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Gamla Stan
Stockholm

Gamla Stan featuring landscape views, a bridge and a river or creek

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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Victory Hotel
Victory Hotel
4 out of 5
Lilla Nygatan 5, Stockholm
The price is ¥16,164 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Gamla Stan, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stortorget and Stockholm Palace. Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm City Hall are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"A lovely stay here, with a BIG, WARM welcome from receptionists, who befriended me during my stay. Location ideal for all areas of Stockholm, local "old town" has lots to offer too. Highly recommended for area."

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

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Hotell Skeppsbron
Hotell Skeppsbron
2.5 out of 5
Skeppsbron 26, Stockholm
The price is ¥7,185 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Museum and Stockholm Palace. Royal Swedish Opera and National Museum are also within 15 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (356 reviews)
"perfect location and a good price. was the perfect room for a couple nights stay"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

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Hotell Reisen
Hotell Reisen
4 out of 5
Skeppsbron 12, Stockholm
The price is ¥10,099 per night from May 31 to May 31
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (241 reviews)
"Plumbong old"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

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Hotel Gamla Stan
Hotel Gamla Stan
3.5 out of 5
Skeppsbron 22a, Stockholm
The price is ¥11,117 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stockholm Palace and Royal Swedish Opera. Stockholm City Hall and ABBA The Museum are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (357 reviews)
"Great hotel for the price. Friendly staff. Economy rooms are just right. Good breakfast offerings. Very quiet apart for the occasional delivery truck down the side streets (once at 5am). I would stay here again."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

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Hotell Den Gyllene Geten
Hotell Den Gyllene Geten
2.5 out of 5
Trångsund 12, Stockholm
The price is ¥6,977 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Gamla Stan, this hotel is steps from Stortorget, Stockholm Cathedral, and Stockholm Palace. Stockholm City Hall and Langholmen are also within 1 mi ...
3.8/5Good! (563 reviews)
"Hotel was a little dated, but made up for it in cleanliness, location, and hospitality!"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2019

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Castle House Inn
Castle House Inn
2.5 out of 5
Brunnsgränd 4, Stockholm
The price is ¥6,610 per night from May 18 to May 18
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Very clean and comfortable stay in a great location within walking distance to all major sights. Hosts were very responsive, easy check in, nice touch having hot water and snacks available in common area. Would recommend!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

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