Gamla Stan in Stockholm
Gamla Stan is in Stockholm.
- The Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) . Built between 1697 and 1754 and located on the east side of the Old Town, the Royal Palace is the official residence of the king of Sweden, though the royal family does not actually live there and only uses it for official ceremonies. It is open to the public unless being used for a state ceremony. Tickets to The Royal Apartments, the Tre Kronor Museum, the Treasury, and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities cost 100SEK each, with the sumptuous Apartments being the main draw. If Royal regalia is your thing, you'll probably want to pay 140SEK for a combination ticket and visit the Treasury as well. Open 10AM-4PM daily in the summer, noon-4PM (and closed Mondays) in the winter.
- The Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan), Trångsund 1 (next to the Royal Castle, T Gamla Stan), +46 8 723 30 16, . Open daily 9AM-6PM 21 May-29 Sep, 9AM-4PM rest of year. Guided tours every Thursday at 11, free entry. Storkyrkan is the oldest church in Gamla Stan. Originating as a 13th century Gothic structure, the exterior was remodelled in Baroque style around 1740. The church is the seat of the Church of Sweden bishop of Stockholm. It contains two pieces of famous artwork: the 15th century wooden statue of Saint George and a copy of the oldest known image of Stockholm, Vädersolstavlan ("The Sun Dog Painting"), a 1636 copy of a lost original from 1535. Entrance 40SEK except for visitors to services 21 May-29 Sep, free entry rest of year.
- Riddarholmen Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), Riddarholmen (T Gamla Stan), +46 8 590 350 09, . Open daily 10AM-5PM Jun-Aug, 10AM-4PM 15 May-31 May and 1 Sep-14 Sep. Riddarholmskyrkan is one of Stockholm's most beautiful churches, and the only remaining medieval abbey. The structure dates back to the late 14th century. In the church, many Swedish regents are buried, including Gustavus Adolphus (Gustav II Adolf) and Charles XII (Karl XII). Adults 30SEK, children 7-18 10SEK.
- German Church (Tyska Kyrkan), Svartmangatan 16A (T Gamla Stan), +46 8 411 11 88. Open Tu-F 9:30-11:30AM, Sa-Su noon-4PM. Officially named Sankta Gertrud, this Gamla Stan church is the home of the first German-speaking parish outside Germany, giving some clue to the importance of German merchants in the history of Stockholm. On the site of the church, a German merchants' guild was founded in the 14th century. In the 16th century, the headquarters was converted into a church, which was later expanded. The interior is baroque in style, with large windows and white vaults. The church belongs to the Church of Sweden but holds services in German at 11AM every Sunday.
- Nobel Museum (Nobelmuseet), Stortorget (T Gamla Stan), . Open Tu 11AM-8PM, W-Su 11AM-5PM 17 Sep-20 May, and 10AM-5PM (Tu 10AM-8PM) 21 May-16 Sep. Located in the old Stock Exchange house in the middle of Gamla Stan, this museum has lots of material on the Nobel Prize, including videotaped speeches by laureates. Admission 60SEK (students 40SEK, children 7-18 20SEK).
- Storkyrkobadet, Svartmangatan 20-22 (T Gamla Stan), +46 8 20 90 27 . Open for men Tue, Fri, Sun 5-8.30PM, for women Mon, Thu 5-8.30PM (closed during summer). A small secret hidden in what once was a wine cellar in the old town, where you can take a bath under 18th century vaults. Note that men and women cannot visit the bath together. Adults 40SEK, includes entrance to pool and sauna. Students and seniors 30SEK.
- Gamla Stan (the old town) has plenty of small stores selling souvenirs, art, handicraft and other items mainly geared towards tourists. Although there are a number of tourist traps with tacky, grossly overpriced merchandise, especially on Västerlånggatan, you can also find nice and interesting stuff. If you want a calmer experience, try Österlånggatan or any of the other streets. From late November, Stockholm's most well-known Christmas market takes place at Stortorget (open daily 11AM-6PM) .
