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 !