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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City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Stockholm, null
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City Sightseeing Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 160 Reviews

See the best of Stockholm, capital of Sweden, on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! As you hop on and off the double-decker bus as many ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Varies

From USD $38.55
Stockholm Bridges Cruise, Stockholm, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Stockholm Bridges Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Soak up stunning views over the bridges and islands of central Stockholm on this leisurely 2-hour sightseeing cruise! Sit back and relax as you explore the ...  Read more

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

From USD $29.66
Private Tour: Stockholm Bike Tour Including Kungsholmen, Långholmen and Södermalm ... 
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Private Tour: Stockholm Bike Tour Including Kungsholmen, Långholmen and Södermalm Islands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Want see everything Stockholm has to offer on the tourist trail and off the beaten path, and do it on two wheels? Then this 3-hour private bike tour is ideal. ...  Read more

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

From USD $54.57
Stockholm Evening Walking Tour with a drink, Stockholm, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Stockholm Evening Walking Tour with a drink

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a perfect evening walking tour of Stockholm highlights away from the tourist rush!

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

From USD $37.96
Stockholm Historical Walking Tour of Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Walking Tours
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Stockholm Historical Walking Tour of Gamla Stan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 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 $17.79
Stockholm Bike Tour, Stockholm, Walking Tours
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Stockholm Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 37 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 $46.26
Private Tour: Stockholm Viking History Walking Tour, Stockholm, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Tour: Stockholm Viking History Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Delve into the Viking roots and wider history of Stockholm on this fascinating 1.5-hour private walking tour. Led by your very own, expert local guide ...  Read more

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

From USD $34.86
Stockholm By Night: Photography Walking Tour, Stockholm, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Stockholm By Night: Photography Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $129.89
Stockholm Super Saver: Gamla Stan Walking Tour plus Modern Stockholm Walking Tour, Stockholm, ... 
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Stockholm Super Saver: Gamla Stan Walking Tour plus Modern Stockholm Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

See the old and new sights of Stockholm on a Super Saver that combines two walking tours at a discount of 20%. After a morning tour of Riddarholmen and Gamla ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Old Town Walk - 90 mins
Modern Stockholm - 90 mins

From USD $28.47
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Stockholm Gamla Stan Walking Tour, Stockholm, Super Savers
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Stockholm Gamla Stan Walking Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 6 Reviews

Get to know Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town), on this engrossing 75-minute walking tour, led by an expert guide. Uncover the history of this charming quarter as ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.98

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