Gamla Stan is the historic heart of Stockholm also known as Venice of the north.
Old Town (Gamla Stan) is one of the world`s best–preserved medieval city centres.
Gamla Stan is the Stockholm’s original city centre and consists of Stadsholmen Island and Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg.
Gamla Stan is one of the best-preserved city centres in Europe. The area is a favourite for many tourists because of the appealing medieval streets, and the many top-sights, in particular, the Royal Palace.
Gamla Stan consists of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg, but usually, people think of Stadsholmen, when they mention Gamla Stan - Stadsholmen is the largest of the islands.
The Old Town dates from the 13th century. German merchants build many of the patrician houses from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century and made Stockholm to an important trade centre.
Visit Stockholm`s Cathedral “Storkyrkan” (Great Church) from the early fourteenth century, and of course “The Royal Palace”. In the summer months changing of the guards take place outside the Palace, and on King Carl Gustaf XVI birthday on 30 April is a special day and there are many things to enjoy in front of the palace.
Take a coffee break at one of the many cosy coffee shops or restaurants before wanders further to unique handicraft shops.
Nearby is Stortorget you will find the central square and heart of Gamla Stan. Many tourists relax here on one of the benches at the square while admiring and taking photos of the colourful patrician houses.