Gamla Stan is one of Europe’s oldest and best preserved medieval old towns, and one of Stockholm’s major attractions. It was here that Stockholm was founded in 1252.
The whole of Gamla Stan and the neighbouring Riddarholmen area resemble a living, walkable museum, filled with sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. Gamla Stan is also popular with arts and craft, curiosity and souvenir hunters. The narrow, winding cobbled alleyways with buildings in all shades of yellow give Gamla Stan its unique character. Behind the visible facades, you can still find underground vaults and murals from the Middle Ages. On snowy winter days, the area feels like it’s straight out of a fairy tale.
Gamla Stan is home to several beautiful churches and museums. Here you can find Storkyrkan, Sweden’s national cathedral, and the Nobel Museum. The area’s greatest attraction of all is the Royal Palace – one of the world’s largest – with over 600 rooms. In addition to the entertainment rooms, the Palace is home to several interesting museums, including the Royal Armoury, with its royal dress and armour. Don’t miss the guards’ parade and the daily changing of the guards.
Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan are the main streets in the area. Within them, along what is now Prästgatan, ran the city wall which once surrounded the city. In the centre of Gamla Stan is Stortorget, Stockholm’s oldest square and central point, where Köpmangatan, Stockholm’s oldest street, starts. The street first appeared in records from the 14th century. Mårten Trotzigs gränd is hard to find. This is Gamla Stan’s narrowest alleyway: just 90 centimetres wide at its narrowest point. Don’t miss Riddarholmen and Riddarholmskyrkan church either. The church is a venue for royal funerals, built as a Franciscan monastery for the so-called Grey Friars in the 13th century.
Sankt Göran och draken är en medeltida skulptur i Stockholm som föreställer legenden om Sankt Göran och draken. Skulpturen står i Storkyrkan och en replik står på Köpmantorget, båda i Gamla stan. St George and the Dragon is a medieval sculpture in Stockholm which tells the legend of St George and the dragon. The sculpture is situated in Storkyrkan cathedral and there is a replica on Köpmantorget square, both in Gamla Stan.
Foto taget på Köpmanbrinken (nuvarande Köpmantorget), år 1900-1905. Fem Små Hus syns mitt i bild. (Tavlan hänger i restaurangen). Photo taken at Köpmanbrinken (now Köpmantorget), year 1900–1905. Fem Små Hus can be seen in the centre of the photo. (Picture hangs in the restaurant).
Foto taget på Köpmantorget samt Österlånggatan, år 1900-1905. Senare (1910) görs bronsskulpturen Sankt Göran och draken på platsen mitt i bild. (Tavlan hänger i restaurangen). Photo taken at Köpmantorget and Österlånggatan, year 1900–1905. Later (in 1910), the St George and the Dragon bronze sculpture was made and installed in the centre of the photo. (Picture hangs in the restaurant).
Photo taken on Kindstugatan street next to the German church, year 1900–1905. (Picture is hanging portrait in the restaurant).
Oljemålning av Köpmantorget samt Österlånggatan, sent 1960 tal. Okänd konstnär. (Tavlan hänger i restaurangen). Oil painting of Köpmantorget square and Österlånggatan, late 1960s. Artist unknown. (Picture hangs in the restaurant).
Conversation in the restaurant interpreted by Miranda, 12 years old. Year unknown. (Picture hangs in the restaurant).