Gamla Stan (Old Town) - part 1

Gamla Stan, The Old Town, is the historical core of Stockholm. Situated on an island between the city center of today -Norrmalm and Södermalm, this was were Stockholm was founded and then started to grow to "malmarna". It is the most cozy part of the city with small, hilly, sometimes very narrow streets, most of them only for pedestrians, and charming smaller old buildings. It is also the main shopping district for unusual small stores. The parliament and the government are situated here, and so is the royal castle. In 2003 we went to Gamla Stan four different times, of which one on saturday night. In 2010 we went 2 times, and in 2014 I stayed there at a cheap hostel. It is very cozy after dark and we visited the narrowest street in Sweden (less than 1 m wide).

In this part: Slussplan, Stortorget, Stockholms Slott, Riksdagshuset, Köpmantorget, Västerlånggatan, Tyska Kyrkan, Storkyrkan, views and more


Skeppsbron, the street next to Mälaren on the East side of Gamla Stan. This is where my hotel was.



Stena Line ferry passing Södermalm and Gamla Stan on Mälaren

Street near Skeppsbron   Street near Skeppsbron e   Street near Skeppsbron

Skeppsbron (Ship's Bridge Street), near my hostel (Best Hostel Old Town), with views of Söderlmalm's skyline. Note the rare vehicle that accidentally passed by!


Side street to Skeppsbron Österlånggatan, one of two main streets.


Karl Johans torg next to Slussen. The statue of King Karl Johan, Riddaholmskyrkan and DN/Expressen newspaper ads can be seen here.


Side street to Skeppsbron Österlånggatan, one of two main streets.


Slussen (The Sluice) is one of the most important traffic hubs of Stockholm, situated at the border of Gamla Stan and Södermalm. It is currently under reconstruction and will be finished as late in 2022.   Sculpture at Slussen   Lake Mälaren from Slussen


Järntorget (Iron Square), one of the most important squares of the Old Town.


Järntorget is where Västerlånggatan begins.Västerlånggatan

Västerlånggatan, the main street of Gamla Stan, has many special stores (mostly small ones), cafés and restaurants.






Sveriges Riksdag. Seat of Sweden's Riksdag. It was completed in 1905 and lies on the small island Helgeandsholmen. The style is late renaissance.

This gate in the middle of Riksdagshuset, is leading over the bridge to Drottninggatan on the district Norrmalm.

Gamla Stan is the oldest part of Stockholm, situated on a small island between Södermalm and Norrmalm. Many places have German names in Gamla Stan.

Slussplan with the statue of the king Karl XIV Johan.


Stortorget (Main Square). Svenska Akademins headquarters.

Stortorget. Many of the nicest historical buildings are situated here, as well as pubs and taverns. The fountain is called Stortorgsbrunnen.

Stockholms Slott, the Royal Castle. The largest castle in the world used by a king.

Slottet is the Swedish monarch’s official residence.

Slottsbacken, the Castle Hill.

The view from there is nice. The church to the left is Oscarskyrkan and the tower to the right is Kaknästornet. The statue represents the king Gustav III.

This is Kaknästornet, Sweden’s tallest TV tower. It is 155m tall and was built in 1967.

Storkyrkan at Slottsbacken.

Sankt Göran och draken (St Göran and the dragon) at the small square Köpmantorget.




Tyska Kyrkan. (German Church). At 96m height it is the foremost landmark of Gamla Stan. It is Stockholm’s 2nd tallest church.

Rock Town, a store for shirts and acessories associated with rock.
But all over the city, you can see people in Iron Maiden T-shirts because of the concert.

Västerlånggatan. The crowded narrow main street of Gamla Stan with many old fashioned stores, cafés and art galleries.

A typical narrow lane in Gamla Stan.

Gåsgränd, means Geese Lane.

Riksdagshuset, the seat of the Swedish government.

Vintage horse carriage at Slottsbacken.