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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
$43.83 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour guide
Great tour guide, was really fun and informative walking with her to gamla stan. Even it was very cold, time passes very quickly
Uwe_M, Jan 2022

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
First Rate!
Jill_B, Jul 2021
The Old Town Tour of Stockholm
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!
star-4
Nice Tour of Stockholm
JohnMichael_D, 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
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-5
Interesting Walk Through Old Town Stockholm
MsTimothy_F, 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-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
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-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
Beautiful tour!
william_c, 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-4
Recommend this trip and service by Viacom
Gale_D, Sep 2019
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Stockholm Highlights with Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan
We had a group of 11 and this tour was a great way to see Stockholm. Meeting the local tour operator (SPB) at the port off the cruise ship was easy. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Yes i would recommend this tour but there's more..... We initially thought we booked the tour of just our own party. We found out that was not the case after we met the local tour operator (SPB) at the port. Whilst it took quite a few phone calls (the person from SPB was not exactly friendly on the phone at the time) and emails, Viacom did finally refund us so we only paid the tour as normal, rather than our-own-group-tour. I should add that the Viacom representatives have all been friendly and professional on the phone and responsive with emails. THANK YOU VIACOM for your services.

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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