Gamla Stan is the historic area of Stockholm and where the city was founded in 1252. One of the best preserved medieval old towns in all of Europe, today it features cobblestone streets, narrow alleys and Renaissance architecture.

In the center of Gamla Stan, you’ll find Stortorget, the district’s main square surrounded by old merchant’s buildings, as well as the point at which the oldest street in Stockholm begins. The old town is also home to Kungliga Slottet, Sweden’s baroque Royal Palace built in the 18th century. With over 600 rooms, it is one of the largest palaces in the world. Visitors can tour the reception rooms, as well as several interesting museums housed within the palace walls.

Nearby are the Stockholm Cathedral, the Great Church and the Nobel Museum, as well as the German Church, which reflects the centuries-old influence of the German merchants who once populated Gamla Stan. For some of Stockholm’s most magnificent buildings, head to Riddarhustorget, a square featuring the Bonde Palace and the Riddarhuset, known as the most beautiful house in the city.

Several bridges connect the main island of Stadsholmen with the smaller islands of Riddarholmen and Helgeandsholmen. The large Parliament Building dominates Helgeandsholmen, while Riddarholdmen is home to the Riddarholmen Church, the burial church for Swedish monarchs for centuries, as well as several palaces and Birger Jarl’s Tower, a remnant of the defensive wall that once stood around the city.

Practical Info

Visitors can reach Gamla Stan by taking the Tunnelbana (subway) to the Gamla Stan station, which is located on the east side of the district. From there, it is easy to explore on foot.

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Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 117 Reviews

See the best of Stockholm, capital of Sweden, on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! As you hop on and off the double-decker bus as many times as you like at ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.82

Stockholm Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Explore Stockholm and her beautiful central islands on two wheels on this 2.5-hour bike tour! Hop on your supplied, easy-to-ride bike and follow your guide ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.00

Stockholm Historical Walking Tour of Gamla Stan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, on a 1.5-hour historical walking tour. Dating back to the 1200s, the Old Town is awash with fascinating history and ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.00

Stockholm Viking-Themed Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This walking tour is your chance to go on a fun and unique journey in the beautiful city of Stockholm. Your local Viking guide will lead you past Stockholm's ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.33

Stockholm City Tour: In the Footsteps of Alfred Nobel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Learn about Stockholm's amazing history and get as up close and personal as you ever will be to the famous Alfred Nobel. See where he lived, visit Nobel Museum ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.33

Stockholm Sightseeing Tour by Bike

You want to see everything Stockholm has to offer along the main tourist routes and off the beaten path? Then this tour will be the perfect combination. Learn ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.33

Stockholm By Night: Photography Walking Tour

Admire Stockholm at night and capture its sights on camera on this 3-hour photography and walking tour! A professional photographer guides you on how to shoot ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.33

Stockholm Historical Walking Tour

Experience stunning Stockholm by foot on this historical walking tour. Your guide will lead you past the main sites of Stockholm such as the Royal Opera House ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.33

Gamla Stan Winter Walking Tour in Stockholm

Hear historical tidbits and tales of medieval Stockholm aplenty on this 1-hour walking tour around the city’s Old Town: Gamla Stan. With a knowledgeable local ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.00

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