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.
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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.
There are several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan, including Sweden’s national cathedral, the Stockholm Cathedral, and the Nobel Museum. The biggest attraction in the district is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world. Don’t miss the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard.