Stockholm Old Town

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Stockholm Old Town
4.5
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The Old Town, unsurprisingly, is the oldest part of Stockholm. It's certainly the tourist's go-to destination, but that doesn’t detract from its architectural and otherwise urban beauty.
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The area
Neighborhood: Gamla Stan & Riddarholmen
Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s historic old town and home to the Swedish Royal Palace. It’s the most central island of Stockholm and accompanied by the small island of Riddarholmen, mainly known for its famous Riddarholm Church. Gamla Stan tends to be a bit touristy at times but is definitely worth visiting: take a stroll past the well-preserved buildings and through the small (and also Sweden’s narrowest) alleys, which will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. This neighborhood offers a great combination of historical buildings and traditional Swedish restaurants.
How to get there
  • Gamla stan • 4 min walk
  • Slussen • 8 min walk
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Sheila R
London, UK5 contributions
Feb 2020
Stockholm is a brilliant city to visit in its own right, but the old town has a charm all of its own. Its cobbled streets and attractive buildings are a delight to wander around and there are several cafés and restaurants in which to linger. For those of you who prefer tea to coffee, there is a dedicated teahouse in Svartmangatan (opposite the Tyska kyrkan) called Chaikhana. It offers a very large selection of different teas as well some very tasty snacks.

While in the old town (Gamla Stan), the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) is a must to visit. Every room bears testament to the grandeur and power of its kings and queens. There are at least two tours a days in English but you can also wander around on your own with an audio guide.

Stockholm has several interesting museums, among them being the Vasa Museum, which houses the 17th century ship Vasa. Having sunk in 1628, the Vasa had been left to rest on the seabed. However, 333 years later, it was finally salvaged and brought to the surface. It was miraculously mostly in tact, with only the rope rigging and sails having rotted. Although minus the sails, the rope rigging has subsequently been replaced. Now on permanent display in the museum its presence is breathtaking.

As far as the weather is concerned, it is probably best to visit Stockholm in June, as it is much warmer then. Because we were celebrating a special occasion, we went at the end of February and were greeted with snow and freezing temperatures. However, even then it did not spoil our visit as we were well prepared with warm clothing.

With the aid of a map, we found it easy to get around. Although you can buy passes for the hop-on-hop-off buses, the best way to see Stockholm is on foot. Places are closer to get to than it looks on the map. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and helpful, and to our shame spoke immaculate English – although they did appreciate our efforts to use the very few words and phrases we had learnt before our visit.

The only downside to Stockholm is that it is very expensive to eat out, especially if you like to drink alcohol with your meal. Even mineral water and soft drinks can bump up the price. However, if you hold on to your empty water bottles, most restaurants and hotels will allow you to refill them with tap water. For us though, living in London meant we were already used to high prices.

All in all, I can thoroughly recommend Stockholm as a city break destination.
Written March 4, 2020
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AmarillaArvika
Arvika, Sweden492 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
If you like small independant shops, small cafes and restaurants, in a historical setting, then this is the place to go. The only setback in this time of Corona, is that not everything is open, but it’s still good. I recommend going in the afternoon when it is almost dark, and walk up and down the little alleys, and looking into the shops that interest you. A must see and do for Stockholm.
Written December 10, 2020
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Peter Foord B
4 contributions
Nov 2019
Stockholm is an easy city to walk in. Great public transport via Tunnelban, e.g. .underground or metro. Besides Ostermalm the jewel in the crown is The old town known as Gamla Stan. Whether it is extremely cold or summer times there are many cosy cafes , restaurants and shops to visit. Starting at Slussen you can cross the bridge with lake Malaren to one side and amble through the narrow streets, My favourite past time is to listen some jazz and have a beer , it maybe expensive compared to some countries, but worth it. There are so many hotels to stay at but I prefer the Sheridian as is very central.
Written March 10, 2020
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Ramona M
Cluj-Napoca, Romania116 contributions
May 2022
I stayed 6 days in Stockholm and never got tired or bored of walking in the old city. The narrowed streets, colorful buildings, the architectural landmarks of the buildings is just impressive. You can spot a palace, a church at any 10 minutes. There are plenty of museums most of them with free entry), shops, restaurants, terraces where you can spend your time and enjoy this amazing area. And you should not miss the boat tours from where you can admire even more views over the old city.
Written May 8, 2022
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triSarahtopsNZ
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
Jan 2020
Old town is packed full of really well preserved old buildings and feels like stepping back in time hundreds of years. It's great for just wandering around because you can come around a corner and be in a whole new gorgeous spot, but there are also a lot of great cafes and sights within old town to check out too (although the food is always quite expensive in this area)

Would recommend turning away from some of the more main streets to avoid crowds of other tourists & the souvenir shops to see some of the quieter (but just as gorgeous) streets. If you do this, wear comfortable shoes as the cobblestones on the smaller streets can be more difficult to walk on.

Super easy to get to, a few minutes walk from the central train station or if you have a public transport card you can take the metro to Gamla Stan station
Written February 24, 2020
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lizzie53
southampton england241 contributions
Mar 2022
Really enjoyed walking from the City Centre, to the Old Town, passing over bridges with lovely views towards the Town Hall. Beautiful to see the sun shining on the Three Golden Crowns, on the Town Hall Tower, and seeing the Royal Palace against a clear blue sky. Really enjoyed my first day in Stockholm.
Written April 2, 2022
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Ocam R
Czech Republic67 contributions
Jan 2020
Flew in to Arlanda Airport. Very long walk to trains from T2. Bought 72 hr travel card and airport supplement at station, service excellent, transport superb. Metro from Airport to hotel 40 mins, then 5 mins to Old Town, also walked it in 15 mins. Easy to access. Quaint cobbled streets, very clean, lots of small shops, many cafes and bars that have live bands. Also upmarket restaurants like Vapiano Italian. You can get round the whole place easily on foot. Palace 500 m from centre. Note: most places do not take cash, have your money in sek on a preloaded currency card. Prices are very high be prepared for a shock.... One beer, one double JD& coke, one plate of chips no change from £30 at bar, prices published. Overall a good time but would not go again as once seen is enough.
Written January 19, 2020
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Krissy W
Moerkoev, Denmark194 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Old part of the city is a really nice place to go - even during winter time where you can warm up with hot soup or chocolate in little cafe's. Have a nice lunch at the square or enjoy a delicious Swedish Fika (coffee and cake) or do both. Remember to look up during your walk as many of the old buildings are very beautiful.
Written March 5, 2020
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Marilyn M
Stockholm, Sweden64 contributions
Dec 2019
Is this the most attractive city centre in the world? It would certainly come in any list of finalists. Compressed onto a tiny island (the 'holm' in Stockholm means island), it's crammed full of tiny cobbled alleys, historic buildings, shops, restaurants, music spots... and fabulous waterside views. Any time you tire of its urbanity, you can walk to the quayside at Slussen and take a ferry. Just across the water, or to the lovely nearby Fjäderholmarna, or way out into the archipelago.
Written February 12, 2020
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markusO2500WS
16 contributions
Mar 2020
Strolling through the Old Town of Stockholm is a unique experience. Try fo find the small alleys that are not crowded with tourists and you will find actual local life there. Amazing in the early morning and late at night!
Written January 14, 2021
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