Welcome to a walking tour in the historical heart of Stockholm. Gamla Stan, the Old Town, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. See the most famous sights such as the Royal Palace, the narrowest alley and St George and the Dragon. The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, with over 600 rooms. Visit the reception rooms with splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry). You can also see Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the Tre Kronor Museum and the Treasury.
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All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. Gamla Stan is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curios and souvenirs. The narrow winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in so many different shades of gold, give Gamla Stan its unique character. Even now cellar vaults and frescoes from the Middle Ages can be found behind the visible facades, and on snowy winter days the district feels like something from a story book.
The Royal Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697. The Royal Palace also contains the Armory, with royal costumes and armor, as well as coronation carriages and magnificent coaches from the Royal Stable, which tell stories of royal coronations, weddings and funerals. Learn about Streiff, the horse belonging to Gustav II Adolf. See Karl XII’s muddy blue uniform from 1718 and the clothing Gustav III wore to the masquerade ball of 1792.
Make sure not to miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.