Gamla Stan (Old Town) - part 2

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 I visited the narrowest street in Sweden (less than 1 m wide).

In this part: Views of and from Gamla Stan, Stockholms Slott, Riksdagshuset, Stora Nygatan, Storkyrkan

 

VIEWS AND RIKSDAGSHUSET (GOVERNMENT BUILDING):

View from Hilton, Södermalm, from the left: Kungsholmen with the City Hall, Riddarholmen with Riddarholmskyrkan, Centralbron, Norrmalm with Klara Kyrka (background), Riddarhuset, Hötorgsskraporna, SL metro train, Gamla Stan (Old Town) with Storkyrkan and Tyska Kyrkan, Slussen.

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



Riksdagshuset, the Parliament House.


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

 

SLOTTET (ROYAL PALACE) AND STORSKYRKAN (GRAND CHURCH):



Stockholms Slott, the Royal Palace. The largest castle in the world used by a king. Slottet is the Swedish monarch’s official residence. In 2014 I took a guided tour to the interior of the palace with its very grandiose rooms. There are more then 200 rooms, but only a few of them are open to visitors. And unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures of these rooms, pictures that of course should have been available at World Travel Images.


Storkyrkan.

Slottsbacken, Stockholms Slott and Storkyrkan.

Slottsbacken with Storkyrkan (Grand Church) Stockholms Slott (the Royal Palace) that I visited in 2014.

 

Stockholms Slott, Slottsbacken and the Kings memorial

Royal guard, the Royal Palace

 

Slottsbacken with Stockholms Slott.

 

Stockholms Slott (the Royal Castle)

Stockholms Slott (the Royal Castle)

 

 
Stockholms Slott - the Royal Palace   Stockholms Slott - the Royal Palace   Stockholms Slott - the Royal Palace

 
Storkyrkan to the left and Tyska kyrkan in the background.   Slottsbacken, the Castle Hill.   Part of Slottet and Storkyrkan

Entrance hall of Stockholms Slott (the Royal Palace).

 

Entrance hall of Stockholms Slott

Entrance hall of Stockholms Slott

 
High guard, Royal Castle   Interior, Royal Castle   Interior, Royal Castle

Storkyrkan (The Great Church) is officially called Sankt Nikolai Kyrka (Church of St Nicholas). It is situated at Slottsbacken, right next to Slottet (the Royal Palace). It is an important example of brick gothic. The church was first mentionend in 1279.

 

Storkyrkan (St Nicholas Church) is the oldest church in the Old Town.

Storkyrkan is a Lutheran Protestant church in Baroque style.

Storkyrkan/Skt Nikolai Kyrka, interior. The last Swedish king to be crowned here was Oscar II in 1873. The members of the current royal family were married here. It is the unofficial national church of Sweden, the opening of the government (riksdag) is held here, as well as services on the national day and memorial preaches.

 

Interior, Storkyrkan

"Votivskeppet", Storkyrkan

Storkyrkan interior.

 

Interior, Storkyrkan

Lars Skytte and Anna Posse's grave, Storkyrkan

 
Interior, Storkyrkan   Interior, Storkyrkan   Interior, Storkyrkan

 
Interior, Storkyrkan   Interior, Storkyrkan   Interior, Storkyrkan

The nave of St Nicholas church/Storkyrkan

 
Organ, Storkyrkan   Organ, Storkyrkan   Candles, Storkyrkan

 

 
Storkyrkobrinken, street next to Storkyrkan   Antique store, Storkyrkobrinken   Storkyrkobrinken/Västerlånggatan

 
People at Slottsbacken and view towards Östermalm   Slottsbacken and view towards Skeppsholmen and Kaknästornet   Trångsund street

 
Slottsbacken   Double decker bus   Nordiska Muséet


Kaknästornet and Nordiska Muséet

National Museum of Stockholm.

 

VIEWS FROM SLOTTSBACKEN (CASTLE HILL):

The view from Slottsbacken (Castle Hill). To the right is Kaknästornet, Sweden’s tallest TV tower. It is 155m tall and was built in 1967. The statue represents the king Gustav III.

Börshuset (Stock Exchange) and Riksdagshuset to the right and Kungsholmen in the distance.



From the left: Börshuset (Stock Exchange) Riksdagshuset (Parliament House) and Stadshuset (City Hall) on Kungsholmen.

Storkyrkobrinken, beautiful hilly street towards Storkyrkan.

Stora Nygatan, a nice pedestrian street, one of 3 main streets in Gamla Stan.

 

Stora Nygatan

Odd car passing by the Royal Palace

Stora Nygatan.

 

Stora Nygatan

Sound Pollution record store, Stora Nygatan