Gamla Stan - The Old Town, Stockholm

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    Stortorget

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    It means the big square in Swedish. It implies the big public square in Gamla Stan. It is the oldest square in Stockholm and it was this centre around which the urban area of Stockholm gradually came into being historically. This is the square where the infamous execution of about 90 people, mostly the nobles and clergymen, from the opponent party was done in 1520. Many small lanes of gamla stan lead to this big square and believe it or not, wherever in Gamla Stan you are, even if you wander about the streets, you will surely make it to this square even unintentionally. The square is very touristy all throughout the year. The annual Christmas market set up here is very famous.

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    Good old town

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    Gamla Stan (meaning old town in swedish) is the old town area in Stockholm and is situated in one of the islands in the city. It is an amazing place where you get a very good feel of the city. Narrow lanes, old houses, colourful squares, Royal palace, souvenir shops, Nobel museum, Post museum, bars, cafes,... all combine to form the Gamla Stan. A very attractive place and the heart of stockholm. The best way to explore the area is to just wander about the narrow streets. There will be plenty of people for sure.

    nearest metro station Gamla stan

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    Shopping!!!

    by graphixs1 Written Sep 6, 2008

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    Visitors to Stockholm must go to Gamla Stan the old town for its shops and cafes, old narrow lanes and alleys. Great place to look for souvenirs and a bit to eat. Amber is a great gift found naturally on the Baltic and makes nice jewelry pieces. Fine handmade wool sweaters, scarf and clothing are also nice choices.

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    LOSE THE MAP!

    by BibiJann Written Aug 28, 2008

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    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.

    Inside a cellar restaurant

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    LOSE THE MAP!

    by BibiJann Written Aug 28, 2008

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    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.

    Inside a cellar restaurant

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    Magnet for Tourist Activity

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 11, 2008

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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 :)

    The Princess herself! very amiable person! Walking streets, near the royal palace Shopping street either in the north and in oldtown alley in gamla stam opening in to the harbor. Pictured in rear is the parliament

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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.

    Stortorget Square - gamla Stan View to gamla Stan from Drottninggatan Gamla Stan Gamla Stan cobbled streets Gamla Stan

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    Finska Kyrka (The Finnish Church)

    by sim1 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    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.

    Finnish church during Christmas
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  • Gamla Stan

    by peach93 Updated Oct 21, 2007

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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.

    Gamla Stan Shopping Street Cobbled Gamla Stan Street Medieval Buildings
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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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    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.

    The Old Town from the air
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    Gamla Stan – The Old Town

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 9, 2007

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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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    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)

    Cute Gamla Stan :o) V��sterl��nggatan This bridge leads to Gamla Stan!:oD Just another little street... Baobab :o)
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