Old Town (Gamla stan) is genuine Stockholm. Its cobbled streets and narrow 17th-century alleys create an atmosphere like ... More
Old Town (Gamla stan) is genuine Stockholm. Its cobbled streets and narrow 17th-century alleys create an atmosphere like nowhere else in the world and enchants visitors of all ages. Gamla stan will interest history buffs and shoppers alike with small and large shops on both sides of the street offering jewellery, souvenirs, rare books and gifts.
Gamla Stan is beautiful, as is the city of Stockholm. The narrow passage ways, with some coming out on a 17th century courtyard. The castle (the home to the king and queen) is within walking distance. The people are mostly friendly, if asked for help. Most people speak English.
Although it is a bit touristy, the winding cobblestone streets, many unique shops, and quaint cafes amused me for hours on end. There are many shops with local artists' work and the bakery items are fabulous!! The whole atmosphere was great!
We reached there on a Sunday and its Flee Markets are just a Fun to wander and if you lucky you may grab a masterpiece CD or a lovely memento
Going around the city by a local transport is the Best way and the heart of the city is of course GAMLA STAN where you get a true experience of Swedish culture.
I have read a book by Carl Larsson and seen his drawings etc. Falling in love with the age old charm of the people, the spectacular architecture he not only wrote about but put to paper The feeling of being in the REAL Stockholm was granted upon visiting Gamalstan (old town in swedish). From the narrow, winding, cobblestone streets you can imagine people travelling on foot or horseback once upon a time exactly where you have placed your feet! Amazing adventure! Look at every little nook and crany of everything and imagine life and what it must have been like back then. Try it! Awesome! The book I mentioned above is called "The Autobiography of Sweden's Most Beloved Artist" by Carl Larsson, printed by Penfield Press (and easy to find on Amazon or other places).
Gamla Stan (Swedish for Old City), is a wonderful maze of history, quaint shops, restaurants and the historic city square. Wander around and literally, get lost. Old town is small and compact. Have the time of your life, here.
There is an indescribable atmosphere that produces a feeling of awe in this lovely little area of Stockholm, I traveled the country of Sweden extensively and spent one year studying there, Gamla Stan was and is my favorite place of all.
Gamala Stan is everything I had imagined it to be. It was a beautiful town, lined with cobblestone roads, narrow streets, and small interesting shops all around the little island. Its examplifiles what I read about Europe in the books and the pictures.
Gamala Stan is small enough where you can walk around the whole town in about 2 hours, but I would've been ok spending the whole day there as well, exploring all the small shops and soaking in the Swedish culture.
I enjoy walking around Gamal Stan (translates to Old Town) I like the pretty old swedish buildings and there are still many shops and restaurants owned by the swedish themselves. (The further you walk into town, the less attractive the place is, and the shops become tacky, overpriced souveneer stores owned by foreigners.
You can easily spend 1/1 - 1 day strolling through Gamala Stan, admiring the buildings, taking a walk through the Riksdag and around Kung Gustav's palace. Gamla Stan is about a 10 - 15 min walk from the CentralStationnen, or a 5 minute t-bana journey.