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 I 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, Skeppsbron, Stortorget, Köpmantorget, Västerlånggatan, Österlånggatan, Tyska Kyrkan



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

Skeppsbron   Skeppsbron near my hostel   Best Hostel Old Town, the place I stayed at Skeppsbron. Cheap and central, but confused and not so clean.

Street near Skeppsbron   Street near Skeppsbron   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.

King Gustav III statue outside the Royal Palace and St Jacobs kyrka   King Gustav III statue outside the Royal Palace at Skeppsbron   Quay at Skeppsbron



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


Slussen traffic hub towards Östermalm 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.






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, housing the Noble museum.

Svenska Akademin (Swedish Academy) is where the Noble prize is received.

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

Colourful houses at Stortorget.

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.