The Gamla Stan is a lovely area to explore on foot. The two main shopping streets are Österlånggatan and Västerlånggatan, which follow the route of the old medieval city wall. The old iron market connects the two streets. Located in the heart of Gamla Stan is the oldest square of Stockholm, called Stortorget. This square is surrounded by old merchants houses including the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building. From the square runs the oldest street in Stockholm, Köpmangatan.
The Royal Palace, located on the island of Stadsholmen in the heart of Stockholm. It’s the biggest palace in the world, with 608 rooms, that is still used by a reigning monarch. The palace was built between 1697 and 1754 on the site of a 13th century castle that was destroyed by fire, and the remains of the castle can be seen in the Tre Konor Palace Museum in the cellars. The other main attractions in the palace are the Royal Apartments, Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry, The Treasury, Hall of State, Armoury and the Museum of Antiquities of Gustav III. The Royal Apartments are the most stunning sight here, with an impressive blend of styles, from Baroque to Gustavian neo-classic and Rococo.
Main Sights and Landmarks in Gamla Stan, The Old Town of Stockholm
The Royal Palace — the Stockholm Palace or Royal Palace is the official residence of the Swedish Monarch. The offices of the King, the other members of the Swedish Royal Family, and the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden are also located here.
Stockholm Cathedral — (Sankt Nikolai kyrka, Church of St. Nicholas, Storkyrkan, The Great Church or Stockholms domkyrka) residence of the bishop of Stockholm.
Nobel Museum or Nobelmuseet — museum devoted to circulate information on the Nobel Prize located in the former Stock Exchange Building (Börshuset) on Stortorget square in Stockholm Gamla stan.
Riddarholmen Church or Riddarholmskyrkan — burial church of the Swedish monarchs found on the island of Riddarholmen.
Den gyldene freden — one of Stockholm’s best known restaurants located on Österlånggatan street.
Stortorget — square in the middle of the Old Town
Mårten Trotzigs Grand — steepest and most narrow street in the Gamla Stan district.