Walking in Gamla Stan, the heart of Stockholm

Gamla Stan is definitively the iconic part of Stockholm, often considered as one of the best preserved medieval city of Europe. It is full of beautiful churches, museums, restaurants, cafés and places to shop. Therefore, it’s the busiest part of Stockholm, and it attracts lots of tourists :-)

The narrow streets give Gamlan Stan a unique vibe and character. If you walk around, you will certainly stumbled upon the main sights without struggling too much.

Storgorget is the main and oldest square of Stockholm, situated in the center of Gamla Stan. The square is very colorful and beautiful, I loved the atmosphere. It is surrounded by old merchants’ houses including the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building which has been converted into the Nobel Museum.  We were there around 10 am, and it was very quiet and enjoyable. We visited the Nobel museum, and we learnt more about the Nobel Prize and its founder, as well as the Nobel Laureates. Alfred Nobel wrote in his will that physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace would each year receive a part of the revenues of his fortune and it was nice to understand the full process behind it. We really enjoyed the visit !

Not too far away, we found the Stockholm Cathedral, the oldest church in Gamla Stan. Inside, we had a look at the impressive statue St. George and the Dragon as well as the impressive ornate pulpit.

Not too far away, there is another famous church, the German church. It’s not as well decorated but worth a visit, especially for the lovely stained glass windows and the fabulous organ.

Another interesting church is Riddarholmen Church, one of the oldest building of Stockholm, located in Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. The church is a royal burial church, and was built as a Franciscan monastery in the thirteenth century. It is closed for visitors as it is only used only for burial and commemorative purposes.

Another famous building of Gamla stan is the Royal Palace, but I will tell you more about it in another post !

 

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84 responses to “Walking in Gamla Stan, the heart of Stockholm

  1. We were just in Stockholm! It was a really hot day when we went to Galam Stan and sooo many tourists – I probably didn’t enjoy it as much as I would on a quieter day. The cathedral was impressive though. I really love your photos! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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  2. Thank you! Sweden has long been on my list of musts. It is where my father’s family immigrated from. Your photos are lovely and any information is gratefully received. Léa

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    • Oh that’s interesting ! I’m sure it would be nice to visit were your ancestry were living. It’s a gorgeous city, full of life and activities. And I’m sure during summer, it’s even better :-)

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      • One day and it would have to be summer as I don’t deal well with the cold. :) However, I do have documents with the names of villages etc. I also know that while some immigrated through Canada, they were large families so not everyone went and some returned. One day… ;)

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  4. While I have often thought how impressive many churches are on the exterior, and even moreso on the interior, I have never thought about really exploring them via photography. The ornate pews and pulpit you show are so impressive…beautiful post!

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    • I have a Nikon D5100 and I have two lenses : a 50 mm 1.8 nikkor (my favourite, great for close ups, gives great bokeh effect but not that great for landscape photography) and the one from the kit lense (18-55 mm.. not great but I’m poor :-))

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      • Ooooh, the 50mm one! I’m torn between this and the 35mm one, I want to buy one before my next trip. I have the kit lens and a 75 – 300mm from Sigma, I got it for a very good price when I bought my Nikon. :D

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        • My boyfriend has the 35 mm and me the 50 mm.. and 50 mm is definively better for the bokeh effect. But the 35 mm allows you to take pictures of landscapes or city scapes more easily. It depends what you prefer to shoot. If you like flowers, details, etc, go for the 50 mm. But if you like portraits and if you would like to use it for everyday shots, maybe the 35 mm… difficult choice :-)

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    • A lot of people like them. I have the kit lens (18-55 mm, nothing fancy) and my lovely 50 mm :-) I shoot with this lens inside the cathedral. In the town, the streets are really narrow and it was impossible to take picture with it. Thanks for stopping by :-) Have a nice weekend

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  6. I love the way that some of the buildings in Stockholm are different bright colours. They sure cheer up what can be cold dark days during the winter months.

    I’ve only been to Stockholm once and that was during the Summer, but it was an incredible and beautiful city to visit. We only spent one day there before we had to move on and I wish we had been able to stay at least a few days. I hope to go back sometime.

