Get to know Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town), on this engrossing 75-minute walking tour, led by an expert guide. Uncover the history of this charming quarter as you explore cobbled streets, squares and courtyards that many visitors miss, and hear stories about the characters and events that shaped the district from its earliest beginnings in the 13th century. Along the way, see Stockholm attractions such as the Royal Palace and Stortorget, the colorful square that forms the heart of the Gamla Stan, with its photogenic houses and Nobel Museum.
Meet your knowledgeable guide near Stockholm's Royal Palace. Admire the Italian-Baroque exterior of the Palace and hear about the Swedish monarchs who lived here down the centuries. Set off on your tour around the cobbled streets and squares of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s captivating Old Town. As you walk, your guide will tell you intriguing facts about the district and Birger Jarls, the statesman who reputedly founded the city in the 1200s.Stop in Stortorget, Stockholm’s oldest square. Admire the outside of the Nobel Museum and rows of 17th- and 18th-century townhouses lining the square, and learn how it was once the scene of one the darkest episodes in Sweden’s history. It was here, in what’s known as the Bloodbath of 1520, that 82 Swedish dignitaries were beheaded on the orders of the Danish king Kristian II.Next, follow your guide to Stockholm’s statue of St George and the Dragon. Gaze at the intricate detail of the statue and hear how, according to legend, the dragon was slain by George in Stockholm itself.Afterward, delve deeper into Gamla Stan as your guide points out other monuments and fine examples of its North German-style architecture. Your route takes you down quiet lanes and into hidden courtyards rarely seen by tourists, so you get a local’s insight into this quaint neighborhood.After just over an hour’s exploring, your tour concludes where it began near the Royal Palace.