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Riksdagshuset - the Parliament

The parliament of Sweden, named Riksdag, has its own island between Gamla Stan and the city. The parliament building was erected in the early 19th century in neorenaissance style. The models were surely taken from the Italian renaissance architectre, given the general appearance of the buildings (and, for the experts, the use of the Serliana pattern for the two gates). Some modern additions and extensions are visible from the opposite banks of the lake.

A public passage leads over the island through arched gates, so you walk right "through" the grounds of the parliament. This is the shortest connection for pedestrians from Drottninggatan and the City over to Gamla Stan.

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Oct 07, 2014

Smallest sculpture in Sweden?

In the middle of Stockholm's most touristy section lies an oft-forgotten little boy, nicknamed "Olle." Created by Swedish sculptor Liss Eriksson, his formal name is Pojke som tittar på månen ("Boy Looking at the Moon"), or Järnpojken ("Iron Boy") for short.

Since 1967, the 15-cm high iron boy has been sitting and watching the moon in Bollhustäppan, a small square behind the Finnish Church (Finska kyrkan) linking it to Trädgårdsgatan.

If you are lucky, you will find him wearing a piece of clothing someone prepared for him. More likely he will be surrounded by gifts of coins, which are collected by the Finnish church.

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Dec 14, 2011

Gamla Stan

A walk around narrow old streets of Gamla Stan is pleasant at any time. However streets are overflown by people in the afternoon. This part of Stockholm gets special charm in the evening when streets become empty, they are shined with weak light. At this time it is possible to plunge into an atmosphere of a medieval city and to take pleasure in its beauty without handicaps through crowds of tourists.

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Oct 05, 2006


German merchants constructed Tyskakyrkan church in the XVII century on their own money. In the middle of the XIX century the church underwent to significant alteration: there was a belltower with dragons-drainage systems and a stained-glass window at the entrance, representing Sacred Gerthruda, the patroness of travellers.

(Monday - Sunday 9.00-16.00)

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Oct 04, 2006
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Just before you get to Gamla Stan

From the city centre, as you cross a bridge to Gamla Stan, you'll come across this hand in the harbor. I have no idea of its significance or if it's there now. It caught my attention though.

Wow, it looks pretty real now. I thought it was funny and unique so I took a picture of it.

Talk about a city that's "hands on." Yeah I know: that joke's not funny.

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Oct 18, 2004

Dare to leave the tourist streets

Instead of just check areas where all other tourists are going in Gamla Stan you leave the crowded streets and sneak in on some narrow alley. You will be surprised how soon all street noises and all other tourists will disappear as you enter the labyrinth of streets and buildings that have been there for many hundred years.

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Sep 28, 2003

No visit to Stockholm is...

No visit to Stockholm is complete without a visit to Gamla Stan. This is one of the oldest parts of Stockholm, and this is where I stayed. The streets are all narrow, twisty and cobblestoned.
An afternoon spent just aimlessly walking around is one well spent. Stop at one of the many coffeeshops and watch the crowd go by. The Swedes like their coffee and it is excellent!

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Aug 26, 2002

This is not EXACTLY off the...

This is not EXACTLY off the beaten is something most people look for but may not be able to find: the tiniest medieval street in the world. It is a meter wide. Look for it in Gamla Stan. Happy hunting! You will enjoy the tour of Gamla Stan on your search...

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Aug 24, 2002

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Enjoy galleries in Gamla Stan

When you walk through Stockholm's old town don't miss the chance to enjoy galleries with beautiful fine arts.

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Apr 19, 2011

Old Town Centre

Take a walk in the Old Town Centre (Gamla Stan) and admire the narrow alleys, the old houses and churches.

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Mar 06, 2004

The old time police in Gamla Stan

During the summer you might meet an old time police patrolling the old town, Gamla Stan.

But don't try to mess with him, it's a real police even if the uniform isn't the latest fashion.

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Nov 08, 2003

I found this little street by...

I found this little street by accident and was almost passing by but my attention was caught by the mirrors on the shutters - I have never seen anything like this before!

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Aug 26, 2002

Things To Do Near Stockholm

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This place looks almost like home to me, as I lived so close to it, and passed it every day. Once in the evening there was a performance, people read poems, played the guitar and sang songs. It was...
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Strindbergsmuseet - Strindberg Museum

The Swedish author August Strindberg (1849-1912) spent the last four years of his life in a building he called The Blue Tower. The reconstructed apartment, consisting of three rooms, and his library...
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Stadshuset - City Hall

The interior of Stadshuset can be visited with guided tours only. It was not on your group's schedule but I really wished to see it, so I went by myself in the last morning. Although Stadshuset is a...
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Boat Tours

There are many companies offering scenic boat trips of Stockholm,and it is interesting to see the city from a different perspective.Trips leave from stromkajen,by the grand hotel,and vary in length...
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Kungliga Myntkabinettet - Royal Coin Cabinet

The Royal Coin Cabinet is part of the Museums of National Antiquities of Sweden. It consists of a collection of coins, other means of payment, medals etc. from all around the world. The Royal Coin...
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The Skeppsholm Church is named after its' locatioin, the islet of Skeppsholmskyrkan in central Stockholm. It was built between 1823-1849 and inaugurated by King Charles XIV John. The Church...
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