Storkyrkan and Gamla Stan seen from Riddarholmen Island.


Gamla Stan

The one-time venue for royal weddings and coronations, Storkyrkan is both Stockholm’s oldest building (consecrated in 1306) and its cathedral. Behind a baroque facade, the Gothic-baroque interior includes extravagant royal-box pews designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, as well as German Berndt Notke’s dramatic sculpture St George and the Dragon, commissioned by Sten Sture the Elder to commemorate his victory over the Danes in 1471. Keep an eye out for posters and handbills advertising music performances here.

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Nearby Gamla Stan attractions

1. 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…

2. 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…

3. Kungliga Myntkabinettet


Across the plaza from the Royal Palace, Kungliga Myntkabinettet – the National Museum of Economy – gleams with a priceless collection of currency spanning…

4. Museum Tre Kronor

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In the basement Museum Tre Kronor, you can see the foundations of 13th-century defensive walls and items rescued from the medieval castle during the 1697…

5. Royal Armoury

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The Royal Armoury is housed in the cellar vaults of the palace but has separate hours. It’s a family attic of sorts, crammed with engrossing memorabilia…

6. Tyska Kyrkan

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Founded by a guild of German merchants in the 15th century, Tyska Kyrkan (The German Church) hints at Stockholm's multicultural past and present. The…

8. Postmuseum

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