Gamla Stan

The birthplace of Stockholm in 1252, beautiful Gamla Stan remains one of Europe's largest and best-preserved medieval old towns.

Nearby Attractions

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Riddarholmen Church
One of Stockholm's most ancient buildings is the burial church of the Swedish monarchy.
The seat of the Riksdag, where 349 MPs represent Swedes from north to south.
Royal Palace Stockholm
The official residence of the Swedish Royal Family, located in the north of Gamla Stan.
Swedish Royal Opera
A majestic neo-classical building, Sweden's national opera house puts on many performances each year.
Nobel Museum
An in-depth look at the life and legacy of Alfred Nobel, and the prestigious prize that takes his name.
Storkyrkan Church
Storkyrkan, also called Stockholms

Related Tours

Private Half Day Tour of Stockholm
This lively and informative walking tour is perfect for those wanting to explore the highlights of Stockholm's city centre.

  • Discover the romanticism of Stockholm's City Hall.
  • Explore Gamla Stan, Sockholm's historic city centre.
  • Walk along the cobbled streets, lined with rows of colourful buildings.
  • Venture inside the stunning Riddarholmen church, learn about its rich history and stunning architecture.
  • Continue towards Stockholm Cathedral, built in 1279.
  • Uncover the rich artwork inside Storkyrkan such as the St George and the Dragon sculpture, as well as the 16th century Vädersoltavlan painting by Urban Målare.
  • Proceed to the Royal Palace, where the Swedish monarchy reside.
  • Learn about Stockholm's politics at the Parliament House. 
  • Enjoy breathtaking views over Stockholm Archipelago.
  • Enjoy a drink - a local beer or house wine - with your guide, and get their list of recommendations.
Gamla Stan and Beyond

Your tour will begin at the impressive City Hall, where you will venture inside to take in one of the best examples of national romanticism in Sweden. Astonishingly, nearly eight million bricks were used in its construction, and it remains home to Stockholm’s Municipal Council. You will then make your way to the beautiful 13th century centre of Stockholm known as Gamla Stan. Here you will find beautiful colourful buildings in the Northern German style, lining the much winding cobbled streets and alleyways.   

After exploring Stockholm’s historic centre, you will head over to the stunning Riddarholmen church; built by Franciscan monks in the late 13th century. You will be astounded by its long and illustrious history, including serving as the royal necropolis since the burial of Magnus Ladulås in 1290, and still remains home to the armorial glory of the Seraphim knightly order. Inside, make sure you look out for the many colourful wall plates displaying the coats of arms of the knights and the imposing marble sarcophagus of Gustav II Adolf, Sweden’s mightiest monarch, who died in 1632.

Must-See Stockholm

A short walk on is Stockholm Cathedral, which was built in 1279, and it has been a Lutheran church since 1527. Storkyrkan houses the absolutely stunning 15th century gilded St. George and the Dragon sculpture and one of the earliest landscape depictions of Stockholm - the 16th century Vädersoltavlan painting by Urban Målare. You will then proceed on to the impressive Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the Swedish monarchy. Right next door is the impressive Parliament House. Here your expert city guide will shed some more light on the beautiful architecture of this building as well as the Swedish system of consensus-building government. To end this highlight tour, enjoy a refreshing drink at a local establishment of your guide's choosing. Be sure to use this time to get their insider recommendations on restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and must-do excursions. 
Stockholm's Architecture and Drottningholm Palace
Discover Stockholm's mixture of historical and modern architecture on this walking tour, which includes tickets to the majestic Drottningholm Palace.

  • Explore Stockholm's historic city centre, Sergerls Torg
  • Snap photos of Stockholm's landmark musical sites, The Opera House and the Stockholm Concert Hall
  • Visit the stunning Drottningholm Palace, built during the 18th century
  • Learn about the 18th century architectural gem, Chinese Pavilion
  • Discover some of Europe's best examples of Rococo design and Swedish fine art

With Stockholm offering a veritable smorgasbord of world-class historical and modern architecture, this great Northern European city is sure to appeal to architectural aficionados and novices alike. Your tour begins with a visit to the bustling Sergerls Torg - a central, public square in Stockholm and is named after 18th century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, whose workshop was once located north of the square.

You will then proceed to the Royal Swedish Opera, much loved by Swedes everywhere; it is the country’s premier stage for all things opera and ballet. The Opera House as you see it today was built in the nineteenth century boasting a beautiful neoclassical front facade, adorned with statues, arches, and Corinthian and Tuscan columns. You will then venture on to the Stockholm Concert Hall, design by Ivar Tengbom and completed in 1926. The hall is home to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and frequently hosts the very best of Swedish and international orchestral music. 

After your foray into the musical world of Stockholm you will have the pleasure of visiting Drottningholm Palace where you will discover the stunning 18th century architectural gem that is the Chinese Pavilion, located in the beautiful palace grounds. The fairytale Drottningholm Palace is a beautiful treasure of Stockholm, featuring some of Europe's best examples of Rococo design, complete with a plethora of Chinoiserie and Swedish fine art. The pavilion is currently one of Sweden's Royal Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and well worth a visit. 


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