Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. It consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen. The surrounding islets Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Strömsborg are officially part of, but not colloquially included in, Gamla stan. The town was set up during the 1300 century. There are about 3000 people living in the old city today. Most buildings are from the 1700 and 1800 century.
In the middle of Gamla Stan is Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. It is a beautiful place bustling with restaurants, cafes, bars and places to shop. It is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curios and souvenirs. Take a look at some pictures we took of the Gamla Stan.
Gamla Stan is filled with narrow winding cobblestone streets, and the buildings painted in different shades of gold. The alleys in Gamla Stan are also very narrow, with the narrowest measuring only 90cm! Imagine in the old days when the Swedish had to carry to & fro their trade through the narrow cobblestone streets/ alleys, they must had been pretty slim & petite haha.
The largest attraction in the district is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms, which I will write more about it in another post. 🙂