Whilst Fjällgatan that I mentioned earlier gives you a seaside panorama of the eastern Old Town, Skeppsholmen island and the Djurgården park landscape, along with views of the comings and goings of ferries and cruise ships, Mariaberget is quieter but gives equally nice views, this time of the City Hall across the water and of Lake Mälaren, Riddarholmen with its historic buildings and Västerbron, the characteristic bridge linking Söder to Kungsholmen. Go for a walk along Montelius väg, a pedestrian path on the cliffs, and you will see what I mean.
The island of Riddarholmen is right next to Gamla Stan and thus only a short walk from there. The landmark of Riddarholmen is the Church with the interesting steeple! The church is the resting place for all the Swedish Royals. When we decided to visit the church on our last day in Stockholm we could not go inside, since there was a TV commercial being shot just outside the church and so the entrance was closed! Well, next time.....
Next to the church you will find a square with a statue of the founder of Stockholm, Birger Jarl.
You also have a fantastic view of the Stadshuset from Riddarholmen!
An important building at Riddarholmen is the church called Riddarholmskyrkan. This beautiful building was built in 1270, ordered by the King Magnus Birgersson. Originally it started as a church belonging to the cloister of the Franciscans. But in 1527 these Franciscans left the building, and the Riddarholmskyrkan became an important church for the Royal family. From this year on lots of Swedish Kings and Queens were buried here.You'll find the large tombes here of Gustav II, Charles III, Charles John XIV, Gustav III, and all the other graves of the Swedish Kings and Queens except Queen Christina.
From the outside the church has a Gothical look, with a tall, open tower. Because of a lack of space, during the centuries there were attached three little chapels to the church, and a crypt was dug. At night the church looks great from the Birger Jarl square in front of it, with the old lampposts and the picturesque pavements.
At the West of Gamla Stan, the small island of Riddarholmen, Knight's Island, is situated. It's also part of the historical centre of Stockholm and is completely filled with the most beautiful old buildings.
The central square of the island, the one you enter when you cross the bridge, is Birger Jarl Square. Here you can see a statue of the man who founded the city of Stockholm 750 years ago. Around this square you can see two large palaces and the impressive Riddarholmskyrkan.
What you really should do when you are in the city, is have a walk along the island during or right after sunset. From the westside of the island you'll have a fantastic view of the Malar Lake, of the other island of the city and of the Cityhall that is just at the other side of the water. You'll see the very small alleys you can walk through, with the original cobble stones, and for the rest you'll most probably won't see anything at all. After sunset this island is very quiet, and a great place to relax.
At the southern banks of the island there is a big, white ship called Malardrottningen. This once was the private yacht of the American millionair Barbara Hutton, but today it's used as a nice hotel in the very centre of Stockholm.
There is a church in the western part of Gamla Stan [called Riddarholmen], which was [although Swedes don't surprise me anymore] pretty interesting actually... When you enter it, there's a spot where you can pick up all kinds of brochures, which is cool. But when you go a bit deeper into the church, you get to see a tourist bureau on the right & nothing less than a restaurant on the left! So, if you're lost or hungry, you're in the right place! ;)
If you go westward of the church, you'll get to some docks with great views of Södermalm, Stadshuset, Västerbron aso. After walking around the street, just cross the canal to get to Gamla Stan & enjoy!
Riddarholmen was as I previously mentioned the place where the CHurch of the Knights were built. During the 17th century when Sweden became a European super power under the Carolingian Kings (and before them too) something had to be done to make the capital look more impressive and super power like so a lot of palaces and stuff were built. Many of them privately owned by the nobles and built on the Riddarholmen island with the support of the Majesty.
Today RIddarholmen is home of the church but also of many judiciary bodies who now reside in the old buildings here.
In the picture you can see Birger Jarl's Square, just north of the church. Birger Magnusson was a Jarl (a kind of King) in the 13th century and is today known simply as Birger Jarl.
Riddarholmen, the island of the knights is a very small island in the middle of the city, right next to Gamla stan and a stone throw from the Parliament and castle.
In the 12th or 13th century there was a monastery here and the brothers were called the gray monks and for a long time the island was called "Gråmunkeholmen". During the reformation the swedish King Gustav Vasa "confiscated" the monastery. A very old church was earlier built on the island. That church is Riddarholmskyrkan. It was the church of the swedish nobility and it is also the last resting place for many, many swedish Kings and Queens.
Among the rulers to rest here are: The Caroloingian Kings Charles X, XI and XII (XII being the warrior King who lost the Swedish "superpowerhood"). Charles XII was killed in Norway in 1718 during a fight with the norwegians. King Gustav II Adolf who died at the battle of Lützen in 1632 is also here along with his gustavian dynasty and there is a third chamber here intended for the present royal dynasty, the bernadottes.
Also very interesting is the presence of the tomb of King Magnus Ladulås, a 13th century "swedish" king, probably the strongest advocate of a strong rule for ages...
The white part of the church in the picture is the carolingian chapel.
Riddarsholmen is a very small island situated a short hop from Gamla Stan. Its main feature is Riddersholmkyrkan, which casts an almighty presence with its tall spire.
Construction of the original church was started by monks in the 13th century.
Riddarholmskyrkan (The Church of Riddarholmen) is the burial church of the Swedish monarchy. It is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, parts of it dating to the late 13th century, when it was built as a greyfriars monastery. After the Protestant Reformation, the monastery was closed and the building turned into a Protestant Church. However, the congregation was dissolved in 1807, and today the church is only used for burial and commemorative purposes.
Ask the person in the ticket office to tell you about the different family weapons inside the church and their histories. In addition, inside the church you will find a statue depicting the tale of "St. George and the Dragon."
Along the way towards Gamla Stan, we saw this beautiful architecture, Riddarholmskyrkan. It is also known as the Church of Riddarholmen since it was built on the island of Riddarholmen. The church is only used for burial purposes now and it is where the Swedish monarchy was buried.
Just next to the old town (Gamla Stan), you wil find the little island of Riddarholmen. On that island, you can see the tower of the Riddarholms Church--the tower can be seen from many places around the city and is a well known landmark of Stockholm.
Though church services no longer take place here, it is still used for burials and the church has been the royal burial place since the year 1290! Here you'll find the chapel of Gustav II and the tomb of Karl XII, two very important people from Swedish history.
The church is open every day from May until August until 4 PM and there is a charge of 20 Swedish Krone to get in.
Burial place of Swedish Kings. Parts of the Church date from the 13th century, although the distinctive spire is a nineteenth century addition. Unfortunately the interior of the church is closed to visitors from October to May (!).