Stockholm Old Town
Stockholm Old Town
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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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  • doctorfoxtrot
    Taguig City, Philippines12,976 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heart and Soul Has Become Touristy
    Can’t say you have been to Stockholm unless you have visited this segment of Old Town. Amidst the colorful houses and narrow alleys are restaurants with a view serving rather expensive food. Also there are the so called Swedish fika dessert places and numerous souvenir shops. Nearby also are the Royal Palace which seem to be under renovation, the cathedral and Nobel museum .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Shaun L
    Clanfield, United Kingdom2,750 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely old town but avoid the crowds if you can
    well worth a walk around the old city of Stockholm. If you can I’d recommend going as early as possible in the day as it’s quite a tourist hot spot. Even if you join a guided tour try and find some time to come back just to wander on your own. The buildings are delightful and the German church is so beautiful. Plenty of souvenir shops if that’s your thing but also some very nice art and craft shops in the back streets.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India23,904 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Awesome !!
    It is not possible that you go to Stockholm and don't see old town. It's the heart of beautiful city. The pedestrian only small and narrow lanes with colorful old buildings bring out the charm of this historical place. There are a lot lot of souvevenir shops, bars, restaurantsand cafes almost everywhere. It's really fun to sit in any open restaurant over a drink and watch the world go by. During season it's very crowded. It's advisable to take a walking tour and then go around on your own. Not to be missed !!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Town with masses of character
    Lovely town with many cobbled lanes and brightly coloured buildings with beautiful architecture. Very clean and easy to walk around. Just a shame there are so many tourist shops, would be nice to have more quality retail shops or speciality shops. All the same it’s a very beautiful place and I would recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Unpretentious Foodie
    Los Angeles, California21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy, touristy but go anyway
    Really gives you a good sense of what the old Sweden looked like. There are a few cool, authentic shops. The licorice one is interesting if you like licorice like my wife does. But overall just a place for a stroll. Might be a good eatery or two but do your research. Most are tourist traps. For eating and just enjoying the city, I'd go to the waterfront or in the main city where locals hang.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to walk around, shop or get lunch
    This area of Stockholm is definitely worth visiting. There are some historic buildings, narrow streets, interesting shops, and nice restaurants. You get a bit of a feel for what the place was like in earlier years. The Nobel museum is located in this section of town as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Mark T
    Aberdeen, Washington3,009 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    if visiting Stockholm definitely the place you want to stay
    we were staying in Stockholm before a baltic cruise and decided to spend the previous days in Old Town. The area is worth spending time to take in the cobblestone streets and the atmosphere. there are so many cute shops, restaurants, and cafes worth stopping at. the views from the water were spectacular
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cobblestone labyrinth
    Old Town is a beautiful labyrinth of cobblestone walkways, shops, and restaurants. A lot of the architecture is really cool, you can (or should be able to) find a sweet treat, a savory eat, something to drink, something to buy, etc., here. The cobblestone alleys are not really stroller-friendly, so if you're with little ones, a carrier backpack is recommended. And good walking shoes.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Bushra
    Pakistan153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Old Town
    Gamla stan is located on such a magical island. It is the most beautiful part of the Stockholm city. Very nice to walk around for sightseeing, offering several nice eating options and souvenirs buying. I love to walk around the old town everytime whenever I go to Stockholm. People are so friendly and courteous on shops and those who are managing places there. The parade on the Royal Castle was simply awesome and entertaining. Must visit place.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written September 3, 2023
  • TP
    London, United Kingdom503 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Your
    Very lovely to to walk around, local parade too as the royal palace centred seconds away from the old town. The shops were east to located with a 3000m straight line of shops both sides. East to navigate and hard to get lost. Train stations are not far from anywhere you are within the old town so easy to go back to where you were before
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 6, 2023
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Jason E
London, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We caught the metro to gamla stan and started making our way into old town which was very good to see as there was lots of souvenir shops and pubs and restaurants and cafe and coffee shops. We then decided to go and see the royal palace. When we got there the guards was doing a passing out parade and then at the end the king and Queen and there family came out onto the balcony and waved at the crowd. The crowd was singing there native traditional song which was so great to hear even though we didn’t know the words to the song it was great that we was there to see this. We then afterwards decided to walk around and just take in more pictures of this beautiful city. We then decided to go and have lunch we found a great pub and restaurant called The Meat I would highly recommend this restaurant the alcohol wasn’t expensive and neither was the meal in total it cost us £40 and that was for two people. The lady who served us was very friendly and so helpful and she spoke English too.
Written April 30, 2023
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AmarillaArvika
Arvika, Sweden520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ocam R
Czech Republic65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Marilyn M
Stockholm, Sweden60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Diana Varga
Bucharest, Romania233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Lovely city centre and with acces to bars,shops and a bunch of museums.
Check the opening hours for museum online as in the winter a few are closed and open later than usual and for short time... 11am-4pm
Written January 12, 2020
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Krissy W
Moerkoev, Denmark194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Cailin1969
Cork, Ireland35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Spent a day walking about the old streets - very accessible from the city centre and worth just exploring on your own with an app or a map. lots of lovely restaurants and bars to choose from. Unfortunately the Nobel museum was closed on the day we visited (Dec 31).
Written January 11, 2020
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Barkan Ç
Ankara, Türkiye3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This old town feels like you are in medieval times where once Vikings lived! Successfully preserved, wisely being restored.. A bit expensive what is actually usual in Nordic countries. Yes, the reason is they are rich ! :) In this city, a hard copy paper map (yes, beautiful tech. GPS is confused due to narrow streets and tall buildings) would be super useful to find the way around. Otherwise, you might have hard times.
Go to Nobel Museum and surely the Royal Palace! Most of the museums are on another island called Djurgården.
Written January 8, 2020
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Johan
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
When in Stockholm, you can't miss the Old Town. Here you find small alleys, shops, restaurants (take a visit to restaurant 'Gyllene Freden' from 1722 or the nearby pub 'Zum Franziskaner' from 1869) and even the royal castle.
Even thou a lot of the buildings has been torned down it's still the coolest place in Stockholm
Written January 3, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Do a little advance reading on Gamla Stan. Look at some pictures and familiarize yourself a bit ahead of time. Evening is the time to go to avoid crowds and take it all in undisturbed. Good time to make photos, too.

Most fun is to "get lost," look all around you as you wander then refer to your guidebook for details on points of interest you uncover.
Written March 7, 2020
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