- Sweden Bookshop, Slottsbacken 10 (T Gamla Stan or T Kungsträdgården), +46 8 453 78 00, . Open M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa (Jul-Aug) 11AM-4PM. Whether you’re looking for a Swedish cookbook, a glossy coffee-table book on Swedish design or Swedish fiction in English translation, this is the place to go. Part of the Swedish Institute, Sweden Bookshop is a specialized bookstore that supplies a broad selection of information about Sweden and Swedish literature in English and other languages.
- Science Fiction Bokhandeln, Västerlånggatan 48 (T Gamla Stan) . A bookshop selling science fiction, fantasy, horror, manga/anime, role-playing games, and some popular science; a lot of it is in English.
- Castor, Österlånggatan 27 (T Gamla stan).
Evening restaurant dining in Gamla Stan is quite expensive - expect to pay around 120SEK for a starter and 250SEK for a main course. Check the evening menu price rather than the boards outside - the prices displayed outside are often lunch offers only. In winter months restaurant kitchens seem to close at around 9.30PM, so dine early!
- Chokladkoppen & Kaffekoppen, Stortorget 18-20 (T Gamla Stan), Kaffekoppen and Chokladkoppen (literally, the Coffee Cup and the Chocolate Cup) are two LGTB-friendly sister cafes situated on the Stortorget in Gamla Stan, just off the touristy Västerlånggatan. If one is full you can just walk over to the other one. The interior in both of them is small but cosy, probably not for the claustrophobic! Gigantic sandwhiches if you're hungry, and if you're looking for something sweet try their chocolate cake!
- Chocolates Caffe House, Österlånggatan 31, S-111 31 Stockholm. An amazing little chocolate shop where milkshakes (with 3 scoops of ice cream, a chunk of chocolate) go for 70 SEK, and 50ish SEK for four scoops of ice cream. You can also freely take the handmade chocolates by the cash register, and the owner is very friendly.
- Leijontornet, Lilla Nygatan 5 (T Gamla Stan), +46 8 506 400 80, . Open M-F 11:30AM-2PM, 6-10PM, Sa 6-10PM. With the foundations of a city wall tower behind glass in the cellar dining room, Leijontornet is about exclusive food with a traditionalist slant in an exclusive historical environment. The street-level bar next door is a surprisingly vivid place with cheaper dishes from the kitchen. Three-course dinner 745SEK. Mains in Leijonbaren 115-210SEK.
- Den Gyldene Freden, Österlånggatan 51 (T Gamla Stan), +46 8 24 97 60 . Open M-F 5-11PM, Sa 1-11PM (closed M in July and early August). The members of the Swedish Academy eat here every Thursday. Old traditions (traced back to 1722) in the old town. The reputation allows "The Golden Peace" to charge high prices. Mains 165-335SEK, three-course menus 565-675SEK.
Drinking in Gamla Stan itself is quite expensive - expect to pay around 60SEK for a 500ml lager in a cheap pub, rising to 95SEK for a microbrew beer in a nice pub. If you like to drink a lot it's worth heading further afield and avoiding the tourist bars.
- 6:e Tunnan, Stora Nygatan 43, Gamla stan (T Gamla stan). Bar open until 3AM. Medieval bar and restaurant, with medieval food and mead, and a small rock bar at street level. Shows almost every night.
- O'Connell's - Irish Pub, Stora Nygatan 21 (T Gamla Stan), Open everyday 12 PM-1 AM. This comfortable and cozy Irish pub serves excellent pub food and has live music most nights of the week. Be sure to check out the 400-year old cellar bar.
- Archipelago Hostel Old Town, Stora Nygatan 38, ,  (email@example.com). Central location.
- Best Hostel, Skeppsbron 22, . Located in the city centre on Gamla Stan, the hostel is nice enough but not the kind of place where people hang out and talk to each other. The bars and restaurants nearby are quite expensive, so you will probably want to quickly locate the supermarket in the basement of Galleria Slussen at Katarinavägen 1 about 700 metres away. If you can manage a longer walk there is a much nicer supermarket called Hemköp at Mäster Samuelsgatan 59, around 2km away.