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  7. Great. Your postings brings back sweet memories of my several Stockholm visits. And imagine the atmosphere on Stortorget while summer and all the restaurants and cafés have tables outside where you can enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s lovely. The German church is impressive, too. I never was inside, you know the good weather we always had. ;)
    Have a relaxed weekend!

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    • I can imagine how wonderful it would be during summer ! I think it’s nice to explore the town during both seasons : during winter, you visit all the museums and churches, and during summer, you can enjoy a walk around the sea, visit the archipelago, realx in the parks… it’s complementary ! I would love to go back at one point :-) Enjoy the weekend as well, how is the weather ?

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  8. Again – great pictures and story from Stockholm. Loved those narrow streets and Stortorget also looks really nice with the colourful buildings! I really should visit:)

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  9. Have heard that Stockholm is well worth visiting Gin – thanks for the tour round this beautiful city! The photos look lovely I love finding out all about the history of places too look forward to the next instalment :) Your blog layout is looking great – looks like you’ve now got the photos of sticky posts by the side? It looks very effective! Have a lovely weekend too :)

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    • It is really pretty, I would recommend the visit ! There is so much to do, a lot of museums and plenty of bars, restaurants,.. and full of history.

      I put some sticky posts on the side, and I was thinking about putting a gallery on top, but I haven’t figured that out yet :D

      I can’t wait to be able to rest a bit this weekend, this week has been harsh :-) Have a lovely weekend as well, anything planned ?

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      • Thanks Gin it sounds a lovely place to visit :) Sorry it’s been a tough week for you and sounds like you need a nice relaxing weekend! No at the moment we have a very quite weekend planned though we will probably be visiting our elder daughter and family at some point :) We’re having some renovations done (a patio extension) which is looking great but it’s been full on with organising it all and having tradespeople here all the time (though they are very nice). We just want to relax and enjoy our new garden area especially as it’s going to be hot in the mid to high 30’s! :)

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        • Mid to high 30’s, sounds almost lovely to me ;-) It’s must be nice to sit in the garden and enjoy the flowers, with some homemade ice tea hmmm :-)

          It has been a tough week due to the snow, it took me longer to drive to work.

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          • Yes sorry Gin I shouldn’t complain about any heat as really that is far preferable to heavy snow! I gather it’s gone very cold in northern Europe. The thing that used to scare me when we lived there was black ice on the road so it would have been most unpleasant having to drive to and from work in the snow :( Am hoping it will warm up before the end of March when we’ll be coming over :) Hope the weather warms up a bit for you soon too ! :)

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            • It’s not that cold compared to Scandinavian countries, but for continental Europe, -3-6°c is pretty cold. Yesterday we had some snow, and today, it has melted and therefore, became black ice. So it’s not very pleasant to drive. That’s why I’m so tired, you have to be careful in early morning, when you drive to work. I hope it will warm up a bit as well ! Usually, after February, weather is ok ! :-)

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              • I know it’s not cold compared to some places but I’d find it freezing! I remember that black ice as we’d get it a lot in the Uk as the snow would often melt quickly but then the water would freeze overnight and it was so dangerous in the mornings. Once my mum was driving us to school and we skidded right across to the other side of the road it was very scary! I can still remember how frightened I was. By March spring should be on the way :)

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  10. Très belles photos(comme d’habitude) et superbe endroit. J’aime les maisons, leurs couleurs et leur ligne. Je n’étais jamais là-bas mais il parait que ça vaut le coup d’y aller…

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  11. I love Gamla Stan. We had one of our best meals in Stockholm there at Paganini’s on a warm afternoon with the long windows open to the street to watch the world go by. I want to go back! Lovely photos.

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    • I wouldn’t be surprised, there was a lot of food stands everywhere, with different type of food ! Do you think it was held by Belgians ? We had a delicious mulled wine in Gamla Stan. The guy was Austrian but he came to Gamla Stan to follow his love and he has been there for 40 years. And he was talking to us, saying that it was very difficult to have real friends here. Swedes are not very open to foreigners, for deep friendship. It was a very sad story. Just to say that there are a lot of expatriates in Stockholm :-)

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