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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The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour, Stockholm, null
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The Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 300 Reviews

When Stockholm's museums have locked their ancient doors, when the stores are all closed and people have retreated to the safety of their homes, this is when ...  Read more

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

From USD $27.61
Stockholm Bridges Cruise, Stockholm, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Stockholm Bridges Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 200 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 $29.84
The Royal Bridges and Canal Tour, Stockholm, Day Cruises
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The Royal Bridges and Canal Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Experience Venice of the north by water! This 1 hours 20 minute boat tour takes you through the city of Stockholm and around The Royal Island of ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.52
Stockholm Evening Walking Tour with a drink, Stockholm, Day Cruises
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Stockholm Evening Walking Tour with a drink

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Escape the crowds and Explore Sweden’s pretty capital when the crowds have gone on this 2.5-hour Stockholm evening walking tour. Follow a guide through the ...  Read more

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

From USD $38.20
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm, Stockholm, Walking Tours
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The Old Town Tour of Stockholm

The Stockholm Old Town tour is like an episode from Game of Thrones, but it’s all real! Come experience what Stockholm was like in the middle ages and get ...  Read more

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

From USD $47.75
Stockholm Summer Sunset Bike Tour, Stockholm, City Tours
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Stockholm Summer Sunset Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience the famous Scandinavian sunset and enjoy a lovely bike ride to many of Stockholm's hidden gems!

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

From USD $38.20
Stockholm Highlights for Foodies, Stockholm, City Tours
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Stockholm Highlights for Foodies

3 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Visit the Beauty on Water's most famous sites, learn about its culinary history and taste some of the famous Swedish classics!

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.85
Stockholm Food Tour, Stockholm, Food Tours
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Stockholm Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 194 Reviews

Eat your way around Stockholm on this 4-hour walking tour with a local guide! Explore Stockholm and Gamla Stan (Old Town), and learn about the evolution of ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.36
Stockholm City Walking Tour Including the Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Food Tours
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Stockholm City Walking Tour Including the Vasa Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

Visit two must-see Stockholm sites, Gamla Stan,and the Vasa Museum, on a 2.5-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide! Starting from Gamla Stan (the ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.56
Stockholm Bike Tour, Stockholm, Walking Tours
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Stockholm Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 156 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 $46.55

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