Gamla Stan (The Old City)

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Best time to go is early in the morning before the bulk of the tourists arrive. Wonderful atmosphere and lighting in Gamla Stan at this time!
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Oct 20, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I went to Stockholm. It was freezing cold, but very charming. I fell immediately in love with the heart of Stockholm, Gamla Stan. The name derives from the term “gamla staden”, which literally means Old Town. On the maps and in the literature from the mid 19th century, however, it was being called “staden mellan broarna” (“the city between the bridges”) or staden inom broarna (“the city within the bridges”). This is not surprising, since the city of Stockholm was built on islands and Gamla Stan is the oldest and central part of the settlements. As you walk around the quarter you see old, colourful buildings – the styles mix medieval parts with baroque and rococo – and cosy, narrow streets. People, cafés, stores everywhere. This buzz of activity makes you imagine how living in the Middle Ages might have been. Sights of Gamla Stan include the Royal Castle (with its Royal Guards in front of it), Tyska Kyrkan, the church of the early German settlers and Stortorget, a beautiful square with especially colourful buildings. Gamla Stan is a great place to take pictures, but also a cool spot to hang out. Get a hot chocolate and one of these great Swedish pastries and absorb the charm of its medieval and Renaissance architecture!
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Oct 28, 2008
Wandering about these quaint streets reminds you of what life was like before Stockholm became what it is today. Stop at a coffee shop for a coffee and cinnamon danish. Look for the tiniest statue in the city near the Finnish Church. Be reminded of your childhood when you see a book about Pippi Longstocking - then buy a 6 kilo sucker from any of the candy shops. After this - head to the Absolut Ice Bar for some adult refreshment....
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Oct 30, 2009
Gamla Stan is the most beautiful part of Stockholm!! I could spend days wandering around the old cobblestone streets and looking at all the old buildings. The waterfront is absolutely beautiful no matter the time of year. Don't forget to check out the Palace and see the changing of the guard. Definitely worth fighting the crowds for. Get there early for a good place! Also check out the Katerinahissen, an elevated platform with beautiful views of the old town!
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Aug 13, 2008
The Gamla Stan (Old Town) is the oldest part of Stockholm and is located on an island in the centre. It dates back from the 13th century . The quarter has plenty of old houses in vibrant colors (dark yellow, orange, red etc...)
Also the Royal Palace is located on this island. The shopping street here is Västerlanggatan.
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Jul 18, 2008
The original medievel cities lies in the middle of Stockholm and linked by a series of bridges. Its amazingly beautiful and full of so many great sights like the royal palace and the nobel prize meseum. Walk through the cobbled streets and have coffee outside by the water looking out over where fresh water meets the sea, towards city hall. One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon
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