The old town of Stockholm
We had heard a lot from Gamla Stan Stockholm before our trip: for those coming to Stockholm for the first time, this neighborhood is a must; Here is the core cell of Stockholm, from which the city has developed; Art galleries, cafes, restaurants and craft shops should not be missed. Curious, we set out to explore the neighborhood.
A stroll through the old town of Stockholm
Maybe it's because we are traveling the day after the royal wedding of Prince Carl-Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia in Gamla Stan Stockholm. The day before, all of Stockholm was congested because half of Sweden had apparently traveled to the city to attend the royal event. Since it was weekend, most wedding visitors use the event for a short break in Stockholm and stay several days in the city.
In any case, Gamla Stan Stockholm is already full of people in the morning, some of whom have obviously come from the wedding celebrations and celebrated the night. The fact that the royal family in Sweden is very popular, we recognize not only by the countless people celebrating, but also the many royal souvenirs that we see on our stroll through Gamla Stan in the shop window displays. But Gamla Stan Stockholm has more to offer than souvenir shops.
Beautiful buildings in Stockholm
We are impressed by the magnificent buildings in Gamla Stan Stockholm. We reach Gamla Stan, which is located on the island of Stadsholmen, over the Riksbron, the bridge that connects the north of Stockholm with the Reichstag. From this bridge we not only have a nice access to the Reichstag, but also great views of the Stockholm City Hall, City Hall, Riddarholmskyrkan on Riddarholmen Island and Vasabron and Norrbro, two bridges that connect Northern Stockholm with Gamla Stan connect.
As soon as we leave the Reichstag, the view opens onto the castle of Stockholm. From there we follow the Västerlanggatan and pass the library of the riches. The road is getting narrower and you can tell that it was once built for carriages. And so only a few drivers venture through the narrow streets. Instead, pedestrians are gaining more and more. They are attracted by the numerous art galleries, craft and souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants that make Gamla Stan Stockholm a major attraction in Stockholm.
Between the plush moose, Sweden flag and Pippi Longstocking rag dolls with orange-red hair, we also find shop windows showing real Swedish handicrafts: glass art, as we see it in the Kingdom of Crystal in Smaland have met porcelain, paintings and tablecloths. It is worthwhile to look for it between the tourist stuff.
Beautiful old houses in Stockholm
In the narrow streets of Gamla Stan we always find beautiful old houses with elaborate façade decoration and glimpse the Riddarsholmkyrka and the Nikolaikirche. We go back to Stockholm Palace and pass the streamers' lodge, a park that overlooks northern Stockholm. At the Gustav Adolfs Torg and in front of the Stockholm Opera we reach again the northern part of the city and finish our tour of Gamla Stan.
It is a neighborhood that leaves mixed feelings: the magnificent buildings and government buildings are very impressive and fascinate us a lot. However, as we are not friends of large crowds, we stop short in the busy, narrow streets of the neighborhood and limit ourselves to a half-hour walk before retreating to the open parks and imposing palaces in the northern part of Gamla Stan. How did you experience Gamla Stan? Is the district worth a second visit? Are you looking for tips for a day in Stockholm?
Arrival to Stockholm
Stockholm sightseeing by boat:
In addition to the Hop on Hop off boat tours, there are others Sightseeing Boat Tours in Stockholm *for which you can also book tickets through Get Your Guide and avoid waiting in Stockholm. What you on one Boat tour Stockholm See, we describe in this blog post.
City tours in Stockholm:
If your Stockholm on one City or Theme Tour * want to experience, then there is a large selection of tour options.
Stockholm Hotels * You can book through our partner booking.com at this link. If you Accommodation in or near Gamla Stan * seek, you will find it here. Especially smart and affordable is the night on the AF Chapman *, the three-master in the port of Stockholm. If you stay in hostels, you will find a cheap option here.
Do you already know:
- Sweden travel destinations
- Boat tour Stockholm - experience Sweden's capital from the boat
- Baltic Sea places for a vacation by the sea
- The Göta Canal aboard the Juno - the way is the destination
Source: own research on site. We have financed this stay in Sweden's capital.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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