8 Best Things to Do in Gamla Stan

Winding cobblestone streets, ancient churches, medieval squares – even a royal palace. It’s all here in Gamla Stan. Dating back to 1252, Gamla Stan is one of the biggest and best preserved medieval centers in Europe.

Gamla Stan is sufficiently compact – and visually rich – that it didn’t bother us if we had to retrace our footsteps a couple of times. Here are 8 fun things to do in Gamla Stan.

People-watch in Stortorget

It’s lined by beautiful buildings and houses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, once owned by wealthy merchants.


It consists of 36 steps, which get narrower and narrower as they lead to the top of the alley.


Squeeze through the Alley of Marten Trotzig

Tour the Stockholm Royal Palace

Built in Baroque style, the 18th century Swedish Royal Palace is the official residence of the Swedish royal family.


Admire the Storkyrkan

Built in 1279, Stockholm’s medieval cathedral is home to fascinating artifacts like the wooden sculpture of St. George and the Dragon.


Browse for moose memorabilia

If you’re moose-mad, you’ll have fun doing a little Gamla Stan shopping, checking out all the  moose-themed souvenirs.


Gawk at all the bicycles

Gamla Stan itself is more geared to walking, but Stockholm in general is quite bicycle-friendly. It’s fun to see all the bicycles people wheel around.


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