Gamla Stan is the Old Town of Stockholm, capital city of Sweden. Looking at a map of Stockholm you will immediately notice that the city itself is characterized by the presence of several islands. The Old Town is located in one of them: Stadsholmen Island.
Let’s take a better look at this picturesque spot located in one of the most beautiful cities of Scandinavia.
Enjoy a pleasant walk across Gamla Stan
As you can see in the picture above, one of the main traits of this particularly old area of Stockholm is the presence of a labyrinth of medieval alleyways where you would gladly get lost. These tiny streets are full of shops and restaurant and it will be such a pleasure to walk through them without having a precise direction. Suddenly you will be astonished by the view of a tall medieval tower, almost reaching the clouds above your head. That’s how you will discover several points of cultural and historical interest located in the Stockholm historical city center.
Explore "the city between the bridges"
The Old Town of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century and it consists of medieval and German architecture. Due to its location, Gamla Stan is also called “staden mellan broarna”, which literally means “the city between the bridges”. In fact, the view in the picture above was framed from one of its historical bridges. In Gamla Stan, you will find several of Stockholm’s tourist attractions such as the Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum, the Riddarholm Church, the Sweden Royal Palace, the House of Nobility, and many others.
Here you can also find the historical restaurant “Den Gyldene Freden” which is cited by the Guinness Book of Records to be the oldest restaurant with an unaltered interior.
Reach Stortorget Square, the heart of the Old Town
Located right in the center of Gamla Stan, you will find Stortorget Square that, with its iconic buildings, is one of the main symbols of Stockholm all over the world.
Stortorget Square could be considered the pulsing heart of the Stockholm historical city center, a vibrating spot where people have met and traded since the 13th century. Nowadays the square hosts performances, festivals and a well known Christmas market.
The square is surrounded by many historical palaces, one of them is the Stock Exchange Building hosting the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Museum, and the Nobel Library. Right in front of this building you will find a well that was designed together with the Stock Exchange Building by Erik Palmstedt during the lasts decades of the 18th century.
All around the square you will find buildings dating back to the 17th through 19th centuries. Every building has its own history and contributes to giving to visitors a colorful picture of Stortorget Square.
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Do not miss Stockholm and its beautiful historical city center
Discover Gamla Stan, the historical city center of Stockholm by enjoying a pleasant walk through its alleys. If you do not stay in a hotel in Gamla Stan you can easily reach it using the underground (T-banen) and getting off at the namesake underground stop.
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