My Favorite Places in Gamla Stan, Stockholm

by - Thursday, August 13, 2020

If you're considering Scandinavia for your next wishlist destination, make Stockholm your first stop! You'll never regret it.  Promise!

I live in a small town in the northern part of Sweden and since it's only a 2.5 hour-train-ride to Stockholm City, my boyfriend and I enjoy spending some of our weekends there.

It is one of our favorite destinations whenever we long for that "hustle and bustle of the city" kinda feeling.

Stockholm is home to one of the most famous must-visit attractions in Sweden --- Gamla Stan [Old Town]. So if you're only staying for a day or two in Stockholm, I suggest you spend most of your time in the beautiful Old Town.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Below is a list of my personal favorite spots when in Gamla Stan, Stockholm:

1. My favorite hotel.  First Hotel Reisen is my second home whenever I'm in Stockholm. It is situated on the water front in Old Town and their room with sea view is highly recommended.  I so admire the views over both Saltsjön Bay and Skeppsholmen islands through the hotel room window. Pretty mesmerizing and romantic especially during sunset.

First Hotel Reisen. Gamla Stan, Stockholm
View from our hotel room window.
Coffee! First Hotel Reisen. Gamla Stan, Stockholm

2. The Royal Palace.  Considered as one of the largest palaces in Europe, The Royal Palace is situated in the heart of Gamla Stan and is the official residence of the Swedish monarch.

It also has Treasury, Tre Kronor and Gustav III museums.  Go check them out! Admission isn't free. Tickets can be purchased online or at any of the palace's entrances and prices are 160SEK for adults and 80SEK for kids and teenagers up to 17 years old.

P.S.  Don't miss the changing of guards! On weekdays, changing of guards starts at 12:15pm and at 1:15pm on sundays.  However, be advised that due to Covid-19, there might be changes to  the schedules so always check updates online.

The Royal Palace. Gamla Stan, Stockholm

3. Nationalmuseum.  It doesn't matter if you're a museum enthusiast or not. You'll definitely love it there.  I honestly have no interest in museums but this one captured my heart and is now one of my favorite attractions in Stockholm.  It's massive! There are three floors filled with paintings, drawings, applied art, sculptures, portraits and more.  Do not forget to drop by its sculpture garden. It's worth your time. There is a 100SEK standard admission fee for temporary exhibitions only otherwise, you can have a great learning experience in this museum FOR FREE! 

This museum has been temporarily closed due to Covid-19 but reopened to the public sometime in June under controlled conditions complying with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations regarding social distancing.

Nationalmuseum. Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Nationalmuseum. Gamla Stan, Stockholm
The Sculpture Garden. Nationalmuseum. Gamla Stan, Stockholm

4. Stortorget.  I can't get enough of Stortorget!  Considered as the oldest square in Stockholm, this is the perfect place where you can spend hours and hours of walking while enjoying Gamla Stan's historic buildings. There are  bookstores, souvenir shops, grocery stores, churches and restaurants everywhere! So, put on your coziest pair of sneakers and explore the beautiful and stunning Stortorget!
Stortorget. Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Stortorget. Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Stortorget. Gamla Stan, Stockholm

And hey! Since you're already there, have a photo of you taken in the Mårten Trotzigs gränd [Mårten Trotzigs alley], considered as the narrowest alley in Gamla Stan.  It is definitely not easy to find but don't hesitate to ask around.

The Mårten Trotzigs Gränd.  Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Hej då! xoxo / Mary Anne

Disclamer: In collaboration with, but all views are my own.

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