Gamla Stan

Stockholm
Gamla Stan

Duck into narrow, medieval alleys and find yourself happily lost in Sweden’s most famous urban district.

The Gamla stan (Old Town) of Stockholm is always busy and never boring. The island district is the first port of call for every first-time visitor to Stockholm and chances are that you’ll fall in love with it and will keep coming back.

Pedestrian-friendly Gamla stan is like one big open-air museum. Depending on the weather, the streets can look mystical, medieval and moody, or colorful, charming and cheerful. Visit Gamla stan after snowfall when it’s at its most romantic. The sounds of the bustling streets are softened and the shops and cafés ooze light and warmth.

It’s logical to start your tour of Gamla stan at the Royal Palace, the star attraction of the neighborhood. The palace is hard to miss, because there are over 600 rooms in this impressive building. Witness the changing of the guard ceremony, take a guided tour and visit the Royal Armory.

While here, also admire the medieval Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral), the country’s national cathedral. It’s home to a St. George-and-the-Dragon sculpture from 1489.

Follow either the streets of Västerlånggatan (west) or Österlånggatan (east) down to browse the many gift shops and galleries for typical Swedish souvenirs, which include little trolls from the Norse mythology and brightly painted wooden reindeers.

You can cross over between these two main streets as often as you like by ducking into the little alleys in between. One in particular, the Mårten Trotzigs gränd (alley), is so narrow that some may have to squeeze their shoulders together to get through.

Sample typical Swedish treats everywhere you go. If sweet chocolate coconut balls are not your thing, then perhaps hearty meatballs with sweet-and-sour lingenberry sauce are. Buy ice creams for dessert or sit down for a proper meal in Stortorget, Stockholm’s oldest city square. After visiting the square’s Nobel Museum, walk down Köpmangatan, the oldest street in the capital.

Once you’re done, cross over to the island of Riddarholmen to the west to admire the 13th-century Riddarholmen Church, the burial place for Swedish royals. Before you leave, take one more look back at Gamla stan from across the water while the setting sun adds even more color to an already vibrant picture.


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Mälardrottningen Hotel
Mälardrottningen Hotel
3 out of 5
Riddarholmskajen, Stockholm
The price is AU$100 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riddarholmen Church and Stockholm Palace. Nobel Museum and Stockholm City Hall are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (957 reviews)
"A unique and cozy place to stay in the heart of Stockholm. I would stay again and again! ❤️"

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2021

Mälardrottningen Hotel
Castle House Inn
Castle House Inn
2.5 out of 5
Brunnsgränd 4, Stockholm
The price is AU$104 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Museum and Stockholm Palace. Stockholm City Hall and Vasa Museum are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (931 reviews)
"Cute place in a great location. Clean. I thought the bathroom sharing would be very unpleasant, but the bathrooms were many and closed rooms each, so it felt private and was clean. Very nice place."

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2022

Castle House Inn
Hôtel Reisen in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hôtel Reisen in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
4 out of 5
Skeppsbron 12, Stockholm
The price is AU$322 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Museum, Stockholm Palace and Royal Swedish Opera. National Museum and Vasa Museum are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"Exquisite"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Hôtel Reisen in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Lady Hamilton Hotel
Lady Hamilton Hotel
4 out of 5
Storkyrkobrinken 5, Stockholm
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The price is AU$193 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Located in Gamla Stan, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Palace and Royal Swedish Opera. National Museum and Stockholm City Hall are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"What a lovely place to stay in Gamla Stan. The hotel was charming and quaint, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the location was ideal. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Lady Hamilton Hotel
Castanea Old Town Hostel
Castanea Old Town Hostel
1 out of 5
Kindstugatan 1, Stockholm
The price is AU$106 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Gamla Stan, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Nobel Museum and Stockholm Palace. Stockholm City Hall and Vasa Museum are also within 2 miles ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Amazing hostel . Staffs are friendly . Good location . Just few steps , There many restaurants"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Castanea Old Town Hostel
Victory Hotel
Victory Hotel
4 out of 5
Lilla Nygatan 5, Stockholm
The price is AU$175 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Located in Gamla Stan, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stortorget and Stockholm Palace. Nobel Museum and Stockholm City Hall are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (933 reviews)
"Loved the port served in your room when you arrive. It's such a nice touch."

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

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