamla Stan

    by peach93 Updated Oct 21, 2007

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    Gamla Stan Shopping Street
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    Gamla Stan, or the Old Town, is the original part of Stockholm dating back to Medieval times. The Old City was built here because it is a strategic point between the Baltic Sea and Lake Malren and was easy to defend. The architecture is very well preserved and the views here are just gorgeous. There are also many nice, little restaurants and shops here to visit. I spent quite a while browsing around. The area gets very crowded in the summer, so try to visit during the week if you can.

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    Stortorget

    by bijo69 Written Oct 17, 2007

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    Stortorget is the central square of the Old Town. It's surrounded by beautiful old houses, mainly from the 17th/18th century.
    In one of the buildings (the old stockexchange), you'll find Nobelmuseet, which gives a lot of background on the winners of the famous Nobelprize.
    There are lots of antique shops, restaurants, cafés and bars in the narrow streets leading to the square.

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    Gamla Stan – The Old Town from the air

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The Old Town from the air

    From the air one has a fantastic view of the Old Town. In the top left corner one can see the Royal Palace, toward the bottom centre the island of Riddarholmen and the Knights Church and towards the top right the narrow alleys of medieval Stockholm.

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    Gamla Stan – The Old Town

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Gamla Stan ��� The Old Town
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    A tour and visit of the Gamla Stan is the core of any visit to Stockholm. Built on the islands of Stadsholmen, Riddarholmen and Helgeansholmen in the 13th century, Gamla Stan grew around the fortress Tre Kronor, where one can find the Royal Palace today. It is like walking around in medieval times, since many of the streets have not lost the character from 700 years ago.

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    Take a walk in Gamla Stan

    by SailorRoar Written Jul 8, 2007

    Gamla Stan is the old town in Stockholm, it is a great place to take a walk and to have lunch or dinner. While you are at it, visit the royal castle and the harbour area. On a good summer day this is one of the best places to be :)

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    The most beautiful place in Stockholm :o)

    by Dinken Written Jun 18, 2007

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    Cute Gamla Stan :o)
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    Just walk through these tiny streets, look at their names, and feel this atmosphere.:o) Apart from the wonderful houses and roads, there are lots of awesome cafes and shops (also souvenir) there. If you're looking for some traditional knitwear (sweaters, hats, mittens etc.), you can find it at Västerlånggatan. But Gamla Stan is not at all about shopping... It's romantic, fairy-tale-like and I want to go back there.:oD You know, it's like watching a movie or listening to a song, no matter how much you love it, you almost can't find the words to describe it. So I don't know what to add about Gamla Stan. Take a stroll, it's worth it!:o)

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    Strömparterren

    by sim1 Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    When you are at the Riksdagshuset it really pays off to take the stairs down from the Norrbro bridge towards the Strömparterren (on the other side of the road from the Riksdagshuset) on the eastern side of the island of Helgeandholmen. From here you will have a wonderful view over the waters of the Norrström and you are surrounded by some of Stockholm most famous buildings: the Opera to the left, the Riksdagshuset behind you, the Grand Hotel across the water and the Royal Palace to the right. Although not all visible from here, the views are wonderful all the same.

    Strömparterren is a little park which opened to the public in 1832. It is the location where you can visit the "Medeltidsmuseum" (more about that later), have a nice lunch or cup of coffee, of course enjoy the lovely views, and also see the statue by Carl Milles called "Solsångaren" (see photo).

    Carl Milles (1875 - 1955) was a famous Swedish sculptor and you can still see quite a few of his works around Stockholm. The statue in the photo is called "Sölsångaren" or in English "The Sunsinger" (1925). He created this statue as a memorial to the poet Esaias Tegnér. Carl Milles was inspired by two lines of a Tegnérs poem:
    "To you I sing a song, to you, oh radiant sun."

    Carl Milles made a wonderful interpretation of this poem: the statue is facing the blue water and the bright sunshine, stretching out his arms towards the sun and you can just imagine the man singing in admiration to the sun and embracing its warmth. A feeling I could understand so well on this bright beautiful sunny day in the very heart of Stockholm.

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    Kornhamstorg

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    When you follow the "Stora Nygatan" street through the Gamla Stan, or follow the "Västerlånggatan" and take a turn to the right into the Torgdrag.gränd, you will end up on the beautiful Kornhamstorg, or in English the "Grain Harbour Square". There is a lot of activity going on on this little square at the waterside, so you might overlook the beautiful buildings at first sight. But that would really be a pity, because this relatively small square does deserve some more attention. The facades of the building surrounding the square are really beautiful and make it possible to imagine how Stockholm might have looked during the 17th century.

    The square was laid out after a huge fire in 1625, a fire that destroyed almost all building on the South-West side of the Old Town. The end result are the "new" streets of Lilla Nygatan and Stora Nygatan and the Kornhamstorg.

    There are many nice facades here, but I would like to point out two nice elements on this square. First of all the statue high up in the middle of the square called "Bågspännaren" from 1916 (photo 3). The other thing that cought my attention on this square is a beautiful bay window located on the Kornhamstorg 51 (also called the Scharenberg House) wich dates back to 1630 (photos 4 and 5).

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    Stockholm Postcards....

    by Monster78 Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Gamla Stan is wonderful. Enjoy old town's beauty from afar by walking across the way into Southern Stockholm. There are roads that curve upwards into an artistic, upscale, neighborhood as well as a curving stairway between the homes.

    It's worth the walk. The view is especially beautiful in the morning.

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    Stortorget

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 4, 2006

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    Stockholm - Stortorget

    The heart of the city - the main square Stortorget. It's more than 700 years old. Many streets of the old city are crossed there. There are a lot of tourists everyday. Stones in the center of the square remind about tragical "the Stockholm bloody bath" when more than 100 people were executed there. The majority of buildings appeared there in the XVII-XIX centuries. Their facades are trimmed by an elegant groove and a sculpture. A well was kept also since the XVII century.

    The most appreciable building on the square - Borshuset (Stock exchange building). It was built on a place of an old town hall by E.Palmsted in a style of classicism in 1778.
    Nobelmuseet (Nobel Museum) devoted to winners of the premium works there now.
    May, 16th - September, 15: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday 10.00-18.00. Tuesday 10.00-20.00. September, 16th - May, 15th: Tuesday 11.00-20.00, Wednesday - Sunday 11.00-17.00.
    www. nobelprize.org/nobel/nobelmuseum.

    There is a House of the adviser fon Schanz decorated by bas-reliefs to the left of Borshuset. The city church for homelesses is located on another side of the square.

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