Gamla Stan

The House of Nobility once hosted some of the most influential and powerful people in Sweden's history. Built in the 17th century, this magnificent and lavish building was strategically placed between the Royal Palace and governmental institutions on the island of Riddarholm. Often overlooked by visitors moving between the two islands, it's now a heraldic shrine to the age of the once mighty Swedish nobility.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gamla Stan attractions

1. Riddarholmskyrkan


The strikingly beautiful Riddarholmskyrkan, on the equally pretty and under-visited islet of Riddarholmen, was built by Franciscan monks in the late 13th…

2. Evert Taubes Terrass

0.14 MILES

Evert Taubes Terrass is a tranquil and relaxed spot and one of the best viewpoints in Stockholm, at eye level with lake Mälaren on the quiet island of…

3. Postmuseum

0.15 MILES

Examining almost four centuries of Swedish postal history, the Postmuseum is not as mind-numbing as it might sound. It’s actually rather evocative,…

4. Riksdagshuset

0.15 MILES

Technically situated on Helgeandsholmen, the little island in the middle of Norrström, rather than on Gamla Stan, the Swedish Parliament building is an…

5. Storkyrkan

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The one-time venue for royal weddings and coronations, Storkyrkan is both Stockholm’s oldest building (consecrated in 1306) and its cathedral. Behind a…

6. Nobelmuseet

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Nobelmuseet presents the history of the Nobel Prizes and their recipients, with a focus on the intellectual and cultural aspects of invention. It's a…

7. Konstakademien

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The Royal Academy of Fine Arts has a beautiful gallery space and puts on several exhibitions a year, well worth investigating if you're interested in…

8. Kungliga Slottet

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A massive structure with more than 600 rooms on 11 levels, Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace) dominates the north end of Gamla Stan. The official…