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Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)
Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Stockholm Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Free admission

The Basics

The many historic landmarks of Gamla Stan are easily explored on foot, starting with the Royal Palace, Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral), and the Riksdagshuset (Swedish parliament building). Other highlights include the central square of Stortorget, the main streets of Vasterlanggatan and Osterlanggatan, the Nobel Museum at Borshuset, and Riddarholmen Church.

Stockholm sightseeing tours, hop-on hop-off bus rides, and boat tours typically pass by Gamla Stan, but the best way to explore is on foot. Opt for a guided walking or biking tour; discover Stockholm’s dark history on an after-hours ghost tour; or snap some great pictures on a photography tour.

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The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
star-4.5
$47.78 per adult
Traveler Favorite
First Rate!
Kiki was great. She was super knowledgeable and easy to converse with. With the backdrop of Old Town we felt like we got sense of the rich history of Stockholm and Sweden from our tour. First Rate! Thank you!
Jill_B, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Stockholm

star-5
The history of Sweden in a few hours.
Garold_B, Sep 2021
Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
I loved this tour. Great guide, great tour. Really liked Stockholm. Everything I wanted to see in a short period of time.
star-5
Excellent Guide and Tour
Aaron_S, Jul 2021
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
Evelyn was excellent in her knowledge, enthusiasm, and communication skills. One of the best tour experiences I’ve had anywhere.
star-4
Nice Tour of Stockholm
S636YYjohnd, Oct 2019
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
Nice clean bus! We left on time and saw a lot. The museum was really neat. Tour guide could have been a bit better - maybe more facts and other details about the location could have been added. Still, quite good!
star-5
Interesting Walk Through Old Town Stockholm
Wanderer1829, Feb 2020
Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
Highly recommend this walking tour with Bengt of Stockholm Drive and Guide. I learned so much about Stockholm and Swedish history. Walking around Old Town helped me to get oriented so I felt more comfortable going solo. This tour included a ferry ride and the Vasa Museum. Bengt was very thorough, kind, engaging, and tolerant of all my questions. Don't miss this tour!
star-5
Interesting
lindafrost, Aug 2019
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
Vasa Museum was very interesting, Gamla Stan was very neat to see. Tour guide Natasha was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Must do this--Kiki is terrific!
Kathleen B, Jul 2019
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
It was a little hard to find the meeting place. It's actually a cafe. Kiki found me. What a great tour guide! As we navigated the Old Town, I learned the secrets and the history of the area. I watched all the other huge groups trying to wander around and felt so glad I had chosen a small tour. Thanks for a great 3-hours, Kiki.
star-4
Good walk
Paul G, Jan 2020
Stockholm Old Town and the Vasa Museum, a small group tour.
Our guide was very nice, gave out lots of information. The Vasa museum was amazing, well worth a visit.
star-4
Lots to see!
Leah H, Aug 2019
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
We had only one day in Stockholm and this tour took us to the popular sights, provided us with our own time to walk around and gave of lots of historical and current information about the city.
star-5
Beautiful tour!
c00k31, Jul 2018
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
What a great way to see and learn about the history and culture of such a charming city. Soma was our wonderful tour guide. We were fortunate to be in a small group and received personalized attention. Great tour. Strongly recommended!!
star-5
Greta Tour
jgm0rales, Jul 2019
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
Very knowledgeable guide, great city tour and free time to venture on our own a bit. Only wished we would have had an extra hour to venture- Stockholm is beautiful.
star-5
It was our first tour in Stockholm...
ARTEMIS P, Nov 2017
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
It was our first tour in Stockholm. The guide was excellent, very well prepare and willing to show us everything. Old Town is beautiful with a lot of history among its walls.
star-4
Nice sized group on a dreary day...
Kenneth A D, Jul 2017
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
Nice sized group on a dreary day made Stockholm come alive. It's a beautiful city! Too bad we awere only in port 65 hours. The tour guide spoke fluent English but she talk off walking fast and at times I felt I might get lost in the crowds. Well worth the dollars spent though.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gamla Stan is one of the top spots in Stockholm and a must-see for first-time visitors and returners alike.

  • There are free Wi-Fi spots located around Stockholm Old Town.

  • Most of the main attractions of Gamla Stan are wheelchair accessible, but some of the narrow cobblestone lanes might be tricky to navigate.

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How to Get There

Stockholm's Old Town comprises the main island of Stadsholmen and the smaller islands of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Stromsborg. The pedestrianized district can be reached on foot from Norrmalm or by taking the Tunnelbana (subway) to Gamla Stan station.

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When to Get There

Gamla Stan is atmospheric by both day and night, but many visitors opt to time their sightseeing for midday, to coincide with the changing of the guards at Stockholm Royal Palace. The district is at its busiest during the peak summer season, but it’s also popular during the holidays, when it hosts one of Stockholm’s liveliest Christmas markets.

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Stockholm Neighborhoods

Gamla Stan is arguably the best known and most central of all Stockholm's neighborhoods, but there are plenty more areas to explore when visting Sweden's largest city. Don't miss Södermalm, known for art galleries, boutiques, and historic; residential Vasastan, with its intriguing architecture; or Djurgården, the site of an amusement park and plenty of nearby museums.

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