Attractions in Gamla Stan
Publish date: 27 November 2023
Gamla Stan is an area of great contrast. It's Stockholm's oldest settlement with many historical buildings and attractions. But it's also an area known for gastronomic innovation and unique shopping.
Gamla Stan, or Old Town, is as the name suggests Stockholm's oldest district. Located on an island in the middle of town, the first Stockholm settlement dates back to the middle ages. Most of the buildings are from the 16th and 17th centuries though. The narrow, winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in different colors, give Gamla Stan its unique character. The area is, more often than not, referred to as a living museum.
Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan are the district’s main streets, but head off the beaten track to get the true feel of the island. There are several beautiful museums and historic attractions here. For example, the Royal Palace, The Stockholm Cathedral, The Medieval Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Nobel Prize Museum, and The Royal Armoury.
If you're in the mood for a guided tour with a historic twist, Gamla Stan is also a great place to start. For example through Stockholm Ghost Walk's spooky tours or the City Museum's self-guided Stockholm 1793 City Walk. You'll also find Stockholm's oldest bicycle repair and rental shop, Gamla Stans Cykel, perfect for anyone who'd rather discover Stockholm at their own pace.
Looking for more tips on Gamla Stan? Read our district guide for more inspiration and suggestions.