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Friends in Old Town, Old Town, Stockholm
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Destination

Stockholm Old Town

Old Town (Gamla Stan) is Stockholm’s original city centre and consists of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg.

The Old Town dates from the 13th century but most buildings are from the 1700s and 1800s. It is a glorious labyrinth of charming cobbled streets, alleyways, faded mustard and rust-coloured town houses and meeting squares.

Highlights

Stortorget is the main square and all the big attractions lead off it, including the baroque style Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) and The Royal Chapel (Storkyrkan) around the corner, where Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling in June 2010.

Old Town today

Some 3,000 people live in the Old Town and it is packed with cafés, restaurants, tourist shops, studios, galleries and museums, including the Nobel Museum, the Post Museum, and The Royal Coin Cabinet in the National Museums of Economy.

It is hard to believe that the Old Town was once considered a slum, when it is now a sought after address.

Don’t miss …

Changing of the guards takes place daily outside the Royal Palace and in the summer months, you listen to a military band and see the horse parade. You can also celebrate King Carl Gustaf XVI birthday on 30 April here. Eat at one of the world's and Stockholm's oldest restaurants Den Gyldene Freden, opened in 1721 and famed for its traditional Swedish fare.

Old Town (Gamla Stan) Map

Here you'll find a map of the Stockholm Old Town.